Friday, May 20, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Headed to Whitefish Montana this weekend, and hoping for good weather...or at least better than it is right now. Excited to do some exploring!! And celebrate JP's Birthday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Made Thai Honey-Ginger Spare ribs for Dinner Club on Monday...

They were good, but I tried the recipe on Chicken breasts as well, and it just didn't work. I think the fat in ribs gives the marinade the ability to carmelize the honey, which is what makes them so good. Of course...sugar, always the source for anything good. :)

                                        Thai Honey-Ginger Short Ribs

Ribs and Marinade:

• 2 1/2-3 pounds baby back pork rib racks, cut into 4-5 rib sections
• 1/2 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
• 7 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 tablespoon Nature’s Seasoning
• 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
• 5 tablespoons honey
• 4 tablespoons soy sauce
• 4 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam-pla)
• 1 finely chopped Serrano pepper
• 2 tablespoons Olive oil
·         Juice of 1 lime
Marinate overnight, or around 8 hours.
Bake at 400 uncovered in a metal pan, with all the marinade on top of ribs, basting about every 15 minutes, for 1 hour, and 10 minutes.

Bon Appetit Magazine is the B.O.M.B. (Thanks Lori)

I opened up my new BA magazine yesterday and found some amazing recipes for semifriddo, Italian ice, and gelato, all without having an actual ice-cream maker. Some are with alcohol, but most without. They recommend buying the retro stainless Popsicle maker from (

Since we have the weekly benefit of the farmer;'s market nearby, showcasing local produce all summer, this will be perfect for the recipes below:

My hubby is Afraid of ANY kind of bug or spider....

I killed it...yes, I did. He should be happy I was here to take care of it!

I love green...

We have officially hit Spring in Montana. Which means temps. in the 60's-70's, and no more snow. YAY! It also means flood warnings for the river, and lots of rain. I finally got all the hanging baskets up, and the herbs planted. Next project will be after we get back from Dallas, and I am planting a veggie/herb garden with the kids. I plan to take FULL advantage of this summer, go to the Farmer's Market every Saturday morning, and spend every day outside, now that I know the Summer is only 3 months long!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Awesome Birthday party

Thanks to all our friends in Great Falls, for a super fun early birthday party. You guys make our time here bearable!! We love you all...and thanks for all the was soooo fun!