Sunday, February 17, 2013

1 Slow, Low Oven Ribs

These ribs are so easy to make and are perfect for Sunday evening supper with friends or family! Because you don't have to fuss over them, the 3 hours making the ribs gives you time to concentrate on a fancier or more time consuming side or dessert! 
Slow, Low Oven Ribs
Serves 4
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1/4 cup minced sweet onion (like Vidalia or Walla Walla)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons tomato relish, such as Mrs. Renfro's (optional)
4 bay leaves
4 pounds country style pork ribs
salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a small saucepan combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, until reduced by half. Stir in the maple syrup, soy sauce, and tomato relish (if desired).
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with foil. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of the dish.
Season the ribs with salt and pepper, and arrange in the baking dish. Pour half of the sauce over the ribs. Turn them a few times to coat with the sauce. Cover tightly with foil. Refrigerate the remaining sauce.
Bake for 3 hours. Remove the foil and pour the remaining sauce over the ribs. Return to the oven and bake an additional hour, or until the sauce is a thick glaze and the meat is very tender.
Remove the ribs to a serving platter and let stand for 15 minutes. Ladle off the accumulated fat from the pan juices by tilting the pan carefully and spooning it off. Pour the pan sauce over the ribs, discarding the bay leaves, and serve as soon as you can.
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1 Valentine's Day Linky Party

Today, we are linking up with Valentine's Ideas! :-) Crafts, recipes, decorations, etc! :-) Whatever your heart desires!

Here are the hostesses! :-) 
Meg from Henning Love
Allison from Cupcake Diaries
Whitney from Harvest Home!
I can't wait to see all of your ideas! :-) 
I am sharing these Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting! :-) 
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Makes: 24 cupcakes  
For the cake:
2½ cups cake flour
1½ cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp. (1 oz.) liquid red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
For the frosting:*
8 oz. cream cheese
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt; whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar.  Beat on medium speed until well blended.  Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners.  Bake, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes.  Let cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.  Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.
*If you are big on frosting as I am, you may want to increase the quantities by 50%.  That is what I typically do for a batch of 24 cupcakes.  I usually end up with some left over, but I would rather have too much frosting than not enough!
Annie's Eats
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Sunday, February 3, 2013


Super Bowl Sunday is today!! Here are some great ideas from Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box to serve at your get together!
Of course, appetizers are the focal point of a successful Super Bowl party!! So in my opinion, the more the merrier! :-)
Avocado Dip
When hosting a Super Bowl party, I like to keep everything very casual and easy. Which is why I love these "main courses"! They can be eaten in front of the TV or standing up! 
BBQ Chicken Pizza Braid
BLT Wraps with Herbed Mayonnaise
Vitek's Homemade Gut Pack
I love to serve "team themed" dessert like cupcakes, rice crispy treats, or cookie cake! 
No matter what you serve or who wins, the best part about Super Bowl Sunday is the friends and family you get to spend time with! :-)
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