Our house guests arrived last night and we had a wonderful pot roast dinner. I probably drank one too many beers as we all sat around the table afterwards and shared stories of our lives. Flying from the East Coast to the West Coast is a long day to travel and with the 3 hour difference in time our guest were tired.
To prepare for our upcoming trip I cooked 6 racks of ribs yesterday and two more this morning. They are baby backs and I slow cook them with a little garlic salt and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute at 250 for 3 hours. After they are done I place them all in containers with BBQ sauce and they are ready for grilling. The slow cook makes them so much more tender. I could only fit 6 racks in the over yesterday and that is why I am up early cooking the other two. This will be dinner for Monday night and I am still debating wether two grill them here and put them in large large aluminum trays to heat up later, or just wait until we get down to the Beach House and grill them there. Either way the ribs with baked beans, farm fresh corn on the cob and assorted salads should make an excellent meal for 21 adults and 7 children.
Tuesday is a little easier with Sharon’s Jersey Style Italian Spaghetti, Meatballs and Sausage dinner that she cooked last weekend. It’s all in the freezer and will be ready to put into a giant pot to simply heat up. All we will have to do is boil enough water for 6 pounds of pasta and cut some Italian Bread.
This morning I will be cooking 2 lbs of Bacon for BLT’s. I will use the heirloom tomatoes from the garden which are still slowly coming in. Tomorrow may be a little easer with just scrambled eggs and sausage.
I feel like a cooking fool, but it really is a labor of love. There was a time when I wanted to open my own restaurant, but once again with family obligations to a steady job with benefits it just was not in the cards.
I did pretty good yesterday with eating and my blood sugar is a lot lower this morning. I pretty much stayed busy all day and didn’t think much about food other than what I was cooking. The one thing about cooking food is that for some reason you don’t much feel like eating. Go figure!
Blood Sugar- 99, Weight- 178.4