Monthly Archives: October 2012

Ryan’s Meatless Monday Retort – Round 2

So, last week Ryan responded to my Meatless Monday suggestion by cooking (ahem, reheating) himself dinner comprised solely of an excessive portion of meat and no vegetables.

This week I was certain that we would make progress.  Over the weekend we discussed making spaghetti squash.  Ryan didn’t  oppose it.  The game plan was to make it for dinner on Monday night.  Yes, Meatless Mondays here we come!!!

So where did I go wrong . . .

Ryan left town.  Turns out he had to work an overnight out of town and neglected to inform me.  I suppose he figured he wouldn’t mind spaghetti squash for Meatless Monday too much if he wasn’t here for it.

So, what did we learn this week: (1) Ryan is open to Meatless Monday as long as he is not here for it; (2) I need to double-check Ryan’s schedule before we discuss menu plans for Meatless Monday; and (3) Ryan still cannot cook for himself, but he can reheat, and when he does, no vegetables will be harmed in said production:

Ryan’s most recent cooking attempts (yes, he has only cooked for himself twice in the last several months) – please notice the lack of green:



Oh, my bad,  Ryan just informed me that he went out to eat yesterday (still cannot cook for himself) and had a cheeseburger and that his cheeseburger had vegetables.  When asked what kind of vegetables he replied: “lettuce, tomato, blue cheese crumbles, and mushrooms.”

Hmmm,  blue cheese crumbles, is it possible Ryan does not know what a vegetable is.  He also wants you all to know that there were grilled onions on the burger – he is totally an herbivore.  Except for the 1/2 pound of meat and blue cheese crumbles in there.

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Mondays With Murphy – Dad Dressed Me For Halloween!

Hedo friends.  Happy Haloweeenie from me, Murphy!

Mom and Dad got home yesterday, and they picked me up from the resort, and it was an exciting day times three!  Mom and Dad came home, Dad let me dress up for halloween (he picked out my outfit), and I got a new toy.  Check it out:

These are my halloween treats:

I am so happy – so happy I cannot keep my eyes open (p.s. check out my cool costume – Dad picked it out!):

So, so happy – eyes open this time:

So, so , so happy:

p.s. Mom says I take after Steve (her dad) because I can never keep my eyes open in pictures 🙂

p.p.s. Do you think I look like yoda? Mom and I think dad is crazzzzzy!

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Ryan and I met on Halloween three years ago, so we always celebrate our anniversary on Halloween weekend.

In case you were wondering, he went as a priest, and I went as electrocuted.  We have differing opinions as to who saw who first, how we met, and the effectiveness of his lame pick-up lines. If I remember correctly, the line he used was “I have been waiting to get your name all night.”  Ryan now informs me that it went like this . . . eye contact, smile, pick-up line.  He says it wasn’t a question, but a statement. Boys.  So that is another story for another day.

Anyway, after the Packer game Ryan fell asleep so I proceeded to steal the remote and put on Jersey Shore (yes, my taste in television is that bad, and I am okay with it).

Ryan woke up from his nap just in time for the part of the episode where Mike asks Paula to be his girlfriend.  Bad timing.

You see, I am pretty sure Ryan never officially asked me to be his girlfriend.  So even though we have been together for three years (and have a hair dog-son together), he never actually officially asked me to be his girlfriend, which is why we celebrate Halloween as our anniversary.  There really isn’t another official day.

When I brought this up to Ryan, he said,  really, I never asked?? (Which is another problem, because if he had, and he didn’t remember, I think that might be worse).  I said, nope, unless you count the day where you told me that you allegedly caught me smiling at a guy at a bar, and told me that had to “stop making eyes at other guys.”  To that I say, don’t worry honey, I only have eyes for you . . . .

And Murphy.

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Packers v. Jaguars – The Review

First some pictures:

Cherry Limemade Cupcakes!

