Monday, August 29, 2011

A public service announcement

Here is a picture of the people I nearly poisoned with toxic ribs earlier this month:

Well, actually, the body count would only have been 5 rather than 7.

So, here's the PSA:

Always, always, always defrost meat in the refrigerator. Don't leave two racks of frozen ribs out at room temp in the microwave to thaw overnight. Because if you do, they might grow copius amounts of bacteria and eating them could result in a trip to the ER.

When I went to put the ribs on the barbecue, the edges had turned a delicate emerald green.

(Joke: who are two people you don't want coming over for dinner? Sam and Ella.)

So, instead of my much-bragged-about barbecued ribs, we had hamburgers for supper. And we all survived.

This has been a public service announcement from the Let's Not Poison our Southern Neighbours Action Group.

(PSA #2: always have backup propane so you don't have to finish the hamburgers under the broiler -- the hamburgers you were serving instead of lethal ribs. A rookie mistake, not having a second tank, but I made that one too. ) I am *so* not Martha Stewart.


  1. If I ever make it Canada, you are in luck. I have never met a rib I wouldn't eat. What a great picture of all of you!

  2. I'm thinking it's a good thing that I don't do the cooking. I'm sure I would kill copious numbers of people.

  3. omg, i defrost at room temp all the time - no more!

  4. Actually, you would only have killed four of us because Ellie and Rae are in the school of thought about ribs. So really, the total casualties wouldn't have been too bad, all things considered.

  5. It's OK. As far as I can tell Jen still loves you!

  6. Mrs. G. - If you ever make it to Ottawa, I will make you the best non-lethal ribs you've ever had. You probably won't need your health insurance card. Probably.

    Jazz - So, if Mr. Jazz does the cooking, do you mix the drinks?

    Karen - Me too! But I won't anymore.

    Jen - While I am glad the body count would have only been four, I'm gladder still that we all made it.

    Little Miss Sunshine - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Jen still loves me. Amazing, really...

  7. Oh thank goodness - I thought people had actually eaten them. My kids wouldn't eat ribs either, toxic or otherwise. They seem to think most meat is toxic in and of itself.

  8. Anonymous8:39 PM

    I think it's 'Kiss the Cook' not 'Kill the Cook'. You and your adventures, Luuuuuucy!