Saturday, January 23, 2010

Project 365 and Maple Ribs


I like a nicely "set" supper table. I love cloth napkins...they are my absolute favorite. We use them 95% of the time.

It's interesting, one cloth napkin will do me, but if it's paper napkins, I go thru about 40 of them per meal. Okay, so that's a slight exaggeration, but you get what I mean. Right?

Cloth napkins, place mats, candles....and when my boys still lived at home, on Sunday evenings it was "Sinatra and Friends" on NPR radio....sometimes a flower clipping from the garden.

And then lively dinner discussion: politics, current events, sports.... (sigh), really... I had 3 teenage boys, and while ONE of them did grow up to like Sinatra and Friends, our dinner conversations were usually not about politics, current events and sports, but rather, why they wanted to bleach their hair blonde, (hey, that's fashion, right?), why they missed the football bus (couldn't listen to the coach's instructions ), and who ate the fart one of them just let (sigh...a story for another time, but any parent of boys, does know, or will eventually know what I'm talking about. If teenage girls saw what teenage boys were really like, they'd stay far, far away.....)

But I did have beautifully set tables! That's the point of this post.
So please, please when you look at these pictures, don't judge.

My granddaughter, Evalynn, set the table this night. For some reason, she gave everyone a cookbook at their plate,  (I have more than enough to go around.)  and if you look closely, you will see a small little votive candle by everyone's plate.

No placemats, no cloth napkins... .but cookbooks and small little disposable votive candles.  Ah yes.....tablescapes at their finest.
We didn't even had a "great" supper that night. The Ribs were good, but just bag-o-salad (Caesar) and steamed carrots. Evalynn served the salad to everyone.
Evalynn is 2 1/2.
Ya, gotta give her credit for trying.

A sippy cup full of milk, a plate, a fork, and....a cookbook and votive candle.
What presentation!

Here Dad....let me give you some salad.

Anyone else?

This night I made "Candied Maple Sesame Ribs", recipe courtesy of The Hungry Mouse.
Jessie, of the Hungry Mouse, states that, "These are a really interesting first course for a harvest-season dinner. Because they're sweet, I think they'd be overpowering as the main meal. "

Of course, I didn't read that first, and I made them as the main dish. They were really good, but yes, a tad bit on the sweet side. I guess if you are fond of sweet and sour dishes, it would be no different from that.
Sans the sour part.

I would suggest making them as an appetizer or for a Super-Bowl party! Did you know that it is illegal to advertise (for bars and casinos, etc) that they are having a "Super-Bowl" party?

Let's all take notice.... I think they will say, "The Big Game" "On Super Bowl Sunday" or some such thing.
I'm sure some get away with it, but if they catch you, you get fined, as "Super-Bowl" is a registered trademark.
I got off track---I think they would be a great addition to a Super Bowl Party and am going to make them AND the Pioneer Woman's Jalapeno Poppers.  Mmmmmmmmm.........

Here is the recipe so you can make them too.....
beef spare ribs

kosher salt
garlic powder
grade-A maple syrup
freshly cracked black pepper
sesame seeds

Pre-heat your over to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil. If you're feeding a crowd, you might need two or more pans.
This is more technique, less recipe. There are really no measurements, but a lot of imprecise sprinkling and slathering.
Slather with syrup, sprinkle with seasonings, get the ribs into the oven. For about an hour.

For a full tutorial, go visit Jessie at the Hungry Mouse.

And then....enjoy dinner with your family.

A recap of my "picture a day" for the Project 365

Goldfinches at one of the feeders.

5:30 a.m.  It started to snow!

Waiting for the Handyman....I sit in a parking lot across from the Catholic Church
(he was in the city hall)

I have an old typewriter of my dad's.  He used to type his school assignments on it.  And I used to type letters way before I owned a computer.

The ceiling of the courthouse

The birds didn't get everything in my backyard....
.....the snow begins to melt

My coffee cup, my book, my glasses
a great start to a weekend


Karen said...

Your daily pictures are beautiful! I love those trees with the red berries... what are they called? I wish I had an old typewriter... that's a really good pic. I think Evalynn set a pretty fancy table, myself... for 2-1/2 she did a good job! I like cloth napkins, but I only use them for company LOL. The ribs look good... I love the maple flavor bacon, so I'm sure I'd like these. Great post!

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~~louise~~ said...

Oh Debbie, she is darling. How cute everyone got a cookbook. I'm still smiling:) Start em young I always say.

Funny you should mention Sinatra. When the grandkids were here last November, I rented Take Me Out To the Ball Game for my grandson and Cover Girl for my granddaughter. I figured they are both in dance, they may as well see the pros. We've been watching those kinds of movies since they were very young. (5 and 7 now:)

I too love a beautifully set table. I rarely do it any more for just myself. I should though...You've inspired me to reconsider:)

I don't know what it is but I love overly sweet ribs. I'll check them out over at Jessie's.

Thanks for the tidbit about the Super Bowl and just one more thing...LOVE, love, love the Underwood!!!

Mary said...

Your photos are terrific and your tablescaper is so cute that no one will miss the cutlery :-). That is such a sweet age. Your ribs sound delicious.

HoneyB said...

Great photos Debbie! I am behind in posting because of my computer crashing!

Evelyn is darling! I love how she helped set the table AND served her daddy!

teresa said...

what gorgeous pictures! the ribs look incredible!

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YaYa's Funhouse said...

great pics. The food looks yummy too.

Ingrid said...

I great job on the photos!

The ribs sounds good. Anyway to spice 'em up so they would be good as a main dish?

Ingrid said...

Oh, and your babygirl is a cutie! She did a great job!

Btw, I have twin boys and understand completely what you were talking about!

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