Really Great Things #10

Really Great Things #10 includes recipes for chicken nuggets, a Lolita Squeeze and a smashup video of Sesame Street and Star Wars.

Really Great Things #10 includes recipes for chicken nuggets, a Lolita Squeeze and a smashup video of Sesame Street and Star Wars.

Here are the really great things I’ve stumbled upon the past week:

Food:

Mr. 11 could eat Chicken Nuggets made with this recipe all day long.

Do you know the best apples for cooking and baking and snacking?

As I work on this post, Mr. 11 and I are in the midst of Homework Wars: Math Edition. So I either need a bottle of tequila stat or a Lolita Squeeze from The Latin Kitchen.

This White Chocolate Halloween Chex Mix looks too good to save for Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, check out these Oreo mummy pops.

Not Food:

Does anyone use Blogger? Here’s a tutorial to design your own blog header.

This smashup of Sesame Street and Star Wars is a must watch.

What really great things have you found on the Internet, or anywhere, lately? Tell me in the comments.

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Rub Your Turkey

Rub Your Turkey with spices and brown sugar then roast with a beer and sliced limes over high heat for a magical flavor.

Rub Your Turkey with spices and brown sugar then roast with a beer and sliced limes over high heat for a magical flavor.

Who has started making plans for Thanksgiving? Okay, I know it’s early. Even I haven’t really thought about it. I’m still trying to grasp that fall has arrived. However, I do want you to think about rubbing your turkey this year. It is so so so good with a rub of spices and brown sugar, stuffed with limes and roasted over a can of beer. I tend to be pretty conservative with my larger birds.

I usually just roast turkey at a high heat or I stuff fresh sage under the skin. But I was roasting a 9-lb turkey breast to have for sandwiches this week and Mr. 11 suggested I “make it spicy” like Voodoo Chicken, a recipe for which comes from How Sweet It Is blog. Only she calls it beer-can chicken. I renamed it voodoo chicken because it is magical.

Mr. 11 was spot-on in suggesting Voodoo Turkey. A big bird is really good when you’ve given him a good rub-down first.

What’s your favorite rub recipe? Leave a comment.

Rub Your Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tsp ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or your choice of oil)
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 limes
  • 1 can of beer
  • 1 7 to 9 pound turkey or turkey breast

Instructions

  1. Prepare turkey for roasting, remove innards and dry bird with blowdryer or paper towels.
  2. Let rest while you're combining spices.
  3. Combine all spices in a small bowl with a lid and shake, shake, shake, shake.
  4. Mash up butter and mix with half of the spice mixture.
  5. Loosen turkey skin with your hands and rub butter/spice mixture under the skin reaching as far back as you can towards the turkey butt.
  6. Rub canola oil all over the turkey.
  7. Rub the rest of the spice over the turkey breast.
  8. Wedge a can of beer in the cavity. Stuff lime wedges in the butt portion.
  9. Roast at 425 for three hours or until inside reaches 190 degrees.
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Weekend Cooking Plan Sept. 20-21

My weekend cooking plan includes chicken nachos, omelettes and Voodoo Chicken.

My weekend cooking plan includes chicken nachos, omelettes and Voodoo Chicken.

Every Friday I share my plan for keeping us fed through the weekend so we’re not tempted to rely on takeout or going out to restaurants. Since I work full-time, I also try to get at least one dish cooked for the week ahead. And as M.D. (Mommy Dearest) always says, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Hi M.D.!

Hello, keeping the menu easy again this weekend. We had a terribly sad week.

A passerby pulled in our driveway Wednesday and asked what no pet owner ever wants to answer: do you have a [insert color and animal here] in our case, a gray cat?
“Yes.”
“Someone hit her, I think she’s gone.”

We live in the country but the road in front of our house has fast moving traffic.

We named her Chubs when she was a baby because she’d blow up like a balloon after her mama fed her. She was so sweet and adventurous and wild, just like her mama, Jade.

