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It’s all in the sauce!

23 Aug

So I’m counting down the last days of summer and thinking of all of the last minute recipes that I can try before it is time to put the grill away. A couple of weeks ago I tried a recipe that I found for Carolina Barbecued Ribs. I have to tell you that the sauce was so simple, but yet so amazing, so much so that I had to pass it along to my Simply Studded family. This recipe will employ almost all of your taste buds. From the initial marinade you will taste hints of tanginess from the white vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes. And the sauce will give you notes of sweet with a subtle pop of spicy that will lead you to believe that a Carolina festival is happening in your mouth.


Carolina Barbecued Ribs

Carolina Barbecued Ribs…
Salt and Pepper     To Taste
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes     1 Tbsp
Pork Back Ribs (3-4 lb.)     2
White Vinegar     1 pt


Onion, chopped     5 oz
Garlic Cloves     3
Green Bell Pepper, chopped     4 oz
Plum Tomatoes, canned     1 pt
Red Devil Hot Sauce     8 oz
Brown Sugar     10 oz
Lemon Juice     2 oz

Combine the salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Rub this mixture over both sides of the ribs, coating them well. Place the ribs in a nonreactive pan and add the vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Uncover the ribs and turn presentation side down and bake in a 375 oven for 1 ½ hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by pureeing the onions, garlic, green pepper and tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Pour this mixture into a nonreactive saucepan and add the remaining sauce ingredients. Simmer the sauce over low heat until it thickens, approx. 15-20 minutes.

Remove the ribs from the liquid and place on the grill presentation side up. Brush the ribs with sauce and grill to desired doneness. Additional sauce can be served on the side.

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Mmm take a bite out of that!

What about Couscous?

5 May

Tired of rice and pasta? Want a different side to compliment your favorite meat, poultry, or seafood?

How about couscous? Couscous is a North African dish consisting of steamed semolina. It is a light side dish that can be made in many different ways. It is usually made as a savory salad or even as a warm side.

Here is a recipe that I found by Giada De Laurentiis that will be a great compliment to baked chicken or fish.

Sweet Couscous with Nuts and Dried Fruit

Sweet Couscous with Nuts and Dried Fruit


  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) couscous
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted and skinned hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, if desired


In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cranberries, apricots, and cherries. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in the couscous and remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid until the couscous has absorbed all of the cooking liquid, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Using a fork, fluff the couscous to break up any lumps. Add the almonds and hazelnuts and toss. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet until completely cooled, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the couscous to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestion: Drizzle the couscous with 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil for a moister texture.

More Couscous ideas…

Steak, Sundried Tomato, and Mozzerella Couscous

Saffron Israeli Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mmm take a bite out of that!