Really, I Can Cook, Honest!

Things in the kitchen don’t always work in my favor, but it’s nice when it does. Some recipes work out nicely and I’m very happy to have a success story from the kitchen. I’ll be sure to share success stories here when they happen! Everybody knows that if you live in Hawaii, food is very important. We love to eat! Even CNN a few years back told the rest of the World all about why we’re overweight. They blamed it on Loco Moco, but the message still rings clear for several of our favorites — we like food way too much! It’s not always what we eat, but the quantity. My problem is both quantity and mayonnaise. Yeah, well, rice doesn’t help much either. 🙂

Hubby won’t touch most of what I cook because he doesn’t like beef, unless it’s hamburger, or chicken, unless it’s from Zippy’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken. As much as I love Spam, it gets old after a while. I miss the old recipes that Mom used to make and that we used to enjoy growing up. I’m going through some of those oldies to see which ones still work for me after all these years. Hopefully some of those recipes will be greeted more enthusiastically by someone else at home besides me. Mom can’t cook them anymore so I’m on my own.

If you’re going to purchase cuts of beef, I have had wonderful cuts from Safeway and some to-die-for steaks from Times Supermarket. Since these two merchants have become the only places I shop, they will be the ones that receive my attention. That being said, I’ll send out a huge “Mahalo!” to Lawrence of Pali Safeway’s Meat Department for a very beautiful five pounds of decadent, fat-laden, USDA Choice beef ribs!

Beef ribs from Safeway!

An old recipe that Mom kept worked out nicely for those ribs. Trust me, you will not find this recipe anywhere else — it was the brainstorm of one of my sister’s old boyfriends. The recipe card reads “Gill’s Ribs” and that is what we have always called them. Gill had a gift for cooking and he had quite a green thumb too! We lost him to an unfortunate accident on the Big Island some years back but his memory lives on.

Gills Ribs

From: Gill Reeves, Serves: 4


4/5 to 5 lbs of ribs


2 onions, chopped
1 tsp ea: paprika, chili powder
1/2 tsp ea: ground red pepper; pepper
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp ea: Worcestershire sauce; red wine vinegar
3/4 C. catsup
3/4 C. water

1. Prepare sauce my mixing all ingredients (except ribs) together and mis thoroughly.
2. Place in casserole: 1/3 of ribs, sauce, 1/3 ribs, sauce, 1/3 ribs, sauce
3. Cover. Cook at 350° for 2 hours and 40 minutes.
4. Remove cover and cook another 10 minutes.

My only error was not taking a photo of the finished product. But, it was as good as I remember and worth a try if you like beef ribs!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Becky // Aug 12, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Evelyn, I’m like your hubby, I’m not a beef lover. I will eat hamburg once in awhile. I am a seafood/fish lover hands down. But I have to say, the ribs that are pictured do look good. I may have to try the recipe.

    As for me cooking, I’m a cook by name only. I’ll gladly clean up the mess.

    Take care to the both of you.

  • 2 Evelyn // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Hi Becky! I’m sure he’ll be happy to hear that he’s not alone! 🙂 Those ribs really are good! I like cooking. I just like it better when someone likes what I make!

  • 3 brillie // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Hi.. do u really good at cook?

  • 4 Rod // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Did I hear someone mention my name? Yes folks, I’m the hubby! Lets just say that Evelyn at times can be a real good cook. But getting her to the kitchen is another story! I keep telling her that someday I’m going to paint footprints on the floor that leads to the kitchen so she doesn’t get lost. But don’t get me wrong, she does at times cook, but I mostly eat out. You see folks I love animals, especially cows, but in the pasture playing with all the other little cows! NOT still moving on my plate!!!!!!! I don’t know, maybe it’s how she was brought up, but everything I eat especially meat products have got to be burnt and beyond recognition! So that photo above of those juicy looking short ribs, those very bloody looking short ribs means absolutely nothing to me. Give me some burnt fries, burnt hotdogs and burnt spam and I’ll be your hubby for life. Nice talking to you all. Got to run, got some burnt toast waiting for me that needs some buttering.

  • 5 Evelyn // Aug 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Hi Brillie! Yes, I can. 🙂 My hubby doesn’t seem to think so — unless it’s burnt!

    Thanks Rod, now everyone knows what I have to deal with! I know, I’ll cook it and then you can cook it again until it’s burnt. Just don’t let me see my hard work being ruined! 🙂

  • 6 Becky Cook // Aug 16, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I’ll have to agree with Rod. I like Zippy’s too. We would frequent it a little when we hung out after his performances. It was a good and a real good eat. I still like the macaroni salad. 🙂

  • 7 Evelyn // Aug 16, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    You’ll get no argument from me about Zippy’s! I do love their teriyaki steak! 🙂

  • 8 all about andrie // Sep 1, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Thank you for the recipe, i will try this

  • 9 Evelyn // Sep 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Hi Andrie! You’ve got to let us know how it comes out! 🙂

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