The Lubi! (with green beans – our semi-healthy addition)

And now for Ryan’s rating:

  • Delicouness – 15.5 out of 20
  • Authenticity – 9.2 out of 10 (Ryan was disappointed I didn’t actually make him a cherry limemade – Boy sure is hard to please)
  • Complementary Items – 10 out of 10
  • Presentation – 5 out of 5 (I think he liked the cherry on top)
  • Quantity – 5 out of 5
  • Bonus Points – 4 out of 4
  • Overall – 9.74 out of 10

No comments from Ryan this week.  He now needs a nap.  I will it could say that he needs a nap because he ate too much delicious food, but he informed me that he didn’t really like this one.  Apparently, he does not like ground beef.  Ugh.  And he thinks he should get ribs every weekend now.

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Menu Plan – Packers v. Jaguars

Jacksonville was a challenging city to plan for.  It appears that they are known for three things when it comes to food: (1) a sandwich called a Lubi; (2) a sandwich called a “camel rider”; and (3) cherry limemade.

So I identified the food, what is my problem then?

My problem with the limemade is easy enough to understand — I lack the kitchen tools necessary to make limemade.

My problem with the Lubi and the camel rider is less clear.  How hard can it be to make a sandwich?  Well my problem is that I cannot figure out what the sandwiches are made of.  So, we shall see how today turns out.  Wish me luck.

Also, if you happen to know what either of these sandwiches are, please let me know.  There is still time to tweak my menu plan.

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What Food is Jacksonville Known For?

After a few minutes of internet research, I am having trouble finding out what foods Jacksonville is known for.

So far, the only thing that I have come across is a Mozzarella Lubi – a sandwich of sorts I guess?  I am still trying to figure out exactly what it is. And apparently there are a  couple of varieties.

And then there is some sort of pita sandwich.  Also still trying to figure that one out.

Two recipes have mentioned cherry limeade, so maybe that is an option.

Anyone have suggestions? Advice? Anything?

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Ribs Two Ways

Ribs . . .otherwise known as the fastest way to a man’s heart.

For the St. Louis game, I decided to make two kinds of ribs.  Here are the recipes, and a recipe for barbecue sauce.  I highly recommend both of them.

You will notice a theme below – I start with a recipe and then I change it. What can I say, I can never leave good enough alone.

“No-Style Ribs” (If you are wondering why I call them No-Style Ribs – go here).

I started with this recipe . . . an then I changed it.  I made minimal changes to this recipe, and mostly just to add a little spice, so I do not take credit for this recipe at all.  I just take credit for implementing 🙂


  • 3-4 lbs pork ribs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees f.
  2. Cover cookie sheet with two layers of tinfoil.
  3. Cut the ribs into serving sized portions.
  4. Peel off tough membrane and excess fat that covers the ribs.
  5. Mix together the sugar and spices to make the rub.
  6. Apply rub to ribs on all sides and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Cover cookie sheet completely with tinfoil.
  8. Place on baking sheet and bake for 2-1/2 hours.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Brush on sauce.
  11. Cook for 30-60 minutes, adding sauce every 15 minutes.

Barbecue Sauce

I started with this recipe . . . and then I changed it.


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup brown sugar (Ryan likes a sweeter barbecue sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  4. Add pan drippings and cook until sauce is reduced.

Braised Spare Ribs

I started with this recipe . . . and then I changed it (told you there was a theme).


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 8 ounces root beer
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 cups beef stock
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix together flour and black pepper. Coat short ribs with flour.
  3. Heat oil in Dutch oven or ovenproof saucepot on medium-high heat.
  4. Add the short ribs; cook 5 to 10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Remove from Dutch oven.
  5. Heat additional oil in Dutch oven on medium heat. Add garlic, onions, and potatoes; cook and stir 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add root beer, water, beef stock, tomato paste, vinegar, and bay leaves.
  6. Bring to boil, stirring to loosen browned bits in bottom of Dutch oven. Return short ribs to Dutch oven, stirring to partially cover short ribs in liquid. Cover.
  7. Braise in oven 2-1/2 hours.
  8. Either eat immediately or place on tinfoil lined cookie sheet, cover with barbecue sauce and bake in oven for 15-30 minutes, adding additional sauce every 15 minutes.
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Ryan’s Meatless Monday Retort

For weeks I have been suggesting to Ryan that we should institute Meatless Monday.  First, I went through the health benefits.  Then, I went through the economical benefits.  He wasn’t buying it, but he didn’t completely write it off.

