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Fork Tender Country Style Ribs and Coleslaw Recipe

Fork Tender Country Style Ribs in the oven | www.classyclutter.netWelcome to our fifth and final day of Classy Cookin’! My super talented (and gorgeous!) sister in law, Jen is going to be sharing a yummy, healthy and EASY dinner recipe! Actually, that’s the name of her blog! Perfect huh!? I’ll stop rambling and let Jen share her fabulousness with you!

Hi Classy Clutter viewers! My name is Jen Nikolaus and I’m the creator of the blog Yummy Healthy Easy. I have always loved cooking and am so excited to share my recipes with you! I am a stay at home Mom and am completely outnumbered in my home by my husband, Cory and our four crazy boys: Justin, (10) Chance, (7) and my Irish twins, Brock (2) and Tate (1). My favorite room in my house is the kitchen and I enjoy creating yummy, healthy and easy meals for my family!

When Mallory and Savannah asked me to guest post on their blog, I was over the moon with excitement! I started sifting through my huge recipe folder to find the perfect recipe to share. I narrowed it down to 10 different ones. (haha!) But then I got to thinking that I wanted to share a recipe that has been passed down for generations in my family. Immediately, I knew I had to give you this recipe for Country Style Ribs! They are AH-MAZING! They are really easy to make, the meat just falls off the bone when they’re done and the barbecue sauce cooks up to make this really yummy crust that is divine! The coleslaw pairs perfectly with this picnic style meal!

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Seriously. I wish you could smell this through your computer. 😉 It’s heavenly!

Fork Tender Country Style Ribs:
(my Aunt Cathy’s Father’s Recipe)

5-8 lbs. Country Style Pork Ribs
1 bottle ketchup
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2/3 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke + more for marinating (you can get this at any grocery store)
1 large sweet onion, chopped
Place country style ribs in roasting pan (I use my 9×13) and sprinkle liberally with liquid smoke. Let the ribs sit for one hour so the smokey flavor gets infused. After the hour is up, cook the ribs in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. While the ribs are in the oven, make the sauce. In a saucepan, add the chopped onion, ketchup, vinegar, worcerstershire, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder and the 1 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for at least 15 minutes. This is seriously the best bbq sauce! When the ribs have cooked for one hour, take them out and drain out any excess liquid or fat from the pan before pouring the sauce on top. Cover your pan with foil and turn your oven down to 300 degrees. Cook until “falling off the bone” tender, usually about 3 more hours. I know this sounds like a long process but it’s totally worth it! You can also half the recipe and it still comes out great! I love making this for Father’s Day for my husband or for a yummy Sunday evening meal. Your house will smell amazing!!
Now, for the coleslaw!
Yummy Coleslaw:
(my Aunt Chris’ Recipe)

8 cups (1 head) very finely chopped cabbage
1 medium carrot, shredded – or buy a bag of already chopped cabbage & carrot!
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk*
1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice
In a large bowl, place cabbage and carrot. Separately combine sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayo, buttermilk, vinegar and lemon or lime juice in a small bowl and stir with a wire whisk until creamy. Pour over cabbage and mix well! Cover and refrigerate for several hours so the cabbage gets tender. Makes 8 delicious servings.***Also, quick side note: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand (I almost never do!) mix 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 Tbsp. lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. This will make your 1/4 cup homemade buttermilk. :)  I hope you enjoy this yummy meal as much as my family does!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us Jen! It looks amazing!!! How about I fly out to Cali and you can make me some and we can go to the beach!? hehe! Do yourself and your family a favor and head over to Yummy Healthy Easy and follow Jen’s blog! She posts amazing recipes every couple of days! I LOVE IT!If you think it looks as yummy as I do, share it on pinterest!

