ribs and corn, oh my!

It’s official.

I have fallen in love. With ribs.

Last night I made Steamy Kitchen’s cayenne cinnamon baby back ribs with maple glaze with Kevin and Amanda’s southern skillet corn and some summer squash. I had never made ribs before (I know…right?) and couldn’t BELIEVE how easy Jaden’s recipe was. It only took an hour, start to finish, and Adam and I both agreed they were some of the best ribs we’ve had. And we’ve had some ribs!

And the corn….well, the corn was like crack.

No really, it was like crack. Not that I know what crack’s really like! It was pretty much creamless creamed corn and the corn kernels were so crisp and buttery in their own velvet sauce—between the two of us, we ate this entire skillet!

You guys really need to make this corn…tonight.

It was such a wonderful Friday dinner. We both agreed that even though we consider ourselves to be “foodies” (whatever that means), we would take a homemade dinner like this at home over a super expensive and gourmet dinner out. There’s just something about licking barbecue sauce off your fingers in your own backyard that wins every time.

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day weekend! Since, unfortunately, I can’t be at home with my mom, we’re going on a church retreat with our small group to Tahoe for the weekend.


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  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    May 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Haha look at you go with the ribs!! Such fierce concentration from someone who clearly loves food πŸ™‚

    Have a great time in Tahoe!

  • alex
    May 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Love it! I agree…with ribs you just have to be messy, and that’s just so much fun. I think I’ll be making that corn!

  • Lauren
    May 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Looks delicious! I agree with you, nothing beats meals like this at home.

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    May 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Homemade dinners are definitely the best!! You look so cute and happy digging into the ribs!

  • Urban Wife
    May 7, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Oh yum! Looks so delish even to a non-ribs fan like myself. Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    May 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’ve never made ribs either and actually, I’m just learning to like them! I’m not a huge fan of BBQ sauce so I’ve never really eaten them before but I know I should try some at home – I’m sure I’d like them!

    And that corn looks ahhhmazing. That’s a great Friday night dinner (especially outside!)

  • Jen
    May 7, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I love your hair! Do you get it done or do it yourself?

  • julie
    May 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Love your top jenna! Happy weekend!

  • Dee
    May 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

    omg yum! have a great weekend!

  • Curly J
    May 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

    YUM!!! I am definitely making these next weekend!! And I totally agree with you – I would much rather enjoy a delicious stay at home dinner than go out and spend our money at a restaurant and only be somewhat satisfied. Thanks for the recipe reviews!!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

    You are really concentrating on those rubs! LOVE IT. Have fun on your retreat!

  • jen @ taste life
    May 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Have a fun weekend!

  • Julie (Food & Other Things)
    May 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Your dinner looks delicious….and I totally agree, sometimes homemade is better than going out for gourmet food! Have fun in Tahoe!

  • Destini
    May 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I love your face while your digging into those ribs!! Looks like a perfect evening outside! Id much prefer that over a an expensive night out!

  • Alison @ Hospitality Haven
    May 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I love ribs! I cook mine in the crock pot, which obviously takes more than an hour, but requires very little effort! Enjoy your weekend in Tahoe!

  • McKella
    May 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Wow, look at you saw away at those ribs! That’s a woman on a mission right there.

  • Kelly
    May 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Jenna, thanks for sharing the little details of your life with us. You and Adam are just precious and thanks for letting us get a sneak peak from time to time! πŸ™‚ Dinner looks fabulous!

  • Chelsea
    May 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    That looks delicious! I agree, I would much rather have a great home cooked meal any day! πŸ™‚ Have a good trip!

  • Joelle
    May 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    You just need plenty of warm, fluffy bread to soak up the sauce.

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    May 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I’m drooling over those ribs! Have a great weekend in Tahoe…..we just planned our summer vacation in Tahoe and am so looking forward to it….one of my favorites places to visit:)

  • Veronica
    May 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Very Nice Layout πŸ™‚

  • Kelsey
    May 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Jenna you are seriously SO beautiful, I could only dream about looking that pretty while eating ribs!

  • French Heart
    May 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Tahoe in the Spring is AMAZING!! Hope you get to the Emerald Bay cove….gorgeous.

  • Mellie
    May 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    That stinks that you don’t get to see your mom.
    The recipes look AMAZING

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    May 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I love the look of concentration you have when it comes to ribs!

  • lesley
    May 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    You are adorable. I’ll have to try both the ribs recipe and the corn. Thanks for sharing!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    May 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Jenna, I LOVE the color of your hair! The epitome of CA sunshine! – do you color it or is that natural?? If not (and your willing to disclose πŸ˜‰ ) – what kind of colors do you/your stylist use?

