Tidbits of GarlicWritten by Shauna Hanus
Just this morning my mother was telling me about all Italian and Greek immigrants she and my dad lived amongst when they were first married. As she spoke of all intense aromas that filled their little neighbor in Youngstown, Ohio she began to reflect on their superstitions. One particular long held belief was protecting strength of garlic.
She explained how when local high school football team was playing a neighboring school that was know to have a bigger and stronger team mothers would tie a garland of garlic around boys necks. The mom's would then say if garlic doesn't do trick smell will surely knock opposing team over. This little story got me to thinking about all benefits of garlic.
I have heard told that Egyptian slaves ate garlic and onions to keep up their energy levels while building pyramids. In fact, folklore indicates that garlic can ward off vampires, and even plague.
Do a Dry Rub FirstWritten by Shauna Hanus
The debate on ribs has ended in my home. After years of toil I have finally capitulated and agreed to make ribs fool proof way every time. Consequently neighbors, kids, and family from out of town all place special requests for ribs.
To begin pre-heat your oven or BBQ to around 200° degrees Fahrenheit. If heat reaches much above 250 ° degrees you run considerable risk of your ribs drying out.
Next rub ribs with your favorite dry rub and place them bone side up in a roasting pan. I have found that jarred dry rubs are well balanced with sweet and spice and make for a good tasting rib. If you have a particular preference mix up a batch of your own personal seasonings and store it in an air tight container with rest of your spices. You will then always have your favorite rub on hand.