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Barbecued Country Style Pork Ribs

Monday Jun 28, 2010

Submitted by Michelle Fawver
Serves 6-8


3 lb. country style pork ribs 1 small onion, sliced
1 lemon garlic powder

Barbecue Sauce

14 oz. ketchup 5 oz. water
1/3 c. Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp brown sugar
2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce 1 tsp salt
dash black pepper


  1. Pork Ribs by Speed-Light on FlickrCombine & bring to a boil.
  2. Place ribs on a flat pan.  Sprinkle ribs with garlic powder.  Arrange onion & lemon slices on top.  
  3. Bake, uncovered, in oven at 450°F for 30 minutes.  Drain.  While ribs are baking, make the sauce.  
  4. Place ribs, onions, & lemon in heavy baking dish or pan with lid.  Pour hot barbecue sauce over ribs.  
  5. Cover and bake in 325°F oven for 1½ hours.
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Caramel Brownies

Monday Dec 28, 2009

Submitted by Ruth


½ c. self-rising flour 1/3 c. plain flour
150g unsalted butter, softened 1 ¼ c. soft brown sugar
2 eggs 1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract 75g walnut halves, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).  Lightly grease a 20cm square (8″) tin & line the base with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flours together into a bowl.  In a large bowl, beat the butter & the sugar until light & creamy.  Add 1 egg, beat well & add 1 tbsp of the flour mixture.  
  3. Beat in the second egg, milk, & vanilla.  Fold in the remaining flour & ½ c. walnuts. Spoon into the tin & smooth the surface.
  4. Scatter the top with the remaining chopped walnuts & some extra brown sugar.  Bake for 30-45 minutes.  Allow to cool in the tin.  
  5. Carefully turn out & cut into squares.
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Stewed Rhubarb Tarts

Friday Dec 25, 2009

Submitted by Ruth


1 bunch rhubarb (~5 stalks) ¼ c. brown sugar
2 cinnamon quills 1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 star anise 1 c. cold water
1 batch sweet shortcrust pastry 13.2 oz. (375g) semi-sweet chocolate
1 pkg. custard powder strawberries
white sugar


  1. Rhubarb by ksbuehler on FlickrSlice the rhubarb thinly and put it, the brown sugar, water, & spices in a saucepan on lowest heat for about an hour, with the lid on, until the rhubarb has totally collapsed. Strain the liquid into a bowl or jug. Remove the cinnamon & star anise & then set the rhubarb aside to cool.
  2. Create a batch of sweet shortcrust pastry (see link for recipe). Once you’ve mixed it all up, put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.
  3. Roll out your pastry & place in your tart or pie dish. Cover with parchment paper & fill with rice or baking weights & bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool while melting chocolate.
  4. Melt 375g (about 13.2 oz) of semi-sweet good quality chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, pour it into the base of the tart. Don’t fill it too much, you want just a thin layer. Refrigerate until chocolate sets.
  5. Make custard. You could do this from scratch, or use 1 box of custard powder & make according to the directions on the package.
  6. Once your chocolate/pastry has hardened, put a layer of the cooled rhubarb on top of the chocolate. Pour the custard over the rhubarb & put in the refrigerator to set. You need the custard to set to about the firmness of Jell-O before you top with strawberries.
  7. Decorate the top with strawberries. It’s hard to say exactly how many you will need, but about three baskets should do it. Once the custard has set, layer the strawberries, halved, on top of the custard in a circle starting from the outer edge until right in the middle. Make a second layer on top to cover any visible gaps where you can see the custard.
  8. Sprinkle with fine white sugar & put back in the refrigerator. The strawberries will absorb the sugar & turn into a sort of glaze. If you want to get fancy, you can use a dessert torch to heat the sugar & caramelize it into a nice crust. Serve with vanilla ice cream on the side.

Chef’s Note: You can omit the rhubarb and use more strawberries to turn this into just a strawberry tart.

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Fairly Simple Fish

Tuesday Dec 1, 2009

Submitted by Ruth
Serves 2


2 large fish fillets, bream or snapper 3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine 2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger, or grated fresh large bunch coriander
1 lime, sliced thin 1 lemon, sliced thin
salt pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine soy, rice wine, brown sugar & ginger in a small bowl & mix to combine.
  3. Add fish to bowl & allow to marinate for about an hour.
  4. Lay out a large length of aluminum foil on the bench (you can use two sheets of the same length to make is stronger).
  5. Rip apart the coriander & lay into the center of the foil.  Layer the lime & fresh lemon slices over the top of the coriander.  Lay the marinated fish into the center of the coriander/lemon/lime bed.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  6. Layer another sheet of foil over the top of the fish & fold in all sides of the foil tightly to make a fully air tight parcel.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet & bake in the oven for 15 minutes.  When you open the foil the fish should have changed color & be firm to the touch.
  8. Serve with steamed rice & stir fried vegetables.
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Maker’s Mark Grilled Chicken Marinade

Wednesday Jul 15, 2009

Submitted by Maker’s Mark Distillery
Serves 6-8


1 oz. soy sauce ½ c. brown sugar
½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp powdered ginger
2 tbsp dried minced onion ½ c. Maker’s Mark bourbon


  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour over chicken pieces in a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible before “zipping.” 
  2. Let stand (turning often) for several hours (best overnight.) Grill away!
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