Chili-rubbed Spareribs

From the Kitchen…..

This is a favourite recipe for our family – one that we use for some family gatherings – especially Father’s Day.   The Dad’s in our family will be very happy to have this served this June 18th.  What are you making for your Dad?

Chili-rubbed Spareribs
4 racks pork side ribs, about 2.5 kg total
2 tbsp vegetable oil
¼ cup ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp ground cumin
6 cloves garlic, minced

  • Trim excess fat from ribs. Spareribs have a thin membrane running along bony side. It shrinks during cooking, causing ribs to curl, and remains tough and chewy. To remove, run a fork tine underneath membrane and lift fork to loosen. Grasp membrane firmly and pull. It should come off easily in one piece.
  • To tenderize ribs, fold or cut racks in half. Place in a large saucepan and completely cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 1 hour. (If not using right away, wrap and refrigerate or freeze. Ribs will keep well in the refrigerator for 2 days
  • Stir oil with ketchup, Worcestershire, chili powder, sugar, cumin and garlic.
  • When ready to barbecue, oil grill and preheat barbecue. Place cooked ribs on hot grill. Barbecue 5 minutes per side. Then generously brush or spoon sauce on both sides of ribs. Continue barbecuing until coating is hot and browned, from 2 to 3 more minutes per side. Serve any remaining sauce for dipping.

Our new homes finishing touch.

Contractor of the Month

As homeowners who recently moved to a new, unlandscaped, unfinished basement, un-eavestroughed home we have been making use of lots of the local contractors in and around the Almonte area.  Every year we take on another project, as time and money permit, and our most recent “home” project was to complete a patio and walk-way to our yard.

Rick Peplinski from Everlasting Landscaping is a local contractor with many years of experience in the landscaping business.  He has a small company – one employee and himself, and we found him to be professional and wonderful to deal with.  He did one part of our landscaping job last fall – and promised to have it finished in time for my client party – which he did!  The fall weather didn’t cooperate for him to finish, so he put us at the top of his list for this spring…  and again the weather made it difficult for him to get started…

He has just completed the walkway to our back yard and we are thrilled with his work.  If you are planning a landscaping project this year (or next) and are looking for a referral, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Rick!  Let him know you got his name for me!

Everlasting Landscaping 

Rick Peplinski
Phone: (613)858-8437
Phone: (613)222-8437

Great places to stay in Almonte this summer?


We recently had guests from out of town that we couldn’t put up at our home (all the other beds were full!) so we made arrangements for them to stay at two of the local Bed and Breakfasts in Almonte.  They are both located on one of the main streets in Almonte – Queen Street – across the road from each other, and located along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Menzies House is an 1850’s home, originally constructed of stone, with a white frame house built overtop.  It was once a Merchant’s store, and had a blacksmith building at the end of the property.  The House is of Anglo-Norman design which features a long verandah entranceway and dormers.  This style was more popular in Quebec.  The hosts, Pat and Frank Vetter, are a delightful couple who have owned the B&B for many years.  Included with the delicious breakfasts that Pat serves up for you are tales of the town.  Pat and Frank are very social – and are happy to tell you all about Almonte.  This was a first B&B experience for our guests that stayed here, and they couldn’t have been more delighted.

Menzies House has 3 rooms of various sizes and prices are quite reasonable.  There aren’t any hotels or motels in Almonte, so this is an excellent option for out of town guests visiting you.

The rest of our guests were housed at The Almonte Riverside Inn.  The innkeeper, Rob Prior, has owned the Inn for about 5 years, and although it started out with a quaint little restaurant this has since closed and now just serves up breakfast to the guests.  The Inn has 6 rooms of varying sizes with comparable pricing to Menzies House.  ARI is a beautiful stone home that was previously known as the “Judge’s House”.  The grounds are simply beautiful and Rob is an equally friendly host.

If you weren’t going anywhere this summer, it might be an interesting idea to play “tourist” right in your own community…  a night way to enjoy the town as a visitor can do a lot to restore the soul….  Hmm… something to think about!