Kansas Style Pork Ribs
(the recipe is a reinterpretation of my mother, Mena of a recipe taken from Expo2015)


Ingredients for 4 people
-4 slices of pork ribs
-2 and ½ cups of brown sugar
-1 small onion, finely chopped
– 3 cups of water
– 1 cup of tomato paste
– 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
– ¼ cup of molasses
– ½ cup of mustard powder
-1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
-1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
-1 tablespoon of garlic powder
-1 tablespoon of onion powder
-2 tablespoons of salt
-3 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
– ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– Barbecue sauce to taste


Remove the fine white membrane covering the bone from the ribs and mix together the brown sugar, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in one small bowl. We sprinkle the spice mix on the ribs and let it rest overnight.

The next day we prepare the grill, arrange the ribs with the meat side down next to the medium-hot pieces of charcoal. (The heat will cook them without haste, making them more tender.) Let them cook by turning the ribs every half hour sprinkling them with Barbecue Sauce. The ribs need to cook for about 3 hours.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the onion, boiling it until it becomes translucent.
We add the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together. We combine and let it boil for about 40 minutes. We will use this sauce to grease the pork ribs once we take them off the grill!

In June 2006 I discovered for the first time what “summer session” meant, after having thought for years and years that once I was out of secondary school, Summers would be a source of freedom and fun, I had to change my mind in a disastrous way !

The (university) exams never end!

June and July are the fiery sessions in which professors angry about being  there instead of sipping mai-tai in Hawaii, underpaid and overdone assistants and dripping and helpless students fight to the death to get out unscathed.

September is the month of retrieval in case the mission fails, which means that you have to study / review in August.
In short, Summer is fake! It no longer exists. It is just an illusion. And you find yourself regretting the holiday homework that seemed so boring….
Fortunately, to alleviate my despair, RaiDue decided to broadcast one of the craziest TV series of that time and surely one of the unluckiest, so much so that it was canceled twice.
But don’t be put off, because I promise you it’s a dystopian and adrenaline-fueled series that you can’t miss.

The TV series I’m talking about is called Jericho, not to be confused with the 2016 western with the same name, the post-apocalyptic, uchronic and political fiction mix is ​​explosive, what hit me most about this series is the fact that it shows how an emergency situation can make people regress in the wild, revolting all social order and pressing the “good” to transmit out ethically dubious actions. When what we take for granted is taken away from us, all the rules are broken.

Jericho has been accused (as if it was a bad thing even if it was true) of being a response to LOST, when the two TV series have nothing to do with each other. In LOST we are on a desert island (more or less) with plots related to the characters and a narrative studded with flashbacks and flashforwards, Jericho instead is set in a future post nuclear apocalypse, strongly inspired by the conspiracy theories post 11 September that would like the interior at the head of the attack: well Jericho brings to the stage that frightening hypothesis (and genuinely ridiculous!) in which behind the “September attacks” there is actually not the External Enemy but the Government. I do not say more to avoid mega spoilers.

What I’m sure of is that my brother and I waited anxiously every Tuesday night to know the truth, to get the answers, to find out who was really behind the attacks. And the bad luck of the TV series in my opinion was the release period, because if it had been produced today it would have received the great success it deserved, just think of the success of “The 100”, “Hunger games” and other dystopian futures or ” Homeland ”and“ House of cards ”, in which politics is central.
Evidently 2006 was not the right year, too close to 2001, with such open wounds …

Too bad because the plots, the characters and the subplots saved me from going crazy in my first summer session, and therefore for me Jericho will always have a special place in my heart!
I recommend it on summer evenings after grilling some wonderful ribs *, lying on a deck chair on the terrace or in the garden with a nice ice-cold beer and wondering if (when!) One of the powerful of the Earth will press the wrong button and make us really jump all in the air in a beautiful cloud of mushroom-shaped atomic smoke….