One way to slow the holidays down is by taking time for yourself. Whether that’s a walk in the fall foliage, a coffee alone in a coffee shop, or catching up on your favorite shows… everyone could use a little downtime this holiday season!
If things are moving too fast, you can use technology like Netflix to do double-duty in the kitchen! Steal back a little time as you prep holiday feasts while watching celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone teach you how to create delicious family recipes.
We’ve been Netflix users for years, and enjoy how Netflix allows us to watch our favorite TV shows and movies anytime and anywhere.
Try watching on the iPad in the kitchen, as I mentioned. Of course the big TV in the living room is where we watch most of our movies. And you can even stream movies right onto your phone for watching in doctor’s offices and the grocery store line!
This Thanksgiving, Netflix even has a pairing of TV shows and movies you can watch while baking your turkey!
Last week I created Curtis Stone’s Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Ribs, which I guess goes along with a TV show I haven’t yet seen! Here’s some photos of how it went:
Another thing you can do with Netflix is host a family movie marathon! Hubby and I love catching up on favorite TV series (like Lost or Breaking Bad) by watching several episodes in a row. It feels more like a movie that way instead of a TV show!
I’m not sure I could watch intense shows like those while cooking, but I know my two favorite shows right now – Gray’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time - are easy enough to watch while doing other things. Like baking my famous apple pies for Thanksgiving Day!
You know, I like this kind of multi-tasking, because instead of me sitting on the couch doing nothing, while I watch last week’s episodes I can be creating delicious food for my family – so I don’t feel like the time is wasted! It makes both cooking and TV watching more enjoyable!
What shows or movies will you have Netflix bring into your kitchen this holiday season?
Oh and here’s the recipe for Freddy’s Sticky Ribs Sauce:
Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs (The Baked Version!)
- Serves: 8
- Prep Time: 5 hours (includes marinating time)
- Cook Time: 4 1/2 hours (for barbecued ribs) or 2 1/2 hours (for oven-baked ribs)
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons sweet paprika
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup whiskey (omitted in my version)
- 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
- 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 racks pork baby back ribs (2 1/2-pounds each)
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
To prepare the spice rub:
- The day before you cook the ribs, make the spice rub. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin together. Place the ribs on 2 large baking sheets and rub the ribs all over with the spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
Meanwhile, to make the barbecue sauce:
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the garlic is tender.
- Stir in the paprika, then stir in the vinegar, bring just to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the broth, ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Bring the sauce to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Remove from the heat.
- Position the racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the ribs on the baking sheets with foil. Bake the ribs, rotating the baking sheets and basting the ribs after the first 45 minutes, and recovering them with foil, for 1 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the meat has shrunk from the ends of the bones.
- Uncover the ribs, baste them with the barbecue sauce and continue baking for 10 minutes, brushing them lightly with the barbecue sauce every few minutes or so, allowing the sauce to set before applying the next coat.
- Using a large sharp knife, cut the racks into individual ribs. Arrange the ribs on a platter and serve with the remaining sauce on the side.
If it sounds delicious - it is! We had NO leftovers this night!