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sunday ribs

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So we’ve been in the early planning stages for our next video (so super fun). I’ve been talking to one of my oldest friends about helping/teaching me to make something and be in our next little project. He’s definitely on board (yay!!). But, when we are all available to get together and spend the day cooking is becoming quite a challenge . We’ve discussed some different recipes but haven’t made a decision yet.  A week or so ago he mentioned ribs…and that’s all it took for me to start craving ribs. Two of my greatest friends annnd my boyfriend all make the most incredible ribs (seriously incredible)! All of them completely different! All of them AMAZING. I’m a huge rib fan, I’ve tried tons of ribs from all different spots around Toronto. The best ones I have eaten are theirs. These ones are from Chris’s recipe collection and has become a summertime staple for us. We’ve made them for just us and for wonderful big group gatherings, they are so great! Personally…I can’t make ribs. I’m not really “there” yet. I don’t like the raw meat thing, like touching it, ….oh! and I never ever would ever remove the rib stuff. Although I have just recently found out you can ask the butcher to do this, which makes me far more comfortable. So when I’m finally feel ready to do the entire rib thing on my own, I can at least get help with the grossest part.  I now know how to make them, and I can be very helpful mixing the spices for the rub and will even brush on the BBQ sauce if asked.

I’m so happy summer is around the corner. My favorite thing ever is sitting with Chris outside after work with a beer, a glass of wine or coffee, chatting about our day with the BBQ smoking in the background (after dinner we will sit out there long after the sun goes down soaking up every minute of summer we can). Sadly, it was pretty grey, chilly  and cloudy and we were not able to hang outside, but soon!

So here you go…The first of hopefully many rib recipes:

INGREDIENTS:

2 racks of ribs

1/4 cup ground cumin

1/4 cup chili powder

1/4 paprika

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp brown sugar

salt & pepper to taste

1-2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (depending on how saucy you like’em)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat a gas grill for  250 -300° heat, or arrange charcoal briquettes on one side of the barbeque.
  2. UGH!!!  Trim the membrane from the back of each rack. Run a small, sharp knife between the membrane and each rib, and snip off the membrane as much as possible…I am TOTALLY UNABLE TO DO THIS… Its so gnarly yuck. yuck. yuck.
  3. Combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. in small bowl or jar.
  4. Sprinkle as much of the rub onto both sides of the ribs as desired. **Do not thoroughly rub the spices into the ribs.
  5. Store the unused portion of the spice mix for future use.
  6. Place aluminum foil on lower rack. Lay the ribs on the top rack of the grill (away from the coals, if you’re using briquettes). close lid, and leave undisturbed for 2 1/2 hours.
  7. Brush ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce, and grill an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Serve ribs as whole rack, or cut between each rib bone and pile individually

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Thanks for sharing your rib secrets babe!! I love you XOXOX

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inspiration

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I can’t figure out what I want to make anymore…it seems I have found a million recipes and none of them seem exciting. I’m also been on a burger bender. A few months ago it was taco’s. We went to every Mexican restaurant in Toronto …lately it’s been diner burgers. We decided to head to Ikea today (which is really far away…or I think it is. I don’t really know exactly where it is. But, it feels like it takes forever to get there). I wanted to get some cheap stuff to help jazz up my food pictures, maybe some new dishes…. or something? Today I took the camera to snap random pictures on our way there. Turns out Ikea is really close to a burger place my boyfriend has been wanting to try. It was GREAT! The burgers, fries and onion rings were all awesome. Anyways…the trip didn’t help me feel inspired. I don’t want to make burgers…so I’m back to not knowing what to make next…

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I can’t seem to find anything I really would like to try cooking. Which I never, ever thought was possible. I guess it must have been a Christmas food over dose. I have looked at all my regular foodie blogs, searched cookbooks.

Today we headed out to St.Lawrence Market. The food is endless, butchers, bakers, fruit stands, fresh vegetables and because it was Sunday the antique market was even open. We wandered around to our favorite spots collecting a little bit here and there and finding lunch at the peameal bacon sandwich spot. But, I found no inspiration.