Well, I think I have his answer.  Yesterday (Monday) he was left to fend for himself for dinner (something that I was not certain he could actually do) and he sent me this picture . . .

That would be ribs (leftovers), mashed potatoes (leftovers), biscuits (leftovers), sausage gravy (leftovers).  No vegetables.

When confronted, he sheepishly said, “But I had potatoes, aren’t those a vegetable?”  Hmmmmmm.  We have a long way to go.

All in all, I think that we learned three things: (1) I have a long way to go before Ryan agrees to Meatless Mondays; (2) Ryan doesn’t know what vegetables are; and  (3) Ryan can fend for himself for dinner . . . as long as there are leftovers.

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Monday’s with Murphy – Mr. Magoooooo


Hedo Friends!  Murphy again.  Last week mom bought me a new toy.  I love toys.

My new toy’s name name was Mr. Magoo . . .



At first, I wasn’t not sure how I felt about Mr. Magoo . . .




Then Mr. Magoo and I had a staring contest . . .

But then I decided that I loved Mr. Magoo . .  for five minutes . . . and then Mr. Magoo was no more . . .



Now Mr. Magoo doesn’t squeak anymore, and I don’t know why? Do you think mom will get me a new toy? I love toys, but only for five minutes.




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Packers v. Rams – Ribs Two Ways

When I asked Ryan what he wanted this weekend for the Packers-Rams game, he emphatically said ribs.  There was no discussion of other options, we were having ribs.

Ryan ask for St. Louis style ribs, which apparently is a cut of meat.  Well my grocery store sells ribs, no style.  I am sure I could find a butcher shop somewhere were I could by St. Louis style ribs, as opposed to ribs no style, but well, the grocery store is five minutes away and their no-style ribs were on sale.

I shouldn’t sell the grocery store short – They had “no-style” ribs with bones and boneless spare ribs – so at least I had two options.

So we made no-style ribs (as I have decided they shall be called) and spare ribs.

Ryan hasn’t said anything for the last ten minutes (going on 20 now), he permitted me to change the channel away from football (granted the Packers are not playing), and he volunteered WITHOUT ANY PROMPTING to do the dishes.  I think that is a good sign for my rating.

As I was taking the ribs out of the oven, I accidentally spilled a little of the liquid from the pan (that was about 2 hours ago).  Murphy has been licking the kitchen floor every time he goes in there now.   I think that is another good sign for my rating. Murphy is currently licking my feet, maybe it isn’t a good sign after all.

Now for a picture:


Yup mashed potatoes again.  Ryan loves homemade french fries, and every time I ask what he wants with dinner he says, “Homemade French Fries???”  When I tell him no because they take too long, he pouts worse than Murphy, so  I suggest Mashed Potatoes.  He perks up, says, “Really, we can have Mashed Potatoes??” and suddenly all is well in the world again.

p.s. he is still doing the dishes without complaint. Hmmmm.

Well the happy dishwasher was short-lived.  Apparently, I “did a number on the kitchen.”  He is such a complainer.  Ugh.

And now for the rating . . .

  • Deliciousness – 20 out of 20
  • Authenticity – 9.99 out of 10
  • Complementary Items – 9.6 out of 10
  • Presentation – 5 out of 5
  • Quantity – 5 out of 5
  • Bonus – 4 out of 4
  • Overall – 10.718 out of 10 – WOHOOOOO!!!!
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