Apple tarte tatin and Texas smoked ribs

This apple tart was nummmm. I really enjoyed the crust and the apples had just the right amount of sweetness....AND what could make it even better you ask? Vanilla ice cream!!! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream :) Ahhhhhh.....blogging geek! The soft apples, crunchy crust and cool ice cream made for the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, hot and cold. Mmmm...makes my mouth water just writing about it!! I enjoyed the crust so much I found myself eating around the apples and diving straight for the crust.

I had been eyeing this recipe ever since I'd seen it on other people's blogs. It's from Dorie Greenspan's, Tuesday's With Dorie, and it lived up to all its hype. If you'd like to make the recipe, you can find it here. This was my first TWD recipe and it was fairly simple to make, however I was unable to get the apples to caramelize on the bottom and gave up after about 25 minutes b/c white man kept coming in to see and harassing me about my cooking skills. Anyway, I think next time I'll try making the caramel sauce first, THEN layer on the apples. Even though my apples didn't caramelize the tart was still delicious! Making the tart bottom side up allowed the crust to retain it's crunch and was the perfect contrast to the soft apples.

This tart was the perfect ending to our delicious meal. The white man/brother-in-law smoked some ribs on lobster's Egg and they were just as good as I remembered them. He made this delicious sop to glaze the ribs as they were cooking and it gave a wonderful tang to the meat. I was literally licking every bit of the sop off my fingers...num num num. The sop was so good I froze it to use for future use....yah, all mine!!! As much as we banter back-and-forth, I really can't say anything when it comes to his barbecuing. He sure can cook some mean ribs - and these bear claw ribs were AMAZING. I'm sure he's hunted and killed bears too, being that he's from the country and used to burn his own trash...who burns their own trash?! And....I digress :)

That would be the white man's hand...can you tell he's from Texas?