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All I ended up getting was a bottle of Kozlik’s Dijon Mustard. I officially have bloggers block.

dad’s yorkshire pudding

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From as far back as I can remember I would sit and watch my dad make dinner. (To this day I still LOVE watching people cook) And even as an adult when I would go over  to my parents for dinner I would still hover in the kitchen while he cooks.

Because of his job he would make dinner every third week and on the weekends. Sometimes we’d go days without seeing each other. Those times however we’d draw pictures and leave them for one another for when we’d get home, or woke up. Once he even got us a HUGE roll of paper and we added to the same picture creating a confusing jumble of doodles…faces, leaves, trees, birds.  Just like a lot of families we had a dinner routine and every second weekend we’d have roast beef, double baked potatoes, yorkshire pudding (it always looked so complicated) and lots and lots of gravy.  My dad is an excellent cook and it was always fun to sit in our white and red (it was the 80’s) kitchen up on the bar stool yammering on about whatever nonsense a little girl chats about, watching him without a recipe put together everything. Always perfectly timed and never burnt (that’s how I remember it anyway). Certain things he made seemed incredible, almost magical back then. I remember him making my mom Crêpe Suzette. At the time I didn’t know what it was but, I was floored!  To this day I remember the gitty excitement when he lit it.  Another time I was the cinnamon and sugar shaker when he made doughnuts (My most favorite cooks helper job as a kid). You’d think after years of watching him cook I’d be better than I am…. Now looking back, I don’t think I was actually paying attention to the food. It was him I was watching.

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It feels like forever since the last time I saw my dad cook. A couple of days ago I asked him to show me how to make Yorkshire Pudding (and it just so happens it would have been the second Sunday).

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ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons of drippings (from gravy)
  • 6 tablespoons oil

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directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Fill each muffin tin with 1 tablespoon of oil and put in the oven till HOT (approx 15min)
  • Combine all ingredients (make sure drippings are not HOT)
  • DO NOT OVER MIX! – Lumps are good!
  • Bake 45min
  • Pour the batter into hot oil muffin tins (it’s important to put the muffin tin on a baking sheet or roasting pan as it will get MESSY while baking in the oven
  • Bake 45min

*NOTE: Once they are baking… DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR! DO NOT BANG STOVE! KEEP ALL KITCHEN ACTIVITY QUIET!

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They turned out PERFECT (not surprised)!

cry baby

Image NO CRYING. ONION CUTTING TECHNIQUES

I got the idea for this post (techniques for cutting onions without tears) from a friend. After talking about the idea with my bestie I received a text “I know how”. She wouldn’t tell me what it was so  I continued to research and found I was not the only one looking for the secret. There were zillions of posts about this and millions of tips ranging from lighting candles to goggles (Ya! ONION GOGGLES! crazy right?!?). There were some I saw over and over again and decided I would try those.

1. Put onion in the freezer a few minutes before cutting: Didn’t work.

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2.Chop near a flame: Not even close. My eyes were burning from the first cut and had to force myself through blurry tearful eyes to finish cutting the onion

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3.Cut an onion in half then rinse under cold water: The burn started after the first cut…So I’m not entirely sure if this one worked or not. Maybe I have sensitive eyeballs (is that possible?)

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4. Stick a piece of bread in your mouth while cutting the onion: After my boyfriend laughed in disbelieve when first hearing this from me yesterday. I really, really wanted it to work….it didn’t, not even a little bit.

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5.Wet a knife in cold water before cutting onion: This was “working” I guess. Until about 1/2 way through cutting up the onion…then the big ol’crocodile tears started pouring.

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6. Chew gum: I assume this came from wherever the idea  behind the bread one came from. Doesn’t work.

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7. Onion Goggles: I did not try this one…but, as of today I will be on a search for them.

After a long evening and red puffy eyes you can bet I will be on the phone with my bestie first thing tomorrow to find out the onion secret. I believe I’ve earned it….at least I hope so.

All the awesome pictures were taken by my super talented, wonderful and cute boyfriend! :) Thank you My Love!

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