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BBQ Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Sauce and What Do Aliens Eat? Story

What Do Aliens Eat?
–Story & Recipe–
I did lots of research on aliens to write Starseed, a novel about a sixteen-year-old girl raised on Earth who is half-human and half-extraterrestrial.  At school, Kaila falls in love with Jordyn, also a hybrid, but raised far from Earth.
When Jordyn and  the “hive,” a group of teen aliens, discover that Kaila was bred and mistakenly raised on Earth, they’re intrigued. They can learn about humans and Earth, all the while teaching Kaila about her alien heritage and powers.
In high school, Kaila witnesses and is a victim of bullying by the human students. But the aliens aren’t all beams of light either. As Kaila falls for Jordyn and becomes more enraged at human cruelty in school, she’s forced to make a choice—be with her star family or be with Earthlings.
Kaila invites her alien friends to her house for her 17th birthday party. Kaila lives in the country in Louisiana. The party includes a barbecue, cake, and riding horses. The aliens have never eaten barbecue or ridden horses. Though they don’t know it, this day proves a defining experience in being human.
Here is the scene where two members of the alien “hive” eat barbecue for the first time. The family doesn’t know they’re alien, just that they’re “strange.”
And because it’s springtime, following is a  recipe for barbecue ribs for us Earthlings.
As Kaila’s mother cut the cake and handed out slices, Mike called to the hive, “Come on y’all. Eat some barbecue.” He pointed to the platters on the table. Antonia slid next to Pia and Toby sat next to Melissa.
“I’ll try it,” Antonia said. She picked up a rib, bit and tasted. She sat straighter.  “This is amazing.”
“It’s delicious,” Toby cried. “More!” He munched on the ribs, barbecue sauce on his small mouth. “I like it!”
“Take it easy,” Uncle John laughed. “Plenty enough to go around.”
“Did they starve them in New Mexico?” Aunt Jackie wondered. “These poor kids. Here, have some cake.” She slid some cake slices before Toby and Antonia.
Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Start your ribs in the oven, then finish on the grill. That’s the secret to making them fall-off-the-bone-lickin’ good.
Sprinkle the ribs with seasoning. Here in Louisiana, we like a little spice, so I sprinkle a steak seasoning plus a Cajun seasoning called “Slap Ya Mama” on both sides. Put the ribs on a foil-lined baking pan and then wrap the ribs in several layers of foil so no steam escapes.
Bake at 250 degrees F for about 3 hours (single rack of ribs) or 3 ½ to 4 hours for two racks (rotate the pans about half way through).
When they’re falling off the bone, slather both sides of the ribs with
Barbecue Sauce: (this is homemade but of course you can use any brand).
1 cup vinegar
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp.brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. pepper
dash liquid smoke
(can double this recipe depending on amount of ribs)
Ensure grill is hot! Sear ribs on grill. Serve with potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, and corn on the cob. Sure to make any alien sit straight up.
So what do aliens eat? Well, barbecue in one scene. But normally? Sorry, you’ll have to read Starseed to find out. I can tell you it ain’t pretty, Kaila makes some difficult choices, and that the baby backs are ten times as tasty.
–Liz Gruder
Starseed (available in print and eBook)
by Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth or her star family.
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Author: Liz Gruder
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013


Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.

Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana’s Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn’t count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.

“After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! … I didn’t want to put it down … it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!”
— The Forbidden Library Book Reviews

“I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren’t into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I’ve read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way.”
–Starlight Book Reviews

“Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth.”
–Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, “The Magic Wakes”

“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
–Pixie Dust Book Reviews

Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
–Kerri Cuevas, YA Author “Deadly Kisses”

“Liz Gruder’s characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader’s encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder’s exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school.”
— Jadie Jones, YA author “Moonlit”


Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.



Originally posted 2013-03-22 04:59:00.

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Hey everyone! Tonight I’m making teriyaki chicken and thought I would share the recipe with ya! It’s great for a marinade or to mix in with fried rice or however you want to use it!  Tonight, I’ve poured mine over chicken wings and am baking them!  (In case you were wondering, I will post my teriyaki wing recipe later!)  For now, here is the teriyaki sauce.  If you’d like it to be a bit thicker, mix in a little flour!

2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or cooking sherry
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic

Put it all in a bowl, mix well, use as desired!  It can be rozen for future use if you’d like.  Just be sure and double bag, as it won’t freeze well!

