Trail Creek Baby Back Ribs with twice-baked potatoes and apple cider vinegar coleslaw
Welcome to The Valley Sun’s new Recipes from the Resort series. Over the coming weeks I’ll be scouring Sun Valley’s restaurants for some of the best dishes to pinch for your personal cooking pleasure.
This week I pried the secrets to Trail Creek Cabin’s mouthwatering rib sauce from Wendy Little, head chef at the rustic retreat. So, if your Fourth of July BBQ is not the hit of the neighborhood, I cannot be blamed!
Baby Back Pork Ribs
with Trail Creek BBQ Rub
& Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Trail Creek Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce Ingredients
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup mild (light) molasses
1/3 cup Bourbon
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
1 chopped chipolte Chile
1 tablespoon Adobo sauce Directions
Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Chill and cover. Can be made one week in advance.
Trail Creek BBQ Rub Ingredients
3 slabs Baby Back Pork Ribs
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Chile powder Directions
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Combine all ingredients expect the meat in a small bowl. Rub both sides of ribs with the mixture. Let stand one hour before cooking. Put the ribs in the oven with a water bath underneath. Slow cook the ribs for 3 hours (this can be done a day in advance). Remove ribs from oven and slather with the Smoky Bourbon BBQ sauce. Place on an indirect grill and cook using the Weber Method or something similar. Add wood chips to the grill for extra flavor. Barbecue for about 45 minutes, brushing occasionally with the sauce. Serve with twice-baked potatoes and coleslaw.
Don’t want to cook? Head down to Trail Creek Cabin and let Wendy and her crew cook these up for you: All the taste with none of the effort. They serve these scrumptious ribs and an array of authentic Western fare Tuesday through Saturday nights, call 208.622.2019 for reservations.
We will be pouring 5 different Sawtooth beers paired with some delicious food. Paul and Kevin from Sawtooth Brewery will be on hand to talk about the beers and some history of the brewery. Sunday, July 1, 2012
Mother’s Day is nearly 100 years old. Declared an official national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, Mothers Day began in the United States after Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began a campaign to set aside a day just for mothers. Her mother had died and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered with a day of quiet reflection and family. But mother’s have been celebrated since the time of the ancient greeks, who used to honor Rhea, "Queen of heaven" and "mother of the gods" in the springtime with flowers, sweet honey cakes and fine drinks at dawn.
Perfect. It sounds like the beginning of the Mother’s Day tradition of breakfast in bed.
But if you really want to indulge mom this Mother’s Day, book the special Mother’s Day Package at Sun Valley Resort and give her a weekend to remember. This exceptional weekend package includes Saturday night’s lodging in the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, Sunday Brunch for two and a one-hour massage. The Sunday Brunch is not to be missed and offers a lavish display of breakfast specialties including omelet and crepe stations, seafood, an array of gourmet salads and a symphony of desserts.
And don’t forget the pre- or post-massage soak in the Sun Valley Lodge heated outdoor pool–with poolside cocktail service and the expansive blue Idaho skies, it is a unique extravagance (and a local tradition)!
Looking for some other things for mom to do while she is enjoying her weekend indulgence in Sun Valley? Here are a few ideas to help make her day.
1) Let her be Sonja Henie for a Day
The beautiful Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink is an original Sun Valley Story and the location for the 1941 academy award nominated musical “Sun Valley Serenade” staring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Glenn Miller and Lynn Bari. Let mom don white figure skates and twirl and dip around the outdoor rink to the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Follow it up with a cocktail on the Lodge terrace or in the historic Duchin Lounge. Or bring the whole family and let mom skate with the kids for her own personalized version of Disney on Ice.
2) Enjoy a Historical Tour and Picnic at Trail Creek
The Ketchum / Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Musuem features information and historical tours of the area, along with amazing exhibits with photos and memorabilia on everything from the early days of skiing in America to author Ernest Hemingway’s years in Idaho. Visit their Hemingway in Sun Valley [http://ksvhs.com/?page_id=403] page for more information on where to go to touch a little of the history related to the celebrated author and visit a few local institutions at the same time–the Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Cabin, the Casino Club, the Ketchum Korral, etc. Visit the Hemingway Memorial and picnic alongside Trail Creek (grab provisions from the Sun Valley Deli).
