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    Wednesday, February 09, 2005  
    Iron Chef
    Last weekend was an iron chef weekend. I ended up going shopping as one of my Saturday morning chores. This inevitably leades to me buying lots of snacks and some wacky ingredients. In the back of my mind I was thinking about grilling some ribs for SuperBowl. I got the ribs and tofu and angel food cake. That's the iron chef moment.

    The tofu idea led me to our vegetarian cookbooks. Which led to Saag Aloo (potatoes and spinach). This is one of our favorite dishes but one we haven't found the perfect recipe for yet. And the tofu dish I decided upon was "Deep Fried dipped in peanut sauce".

    We didn't have peanut butter. A staple! But an extra trip to the store solved that issue. The batter for the tofu turned out to work. Not to spicy. Poofed up nicely when fried. And the overall effect was "fluffy like clouds." Very tasty. The sauce was basically peanut butter and bar-b-que sauce. Not brilliant but the tofu was so good it didn't matter.

    The Saag Aloo was edible but not spectacular. Still searching.

    And I used butterscotch pudding to frost the angel food cake, topped with crumbled chocolate graham crackers. I think this is officially ground hog day cake. We didn't see our shadow. I don't think the strawberries would have worked on it. Good thing we kept it simple.

    That was Saturday. Sunday was pork loin ribs. I'd never cooked ribs before. Eaten many though!

    The web is the Iron Chefs best friend. I found lots of suggestions for the ribs, but none that matched my vision. I didn't want to grill. I didn't want to put them in a vat of boiling water. I didn't want to follow someone's 12 step plan to perfect ribs. I wanted oven baked/roasted sweet and savory ribs. So I improvised. I found something close and made it up as I went.

    First I "salted" the ribs. The basic recipe was from the web. Salt, sugar, brown sugar, and some spices. A little too salty. Could be I smeared enough mixture for 4 racks on 2 racks. Basically it was 1-1-1 above, or something like that. And then baked the ribs for 30 minutes.

    Then I added my basting sauce -- tomatoes, catsup, onion, spices, and assorted other stuff. Then about 2 more hours of baking and basting. The house smelled of ribs.

    The ribs were good. Didn't need any extra dipping sauce. And we ended up sharing one rack over the not-too-exciting halftime show. The second rack went to work with me Monday -- and I guess I was supposed to share that half too. Next time I see ribs on sale, we might just get them again.

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    Sunday, February 06, 2005  
    MOVIE: Unfortunate Events
    We went to go see Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events today. Jim Carrey plays a wonderful Count Olaf, the villain. The kids are interesting. I think I am going to seek out the books.

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