Memorial Day Cookout

I love a good excuse to spend an entire day in the kitchen. To me, there is something about chopping, peeling, grating and cooking all day. No time pressure, no worries, just a nice relaxing day to cook. So I invited a few people over for Memorial Day and used it as my excuse to cook.

I started with chicken and ribs. Orange and thyme marinated chicken and cider braised ribs.

20130527-194936.jpg The chicken was a total experiment. Zest and juice of two oranges, thyme from the garden, three chopped cloves of garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Marinade for twenty four hours. The pork was simple and tasted oh so good …

20130527-195228.jpg Apple cider, soy sauce and brown sugar. Marinade overnight then braised in a 250 degree oven for about four hours – turning once. They come out juicy and falling off the bone.

20130527-195425.jpg Add some home made BBQ sauce and grill – they were the star of lunch.

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The chicken was good, but not nearly as good as the ribs.

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Now lunch would not be complete with just the chicken and ribs. So we also had my no mayo coleslaw

20130527-195658.jpg cucumber and tomato salad with a white balsamic and dill vinaigrette

20130527-195731.jpg potatoes (which I forgot to take a picture of) and a quinoa tabbouleh – a total experiment and not bad. It looked really pretty though.

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I also added some pineapple and watermelon from the farmers market. The pineapple was amazing; the watermelon not so great. But it sure looked pretty.

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No meal would be complete without dessert. And as much as I hate making it, I did make the fabulous French Silk Pie.

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I know I’ve made and posted this one before but really when you start with

20130527-200235.jpg and

20130527-200250.jpg and mix it for a LONG time to come up with that pie … Well, it is worth posting again. Although whoever decided that it takes “7-10 minutes” to get eggs to 160 degrees over a double boiler while mixing with an electric mixer was insane. Try 23 minutes. But the pie is so worth it.
And since I can’t do dessert half way and it is the beginning of summer, I had to go with berry shortcake.

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Vegan scones, macerated strawberries and blueberries (maple syrup, sugar and vanilla) and whipped cream. Yes, real, homemade whipped cream. Ohh … It is almost as good as the pie.

The picture at the top is the lizard one of the cats brought in. I thought it had gone back outside, but apparently it went up in the pantry and sat near my vanilla. I almost had a heart attack but Bob saved the day – I think he was afraid I may not move it myself and then all the desserts would not get made.

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day!

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