January 19, 2017

Date Sweetened BBQ Sauce

Not a huge fan of most bbq sauces and I don't use a lot so being able to make it when I need it is super helpful.  I made this one last night and used about half the batch to cook country style pork ribs.  Boys loved it and Jill and I thought it was pretty tasty as well.  Decided I wanted to keep track of it for future reference.  I used to use the one out of the Joy of Cooking but misplaced it.  I did add a bit of chipotle Tabasco and a shot of lemon juice because I remembered that from the Joy of Cooking one.  May find it again and compare the two at some point.

Date Sweetened BBQ Sauce

Date Sweetened BBQ Sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce (no oil or sugar added) (I didn't have this so I used two 8 oz cans and it was fine)
9 deglet dates
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
couple splashes of chipotle Tabsco sauce
about a teaspoon or so of lemon juice

Place all of the BBQ sauce ingredients in a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.

January 11, 2017

Yeast Free Almond Flour Bread

 It is struggle city to find "bread" that doesn't have grains in it and doesn't taste like crap.  This recipe from was a hit.  I used almond milk instead of the coconut milk that they used.  I may try doubling the recipe next time and see if it will make a bit thicker loaf.  I'm thinking it's going to work for sandwiches!!!!

Yeast Free Almond Flour Bread
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  1. Line an 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, water, and apple cider vinegar until they are mixed well.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together well.
  5. Pour the mixed batter into the lined loaf pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F while you let the dough sit for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 30 minutes, then take out the bread by pulling on the parchment paper flaps.

June 30, 2016

Garlic Sauce

This garlic sauce was awesome.  The boys literally gobbled it up!  It's slightly adapted from Mel Joulwan's.

Garlic Sauce

2 cloves garlic
1/3 c light oil (olive or avocado)
2-3 green onions
3 T lime juice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt

Puree the hell out of this in your blender/miniature food processor.  Enjoy!

June 21, 2016

Chicken Adobo

I've made this off and on over the last couple of years and remembered I didn't want to lose the recipe.  I got it from What the Fork blog.

Chicken Adobo
3-4 lbs chicken drumsticks
1/2 c soy sauce
3/4 c white vinegar
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 T whole peppercorns

  1. Place chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken periodically in the cooking liquid.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and grill or broil for about 5 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is finishing cooking, continue boiling the sauce until it reduces by almost half. Place the cooked chicken on a platter, strain the sauce and pour over the chicken.

April 4, 2016

Best Way to Cook Prime Rib

The first time I cooked prime rib I was very intimidated. I mean first of all, it's super expensive.  When done right it tastes amazing; when done wrong...omg it tastes terrible. 

Years ago I found a recipe where you weighed your prime rib, cooked for a certain number of minutes per pound at a high temperature and then turned the oven off, walked away, and enjoyed an amazing roast.  I had it booked marked for years and at Easter when I went to use it the webpage was no longer there.  NOOOOOO!!!!!  I found this recipe and it was close enough and boy did it deliver! 

Don't fear the walking turns out perfect!

1. Four hours before your going to cook your prime rib, take it out of the fridge. 
2.  Mix together: 1 T thyme, 1 T dried rosemary, 1 T fresh ground black pepper, 1 T garlic powder and 3 T salt.
3. Cut slits in the roast and insert 3-4 cloves sliced or minced.
4. Rub the spice mix all over the roast.
5. Let rest and come to room temp for the 4 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Once preheated, put roast in the oven for 5 minutes per pound (e.g a 9 lb roast cooks for 45 minutes while a 6 lb roast cooks for 30 minutes).  It will likely smoke a bit; don't worry about it!

7. Once the amount of time has passed, turn the oven off and do not open for 2 hours!

That is it and it is amazing!!!!!

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