The views are spectacular and the wrap-around terraces overlooking the 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course (a great place for kids and new golfers to practice) and the Trail Creek Golf Course are perfect for sipping Bloody Marys outside when the weather is nice. And it is a short bike ride (or walk) from the lodge–with the Ernest Hemingway Memorial is just a short pedal along Trail Creek Road.
4) Indulge Her with some Retail Therapy
Don’t miss the village shopping–with 15 unique shops for every need, from specialty hand-dipped chocolates to jewelry, unique toys, gift items and designer fashions at the Brass Ranch (for the largest collection of European and American ski and sportswear, including Arc’teryx, Bogner, Canada Goose, Eider, JetSet, Kjus, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, Rossignol, Toni Sailer and more) or Panache (with big designer names like Nanette Lapore, Brunello Cucinelli, Chan Luu, Elizabeth & James and Diane Von Furstenberg, who makes a personal appearance for their annual fashion show fundraiser every summer).
Looking for the latest cool finds, local shopping deals and steals, check out Sun Valley Magazine’s weekly SWAG blog to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
5) Pamper Her with a Spa Day
Book a bevy of services through the Sun Valley Spa and give mom a day of indulgence. Start with a hike in the morning (there are several within easy walking distance of the lodge) and then give her a head-to-toe makeover with a manicure / pedicure, followed by a facial and a 90-minute Sun Stone "Hot Stone Therapy" massage or herbal body wrap. Heaven!
So spoil mom this year in all the ways she deserves and enjoy everything Sun Valley has to offer.
Two Entres for $20 (entres may be chosen from our specials menu)
Papa’s Bar is now serving dinner
Fall Hours: Wednesday -Saturday/6-10pm
Ram Restaurant Buy one entre, take 50% off your second entre (of equal or lesser value)
All wine 15% off
Fall Hours: Thursdays-Sundays 6-9:30pm (starting 12/12, Wednesday through Sunday after that) Reservations: 208.622.2225
This is a classic trail run suitable for the novice trail runner capable of an eight-mile mountain trail run to the veteran. Great single track, buffed-out trails and stunning views will make you want to run the loop twice!
The start/finish location is the upper small lawn area of Trail Creek Cabin.
Sleigh your sweetie this Valentines Day.
What could be more romantic than an horse-drawn sleigh ride to dinner with your sweetie? Trail Creek Cabin will be open on Monday, February 14 from 5-10pm. For sleigh and dinner reservations please call the Sun Valley Recreation Center: (208) 622-2135
The Lodge Dining Room will also be open for an exquisite 4-course dinner from 6 – 9:30pm. Cost is $190 per couple and $37 per child age 12 & under. Enjoy romantic standards with Jazz Pianist Brooks Hartell and talented vocalist duo, Melodie Taylor-Mauldin and Teddy Cunningham. Dinner reservations: (208) 622-2800.
All other resort restaurants (except Roundhouse) will be open for business. Ladies who have dinner at The Ram and The Lodge Dining Room will receive a complimentary rose.
Sun Valley Playschool will also offer evening child care on February 14 from 6-10pm for children ages 3mos. to 6 years old. Fun activities for your kids while you spend some alone time with your sweetie. Advanced reservations required- please call: (208) 622-2288.
Cost is $15 per child per hour. Bald Mountain Pizza dinner is an additional $8.
Sun Valley Resort and the entire Wood River Valley honors the over 160 year old history and heritage of sheep ranching in the region during the 14th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 2010. Don’t miss the parade down Main Street in Ketchum beginning at noon on Sunday, October 10.
For full weekend event schedule go to: www.trailingofthesheep.org
Sun Valley Resort Trailing of the Sheep Festival events:
Lamb Dinner Dine-Around: Trail Creek Cabin- Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 / 6pm / Reservations 622-2019
Grilled Lava Lake Lamb rack, pistachio crusted and drizzled with Idaho huckleberries. Served over a scallion potato pancake and accompanied with autumn squash puree. Special price: $24.95
The Ram Restaurant- Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 / 5pm / Reservations 622-2225
Lamb Loin with organic flageolet beans, melted leeks and lucques olive relish. Special price: $
Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports- Sun Valley Village
"Wooly Weekend" – Friday – Sunday, October 8, 9 & 10
Pete Lane’s will be highlighting their wool lines including Patagonia, Ibex, Smart Wool, with apparel line representative appearances, trunk shows and raffle prizes.
Final Days Sale at the Sun Valley Signatures Store & Sun Valley Gift Shop
Friday – Sunday, October 8, 9 & 10. Grand re-opening in November.