Perfect Sweet Tea

I don't like my sweet tea too sweet nor too strong so due to trial and error, I finally found the right combination I can enjoy drinking all day long.

Perfect Sweet Tea

1 half gallon plastic pitcher
6 Lipton tea bags
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 quart of boiling water
1 quart ice water


In a tea kettle or saucepan, bring to a boil one quart of water. Add sugar and tea bags to pitcher. Once water is boiling, add to pitcher. Steep tea for one minute, then discard tea bags. Mix to combine sugar and tea, add cold water and mix again. Refrigerate.

Easy Pork BBQ

Do you know what makes flavorful tender BBQ pork? It's all in the preparation.

Your favorite butcher, (i.e. Farmer John, among others) will prepare the ribs in packages that are around 2.5 pounds in weight uncooked which will serve two people.

Many online recipes call for you to boil the ribs before placing them on a BBQ to finish with sauce. This is a great idea if you've got the time to do it, but in the real world, this cook needs to sometimes be able to prepare meals without having to stand over a hot stove to do it. Enter the crock pot.

I added one tablespoon of garlic powder and one teaspoon of ground black pepper to the crockpot, cut the side of ribs into 2-3 riblets per serving (so the rack fits into the crockpot better lying flat), and added just enough water to cover the ribs.

I let this "boil" in the crockpot for 4 hours on low.

Once done, then I started my BBQ and allowed it to get up to at least 400 degrees before placing the ribs on the grill. I grilled them on both sides to gain a slight char (this should take no more than 20 minutes because, let's face it the ribs are already cooked through due to being boiled) and then slathered them with your favorite BBQ sauce de dour.

Sausage Vegetable Soup

Sausage Vegetable Soup

Johnson's stadium fully cooked bratwurst- 1 1/2 package
2 potatoes, diced;
3 celery stalks, sliced;
1 medium onion, diced;
1-15 ounce can canellini beans, drained and rinsed;
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder;
8 ounces or more chopped greens (radicchio, escarole, endive, kale, baby spinach, etc);
1 tsp granulated garlic;
2-14 ounce cans peeled and diced tomatoes;
2 sliced carrots;
olive oil

In large stock pot over medium high heat, add tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of coarse kosher salt, and onion cooking until translucent. Add to pot carrots and celery. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring a few times. In a medium skillet, brown sausage, then cut into bite-size pieces, then add chopped sausage along with potatoes, chicken stock, garlic and pepper. Add canellini beans, diced tomatoes and cold water to pot until it is about 2/3rds full. Add greens. Make sure greens are covered in water by pushing them under and allow everything to return to slow boil. This should take about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning, but don't over cook. Garnish with your favorite croutons.

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Belgian Style Yeast Waffles

3/4 cup warm water or A2 milk
3 teaspoons dairy free butter
1 teaspoon of your favorite maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup white flour
1 teaspoon yeast

This mixture can be made in a blender! After blending for 1 minute, let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes so that the yeast can develop. Can be refrigerated overnight to use the next day.

Use non-stick vegetable spray on your hot waffle iron before pouring half of the batter. Cook the waffles until they stop steaming heavily, from 5-6 minutes.

Makes two Belgian Waffles.

Homemade Artisan Bread

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups hot tap water

I start this recipe by making it in a 6 quart enameled cast iron round casserole, adding all the ingredients in the sequence listed above. Then I use a large wooden spoon to mix it all together. After 2 minutes of mixing, the mixture will form a ball. Place the lid on the pot and move to a warm place and let sit for 2-5 hours.

After the rising time, mix the bread again with a clean large wooden spoon until it forms a ball again. Using a sharp knife, cut an X  or hash sign " # "on the top of the ball because it's going release it's steam while baking and may crack there.

Create a water bath on the lower rack by adding an inch of water in a glass casserole.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Place the round casserole pot on the center rack. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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No milk and utterly delicious!