    …oh yeah, and the squash/zucchini looks good. The ribs are a given!

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit
    May 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    this sounds DIVINE! a perfect dinner to eat outside πŸ™‚

  • emmy
    May 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE you as bright blonde πŸ™‚ Broke my heart a little bit when you dyed it brown that one time. I don’t care what color your roots are you were born to be blonde!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    May 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    going on a church retreat with our small group to Tahoe for the weekend = that sounds like so much fun and I honestly think it’s so refreshing to hear someone going on a church retreat, small group, Tahoe, the nature vibe…that’s awesome, Jenna!

    Amanda’s corn. Yes, I had seen her post that recipe a few days ago and now I HAVE to make it.

    Your grub looks great!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    May 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m pretty sure your life is like a model shoot. every single thing in every single one of your shots is beautiful! also, I want some ribs…..guilty vegan πŸ˜‰

  • Errign
    May 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    have a good time on your church retreat! that corn sounds amazing. I might need to try that out πŸ™‚

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    May 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I just came from this huge BBQ festival and there were a tonnnnn of ribs and corn. Looks delicious!

  • Molly
    May 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I looove eating outside!

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free
    May 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    That corn looks amazing! I haven’t had ribs in far too long – might have to make some soon!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    May 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of ribs… they’re too much work to eat. I’d much rather just eat a steak. πŸ˜›

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    May 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Haha…I love this. I’m not a big meat person, but today I ate bbq chicken in a wrap with lettuce and cheese and tomato and it was to die for amazing. πŸ˜€

    Love the pics! πŸ˜€

  • K
    May 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Hey Jenna. I thought I’d let you know I made your bacon and cheese muffins/biscuits this morning for my boyfriend and I. We both LOVED them. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    This post made me run out to the store and go find ribs. I’ve never made them myself before but now they’re in the oven baking away. I can’t wait to dig in. Thanks for inspiring me to try something new!

  • Coco
    May 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    why are you so gorgeous?!

  • meryl
    May 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I was reading your blog post this afternoon and my husband comes into the room and after seeing the pictures of the ribs, left for the grocery store immediately.

    made them tonight! they were awesome. However, I couldnt really get the sauce to get sticky like in the pictures from the recipe. Any tips?


  • Kristin Murdock
    May 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I have to make the corn. I have never had any kind of creamed corn, but when I read Amanda’s post last week… I realized it was something I need. This has further confirmed the need.
    Side note: your hair looks cute!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I’m not a big ribs fan, but once in a while they taste so damn good!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    May 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I agree, dinners like this – especially if eaten outside with loved ones – are the best πŸ™‚ the corn sounds amazing!! and ribs, I’m new to them, and would love to try making these!! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • Baking Serendipity
    May 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    This is the perfect summer meal πŸ™‚ I’m thinking Memorial Day cookout for sure. Yum!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    May 8, 2011 at 3:56 am

    happy moms day to your mother abroad! love you digging in fingers and all

  • Jaden
    May 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

    beautiful, my dear! love that finger lickin’ good photo!

  • Katie
    May 8, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Both the fresh corn and ribs look amazing! I haven’t had ribs in years – don’t eat them very often but now craving them!

  • salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)
    May 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

    oh wow!!! That all looks wonderful!!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 8, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Oooh, I’m not usually a huge meat-eater, but there really is something about ribs that I just can’t seem to get enough of them πŸ˜‰ Eating them outdoors really says spring to me. Can’t wait for it to warm up enough out here so I can dig in to a big batch of these finger-licking good ribs.
    Have fun at your church retreat. Sounds like the perfect alternative when being with Mom isn’t an option.

  • Kristi
    May 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Per your insistence, I made that corn last night. It was AWESOME. Other comments from around the table included: “It’s like corn pudding” & “Oh my yum, it reminds me of a corn risotto” We all decreed it a keeper! Thanks, Jenna!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    May 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Must make the corn now!

  • 17 Perth
    May 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    YUM! Looks delish!

  • Hannah @ PalmBeachRunner
    May 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    What a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day! Hope you had a great time at the retreat!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    May 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Nothing like eating ribs on a sunny day outside.

  • Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews
    May 9, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Those look like great ribs! Our favorite rib place just closed, I’ll have to try these and maybe we won’t have to find a replacement!

  • Ruth
    May 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Woah, Jenna, just catching up on weekend posts and the photos on here are killing me! I need some ribs!!

  • Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses
    May 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Did you lighten your hair? It looks great. πŸ™‚ (so do the ribs)

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    April 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

    This corn looks amazing! Only gets me excited for this summer! Also, loving your shirt, where did you get that gem?!