Sunday, July 31, 2011

Green Goddess Dressing

Summer is flying by and I know because my desire to cook goes down as the heat index goes up. We've been eating casual meals and salad for dinner has been my new thing. Really just some assembly is needed for quick cool meals. I love to make homemade croutons, shred some precooked chicken and toss in some garden tomatoes to a salad and top it with this creamy and herbaceous dressing.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (5 scallions)
1/2 bunch fresh chives
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1- 2 teaspoons kosher salt (start with one and adjust)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream

Place the mayonnaise, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the sour cream and process just until blended. If not using immediately, refrigerate the dressing until ready to use.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Baby Back Ribs

Happy Fourth of July! Our community celebrated last night and as I was sitting watching a beautiful display of fireworks with friends I mentally took stock of all that I'm thankful for in my life - health, family, friends, a place to call home, a career that's challenging and the list goes on and on. Today I also give thanks for being an American. Short of singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on a picnic table, I'm feeling patriotic love wash over me this sunny morning. In true American spirit, I will spend today with family and probably eat too much. What we will be eating? Um, BBQ ribs of course! This is the sure fire way to get perfect ribs every time. Enjoy and give thanks today.

Baby Back Ribs


Heat oven to 350 degrees, Place baby back ribs (about 4 lbs. suits our family of four) in a broiler pan which has been sprayed with cooking spray. Pour your BBQ sauce of choice (mine's here) and cover with tin foil. Bake for 90 minutes then remove foil and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes. Ribs should be fall-of-the-bone perfect at this stage. Serve with your favorite BBQ sides.