We’re so glad you found us! We are the Dining Darlings, otherwise known as Shana and Kara. Two friends who’ve decided to share our love of food and adventure with anyone who might care to join us. In this blog we’ll be sharing all sorts of things, like eating out, cooking at home, travel eats, reorganizing your kitchen cupboards, and anything else we come up with along the way. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have. Let us introduce ourselves...

Hmm…Where should I start? I guess my name would be good right?!  Well, my name is Shana and I enjoy traveling, experiencing new things, eating and trying practically anything once. “You can’t say you don’t like something if you have never tried it,” is something I believe to be true in respect of food and life in general. I can’t wait to share my food experiences with you all!

Hi there, I'm Kara. I would consider myself a pretty regular girl. I grew up in a small town in Southern California. I enjoy most typical types of food, and every now and then will get a little more adventurous - though I usually leave that to Shana :). I enjoy eating out as well as making dinner at home. I've really been working on my cooking skills over the last 4 years - slowly but surely getting a little more confident and a little more proficient with each meal. My goal is to become one of those people who can reach into an "empty" cabinet and pull out a delicious meal.

BBQ Ribs Debut

First time for ribs... So, usually when it comes to homemade food, I focus on the meals I make. However, BF and I have weekly dinner with some good friends, and this week my friend grilled ribs for the first time. The dinner was so yummy, I decided it needed to be shared.

The menu:
Garlic Bread (French bread with garlic butter spread)
Cesar Salad (Cesar salad kit)
Potatoes (baked in the oven)
Ribs (Kansas City Style and Chipotle)

BF cooked the garlic bread and it was taaaasty! It was a store bought, freshly baked french loaf, and the spread was a store made garlic butter mix. Both purchased at Food4Less, which is a discount grocery chain owned by Kroger (Ralphs). He split the bread along the long side and cooked uncovered in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes.

As mentioned, the salad was from a kit. I believe it was the Dole Cesar Salad Kit. We mixed it all together, but used only about 2/3 of the dressing packet. Of course this should be done to your preference, but I didn't want to over power the other elements of the meal.

The potatoes were cut into bite sized pieces and baked in the oven. I'm afraid I don't have the recipe, but they were scrumptious! I know the protein is typically the star of the meal, and with this being my friend's first shot at the ribs, it was even more so meant to be this way. But If I'm being totally honest, these potatoes were the star. Totally delectable! If I'm able to get the recipe (and permission to share), I'll be sure to do so.

Finally for those ribs. Even though my personal preference steers me towards those potatoes, the ribs were mighty tasty as well! There were two flavor styles (both purchase premartinated). Kansas City style and Chipotle. Those at dinner who are not big fans of spicy food took servings of mostly the Kansas City, while those of us who prefer a little kick took the Chipotle. Wrong! Ha. To the surprise of the table, it was just the opposite. Now, I'm not much of a BBQ connoisseur, so maybe those who are would have known better that Kansas City style has a little kick, but in our minds chipotle = spicy. It was a fun (and tasty) learning experience though. The ribs were cooked well though, and while, I'm not a huge fan of eating meat off the bone, I made an exception for the debut.

Over all it was a super yummy meal, accompanied by some nice wine, good company, and laughter. You can never beat that!

Wishing you lots of Yums!

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