It sure does feel great to be an American! A mix of celebrating the 4th of July and the US Women's Soccer team taking the title made for a fun time. This weekend was spent with amazing friends, yummy dishes and plenty of cold drinks! On the menu --> 8 hour slow cooked pork ribs, grilled chicken legs (used a brine for the first time and it made a hellava difference), homemade bbq sauce, potato salad, a festive blueberry galette, fruit salad, grilled veggies, corn, fried rice, cookies and the best cupcakes in Los Angeles -- Big Man Bakes. This rustic blueberry crostata is still my go to desert. I usually make the dough the night before and it turns into a 20 minute prep job for the next day. For the ribs, I like a dry rub. I'm not a fan of ribs smothered in a ton of bbq sauce. I pretty much used every spice in the spice cabinet. Cumin, chili powder, coriander, nutmeg, salt, pepper, paprika, powdered ginger, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, and the list goes on!! Marinate them over night and put them in the oven on low for 7 - 9 hrs and BOOM. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend spent with family, great food and relaxation!