Friday, May 29, 2015

Baked Baby Back Ribs

So the other day, I finally got around to cooking the baby back ribs Charles and I got from our local butcher shop.

When we realized that our local grocery store wasn't butchering their meat anymore, we decided to shop around for a local place and found a pretty great deal at Mosely's Meats. For $99 we get 2 lbs ground sirloin, 1 whole fryer, 6 pork chops, 4 cubed steaks, 2 bacon wrapped sirloins, 1 pork roast, 1 beef roast, 1 lb bacon, 1 lb smoked sausage, and 1 slab baby back ribs.

I looked to The Joy of Cooking and Alton Brown for inspiration on how to cook up some deliciousness.

I decided to use a dry rub and bake the ribs. Charles doesn't like BBQ sauce and we don't have a smoker so really baking with a dry rub was my only choice.

For the dry rub I combined:
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper 
1/4 cup garlic powder

This made more than enough dry rub for the ribs. I had enough left over to put some on the pork roast before I put it in the crock pot... but thats another blogpost.

I mixed all the spices together and put a thick layer on the ribs and let them sit in the fridge for a couple or three hours.
Then, inspired by Alton Brown's, Who Loves Ya Baby-Back rib recipe from Good Eats I wrapped the ribs in tinfoil and added some braising liquid.  I also roasted some whole carrots beside the rib packages of goodness.

For the braising liquid I combined:
1 cup tomato wine (because I have a friend that makes tomato wine)
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 Tbs worchestershire sauce
1 Tbs honey

I baked the ribs at about 225 degrees for about two hours then checked to see if they were done. They weren't so I put them back in for another two hours and when I checked they were falling off the bone, so I knew they were ready. I drained the braising liquid into a sauce pan, added a cup of tomato wine and reduced it to a glaze for the ribs.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lonely Flowers

Lonely Flowers
Lonely flowers stand dogged sentinel
ringed around a mound of earth.
Beautiful flowers bearing silent witness
as those who came to mourn make their retreat.
Death has conquered.

The mourners retreat
retracing the path they took moments before.
They stand about in circles and are
comforted by those who need comforting.

They share each others grief,
and in doing so, the grief is lessened
as it is
and spread

Life goes
and on
and on
but Death will ultimately claim us
by one
until we,
are gone,
and more lonely flowers will stand guard
as we,


*Author's note: I wrote this around 1991 after my mother had died.