Monthly Archives: July 2018

Low and Slow BBQ Ribs

Pork is one of the best meats, moist and flavourful.  It always benefits from low-and-slow-style cooking. This renders off the fat slowly, basting the meat underneath with its flavour.  It makes for tender, delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs every time. And the beauty of it is, it requires very little effort from you.  It seems time consuming, but really you spend little time prepping and once they’re on the grill you just walk away and relax. The only thing you need to do is monitor the temperature every now and then (between beverages, perhaps) to make sure it doesn’t get too high or too low.  Do not be tempted to open the cover to check on them. They’re wrapped in foil—nothing to see here, folks!  If you open the cover, all the heat will escape and create an uneven cooking environment. Two racks of ribs with side dishes feeds our family of four comfortably. If you’re feeding more people and your grill can accommodate it, wrap additional racks in groups of two per packet.  Don’t over-cram your foil packets. It increases the chances of uneven cooking or of the foil not being properly sealed to keep in the heat and the juices. It may also create tears in the foil which will allow the juice to drip out and potentially cause flare ups. Do you have a BBQ sauce recipe you swear by?  Please share it in the comments. I’m always looking for something good! Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of July 28, 2018

My younger son is off to camp this week, so I don’t have to take his dislikes into consideration!  Actually, he’s pretty good–there’s not much he won’t eat.  I am going to a potluck networking dinner on Monday night, while the other two men/boys are home, so there are two dinner options: one I’m bringing with me, one the boys are eating at home. Which are you going to choose?  On Wednesday night I am hosting an information session for friends at our home, so some-kind-of-take-out is in the plan.  Preferably something with quick and easy clean up.  There are more links than ever in this week’s plan.  It’s time to revisit old favourites that are usually baked in the oven but will be done on the grill instead.
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Grilled Chicken Taco

Tacos are always great because you can really put anything you want in them.  Traditionally in Mexico they keep them very simple, meat and one or two toppings depending on the filling.  Cal-Mex has heavily influenced the way most people make tacos these days, lots of lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa added in.  Grilled chicken breast makes for easy outdoor cooking, and summertime makes for  availability of a lot of fresh veggies.

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Cowboy Caviar

I’m not sure where the name Cowboy Caviar comes from.  I’m guessing it is because of the southwestern sensibility of this dish, but I couldn’t say for sure.  I first came across this salad/salsa a few years ago, but I’m not sure where.  I recreated it for our family based on the ingredients we like.  If I remember correctly, the original recipe was really heavy on the peppers, and while I enjoy bell peppers, I don’t want them to be the main ingredient in my food.  What I really love about this dish, though, is all the colours and the versatility.

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Meal Plan for the Week of July 14, 2018

There’s no real strategy behind the Meal Plan this week.  There are no fantastic specials at the grocery store, no special meals to cook.  I’m mostly trying to create space in the freezer by using up some things we have in there. It’s summer, so burgers are a regular fixture.  Everyone likes them, so why not, right?  We buy ground beef, usually Lean so there is some fat content to keep them juicy, in large quantities when it’s on sale and make a dozen burgers at a time so there are always some in the freezer and it’s easy to take extra out if the kids have friends over.  If the Extra Lean beef is on sale at a lower price than the Lean, we will add in a package of ground pork for the fat/juicy component that would be missing.
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