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August 22, 2014

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1. 5 Myths of Cast Iron Cookware.

2. Mary Poppins is a man.

3. Why we don’t see our own typos.

4. PotatoStock.

5. Long live the butterbean.

6. Maybe we’re not the worst AFTER ALL!

7. Alton Brown, Southern icon. “It’s reflected in the fact that to be a Southerner suits everything that I want to be. One, you’re a little batshit crazy. All good Southerners are pretty much kinda mad. I like that. “

8. The butter knife of our dreams.

9. It drives me crazy when companies (big and small) ask me to work for “exposure.” Good on this guy for standing his ground.

10. Becoming a White Ally to Black People (and)

 

{ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Ribs }

August 18, 2014

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When it comes to my barbeque, I’m an Eastern North Carolina purist. I believe that the hallowed pulled pork meat should only be basted and sauced in a vinegar and red pepper sauce, and nothing anyone says will convince me otherwise. When it comes to other forms of slow cooked meat, however, I’m a little more open. For instance, on my pork ribs I love nothing more than caramelized brown sugar and a heavy dose of cayenne.

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Recently I spent a day in Raleigh with my Great Uncle Ted and his wife Ann, my great aunt. Ted is my grandmother’s brother, and we were talking about his childhood growing up in Wake County for the Tasting North Carolina series. We talked about our family, his parents and their families, his favorite foods, and his life growing up in North Carolina. We decided on a pound cake recipe from his mother, Flossie, for Wake, but he also shared his famous rib sauce recipe with me and it was too much to pass up.

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When I make ribs I usually do a spice and brown sugar dry rub and allow the sugar to melt and the spices to blend with the smoke from the grill over the course of many hours. Finished with Ted’s sauce (adapted to make it a bit spicier), the ribs were sweet and smoky, crisp and saucy, melt in your mouth perfection. Since we made these a few weeks ago I’ve been wanting ribs all day, every day. I even convinced Dan that making them on a Thursday was totally reasonable even though it meant eating at midnight. I would say that he’s a trooper but, come on, he got ribs.

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This post is sponsored by the North Carolina Pork Council.

1 rack of pork ribs

dry rub:

2 cups brown sugar

2 tbsp chipotle

2 tbsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp powdered ginger

sauce:

2 cups fresh or canned tomato puree

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp chipotle

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

Heat your grill to approximately 325F. Mix together brown sugar and spices of dry rub. Wrap a baking sheet in tin foil and place the ribs meat-side up. Rub half of the sugar and spice mix into the meat and then flip over so the meat is touching the pan. Top the bone-side of the ribs with the remaining sugar/spice mix.  Cover loosely with tin foil and place on the grill. Grill 3-3 1/2 hours or until the meat has shrunk away from the bones and easily peels off.

While the ribs are cooking combine tomatoes, sugar, spices, and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until ribs are done.

Transfer ribs to a plate and top with rib sauce. Serve hot.

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August 14, 2014

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1. Shark Week is a lie.

2. The Aging Myth.

3. A farmer’s perspective on our obsession with small-scale farms.

4. I love this.

5. Honor their unicorn.

6. Encyclopedia of Southern Food.

7. “I am a white privileged lady not a car lol”

8. I don’t need any more water bottles (it’s a problem) but I like the idea of cold water (or wine!) for 12 hours! My biggest hurdle with hydration is probably tepid water.

9. #IfTheyGunnedMeDown (also) (and this)

10. Legend. (also) (and, this too, on why you shouldn’t romanticize suicide) (and finally, this).

p.s. What White People Can Do- “We need to lock arms amidst all of this. If the police feel they are above the law with any one group, they will feel they are above the law with others. We need to learn from the civil rights movement. It wasn’t just black folks, it was everybody, because it wasn’t a black problem it was a moral issue. We are remembering 40 years after the Freedom Summer. That wasn’t just black people risking their lives, it was a community that went down to Mississippi because they knew that when any group within the nation is marginalized then we can’t be the nation we want to be.” 

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