The Book(s): Both from Sara Moulton's Easy Recipes for Weeknight Meals
( I was going to include the recipes, but then thought it might be a copyright infringement. Anyone?)
With these, I served basic white rice. I always use the America's Test Kitchen method, which is: heat a little bit of butter in a saucepan; add 1 cup of rice and saute until it's kind of shiny from the butter; add 1 1/2 cups water and some salt; bring to boil; turn heat down to low, cover and simmer for exactly 15 minutes. After 15 minutes remove from heat and let sit with lid on for another 15 minutes. (see what TV can teach you?)
Seriously, this method is flawless. Rice was always touch and go for me. Sometimes it turned out just fine. Other times is was a porridgy, "Please sir, can I have some more?" gruel.
Oh, at the last minute I decided to also serve this with a can of Heinz Baked Beans that I bought at"You Say Tomato!", a British Foods store in San Francisco, on the happy day I discovered the place with its bountiful supply of potato chips in weird flavors like Hamburger, or Roast Chicken. Don't knock it til you try it, is all I'm sayin'.
So.... the verdict:
This was not a night I felt like cooking. The weather, the commute. Blah blah blah. But this dinner just sounded so good.The kielbasa was calling. The only glitch was that I completely forgot to buy a green bell pepper at the farmer's market on Sunday so I did without. Green is my least favorite of the Bells, so I wasn't too concerned.
Anyway, this was a damn fine dinner, in spite of my apprehension about the barbecue sauce, which featured an alarming list of heartburn-inducing substances. But then I've never actually made my own barbecue sauce (the closest I came was some concoction I picked up at a Super Bowl party, that I clearly misinterpreted, leaving the conversation with "throw equal parts grape jelly and hot sauce into a pot to make a delectable sauce for meatballs". Wrong!), so I resisted the urge to cut back on the cayenne, or the chilli powder. Ok, where was I? Oh yes, this was delicious. 4 stars. We cleaned our plates and are eating the leftovers tonight.