The meat is extremely tender and full-bodied and the potatoes are cooked to perfection. The steamed broccoli is appropriately garlicky and the corn on the cob is sweet and buttery. This is probably the most delicious home-cooked meal I’ve had in a while.
It’s times like these that I wish I knew how to marinate short ribs and cook potatoes and steam broccoli and boil corn on the cob to produce such a delicious food. Cooking isn't like baking, where there's a specific formula or ratio of flour to butter to eggs to sugar. I know the basics of cooking and I can (probably) reproduce this meal, but not nearly as well as my mom. I'd be missing that dash of salt in the boiling water for the potatoes; the cloves of garlic in the steamed broccoli; the measurement of marinade ingredients by the practiced eye. It's all those little things that can only be learned through experience that make any meal a great one.