Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Roasted Garlic Baguettes

026Today, just because you are special, dear readers, you get two recipes for the price of one….

Actually, it’s cuz I feel guilty for not posting anything for a little while, but that’s a personal issue and I will get over it…

 

KEEP READING…..

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Ranch Chili

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This could be called “Make your own heat Chili”,  ’cuz you can make mild or as hot as you can stand it…..

 

My wimpy kids can’t handle much heat at all, so ours is on the mild side…..

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Ribs, Baby, Ribs!

Ain’t nothing men love better than melt-in-your-mouth, dripping with juice, grilled slabs of meat…..

And this is the perfect recipe to work your way into any man’s heart…. to have them push back from the table with a deep sigh of satisfaction and that slightly glazed over look on their face…..to look at you with complete love and adoration and say, “Honey, will you marry me?”,

regardless of if you are already married or not…..

 

About the only other thing that will bring the same result involves lingerie, candlelight and lots of imagination……

Wait, did I just say that out loud? 

My mother reads this……

The Cast of Characters

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So simple, so easy, so guaranteed to get results……

Mix together 1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning, (swear by this stuff!) and 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke.

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Mince 4 cloves of garlic and add to bowl….

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Have your 7 yr old mix well…..I can’t keep the crazy kid out of the kitchen….

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Add 4 cups of BBQ sauce of your choice- I used Sweet Baby Rays and Cattleman’s cuz that’s what I had in the cupboard-

Try to hold still long enough to get an unblurry picture, while laughing at your 7 yr old production manager’s directions for photo’s-

Fail miserably….

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Have 7 yr old stir well…. would have had the 10 yr old do it, but she had her nose stuck in a book….

This would be even better with a few shots of bourbon…..

In the sauce, I mean, in the sauce!

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Slice wrapper off of ribs and cut into approximately two rib chunks…. would have left these as whole slabs of meat but needed to be able to fit them into my roaster pan…..

If you have a big enough roaster, you could leave them whole….

I used two 4 lb racks of spareribs…..

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Place ribs in gallon bags, use two if necessary, and top with marinade mixture, tossing and turning to coat well…..

Make sure and spill some on the counter, like I did….it will make me feel better….

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Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on level of flavor desired….

I marinaded them for about 6 hours while I waittressed at the Pawnee Cafe….

Remove from refrigerator and place in roaster pan….

Heat oven to 300 degrees F….

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Roast in oven for about 2 and 1/2 hours or until the amazing smell drives you crazy and the ribs are fork tender…..

Place aluminum foil on two baking sheets, (trust me, you’ll thank me for it later!) and spray with non stick cooking spray-

Remove ribs from oven and place on cooking sheets… brush with extra BBQ sauce and drippings from roaster pan….set oven to broil..

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Place ribs back in oven and broil until sauce is bubbly, caramelized, and dripping with flavor….

Remove from oven, place on platter and wait for looks of adoration to begin….

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*Note: you could grill this instead of broiling it, and it would technically be more authentic, but we were out of propane for the grill and the wind chill was in the single digits— broiling it is!

*Second note: I know that BBQ purists only use charcoal– we use propane, deal with it…..

Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

christmas-ornaments-044Do you want to be able to give your friends and family a handmade gift that will last for years to come?

 

Do you want every pore of your furniture, your walls, your skin and your dog to smell like cinnamon for days and days on end?
 

Do you want to do something fun with your kids that leaves lasting memories and is almost free?

Did I mention that you will smell like cinnamon?
Keep Reading…..

White Chicken Chili

0601It’s filling, easy to make, and as spicy as you want it to be…..

 

Here under Cooking with Loving Hands

Prairie Ranch Apple Crisp

apple-crisp-0051Make some and take it to a Veteran!

Recipe here- Cooking with Loving Hands

Published in: on November 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cowboy Key Lime Pie

005 Its sweet, its easy, its out of focus– make it anyway!

Check it out under Cooking with Loving Hands

Published in: on November 9, 2008 at 8:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Flapjacks with Cinnamon Maple Cream Syrup

food-pics-013They are warm, yummy and irresistible! 

 

Recipe here under Cooking with Loving Hands