I don't feel well. In fact, I feel like plain old shit. The worst part is, I think I did it to myself. Have you ever felt so badly emotionally that you actually make yourself physically sick? Uh huh. I see you shaking your head in agreement. Well, that's what I did. I have no idea where the sadness came from. Or the attitude. Ok...ummm..actually, the attitude might have come from the sadness. Let's begin again. I have no idea where the sadness came from. I guess it goes back to the way I felt on the eve of my twenty fifth birthday. Everything seemed to be going wrong. And if it wasn't wrong, it certainly wasn't going the way I wanted or felt like it should be. I feel like I am not where I expected to be in life. I get like this sometimes. Frustrated, angry, not wanting to be bothered. Not wanting to think or feel, or be. But, I always want to cook. It just makes sense to me. This weekend I allowed myself to be all of the emotional things that I knew would lead to be being physically sick. As the headache began, I rolled my eyes. When the coughing wouldn't stop, I sucked my teeth. When the hot flashes forced me to rip off then pull on clothes, I cursed and then gave the silent treatment. He wanted shrimp. Who eats shrimp for Sunday dinner? Why must you watch EVERY game on Sunday? Even the teams you don't like? And why didn't you know that I was going to need help coming from the grocery? (Actually, that's my fault. I always go with the intention of buying one or two things then end up with a teenaged boy pulling the cart behind me.... What? Sometimes I get inspired in aisle 2). I made the shrimp anyway, but I purposely didn't put my heart into it with the hopes that he wouldn't like it. But, he did (see attitude shrimp recipe). Screw him! I decided to make ribs to be rebellious, because like I said; who eats shrimp for Sunday dinner? By the time they were done, the flu had taken over and my appetite was gone. He happily ate the ribs and proclaimed them delicious. Then he looked at me shivering and said, "baby, if I could take all your pain away and be sick for you I would. Just like God gave Adam's rib to Eve, I would take half of you...Tell me how". So, I said "Get me some peanut butter and fresh bakery bread". And he said "Its Sunday. The bakery is closed". And I said, "hmph! Some Adam you are"! Minutes later, he asked for another plate of ribs. Such is life people.
Baby back beef ribs
Lawry's Seasoned Salt
Jack Daniels Original BBQ sauce
Soak ribs for at least 1/2 hour in water with vinegar
Season ribs with dry spices and Worschester Sauce
Arrange ribs in baking pan
Pour orange juice to cover ribs (pineapple juice works too)
Cover and place in fridge to marinate for at least an hour (can be overnight)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Place covered ribs in center rack and bake for 45 minutes
Uncover ribs and pour out excess liquid
Place uncovered ribs back into oven and pour sauce over them
Continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes
Remove ribs and drizzle honey over them
Place ribs in broiler and cook for 10 minutes until honey is carmalized
Remove from oven and cover. Let meat rest.
Plate and enjoy with your favorite sides!