I experienced my first blizzard! So exciting, but the dog really didn’t want to go outside at all and had to be cruelly forced outside to take care of her needs. Her doghouse did not tempt her and she went no further than the bottom of the house deck stairs, returned to the kitchen door to gaze at us, pitifully coated in snow. We eventually let her back in 😀
In general, the blizzard created no problems for us. Although the car was completely buried, we didn’t need it for anything because we always have a stocked pantry, plenty of alcohol and a ridiculously bulging freezer.
I wrestled 2 slabs of pork spareribs from the freezer and seasoned them with salt, pepper, garlic powder and rosemary. I roasted the slabs for an hour in 350 F oven before brushing them with barbecue sauce.
An additional 45 minutes, turning and brushing them with sauce every 15 minutes did the trick. I did wish we could use the grill for this but my husband balked, explaining that there was a blizzard outside 😀
Our daughter Jade made a lovely salad to counteract the enormous amount of pork and carbohydrates we were about to consume.
Someone suggested that we have both potato salad and my husband’s Aunt Kay’s beans with the ribs. After I explained that all we needed was one or the other, we voted and Aunt Kay won.
Aunt Kay’s Beans
1 lb bacon chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 16 oz can of butter beans, drained
2 16 oz can of Goya pink beans, drained
2 16 oz can of pork n beans(do not drain)
1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
1/2 cup of ketchup
2 tbsp of chili powder
2 tbsp of brown sugar or 3 tbsp of molasses
2 tbsp of mustard
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown the bacon then remove from pan, drain on paper towels, then set aside Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until soft. Add ground beef to the pan and cook just until all pink is gone. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together bacon, ground beef and onion mixture, beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, chili powder, brown sugar, mustard, salt, pepper and water. Pour into a baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.