Oven Baked Spare Ribs v. 1.0

My wife wanted to try this recipe for oven baked spare ribs. Her recipe – or specifically her mom’s recipe – is very simple.

Start with ribs on a rack in a pan, and lay tin foil on top of the meat so it doesn’t burn (don’t wrap). Cook at 350° F for 4 hours.

Take the tin foil off, flip over (bones up), and bast with barbecue sauce. Cook for another 30 minutes.

Turn over (meat up) bast with barbecue sauce. Cook for another 30 minutes.

Repeat the turning process until ribs are tender.

This recipe was originally meant for baby back ribs and the result was semi-tough ribs – like all of our other tries. There has to be a secret recipe out there somewhere for fall-off-the-bone spare ribs.

Texas faces worst dry spell since 1895

Texas drought 2011-09-11

Texas isn’t the only place affected by heat and drought.

August was yet another busy month for global weather extremes. Highlights included record-busting heat and drought (again) in the south-central portions of the U.S.A. The climatological summer of June-August was the 2nd warmest since accurate measurements began in 1895. An intense heat wave also affected southern Europe in mid-month. Severe tropical storms lashed the eastern seaboard of the USA (Irene) and the Philippines and Japan. Torrential rains caused devastating flooding and landslides in Nigeria and Uganda. But the 2nd most important extreme weather story (2nd to the USA heat wave and drought) was the record cold wave and blizzard that hit New Zealand on August 14-15. Source: Weather Extremes : August 2011 Global Weather Extremes Summary : Weather Underground.

This drought and summer-heat is still going, and may continue until summer 2012. It did cool off last week though – lows in the mid-50’s, highs in the low 90’s – but we’ve only seen 1 inch of rain since August 1. That cool off is 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Usually we have a cool spell during the 3rd week of September.

Since January 1, state and local firefighters and crews from across the country have battled 18,887 wildfires over more than 3.5 million acres in Texas, according to state officials. Source: More wildfires erupt in Texas as it faces worst dry spell since 1895 – CNN.com.

Back in June I reported about Global Weirding and the number of counties in exceptional drought. Well, as expected, the trend continued into September. As of September 6, 81% of counties are in exceptional drought – the worst on the Drought Monitor’s scale.

See how fast wildfire spreads – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Ten years after “9/11” September 11, 2011

Here we are in 2011, ten years after the attacks of 9/11 – September 11, 2011 – and what have we done? We (aka the United States government) destroyed what was left of Iraq and Afghanistan, captured Saddam Hussein (hanged December 30, 2006), assasinated Osama bin Laden (shot May 2, 2011), and almost rebuilt One World Trade Center (1,776 feet high scheduled for completion in 2013) near the site of the former Twin Towers in New York City. Our national debt has nearly trippled in the past 10 years. And we’ve been in a recession since 2008.

I remember where I was September 11, 2001, at 7:46 AM (CDT). I was watching CNN in my living room, drinking coffee, about to get in the shower and go to work. It took the news networks about 10 minutes before they trained their cameras on the burning 1 WTC building. I was at work when the second plane hit 2 WTC. In total 2,977 victims died between the four planes that crashed that day.

One thing is for sure America will never be the same.