If you’d like more recipes, for condiments and others, check out my recipes page here or click the tab at the top of the page.  All of my recipes are made by me before I post them!  😀

You can see where I link up here!

What’s your favorite use or recipe for teriyaki sauce??? 

Originally posted 2011-12-31 00:58:00.

Emeril’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

First I have to say, this may be the best sauce I’ve ever tasted! (When followed exactly, anyway!) I’ve changed it around and modified it at times, but it is too great when done by the recipe for me to say modifying it much is the best. LOL. I’m not sure if it would be illegal for me to re-post the recipe, so I’m just going to link to it. I found it on Food and it really is a great recipe! If you want, you can double it and freeze or can the leftover sauce. It works really well on homemade pizza also, but I do cook it a little longer to thicken it up. If you get distracted and cook it too long, it will get thick and be perfect for pizza sauce….. I think that was a happy accident indeed! Anyway, below are my pictures. Sorry I forgot to take them while the sauce was put together! I didn’t make the meatballs, rather I used some ground beef and sausage I had pre-cooked. I’m all about convenience!!! Hope you try this out, you won’t be sorry!!!

As a side note, ours is done using whole wheat pasta, which is why the noodles are dark. They are good, but have a different flavor and texture. I also use ground turkey rather than beef.  Can’t tell much of a difference.  We are learning to love them for health purposes…  
P.S.  The Essence required is great on lots of things!!!  The recipe is at the bottom of the page.  😀  Hope you love it as much as we do!!!  Waiting for our tomato plants to sprout so we can have fresh tomatoes in our pasta!!!
****Can be frozen and used another time, I do it all the time and it is still just as good!!!

Originally posted 2011-07-27 15:23:00.

Homemade Fish Sticks & Pineapple Ketchup

Homemade Fish Sticks and Pineapple KetchupSince we have two recipes in this one, I’m gonna post them one at a time.  Makes it way easier in case you want to make the fish but not the sauce or if you want to make the sauce for something else!  I think the Pineapple Ketchup would go great with homemade french fries.

Homemade Fish Sticks


2 c cornflakes, crushed

1 tsp pepper, divided

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 egg

1 lb tilapia fillets, cut into 1″ strips

1/4 tsp kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet, coat with cooking spray.
  3. Place cornflakes and 1/4 tsp pepper in a bowl and mix.
  4. In another bowl, combine egg and lemon juice, stir with fork.
  5. Sprinkle fish evenly on both sides with salt and pepper.
  6. Dip fish in egg mixture, then into cornflake mixture.  Place on rack and repeat.
  7. Bake at 425 til fish becomes flaky, about 12 minutes.

Pineapple Ketchup


1/2 c cubed pineapple

1/3 c ketchup

1 tsp soy sauce


In a food processor or blender, combine ingredients and enjoy!

Got any great plans for the Pineapple Ketchup?  Additions, changes?  I’d love to hear them!




Salsa de Mono Recipe: Monkeys Original Salsa Recipe


If you are a mom, you know the sense of pride that comes when your child does something on their own.  Monkey has gone away and isn’t close by anymore.  Though she doesn’t live close by, there are things she needs from time to time and I still love my Monkey.  When she made the recipe below, she was very excited and proud of herself.  I’m proud of the little things too.  My fervent prayer, as is probably everyone’s for their children, is that Monkey will succeed and be self sufficient well enough to be comfortable and happy.  Below is the recipe that she came up with on her own.  I am so proud to be sharing a Monkey original recipe, hence the name: Salsa de Mono.


3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

1 small onion, diced

2 sm jalepenos, diced with 1/2 the seeds set aside

1 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced

1/2 tsp minced garlic

Lime juice to flavor


If you’d like it to be mild, try leaving out the jalepeno seeds but if you’d like it to be hotter, add more.  Prepare all ingredients then combine in a bowl.  Mix well.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Enjoy!

Homemade Honey Mustard Recipe


Ahh, honey mustard!!!  My husband is a honey mustard addict!  The other day I forgot to buy some and rather than go to the store, I found this recipe:

  • 4 tbsp mustard
    1 tbsp honey
    2 tsp dijon mustard

Mix, adjust to your taste and enjoy!

Some great ways to eat honey mustard:

chicken strips
french fries

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  It’s 3:30 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep so I thought I would hook ya up, then all of the sudden I am overwhelmingly sleepy.  SO, I’m gonna take advantage and go pass out!  Stop by and check out my recipe page for more great recipes (tried and true with honest opinions).