Tag: grilling

“H” outdid herself this year (Adam took this photo).

I never posted about Father’s Day, which was very low key. Adam caught up on hours of video games, did some DIY stuff, and requested Chicken Paprikash for dinner. But I’m pretty thrilled with his gift, this monogrammed steak branding iron from The Prairie Forge in Wyoming. I played phone tag for a few days to place my order (there is no online ordering at this working ranch and iron forge), and Cate could not have been sweeter. They had this brand and the accompanying branded board to me within two weeks.

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So the 4th has come and gone. Here’s what we did:

Adam grilled in this festive hat I bought for him.

Maggie enjoyed his grilling skillz.

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Today was my sorority alumnae group’s Lobster Bake, and we had such a lovely time. A handful of the women I knew from the Manhattan chapter of our alumnae organization, but mostly today was full of brand new faces. And they were great, I jumped right in and felt like I’d known them forever. And, of course, anytime our friend Audrey is involved in an event the food is amazing and plentiful. She is from Maine, so we had some serious lobster. And I finally got to show off my cake. I wasn’t thrilled with the lettering, but I’m still learning and the lobster was the fun part. Here are some photos.

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apple-glazed bbq ribsWe’re having another party the last weekend in August, so in addition to planning out my dessert table I’ve also been hunting for something to grill with a little more pizazz than burgers and dogs. Adam was up for the challenge, so this week I tried this rib recipe from the June 2009 issue of Food and Wine.

They were good, but not perfect. The rub was delicious, the cider mixture gave great flavor, and we had enough BBQ sauce from our spree at Big Apple BBQ in June that we had tons of great sauce for the glaze. But they weren’t the meatiest ribs, and they were a little dry. I’d get hits of absolute perfection, but it wasn’t perfect throughout. So I’m thinking of trying beef instead of pork, and possibly a different cut of rib.

Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (from June 2009 Food and Wine)

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 4 teaspoons pure ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 4 pounds total)
  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce

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navy aqua dessert tableToday was the day, and the cookout went off without a hitch. Here was the menu:

Hot Dogs
Homemade macaroni and cheese (I’ll post that recipe another day)
My two salsas
Veggie kebabs (squash, onion, and bell pepper marinated with salt, pepper, cumin, and lime juice)
Grilled corn on the cob

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