Wednesday, February 03, 2016

2016 52 Recipe Challenge

The 52 recipe challenge is a way of bringing together our friends far and wide who love to cook and share their successes and failures in the kitchen. The challenge; to make 52 new recipes in a single year. This is our fifth year of sharing food, recipes, kitchen catastrophes, and culinary creativity with friends far and wide.

  1. Pepper Crusted Prime Rib Roast
  2. Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes
  3. Spinach and Cheese Strata
  4. Hot Chorizo and Cheese Dip +
  5. Butternut Squash Sauce +
  6. Calamari in Creamy White Wine Sauce +
  7. Easy Tzatziki Sauce +
  8. Roasted Schweinshaxe +
  9. Mile High Hatch Chile Chili Verde +
  10. Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding +
  11. Sous Vide Pulled Pork +
  12. Carolina BBQ Sauce- Food Network
  13. Lobster Thermidor
  14. Sous Vide Prime Rib +
  15. Breakfast Sausage
  16. Asian Salad Dressing
  17. No-Knead Bread +
  18. Vitamix Hollandaise Sauce +
  19. Birthday Cake Pancakes
  20. Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  21. Cake Batter Birthday Blondies +
  22. Strawberry Bleu Cheese Salad +
  23. Waffled Hash Brown Croque Monsieur
  24. Sous Vide Poached Eggs
  25. Soft Pretzels +
  26. Basic Polenta
  27. Salted Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Pie - - - 
  28. Sous Vide Barbecue Ribs
  29. Zucchini Fries
  30. Italian Wedding Soup +
  31. Vitamix Bearnaise Sauce
  32. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos +
  33. No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles
  34. Caprese Skewers
  35. Tarragon Chicken with Spring Greens
  36. Flank Steak with Saucy Mushrooms +
  37. Cheesy Souffle -
  38. Crispy Chicken with Arugula ++

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Guilty Pleasure: Honey Barbeque Pork Riblet Recipe

Skip Applebees and make these pork riblets at home!
  • 3 pounds of pork riblets, cut to individual ribs
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (canola, vegetable, olive)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 small red onion, diced.
  • 1 can of beer (lager, not dark beer)
  • 2 1/2 cups of ketchup
  • 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 a cup of worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons of liquid smoke
  • Equipment: Skillet, Pot, Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
  1. Cut pork riblets between the bones into individual pieces. Salt and pepper.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to large skillet, brown riblets on both sides. If skillet is not large enough to handle all the meat, brown in batches (add oil as needed).
  3. Remove riblets, set to side. Add diced onion to skillet and sautee until golden brown. 
  4. Add beer to skillet with onions, bring to a boil then simmer, stirring to get the "brown bits" up off the skillet into the onions for flavor. Reduce until onions are carmelized. Remove from heat.
  5. In a separate pot, combine ketchup, brown sugar, honey, worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Whisk together and simmer for 20 minutes. Add carmelized onions to sauce.
  6. Add riblets to crockpot. Pour in sauce, give a stir to make sure all the ribs are sauced up. Use crockpots auto setting if you have it, otherwise cook for 2 hours at high, 3 hours at medium (or 6 to 7 hours at medium).
  7. Remove from pot, serve with your favorite BBQ sides. Enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Diner en Blanc Packing Checklist

The Diner en Blanc, aka White Dinner, is a flash picnic held in cities throughout the world. It is not your ordinary picnic; it is an elegant evening where everyone wears white, eats on china, drinks fine wine from crystal, and candlelight everywhere. The following checklist is helpful when planning for the dinner in white, or any over-the-top picnic:





  • White Outfit
  • Table
  • White table cloth
  • Chairs
  • Plates
  • Utensils
  • Serving utensils
  • Water/Wine/Beverages
  • Glasses
  • Lighting (candles/candlesticks, lanterns, battery powered whatever)
  • Table decorations/centerpiece
  • Mosquito control
  • White napkins (preferably cloth; the dinner officially starts when the napkins twirling begins)
  • Sparklers
  • Lighter/matches
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Corkscrew/bottle opener
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cigars
  • Croquet Set
  • Street Performers (know a friend who is talented and needs tips, bring 'em along!)
  • Flashlight (helpful when cleaning up to make sure no trace is left behind!)
  • Wagon, hand trolley, cooler on wheels for schlepping stuff
For Diner en Blanc inspiration, visit my pinterest board.

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