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Labour Day BBQ Ribs

MMM, ribs. Sticky, and just plain good.

MMM, ribs. Sticky, and just plain good.

Ah…the dog days of summer. We had high temperatures, and high humidity this past weekend. There was no way I was going to turn on the oven or the stove. What’s left? The BBQ! We have, admittedly, a very old gas bbq. It’s been good to us. It’s not huge, it’s not shiny. But it does the trick. One rack of pork ribs was enough for the two of us, with a nice glass of wine, and some store bought potato salad — tasty! The pork ribs were rubbed with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and some applewood spice as well. We cooked them on super high for a few minutes, then turned it down to cook low and slow for a couple of hours. This is what they looked like before we ate them all!

Summer is just about over — it seems that it’s business as usual at work, and at home. I’ll remember this hot weekend, and those yummy ribs for weeks to come. 🙂

Entertaining – Bivalve Mollusc Style


Summer entertaining is about having time with friends and family outdoors. This past weekend, we had a whole group of people over for a lobster feast! We started with oysters for everyone. Most of our friends are already well versed in slurping these slippery creatures, dousing them with lemon and fish sauce, or hot sauce. This time a few friends wanted to learn how to shuck their own oysters. Oysters have to be one of the fastest appetizers — buy, shuck, serve! I like that! The live lobsters, steamed in a big pot, took 9 minutes once the water was boiling. I put a dozen cobs of corn in another pot at the same time. Within 20 minutes we were outside, cracking and dipping fresh lobster in garlic butter, drinking great wine with great friends. Don’t be afraid of seafood — if you like it, you absolutely can make it at home! Invite your friends, and everyone will love to help out in the kitchen too — a true experience.