Sunday, March 6, 2011

Winter Madness, Box Wine and Sloppy Ribs


Liquid Happy Meal
                                   
Dear Friends,

Have I ever told you about the oenophile delights of box wine.  First of all, the up-side of drinking box wine is being able to open the spigot and let it rip right into your open mouth.  You don't need to turn the bottle expertly like a snooty sommelier to avoid those pesky little drips and you can put away those fancy wine glasses that have a tendency to break way too easy when you're stumbling around the kitchen and best of all, there's no clean-up and you can spend more quality time with the family.  It's a win-win for everyone.


My story continues.....


One, never-ending frosty late afternoon I was enjoying the above-mentioned box of wine and thinking about making barbecue ribs for dinner until I realized I was out of my usual crappy bottle of barbecue sauce that I keep on hand.  I didn't relish the idea of bundling up and going to the grocery store and risk having my body temperature drop way below normal (even with wine flowing freely through my veins) because as I might have mentioned before it's, WAY TOO COLD outside.  I'd have to go old-school and make it myself.  So, I rummaged through my pantry and came up with this dynamite sauce below.



WINTER MADNESS BARBECUE SAUCE

3/4 bottle of Heinz chili sauce
1/2 jar of Asian chili paste
slosh of soy sauce
squirt of honey
clump of brown sugar
slow pour of molasses
swallow of orange juice
pinch of dry mustard
sprinkle of garlic powder
dollop of tomato paste
tablespoonish of smokey paprika

Dump all the ingredients into a sauce pan and simmer until it tastes kick-ass.  Place in fridge to chill-out before using or in my case, a snowbank.


The Delectable Results



Yeah, yeah, I know it doesn't have the correct measurements (didn't I say I was enjoying a great box of wine) but you're all adults and can figure it out.  Beside the ingredients were in my pantry, not yours so you might come up with something different. If not, play with the recipe and tap into your creative culinary muse.  She's a lot of fun especially when she's a little tipsy.



The Happy Couple


Opposites attract,

Rebecca



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