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Scrumptious French Toast Recipe

Welcome to day 3 of Classy Cookin’! I am so thrilled for you all to meet our next guest blogger, Scarlett! Scarlett is Savannah’s younger sister and she is seriously Super Mom! She is incredibly talented (like her big sis!) and recently started her own cooking blog! Oh my goodness she is an amazing cook and baker so we were so excited that she agreed to take part in our week of recipes! Take it away Scarlett!
Hey! I am so excited to be a part of Classy Cookin! This is my first time being featured on another blog and I am ecstatic!
My name is Scarlett Bendixen and I am the author of Made It Ate it Loved it. My blog is fairly new, but my LOVE for cooking isn’t! I was raised helping my mom in the kitchen, helped her with catering, goodie baskets during the holidays, and am now cooking for my family of all boys!
I have been married to my husband for almost 5 years and we have 2 little boys, Crew (3) and Remington (1) with another on the way!
The recipe(s) I have chosen have been my favorite for years and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

French Toast
 4 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
grated rind for 1/3 of a orange
1 loaf of texas toast bread
Combine all ingredients (except bread) and whisk together. Dip thick Texas toast (My favorite is Aunt Hattie’s Texas Toast, which comes in a yellow bag) Brown on both sides on griddle; top with butter and syrup; my favorite is Buttermilk syrup!
Buttermilk Syrup
1 cube butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine butter, sugar, and buttermilk over medium heat in a medium to large saucepan. When it just starts to boil, remove off heat and add baking soda and vanilla. Stir; it will foam up. Serve hot. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. And then to reheat put in saucepan over medium heat until warm.
Wowza! This looks amazing Scarlett! These photos have me drooling! Be sure to head over to Scarlett’s blog, Made It Ate it Loved it and check out her other phenomenal recipes! Savannah and I have both tasted her food and she is extremely talented and throws killer parties btw! 😉
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Delicious Soft Pretzels (Auntie Anne’s Version!)

I’m not going to pretend to be a great baker because, well, I’m not one! I can make some killer chorizo tacos and some other family favorites but I’m not the greatest cook. I’m not bad but I envy those who are talented in the kitchen because it truly is a talent. Like I can follow a recipe just fine but I’ll just put myself in the “normal mom-cook category.” Please tell me I’m in good company… :) 

Anyway, I’m always excited to try a “copy cat” version of restaurant food. That’s one of my favorite things to do because let’s face it, I can’t afford to eat it out all the time. 
One of my major food weaknesses (and believe me there are a lot of them) is Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar pretzels! *Cue hallelujah choir singing* YUMMM!!!! If I pass the stand in the mall… forget about it! I’ll take a cinnamon sugar pretzel and a lemonade please! And…. $8 later…. BOOO!! 
I have browsed and browsed and I’ve found Auntie Anne’s copy cat! Today, I’m going to share that with you!
Pretzel Dough Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 teaspoon of yeast
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 1/2 – 4 cups of flour

Dipping solution:
1/2 cup baking soda
3 cups hot water

Your choice of toppings:
Melted butter
Cinnamon/Sugar or
Salt or
Garlic Powder or whatever you want! I’ve even seen pizza pretzels!

1. Preheat oven to 450°F
2. Dissolve yeast into warm water
3. And sugar and flour and mix well.
4. Let rise for at least 20 minutes (until dough has doubled in size)
5.  Cut into long “ropes”.
6. Shape into pretzel shape!  I even found this Auntie Anne’s video to help you learn how the pros at Auntie Anne’s twist those perfect pretzel knots! This one seemed a bit advanced when I first started but then I got the hang of it! This video is more for beginners and worked wonderfully.

7. Combine dipping solution ingredients in a shallow dish and dip pretzel shaped dough into solution.
8. Place pretzel dough shapes on well greased cookies sheet.
9. Bake at 450°F for 7-8 minutes. Baking time may vary depending on your oven.
10. After baking, dip or brush on melted butter and add your favorite topping! I did cinnamon/sugar!

Recipe adapted from

The verdict? My family and I agree it is indistinguishable from Auntie Anne’s! Except their pretzel knot shapes are a million times better than mine! Practice makes perfect right?!  So what do you think? Are you an Auntie Anne’s fan?? Give these a try! :)
Do you love Auntie Anne’s?  and share it!
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