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Braised Pork Ribs and Italian Sausage

Posted 8/12/2014 4:00:00 PM

There are very few times that I don’t cook Guy’s recipes exactly how he calls for them to be cooked, but this was one of those times. This recipe called for 3 pounds of pork and like 4 pounds of sausage...this seemed like an awful lot of meat for myself, my mother and my friend G.  to consume! So - we cut it down a bit, which also meant we cut down on our cooking time!


This recipe was actually very easy to do. If you do it the original way (without cutting down on the meat) it’s going to take longer, but still be just as easy.


I don’t have any amazing adventures from the cooking of this meal, or crazy things that happened. My mother and I just bought the ingredients and cooked the meal (in my kitchen)


There was one first though. Usually, I ...

Happy Birthday Stacey Fried Chicken

Posted 7/27/2014 11:54:00 AM

Imagine if Guy Fieri was your personal friend for your whole life. You watched him cook, you saw his rise to stardom and one lucky birthday he made you a gift...the gift of fried chicken...That's what Guy Fieri did for a lady named Stacey.

I don't know Stacey, but I know she's very lucky to not only have received Guy's Fried Chicken on her birthday but to have that recipe named after her in Guy Fieri's cookbook.

I made this recipe in my mother's kitchen when I went for a visit this past weekend. My mother is endlessly cool and patient with the cooking exploits I try out in her house. She is kind about the ingredients I take from her cupboard (Ma, you've gotta get more salt, honey, and marjoram after this exploit!) and she is kind about the mess that I make. I try to clean the place ...

Black Eyed Basmati Salad

Posted 7/27/2014 11:46:00 AM

This was SO GOOD. If someone asks you to bring a cold side dish or salad to the next picnic or barbecue that you're invited to - BRING THIS. OR make it as a lunch to take to work. Of course, it's an excellent side dish for your chicken or pork too.

This was also VERY easy to make.

I love the flavors of the dijon, shallots and apple cider vinegar. Excellent.

I even brought some to work to share with Rob - and even HE liked it! (There's quite a few things he doesn't like - chicken wings, ribs, sour cream, mayonnaise...)


OH and the olives in this dish - SO good.

There were no issues or adventures with this recipe. It was just good!

Click here for the recipe!

Gaucho Steak with 4 Herb Chimichurri Sauce

Posted 7/27/2014 11:38:00 AM

This is EASY and impressive if you are going to have people over! Gaucho Steak (skirt steak was used) with 4 Herb Chimichurris Sauce.

I got a new food processor WAYYYYY back at Christmas time (there are a good handful of Guy recipes that you need a food processor for) and I FINALLY got to use it for this recipe. Something weird about my food processor - when I first plugged it in a couple of months ago, it would NOT work in any socket, except in the family room. My electrician friend told me that it was because there was too much going on in the kitchen (the fridge, the oven, the coffee maker, the crock pot) SO - after I reset those little button thingies on the sockets in my oven, the kitchen seemed to come back alive again. Even so, I was not able to use the ...

Johnny Garlics Grilled Peppered Tri Tip with Balsalmic Reduction Sauce with Guid Moc Shoe

Posted 6/9/2014 9:31:00 AM

On thing to remember - if the recipe says that something should be cut before you marinate it (or do whatever with it) have the butcher do it! For the tri tip, I kinda didn’t read the part about it needing to be cut. No big deal, I did it myself...but I thought “Dang, this would have been so much nicer, easier, prettier if the butcher had done it!


Other than that - the Johnny Garlics Grilled Peppere Tri Tip with Balsalmic Reduction Sauce was actually pretty easy to make! AND making a reduction sauce is rather fun, and tasty. You will impress your guests and they will really think you are quite the guru in the kitchen when you tell them  you’ve made a REDUCTION SAUCE for their meat. They will feel quite special.


Guid Moc Shue is a corn based side dish. Pretty good really. Guy ...