Secret Recipe Club: Grumpy’s Honeybunch

by MirandaMowbray on March 4, 2013

I had so much fun participating in the Secret Recipe Club last month (I chose to make Paneer Butter Masala and Paneer Pilaf from the blog Veg Nation) from , so I was really excited about my second month as a member.

This month, I was given the blog The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch. The gorgeous lady behind this blog is a master at cooking and has an adorable family that she obviously adores. I love her idea of using a food blog as a family legacy. And there were so many recipes to choose from — I honestly had a hard time deciding! She had tons of meals that looked really tasty.

In the end, I decided to chose her Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs and her side dish of Southwestern Cheddar Steak Fries (there was no way I could choose just one! ;) ).

Both of these recipes came out awesome! I’ve never made ribs before, and I thought that cooking them in the Crockpot was an awesome idea. Even though I couldn’t get my broiler at the new house to work, they still came out super yummy.

And the cheddar fries were just as delicious as they look in the pictures — I think we might’ve found a new go-to side dish!

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs -- Biting Life

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

(Recipe from Grumpy’s Honeybunch)



1 package baby back ribs

2 celery stalks, cut in half

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

5 -1/2 cups water

1 onion, sliced



Cook in crockpot on high for 1-1/2 hours.

Change setting to low and continue to cook for 5 more hours.

Line cookie sheet with foil. Place ribs on foil and brush BBQ sauce over top.

Broil on high approximately 5 minutes. Turn and repeat. Serve!

Southwestern Cheddar Steak Fries (2) -- Biting Life

Southwestern Cheddar Steak Fries -- Biting Life

Southwestern Cheddar Steak Fries

(Recipe from Grumpy’s Honeybunch)



1 lb baby potatoes, washed and cut into wedges
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 oz finely shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro




Preheat oven to 425.  Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.


Combine olive oil, paprika, cumin, garlic powder and salt.  Toss potatoes in mixture to coat.


Lay on cookie sheet and bake in oven until potatoes are tender.


Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese and red peppers.


Place back in oven for a couple of minutes to melt cheese.


Prior to serving, sprinkle with cilantro.



Now that all of the posts are live… go check out the post on Cheap Ethnic Eatz from the girl that was assigned my blog! She chose to make my Quinoa Vegetable Soup recipe and even posted a YouTube goat video special just for me!

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sara March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Love these – the cheesy steak fries look incredible! :)
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MirandaMowbray March 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

They were!!


Eating 4 Balance March 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

That secret recipe club sounds so fun. Great-looking food! I love crock pot recipes :)


MirandaMowbray March 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I was on the waiting list for probably like a year! I’m so glad that I was finally able to join in last month — it is a lot of fun. I love Crockpot recipes, too! As much as I enjoy “real” cooking, sometimes it’s nice to just be able to throw something together with barely any work ;)


Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I have been on a slow cooker kick and I think these ribs will go in the cooker soon! ANd I was the one who had you this month, come over to my site and see what I made.
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MirandaMowbray March 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Loved your post!! I totally forgot about that soup… I might have to make it again soon for myself.


melissa@IWasBornToCook March 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

You can’t go wrong with ribs!
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MirandaMowbray March 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I can’t believe that I’d never cooked them before… they were SO easy in the Crockpot! And, of course, delicious :)


PolaM March 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Gotta love potatoes with a nice slow cooked piece of meat! If the potatoes are crispy and spicy it’s even better!
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MirandaMowbray March 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Exactly! Yes, the potatoes came out deliciously crispy with the perfect kick of spice — I highly recommend them! Besides never having cooked ribs, I’ve actually never slow-cooked a piece of meat by itself before. I was impressed by its potential! I can’t wait to try more recipes like this.


Lisa~~ March 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

What an easy and delicious way to make ribs. and the potatoes look wonderful too.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.

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MirandaMowbray March 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

Thanks for commenting! Cooking the ribs was SO easy, I couldn’t believe it!


Abby March 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

Yum! Good for you for trying new recipes! What a fun little group!
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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures March 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

What great picks for the SRC! Ribs and potatoes…our family’s favorites. I’ll have to give these a try.
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Brittany @ DulceVie March 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

All of the recipes look so good!
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sarah k @ the pajama chef March 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

both recipes sound good!! why have i never thought to put cheese on roasted potatoes? yum!
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MirandaMowbray March 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Haha, yeah, I had the same “duh” moment!


Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook March 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

This sounds like a wonderful meal. Ribs and cheesy potatoes, mmmm!
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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings March 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

can’t wait to try this! yay for src :)
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Shelby March 6, 2013 at 5:45 am

Hi Miranda :)
So happy you enjoyed making your recipes! Love the ease of the rib recipe and it is the only way I do make ribs (when I make them!). Welcome as a new member…not sure if I made it here last month to comment, I don’t have a lot of time to get around but am trying to get better at it! I look forward to looking through your blog to see what you have here. I already know that you have one thing I’m always looking for recipes with (Quinoa!).
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