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Textbook Evasion Syndrome

Posted on July 30th, 2006

It’s exam time and I’m doing what I do best: not studying. I don’t know what I always fall prey to procrastination under these circumstances; it is awfully frustrating. In the words of Jack Bauer: “Dammit! [I am] running out of time!”

Part of the symptoms of TES was going to Burlington (i.e. Borington) to visit Erin’s new house (and new barbeque) yesterday. John, Erin, and I went to the Farmer’s Market to pick up three racks of beef ribs that we felt would be best prepared on Erin’s enormous grill. So we went there with grandiose plans for dinner: garden salad and a generous serving of mesquite-smoked ribs followed by apple raspberry pie.

The salad was standard fare, and talking about it won’t make me any friends. So, I’ll talk about the ribs instead. They were a tricky affair as they were very massive, and we were not accustomed to the size of the barbeque. We had a heck of a time getting the smoke going, and there were several times when we feared that the ribs were drying out. After five hours on the grill, we caved to our hunger. The ribs looked amazing (pictures coming soon).

It took all of one bite to realize that we had grossly underestimated the mass of the ribs; they were cooked to medium rare! All of us were boggled by this discovery, but it tasted too good and we were too hungry to really remedy the issue beyond making it disappear into our stomachs. For next time, and for anyone else making beef ribs, though, I offer this: cook at 300F for at least 5 hours. Holy!

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