I had nothing planned ahead for dinner tonight, I was going to be making cake and/or fondant to play around with tomorrow, but I knew there were some pork ribs in the freezer that needed to be used up soon, so I figured what the heck. We also still had two butternut squash bulbs in the fridge after using the necks to make chips recently, so I wanted to use those somehow as well.
Undecided about what to do, but not wanting to wait all day for the ribs to thaw, and not wanting to nuke them to defrost them, I decided to toss them in the crock pot with a can of Delmonte Zesty Jalapeno Diced Tomatoes on low. By the time the ribs were tender, the cakes were out of the oven, so I pulled the ribs out of the sauce, sprinkled them with pepper and smoked salt, and tossed them in the oven to brown while turning up the crock pot to thicken the tomato base and drippings for a sauce. Truth be told, the ribs were very tender and juicy, but flavor wise, they were just eh. Nothing to write home about. I was trying to think of what else to do with them, but I was baking with thyme and making the mash with rosemary - didn't want BBQ, and figured there was enough heat, etc. in the tomatoes. Definitely edible, but I won't go looking for them.
While I was tending to my cakes, my sister nuked the squash. I boiled a few small potatoes then mashed the squash into the potatoes with just a splash of milk, about 1T of butter, and some rosemary. Delish! If you've got kids who don't like squash but you want them to eat it, just switch up the ratio so you've got more potato.
For dessert, I had baked a "sample" of my Lemon-Thyme Cake in a ramekin along with the two rounds. I totally forgot to butter/spray the ramekin, so I grabbed a big spoon, scooped out the batter and gave the ramekin a shot of spray without wiping it out, so it looks like hell, but let me tell ya, that's an awesome cake...and no, it didn't stick!!! Hopefully my fondant (1st attempt) will turn out OK tomorrow to do it justice! Love the little flecks of thyme.
Tune in tomorrow to
laugh at see how my first attempt at fondant turned out ...