So, along with the online cooking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, comes the newest manifestion: French Fridays with Dorie. Formed by the same blogger, this group cooks each week from Dorie's newer book, "around my french table". The title on the cover is written like that, without capital letters. This group is allowing new members, so I am joining them for the first time with the chosen recipe- cola and jam spareribs. (Lower case again, I see a trend.)
I am totally unfamiliar with Chinese Five Spice. Don't know how it got into my spice cupboard, but there it was, brand new. Smells sweet! A key ingredient, along with ground ginger, salt and pepper makes a dry rub. Apricot jam, orange juice and lemon juice come together to make the marinade. Followed the recipe to the letter, my usual MO. Had no trouble with meat sticking to the pan, or juices drying out. Needed no extra water. Added the Coca-Cola for the last 30 minutes and basted often. Also added fresh ears of corn, wrapped in foil with butter, salt and pepper, to the top rack of the oven. (Visiting taster is a corn and spare rib afficionado, big time.)
http://www.frenchfridayswithdorie.com/. I fear not- I'm already making my grocery list for next week's cooking!