And, as usual, we ate and drank extremely well. I didn't take enough pictures but here, for your planning or cooking or drinking pleasure, were last week's menus:
2017 Summer Phelps Menu
Sunday 7/2: Arrivals—13 peeps
Monday 7/3: 14 peeps
Tuesday 7/4: 13 peeps
Wednesday 7/5: 13 peeps
Chicken Chimichurri- rosemary roasted potatoes, steamed green beans, lemon cake
Thursday 7/6: 13 peeps
Cook’s night off – Alexander's pizza
Friday 7/7: 14peeps
14 peeps slow roasted ribs (recipe below), corn black bean salad, watermelon, apple crisp
Baked Mostaccioli, green salad, garlic bread, ice cream shop
Fall-off-the-bone, Slow Roasted Baby-back Ribs:
Baby back ribs - approx 1/2 slab per person.
(For 14 people we had 18 slabs and every bite was gone)
Soak the ribs overnight in Coke. It's the key! My sister Julie taught me this trick - it tenderizes the meat.
In the morning, drain the coke and place the ribs rib-side-up in a roasting pan (position the ribs so they're not sitting on the bottom of thepan and the eventual grease: arc the ribs so the meat is up and away from bottom.)
Cover them with some bbq sauce. We use Sweet Baby Ray's original. Don't let them swim in it, but do make sure each slab is covered in sauce. For 18 slabs we used about three jars of bbq sauce.
Cover tightly with foil and cook in a 300 degree oven all day - about 8 hours.
You can uncover for the last half hour if you like them a little crispier.
Using tongs, lift the ribs out of the sauce/grease and place on a platter, cut them into sections of three or four ribs, arrange them all on a big messy platter and throw some extra sauce on top and to pass on the side. They will fall off the bone and it's a huge mess but never fear, because it's KILLER!
And, of course, we have a new favorite summer cocktail. Also killer, but in a different way.
Prep: 10 minutes
Makes: 12 cocktails, about 5 ounces each
Orange blossom water is available at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores, plus liquor stores.
1 bottle (750 milliliters) gin
10 ounces fresh lemon juice
10 ounces rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water), see note
Orange blossom water, to taste
1 bottle (750 milliliters) sparkling water, chilled
Combine gin, lemon juice and syrup in a punch bowl; stir to blend. Add orange blossom water to taste, then stir. Add large block of ice and top with chilled sparkling water. Garnish with lemon wheels.
Rich simple syrup: Heat two parts sugar and 1 part water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before using.
Limmer's punch — for one
Prep: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 drink
2 ounces gin
2 ounces sparkling water, chilled
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce rich simple syrup
1 dash orange blossom water
Shake all ingredients, except the lemon slice, with ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.