Jun 252014

Not usually one for gadgets but the first one is a great little gizmo for smoking small amounts of meat or veg. It is cast iron and filled with wood chips of choice comes in very handy. Can be used indoors or out. Remember to soak your chips and drain them before use.

Cast iron skillets are perfect for many occasions. This gem is small and great for making cornbread, cakes, etc. for two to three people.

Last is something I could not live without. A cast iron dutch oven. Cook indoors or out. Makes a great deep fryer too!

Always keep in mind that the cast iron will run a little hotter temp so adjust accordingly.

Mar 112012

2 Lbs Spareribs
1 Granny Smith Rough Chop
1 Small Red Onion Rough Chop
1 Clove Garlic Minced
1 C Chicken Stock
1/2 C Port Wine
1/4 C Golden Raisins
3 T Dijon Mustard
3 T Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

In large dutch oven, parboil spareribs for 5 minutes. Remove from dutch oven and discard water. Gently saute onion, apples, and garlic over low heat. Deglaze with port wine off the heat. Return dutch oven to low heat, add spareribs, raisins, and dijon mustard. Braise for 1 hour or until tender. Remove ribs to baking pan. Using a stick blender, puree liquid to desired consistency and pour over ribs. Put ribs under broiler for 3 minutes to “set” the sauce.