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…

 

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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…..

Cowboy Caviar

Despite the title, this dish has absolutely nothing to do with fish eggs. 

I personally don’t know any self respecting cowboy that would eat fish eggs… now calf nuts, that’s a different story…

 

If you know of any, please let me live in ignorance….K?

This is party food, Super bowl food, BBQ in the back yard food, and super, super easy– qualifications that make every cowboy I know swoon with joy….do cowboys swoon?  Okay, jump with joy…….

 

Plus, Shhh, don’t tell the cowboys, but it’s actually good for you!

Until you get deep fried pieces of corn chip and dip it in it, but you can’t be good all the time…..

 

The Cast of Characters

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Black-eyed peas are very high in protein and give such a great flavor and texture….make sure and rinse them thoroughly to minimize those negative effects that those crazy beans can bring on…..

 

Course, cowboys don’t usually care too much– it’s those around them that have to put up with singeing blue flame emanating from derrieres……and the hysterical laughter….

 

Open both cans of black-eyed peas and dump into serving bowl. Drain corn well and add into bowl as well.  I’m using my lovely heavy pottery bowl to serve it in-don’t remember where I got it, but it’s my favorite dip bowl….

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Add one can of Rotel tomatoes, undrained- I used the kind with lime juice and cilantro….

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At this point,  you could add black beans as well, or chopped avocado, or anything your little heart desires…..these recipes are always open to interpretation…. we have even added cooked, chopped chicken and turned this into a salad….Yummy!

 

 

 

Have your 7 yr old squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl, complete with grunting and running commentary on how tough squeezing the lime is…..

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It’s not quite the same without the commentary…..but if you don’t have a 7 yr old handy, it will still taste good, I promise….

 

She begged me to let her help, I promise….

 

 

 

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Finely mince cloves of garlic….I used 6 or 7, but if you don’t want to ward off vampires in your sleep, like I do, you might want to use less…… add to bowl along with loosely chopped fresh cilantro…..

 

Recipe actually calls for fresh parsley as well, but I didn’t have any on hand, and didn’t miss it– so if you want to save a little cash, skip the parsley….

 

 

Bowl should look like this right about now— look at those colors….it’s like a still life…..pottery with peas…..Ok, maybe not….

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Stir well, sprinkle in a little kosher salt to taste, maybe a little pepper if you are feeling adventurous…..

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And serve with crisp, crunchy chips….I just ate half a bowl of this and looking at it still makes my mouth water…..

 

 

Course, if you are trying to do New Years Resolutions, like I so diligently am… (ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, ha, ha…*wipes eyes*…ok, I’m back now) you can serve this with veggies to dip it out with, or even all by it’s little lonesome self….

But I promise you, those cowboys will not be near as happy……

 

 

If you would like to see a different variation on this recipe, check out Pioneer Woman’s blog under Cooking