We are back from our vacation to Williamsburg and celebrated the last day of summer. Yesterday, we enjoyed our last day at our swim club but it was also “football opening day” for us. Rutgers played at 4pm which called for football food but we also needed food that celebrated the end of summer. We won’t talk about how the Rutgers game went but we will talk about the food. Hubby broke out the smoker to cook some wings and beef ribs.
Both the wings and ribs were dry rubbed and smoked for about 4 hours. The rub tends to be a mixture of salt, sugar and spices that we have on hand. Click here for how to make your own rub. A barbecue glaze was put on the last few minutes of cooking. I tend to jazz up bottled barbecue sauce by adding beer or juice, vinegar and extra spices. They were smoky and tender. Perfect for football watching. I made a pasta salad that celebrated the bounties of my garden. I was able to use the beautiful sun gold tomatoes that we grew. This is my favorite “go to” pasta salad. Whenever I go to a barbecue or pot luck that calls for pasta salad, this is what I bring. Unfortunately, we snacked too much to have room for pasta salad so that will be part of tonight’s dinner.
I craved, craved , craved eclairs and had to buy some! I was blog hopping Sunday night and kept coming up to all these beautiful looking eclairs. I am not daring enough to make eclairs especially on Labor day. However I ran to my nearest bakery to buy some. YUM! They are my favorite! There will be leftover pasta salad today and maybe some grilled fish. After the feast, this mom needs to fit in her jeans. Time to open the Cooking Light Cookbook and read it on the treadmill!