Tuesday, June 18, 2013
This BBQ Spare Ribs recipe was my first attempt at ever doing ribs myself, and to be quite honest, I was nervous I'd mess it up. It turned out WONDERFUL, however, and definitely got two thumbs up from Hubby, and myself!
4 lbs. rack of Pork Spare Ribs
1/8 cup ground black pepper
⅓ cup paprika
⅓ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
Tangy BBQ Sauce
Preheat oven to 250 Degrees. Spray a rimmed baking or roasting pan. Put ribs in the pan and pierce meaty parts with a fork.
In a small bowl, mix the Pepper, Paprika, Sugar and Salt. Rub generously on both sides of the ribs.
Wrap the ribs tightly with foil. Bake for about 2 1/2 hours.
Pull back the foil, and use a basting brush to rub the Tangy BBQ Sauce all over the ribs. Reserve a bit for dipping, if desired. **Recover the ribs with the foil and bake for another hour.
Enjoy, with lots and lots of napkins or wet wipes!!!
**If grilling, this is where you would finish the cooking on your grill.
Monday, June 17, 2013
This is a guest post from Wholesale Mat Boards
The best comfort food is the food you knew by heart as a child. Your grandmother's famous pie, your
mother's baked chicken, even your father's magic meatloaf – all find a way to bring comfort when
you're older and away from home. Instead of just writing each recipe down in a notebook, have it
printed and framed with a creative mat board as a great going away gift for your children who are
going to college or moving to a home of their own.
As a college student, good food is hard to come by. School cafeterias are a nightmare, serving meals
that may or may not be edible. Nothing makes you miss your mother's cooking more than your first
year away from home. While most college apartments are not equipped with a private kitchen, dorm
halls often have a kitchen area for the building or individual floors. Compile your child's favorite
recipes that are easy to make. 5 ingredients or less, 20 minutes or less - the quicker and easier, the
better. Having these recipes on their wall or framed on their desk will serve as an instant pick-me-up
when they're tired of the depressing cafeteria food or have just barely survived a hard final.
When you're moving into your first apartment, recipes from home help make your new place feel
like home. Framing their favorite recipes with creative mat boards also makes for perfect first home
decorations. Write your own tips, bits of advice, and words of encouragement on the mat boards. That
way, when they're cooking one of their favorite meals, they will feel as though you are there with them
watching over their shoulder.
Framing family recipes does not have to just be a gift to your children when they're going away.
They can also be a gift to yourself. Do you have a hard time remembering your favorite meal as a
child? Perhaps you're in the process of recording all of your favorite recipes that your mother and
grandmother made. Rather than just hiding them in a notebook, frame your favorite ones and hang
them around your kitchen. There is no better gift than one that keeps giving, whether it is a gift to
yourself or your children.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Adapted from Our Best Bites
Don't you just love it when you make a new thing, and everyone is happy with it? It doesn't happen often that 6 out of 6 in our household all agree about a meal, but occasionally I hit it right on the mark. This is one of those! I was so glad when every single person was asking for more, especially since breakfast is such an important meal. These were so easy to make, too - double bonus!!!
Ingredients - Biscuits
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt (unless using salted butter, then omit)
3 tsp. Poppy Seeds (can decrease if you'd like, just your preference)
1 stick Butter, softened (8 tbsp.)
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 Egg, large
1 Lemon, zest only
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Spray a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper/Silpat.
In a medium bowl, mix the Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Poppy Seeds, Butter and Lemon Zest. Use a fork to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk the Sour Cream and Egg. Combine with the flour mixture until everything is moistened. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a ball, then press into an 8' disk.
Cut into 8 equal wedge pieces. Place the pieces evenly spaced on the baking sheet.
Bake for about 14 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove and let cool.
Ingredients - Glaze
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
2 tbsp. Butter, melted
1 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
Mix the three ingredients together in a bowl. Drizzle over the cooled biscuits.
Notes: Makes 8 biscuits.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Adapted from CrockPot Busy Family Recipes
So summer is full-swing in our household, and we're enjoying having Wonder Woman at home with me and the other 3 super heroes all day. Plus, no homework to deal with as soon as Flash gets home from work, so it's really good family time. Love it! We don't have to worry about any vacations for a few more weeks, then a BIG one, so for now it's just relaxing and loving life. Hope you all are having a WONDERFUL summer vacation so far, as well!
6 Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
1 bottle BBQ sauce (I did 26 oz)
6 slices Bacon
6 slices Swiss Cheese
In your slow cooker, put in the chicken, then cover with BBQ sauce. Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.
Warm/Cook bacon according to package directions, then place 1 slice on each chicken breast in the slow cooker. Top with 1 slice of Swiss Cheese per chicken breast. Continue cooking on HIGH until the cheese is melted.
Notes: If the sauce becomes really thick while you're cooking it, just add a bit of water.
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