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Cider Boiled Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

Friday, July 11th, 2014

These oven baked ribs are perfect for times when your cookout may be rained out or you just don’t feel like getting out the grill. Where I live, it frequently gets a little too windy to feel comfortable sending sparks up in the air with the grill. No need to burn down the house when these oven baked ribs taste just as good. Eagled-eyed readers may notice a similarity to my beer glazed baby back ribs and in fact it is basically the same recipe. This time with hard cider!

The cider adds a great, fresh summer taste to the ribs. Even with the barbecue sauce, the apple flavor comes through. I did one fewer basting round than in the other version of the recipe. This really lets the cider shine.

Cider Boiled Baked Baby Back Ribs

Cider Boiled Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

1 rack baby back ribs, pork (about 1.5 – 1.75 pounds)
1 bottle prepared bbq sauce (or make your own), you’ll need about a cup or so
1 hard cider, any brand (I’ve been on an angry orchard kick)

  1. Cut rack in half, unless you have a giant pot
  2. In a large soup pot, place ribs on the bottom, side-by-side, overlapping as little as possible
  3. Pour cider over ribs and turn on to medium heat. Fill bottle with halfway water and add that to the pan too.
  4. Bring this to a simmer and cook covered for 25 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. (Flip ribs once about halfway through)
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a large sheet pan with foil.
  6. Remove the ribs from the simmering liquid with tongs, allowing the excess liquid to drain back into the soup pan.
  7. Place the ribs onto the foil lined pan.
  8. Pour some bbq sauce in a bowl and using a spoon, butter knife, or brush, spread the sauce over the ribs, making sure to cover the bones. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove pan from oven, flip ribs and coat the other side with bbq sauce. Bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove pan from oven, do not flip ribs and coat with bbq sauce. Bake for the last five minutes. (The last double coat is the secret to the yumminess)
  11. Let cool a bit and then serve.
  12. When you cut the ribs in to smaller serving pieces, for the love f god use tongs to hold the meat, not your fingers. The hot sugary sauce will burn your skin and stick to it making it even burnier!



Easy Summer Cooking Ideas

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

July is the time when the weather heats up and I completely run out of ideas for what to make for dinner. I was going through my archives for inspiration and figured I might as well put a list together.


Summer Elixir: Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Drink

Friday, June 6th, 2014

We actually really do call this apple cider vinegar and (local) honey drink “elixir” in my house. As in, “hey can you make me some elixir?” It’s hilarious; we are also easily amused. The internet makes many, many claims about this drink and many sites do call it elixir. Apple cider vinegar and honey drink in fact is just about the opposite of dr google. You know how they say you can google any symptoms and end up diagnosing your self with cancer? This drink can cure that cancer. (not really. Well, it might cure self-diagnosed google cancer).

I actually drank diluted apple cider vinegar (organic, must have the mother, etc. just get Bragg) while I was pregnant and it helped with lots of things. My skin felt better, my scalp itched less, supposedly my blood sugar was regulated. It all might have been psychosomatic, but I feel like I noticed a difference after I let my afternoon digestive go by the way side. I heard about the Bragg’s premade ACV and honey drink and decided to restart my vinegar habit, but there aren’t any stores in town that sell it so I was forced to try and make my own.

This drink won't cure cancer but it might help with your breath

I found a few recipes on the internet and a whole bunch of insane claims about apple cider vinegar (it is second only to coconut oil for the most uses on pinterest. Wait. Those are both behind mason jars, so second and third), including this one that says apple cider vinegar and honey drink could cure premature aging, obesity, food poisoning, heat exhaustion, acid reflux/heartburn, brittle nails, bad breath, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and eczema. I have many of those things. Count. Me. In.

It took me about a week to figure out my amounts and mixing method. I am pretty pleased with the results. My husband likes it too, but Spencer won’t go near it. I guess I can’t help his premature aging. I put cinnamon in mine, my husband prefers it without. I figure a little cinnamon can’t hurt, according to this it helps with cancer, so that is just doubling up really. Honeyed Apple Cider Vinegar drink is brisk and refreshing on a hot day. Since I have given up home soda, I look forward to it as my treat, non coffee, drink of the day.

Drink it or this skull could be you


Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Elixir
makes one drink

1 tablespoon  apple cider vinegar, I use Bragg
1 tablespoon honey, preferably local and organic, but definitely domestic
sprinkle of cinnamon
ice, if desired

  1. Measure the honey and put in to your glass first. (I use 8-16 ounces of water depending on what I feel like)
  2. Measure the vinegar and add to the glass. Mix well.
  3. Add cinnamon, if desired
  4. Slowly add room temperature water, mixing well. If the water is too cold the honey will clump on the spoon)
  5. Add ice, if desired.  

apple cider vinegar and honey drink

PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying this drink will actually cure anything. It tastes good though and it MUST be better than soda. Although that claim is not scientifically proven either. I AM NOT A DOCTOR. OR SCIENTIST. OR AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING.

Gnocchi Alla Carbonara

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Gnocchi alla carbonara is delicious and I am super sad that I didn’t invent it. I totally thought I did. I was looking in the cupboard at the gnocchi (I am team store-bought gnocchi all the way) and didn’t really want marinara and realized I had carbonara fixings and tada! I pulled it all together. Alas, my recipe invention status was not to be had. I had to check for the spellings of the recipe (so many things to get wrong: gnocci/gnocchi and alla/ala) and there was gnocchi alla carbonara, auto-populating my google results. Whatever.

gnocchi with bacon

Behold! Gnocchi alla carbonara – a dish more delicious than attractive, but so, so delicious.
Serves 2 to 4 depending on hunger levels/other dishes

1 package pre-made gnocchi (I love the trader joe’s one)
3 strips bacon
1 egg
freshly ground black pepper lots/to taste
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Put water on for gnocchi (follow package directions)
  2. In a pan on medium/medium-high heat, get bacon cooking
  3. When bacon is done cooking, remove from pan. Put on plate with paper towels to blot some grease and then chop and set aside. Do not discard bacon grease from bacon pan.
  4. Gnocchi should be going in the boiling water right about now.
  5. Measure out parmesan and set aside.
  6. Crack and lightly beat egg into a measuring cup or small bowl. Grind some pepper in to the egg and keep that grinder handy.
  7. Make sure your prep work is done by the time the gnocchi is cooked.
  8. Ready? Let’s go! Do the following in order as quickly as possible and be ready to serve. (I normally make a salad before I start making the carbonara and call it good for dinner).
  • Drain gnocchi in colander in the sink, return to pan.
  • Pour bacon grease from bacon pan over gnocchi to coat, not all of it. Just make them shiny.
  • Add egg. Toss to coat.
  • Add chopped bacon, gently mix
  • Add more pepper, gently mix
  • Add parmesan, gently mix
  • Put in dishes, add more black pepper and parmesan to top. Serve with more parmesan/pepper on the side if the people eating have different levels of cheesy, peppery goodness levels.


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