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Ribs in a Savory Homemade Sauce June 20, 2010

Filed under: Dinner,Steak,Themed Post — christinedel @ 11:37 pm

This is one of the simplest ways to make ribs with a homemade sauce.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground red chile pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • *1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • *1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • *2 teaspoons whiskey

*I have made this recipe without these three items and the sauce tasted perfect. Perfect enough, that my guests never knew.


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions in oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.

Hint: Left over sauce can be frozen.

Ribs done simple:

  1. Cut full rib rack in half and wrap in foil. Bake for 2 hours at 300 degrees.

Colorful Kabobs May 27, 2010

Filed under: Dinner,Holiday,Steak,Summer,Themed Post,Uncategorized — christinedel @ 12:29 am

This dish is as colorful as it is tasty and tender. And a great color addition to the table.


  • 2 Rib Eye Steaks, cubed
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Green bell pepper
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper
  • 1 Cherry tomato container
  • 1 zucchini, sliced

Alternative choices:

  • Shrimp
  • Limes, quartered


Soak the skews while you are prepping the food.

For larger slices of onions, slice the onion in half then peel off the outer layers.  Slice the outer ring to desired size, about one inch wide.

For the red, green, yellow bell peppers quarter then gut the insides. Cut about one inch wide pieces.

Once all items are cut, start screwing them in desired order making a colorful rainbow across the skewer.

Cook on the BBQ until meat is tender and desired wellness is achieved.


Simple Steak in a Garlic Butter Sauce March 11, 2009

Filed under: Dinner,Steak — christinedel @ 5:26 pm

This recipe is for the garlic lover, butter lover, and steak lover in all of us.  I think the food pyramid should consist of sections just for garlic and butter. They are staples of cooking and therefore they are good enough for my pyramid.  Of course, there will be a dedicated section for steak and the like.  This recipe can be done with any piece of your favorite steak, we use sirloin this week.


Rating out of three stars: Hubby- 2 stars Me- 3 stars

Serves 2 Ready in 5 minutes

  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • a steak of your choosing


  1. Melt butter in a small skillet.
  2. Stir in the minced garlic and garlic powder.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the steak as you see fit.
  4. While you are letting the steak rest, lather on the butter mix.
  5. Enjoy!

Sides: Twice Baked Potatoes

Our comments:

Hubby- Garlic garlic garlic!

Me- Make sure you use a tender meat. Yummy.