Showing posts from September, 2012

Ribs & Sauerkraut (for Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven)

Ribs and sauerkraut cooked in either the slow cooker or in a "real" Dutch oven over coals or an open fire. The meat is moist and fall-off-the-bone tender, the sauerkraut amber-colored and apple-sweet. For Weight Watchers, just 4 PointsPlus or 3 Old Points. When my parents returned from a short honeymoon at the family cottage in Manitoba’s Whiteshell, waiting on the stove was an inky-black cast iron skillet, a surprise from my grandmother. So practical, that gift. My mother loved the story as much as the skillet which is still in use at my dad’s house more than fifty years later.But is cast iron sexy enough for today? For the last few years, LeCreuset-style enamel-covered cast iron like this braising pan has become the go-to wedding gift, still practical but sexy-red.We’re still adding to our own collection of cast iron:
Four skillets of different sizes, including a six-inch mini skillet perfect for one egg or a mini batch of corn bread
A griddle that's great for Baked…

Ina Garten's Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

My latest summer salad recipe, a big batch of homemade tabbouleh salad using Ina Garten’s recipe, an easy combination of bulgur wheat, lemon juice and olive oil with cucumber, tomato, green onion, fresh parsley and fresh mint. (Recipe hint: Mint is the secret ingredient!) TV’s been banished from my house, “Gone, I say, gone”. You see, my relationship with TV is “love-hate” and “on again – off again”. Right now it’s hate and off and has been for, hmm, let’s see, when did Congress in all its wisdom decide that all televisions must be digital? That long, quite a few years.What’s this to do with Ina Garten and Tabbouleh, you’re wondering? Well, no TV, no Food Network, no Food Network, no Ina Garten.Luckily, my friends Jim and Kathy are, well, “normal” and own a TV. And thank goodness they are Ina Gartner fans otherwise, I’d have missed Ina Garten’s Tabbouleh Salad recipe, the best homemade tabboulleh salad this side of a Middle Eastern restaurant.It’s just so simple. So perfect. So una…