Pumpkin Pie. Or is it?

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Another Turkey day has come and gone and we are sad to see it go.  But we have great memories.  We arrived at our destination late so we didn’t get any pictures of what was made.  There was the usual suspects, stuff Turkey by Joe, decease green beans, side effects stuffing, cranberries along with a few new items.  I made Jason’s famous smoked sweet potato/potato mash, there was a refreshing fennel salad, Brian’s sweet potatoes with paprika, Anna made butternut squash with parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and thyme, while Kirk made a lovely whiskey cocktail that had everyone thankful.  Luckily for us Jason did take pictures and made a fabulous pumpkin pie that disappeared faster than giblet gravy!  Or was it a pumpkin pie?  I told everyone I would let them know what was it it but not til after.  So without further ado the secret ingredients in the the pies were Butternut Squash and Brandy.  No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this pie.  We got the idea from The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/11/14/dining/100000001903215/pumpkin-pie.html  We thought, hmmmm interesting lets do it! The results speak for themselves.  Two pies gone in no time.  We also had an actual pumpkin pie and it was delicious.  But I think from now on it’s Butternut Squash Pie that will be made in The Lab.

Stove Top Smoker

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What happens when a stove top smoker and a rack of ribs collide? The best ribs ever!!! O.K., malady so I may be biased, this but I can’t help it. We bought a stove top smoker last year because we wanted to go camping and the weather wasn’t cooperating. We searched high and low and found one that we liked and have been using it ever since. Last night we used it to smoke some ribs and they were so good we ate most of the rack in one sitting!  We also made sweet and red potato mash with a cucumber, rx radish and tomato salad in a spicy red wine vinaigrette. For the ribs we used are Camerons smoker and apple wood chips to give it that smokey sweetness to balance out the dry rub we made. The potato mash is one sweet potato to four medium red potato’s and the dressing for the salad was red wine vinegar, olive oil and Tapatio hot sauce. Needless to say there was nothing left.  So the next time you want that feeling of camping and can’t get there, remember you can always use a stove top smoker.

The Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hungarian Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon of crushed Coriander Seeds
  • ¾ Tablespoon fresh Cracked Multi-Peppercorns(green,black,pink & white)
  • 1 Tablespoon of kosher salt
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl
  2. Pat rack of ribs dry with paper towel
  3. Rub spices on both sides of ribs
  4. Put in smoker