Thursday, November 19, 2009

BBQ Ribs! (And Hoe Cakes)

Let's start with the ribs...

  • rack of ribs
  • brown sugar
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • seasoned salt
  • chili powder
  • bbq sauce
  • honey
For these ribs I decided to use a dry rub. It consisted of approximately 2 parts brown sugar, and 1 part each of the other seasonings (pepper, seasoned salt, paprika, chili powder). Coat both sides of the ribs with the rub. Place in a baking pan and add a little bit of water to the bottom. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in a 275 degree oven for 2 hours. Remove the foil and pour on a layer of your favorite BBQ sauce. Put back in the oven uncovered for 1 hour. Next, drizzle on some honey and baste again with some BBQ sauce. Put back in the oven for another hour or so, and then prepare to eat until you can't move any more!

(Yes, I let them cook for 4 hours. They don't need to cook for that much time, but the longer the better.)

Now on to the hoe cakes. Caution: This recipe is still being perfected, but they turned out pretty well for a first try.

  • 2 cups of cornmeal
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
Instructions: These are really easy to make. All you need to do is combine the ingredients and then fry them in a skillet with some vegetable oil like a pancake.


Hot Dog Chili and Hashbrowns

This is another one of the those "I haven't gotten groceries in a while" type meals.

  • 2 - 12 oz cans of kidney beans
  • 4 hot dogs (I like the beef ones)
  • 3 or so large potatoes
  • chili powder
  • pepper
  • seasoned salt
  • ketchup
  • paprika
  • hot sauce
  • Peel the potatoes and go to work with a grater.
  • Try to squeeze some of the liquid out once you're done so that you don't start a fire hazard when you cook them.
  • Heat a skillet with some vegetable oil and toss in the potatoes.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and a little chili powder, and fry away until they are nice and golden brown.
  • While those are cooking, put the beans into a pot.
  • Add a lot of chili powder (i.e. 4 or more tablespoons worth), some pepper, paprika, and a little salt.
  • Put in a squirt of ketchup and as many dashes of hot sauce as you can handle.
  • Once the potatoes are done (or you can just use another skillet), slice up the hot dogs and saute them in the skillet with some oil.
  • Combine the meat and the beans, and then serve atop the hash browns.
  • Man, I love hash browns...
Note: Feel free to use any other (or no) meat you like, but this is all I had to work with.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

  • about 2 or 3 cups of uncooked rice
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 can of evaporated milk
  • butter
  • cheddar cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cook the rice.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and saute it in a frying pan.
  • Cut the chicken into medium sized chunks.
  • Butter whatever dish you are going to put in the oven.
  • Combine the milk, cheese, rice, broccoli and chicken.
  • Season with a little salt and pepper and add in a few pats of butter
  • Top with more of the cheese.
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven until the cheese is nice and bubbly (it shouldn't take very long).

Greek Pasta Salad

I almost forgot to take a picture of this dish, which is why there is so little left. Believe it or not, but there was a huge bowl of it in the beginning and this was all that was left. I made this a little while ago and hopefully I remember what I put in it...

  • a package of orzo pasta
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • black olives
  • chopped basil
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • herbs de provence
  • tarragon
  • feta cheese
  • lemon pepper
I think that was everything... Anywho, all you need to do is mix it together. I can't really give amounts for how much of the different stuff to put in - you'll just have to taste as you season. And remember you can always add, but you can't take away.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fried Pork Chops with Macaroni and Cheese

Let's start with the pork chops!
  • pork chops (choose your favorite cut and go with it)
  • flour
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • seasoned salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • vegetable oil
These are really simple to make. Season your meat with all of the above seasonings. Also, add a healthy dose of the chili powder and paprika to the flour and mix it together. Dredge the pork chops in the flour mixture and be sure to shake off any excess. Then just fry them up in a pan with enough oil in it that it goes about halfway up the side of the chop. (FYI - They will get a dark brown color because of the chili powder and paprika in the flour. Don't panic - they're not burnt!)

Now on to the macaroni and cheese!

  • 1 box of elbow macaroni
  • 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 12 oz of regular milk (there's no need to use different types of milk, but I only had one can of the evaporated milk, so I just grabbed the carton from the fridge for the rest)
  • 16 oz of your favorite cheese
  • 1 egg
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Cook the macaroni. (Well that was easy enough...)
  • In a sauce pan, pour in your milk and beat in one egg. (You can do this before the you turn on the heat so that everything is at the same temperature. Then turn on the burner, but be sure to keep it low/medium so that the egg doesn't scramble.)
  • Mix in your cheese. (Kitchen Lesson: So, most of the time I just experiment with ingredients and see what I come up with. This time I decided to experiment with different types of cheeses. I used one bag of cheddar jack, which I had used before and things came out fine, but I also decided to try mozzarella... I ate it all, but let's just say that I don't think I'll be using mozzarella in my macaroni again any time soon.)
  • Coat a large baking pan with butter.
  • Add in the macaroni and combine with the cheese mixture. Also season with some salt and pepper.
  • Save some of the cheese to put on top so that you'll get a nice cheese crust on top.
  • Bake in the oven. (I'm not really sure how long or on what temperature it was for, but I would guess 375 for 30 minutes???)
Bon Appetit!