Perfect BBQ Baby Back Ribs

May 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Memorial Day, PORK

Zest of 2 large oranges
1 C. fresh orange juice
¾ C. maple-flavored pancake syrup
1 Tbsp. chili sauce paste with garlic
7 lbs. Baby Back ribs
¼ C. ketchup
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water

Mix the orange zest, juice, and pancake syrup. Add the chili paste in a large bowl. Divide the ribs between two 1-gallon zippered plastic bags. Pour half of the marinade into each bag and close. Marinate the ribs in the refrigerator for at least 2 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the ribs from the marinade and arrange in a roasting pan large enough to hold them without crowding. Reserve the marinade. Lightly season ribs with salt and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake the ribs for 1 ¼ hours. Remove the foil and turn the ribs. Continue baking until ribs are tender, about 1 hour more.

Meanwhile, combine the reserved marinade and ketchup in a medium saucepan. Cook over high heat until the marinade is reduced to 1 C., about 10 minutes. Stir the dissolved cornstarch into the marinade to thicken it and turn it into a glaze for the ribs. Set the glaze aside.

When the ribs are tender, increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Brush the ribs generously with the glaze. Bake until the glaze on the ribs bubbles, about 15 minutes. Serve hot.

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Tasty Pasta Shells

May 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Memorial Day, PASTA AND NOODLES

1 (16 ounce) box medium pasta shells
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/3 cup hamburger dills, chopped
1/4 cup sweet onions, chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 teaspoon season salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Pepper to taste

Cook pasta shells according to package directions.  Drain well.  Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, chopped hamburger dills and chopped onion.  In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, celery seeds, season salt and pepper. Fold in the cheddar cheese.  Pour mixture over pasta and stir well.  Be sure all the pasta, eggs, pickles and onions are covered well with the mayonnaise mixture.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for one hour or in the freezer 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

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Roasted Garlic & Herb Red Potato Salad

2 pounds red potatoes
1 T. roasted garlic
2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
Salt and pepper
2 medium red onions, sliced thin
1/3 cup fresh chopped herbs (parsley, tarragon, and thyme)
2 bunches watercress

To roast garlic rub one garlic head with olive oil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

To prepare the dressing, whisk together garlic, Dijon mustard and vinegar.

Next whisk olive oil into mixture slowly.  Season mixture with salt and pepper, mix and add mustard seeds. After cleaning red potatoes dice into bite sized pieces and boil until tender.  While potatoes are still warm, add potatoes to dressing and toss.  Chill for minimum of 2 hours.  When ready to serve add onions, herbs and watercress to potatoes and dressing.

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Boston Style Baked Beans

1 pound dried navy beans
2 Onions; chopped
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 pound bacon, diced
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup drained pineapple chunks (optional)

Soak beans in water overnight. Drain and put all ingredients in cooker. Add 1 cup water and stir to blend. Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours. Can also spice it up with a few cloves of garlic, a half teaspoon of powdered ginger, and a good dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Optional: Stir in 1 cup drained pineapple chunks during the last hour of cooking.

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Featured Holiday – Memorial Day

April 10, 2009 by  
Filed under BLOG, Memorial Day

Memorial Day – Memorial Day is a day that the United States remembers the soldiers who lost their lives so they can live in a free country. It was first observed on May 30, 1868. However, in the beginning, not all states celebrated this holiday. It did not become nationally recognized and accepted until 1971. Unfortunately, today, the true purpose of this special day has been lost in cook outs, beer drinking, and a day off from work. Don’t get me wrong…all that is great…BUT, Let’s not forget the cost of our freedom.

Memorial Day Recipes

BBQ Burgers

1-1/2 pound ground sirloin
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 bottle of favorite BBQ sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1 T. mustard
1 T’ grill/steak seasoning
8 hamburger buns
Favorite burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, etc)

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and shape into 8 burgers. Grill or fry to desired doneness.


7 medium-size baking potatoes
1 cup mayonnaise
1 T. mustard
1 teaspoon salt
2 celery ribs, sliced
2 T. onions, finely chopped
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped
Pepper to taste

Garnish: 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (if desired)

Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender; drain and cool. Peel and slice.

Combine all ingredients except potato, mix. Add potatoes and stir gently until well combined. Garnish with hard-boiled eggs, if desired. Chill 2-3 hours…or serve warm.

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