I know there are some of you who may be silently or not so silently cursing me right now for letting my cat outside but I really believe that cats deserve to play and hunt outdoors. I’ve always had inside/outside kitties and I can’t imagine it any other way, even now that we’ve lost Chubs. :(

So, I just want to relax this weekend and recharge.
I decided on chicken nachos for lunch tomorrow because I have grilled chicken already in the freezer and really good nacho chips and salsa on hand. And avocados are .99 each this week at Hannaford. That’s the cheapest they’ve been in a while.

I still have everything to make Voodoo chicken, which got postponed after last weekend when we had an unplanned dinner with my parents.
I’m making Sweet Potato Heaven because sweet potatoes are also on sale for .79 cents a pound. That may not impress any of you but it’s good for Maine, land of high food prices.

I’m grilling burgers for dinner tomorrow night because it’s supposed to be gorgeous and sunny. Another month and I’m not going to want to be outside grilling so I need to make charcoal while the sun shines.

I’m planning to get turkey in the freezer for an upcoming soup because turkey breast is on sale this weekend at Shaw’s, $1.29 a pound. Nothing is ever $1.29 a pound here, except the occasional avocado. I’m  also going to cook ground sirloin to have ready for tacos and burritos for dinner at least one night this week, if not two.

School and work has made our schedules crazy and we’ve started backsliding into relying on takeout a few nights a week. I’ve got to get on top of that immediately before it turns into a habit :)

What’s everyone else cooking? Where do your thoughts go on keeping cats inside or letting them be inside/outside cats?

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Guest Posting at The Perfect Brownie!

Hello!

I’m honored to be guest posting today over at The Perfect Brownie. Do yourself and your next batch of party guests a favor. Go check out my recipe for triple chocolate brownies with salted caramel sauce. And while you’re there, explore Katie’s recipes for all things brownie. She’s a woman after my own heart :)

I was going to include a poll asking everyone if they prefer box brownies or homemade but WordPress isn’t cooperating.

I’ve got a weekend cooking plan coming shortly and also, my thoughts on metal straws.

 

Jennifer xoxo

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Rib Rub Recipe

This is the best rib rub recipe I've ever tried. If you're not making your own ribs at home, start now.

This is the best rib rub recipe I’ve ever tried. If you’re not making your own ribs at home, start now.

For years, whenever Mr. 46 or Mr. 11 wanted ribs, we went to a barbecue joint because I once found big, hunks of meat intimidating to cook. But boy was I mistaken, especially when it comes to ribs. I don’t think there’s a more hands-off dish in the world than ribs. And your homemade ribs, even if your first attempt or two is clumsy, will be far better than any restaurant version. And incredibly cheaper too. I was frequently buying spare ribs this summer for $1.99 a pound. An average rack was 5 pounds and would be at least one meal for the three of us.

This is all you do for spicy, sweet, smoky and meaty ribs that will have your family worshipping you.

Mix up a bunch of spices in a container. I like to use a container with a lid so I can just shake it really hard to combine all the spice. This spice rub recipe is from Bobby Flay. Rub said spices into a rack or two of spare ribs, which you then wrap up in foil, lay in a roasting pan and bake for three hours or until meat is falling off the bone. Boom. Done. If you want to get fancy, after the three hours you can unwrap the ribs and baste them on a gas or charcoal grill with your favorite sauce. Serve and take a bow.

 

Rib Rub Recipe

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. Put all spices in a bowl with a lid. Shake until combined. Rub into two racks of spare ribs and wrap with foil. Place racks of spare ribs in a large pan, such as a roasting pan. Bake at 350 for three hours.
  2. Unwrap then finish cooking with a few minutes on the grill basting with your choice of barbecue sauce.
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Do you have a favorite rub recipe to put on ribs? Tell me what it is in the comments. Have you made ribs before? What do you think about ease of preparation?

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