Monday, December 31, 2007

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

its whats for dinner

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The day starts with my mother's breakfast casserole

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and orange rolls courtesy of the Dough Boy.

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Beef, 8 pounds of standing rib roast, just out of the package.

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In the Dutch Oven, properly seasoned and ready to roast.

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Corn casserole and green bean casserole ready to to bake.

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The pumpkin pie looks a bit gnarled as my son "helped" with the crust when my back was turned and I had to do some surgery. Then I let it bake about 3 minutes too long. Still tasted great!!

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Out of the oven and fully rested, this bad boy is ready to carve.

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Thick slabs of medium rare beef. Plus enough for left overs.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 04:17 new casino rules. crushed the LHE game. #
  • 12:24 So the new casino spreads 1/3 300 Max NL, 2/5 500 Max NL, 3/6 LHE. I took home 42 BB playing LHE for about 6 hours. 7 BB/ hour is nice. #
  • 12:25 I should add that the service is a bit buggy. They have about 2 months of work to get things rolling right, but its plush and game is soft. #
  • 12:29 The cocktail waitresses should are nice looking but inefficient. Models, not waitresses. #
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Friday, December 28, 2007

Call me Adam

If you are cooking a meal of any amount of importance and you don't enlist the advice of one BG, you are fooling yourself that your meal has turned out to be as good as it can be. Even with his over reliance on the braise, he knows his way around the kitchen. (Insert joke here: I am sure that he will make some lucky guy a fine wife someday.) The final of my Christmas celebrations kicks off tonight when my parents arrive in town.

This evening I will be preparing two pumpkin pies. Yes I whip my own cream. The key to my pumpkin pie? Penzeys cinnamon. No, I don't use the 2/3 recommendation. This Vietnamese cinnamon is so good you could eat it with a spoon.

I will also be preparing a corn casserole, green bean casserole, baked sweet potatoes and of course fresh rolls. I'd like to do pop-overs or Yorkshire pudding but my oven space is very limited and tradition in my family requires the corn and greenbeans. Once I remodel and get my double wall ovens and warming trays installed......

The main course is of course the Standing Rib Roast, aka, Prime Rib. BG pointed me to this recipe last year when I was contemplating making a beef tenderloin. I have tinkered with the recipe and offer my modifications below. You can use the link above to compare mine to the original. I have cooked 3 roasts this way and will warn you that the original recipe can lead to an over done roast. 140 degrees is way to done and you really need a thermometer with a probe to monitor your exact cooking results.

Chilly's Modified Easy Prime Rib, sourced from here

1. Get a prime rib roast at your supermarket.
It's usually labeled bone-in ribeye roast. I get "Standing Rib Roast"
2. Mix 1 part onion salt, 1 part seasoned salt, 1 part sea salt or kosher salt and 2 parts garlic powder to make 1/2 cup total.
3. Pat the salt mixture liberally on the entire roast.
The salt may not stick as well on the fat side. Don't worry about it, just dump it on. Also remove the roast from the refrigerator 1-2 hours before you cook it. This lets the meat come to room temp.
4. Pre-heat oven as high as it will go. Usually 500 degrees but not broil.
5. Stick the roast in a dutch oven bone side down (fat side up). Get a remote probe electric meat thermometer (with alarm) and stick it in the middle of the roast.
6. Cook the roast in the oven for 5 minutes per pound and then shut the oven off.

7. Monitor the temperature. Set your alarm to alert you when the roast reaches 120 degrees might take as long a two hours, monitor for a steady increase in temp. If you are struggling to make it to 120 degrees, turn the oven on at 375 degrees until it hits 120 degrees.
Once at 120 Remove the dutch oven from the oven, remove the lid and cover roast with foil.
The temperature should continue to climb. You are shooting for 130-135 degrees. I like mine a bit bloody, closer to 130. If you see that your temp is still climbing rapidly after you hit 130 degrees, remove roast to a serving platter.
8. This procedure will yield a PERFECT MEDIUM RARE PRIME RIB.

For the Au jus, get a container of beef stock, or make your own ahead of time (just buy a box of Emeril's, its in the soup aisle). Pour the liquid off the dutch oven (reserve for Yorkshire pudding). Put the dutch oven on your stove and add the beef stock. Stir to release the brown bits and salt from the oven. Heat to a slow boil, simmer for 5 minutes and put it in a serving vessel ( I use a creamer rather than a gravy boat).

I also make my own horseradish as well. I don't remember it exactly but its basically a cup of sour cream, 1/4 cup prepared horseradish 1/8 cup of lemon juice...might be something else, but I can't think of it. Add additional horseradish to taste. Prepare 24 hours in advance so that the flavors blend nicely.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 22:43 10:35 and the kid just went to bed. Birthday was great. #
  • 12:10 Pei wei 4 lunch. Fun chow! #
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The Alliance


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I was surprised by the condition of my action figures. The first/original ones such as this R2 are well worn (loved). Yoda however is in pristine condition. I can't believe I still have Han's blaster. 3PO is in okay shape, and was sparkley so my daughter like him the best.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

No disintigrations


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Bossk is no match for this little girl.

While home for turkey day last month I busted out the Star Wars action figures and hot wheels for the kids to play with.

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 22:40 Xmas 2007 in the bag...... Tomorrow is a very special third birthday. Friday grandparents come for more Xmas and Sunday is birthday again. #
  • 00:51 Sleep schedule officially screwed. Might as well be on Vegas time. #
  • 00:52 Contemplating a headlong journey into the breach of Chuck E Cheese for dinner tomorrow. #
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 02:31 Stockings hung with care. Still prepping for kids and xmas. #
  • 03:31 just returned from Walgreens. Batteries and video tapes procured. #
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Monday, December 24, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 20:46 YEA!! Good friend is moving back to STL after 7 years in KC. #
  • 02:35 Finished painting living room. Is it XMAS yet? #
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 21:41 Stopped for a break. Watching SNL Commercial special and going to get a snack, then back to painting. #
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 15:59 painting the living room. Finished xmas shopping this morning. #
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Friday, December 21, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 04:51 Awake. I have a cold. It sucks. #
  • 05:08 A good friend of mine looks exactly like Rick from Simon and Simon. #
  • 05:14 Just won a t-shirt from Lumiere Place. I guess I need to check out the new casino now. #
  • 05:17 No he looks like AJ, not Rick. #
  • 09:41 One meeting today. Then off for 5 in a row. #
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

My day

This what I have been doing for the last 24 hours.
  • 11:47 I am becoming more addicted to twitter. Loud twitter activate! #
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Out of the Pan


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First of all the gown was found thanks to the diligent work of the USPS. They delivered it to the wrong address, but beat the street and pounded on doors until it was found. THANKS USPS!!

So we had about 28 hours of calm. Then.....

Tuesday evening at 10:00 my daughter head butted a picture frame. 6 hours, 6 stitches, 2 courses of anesthesia and one glued down flap of skin later, her eyelid looks a bit less Tony Twist and a bit more innocent little girl.

She only has four stitches, but 2 pulled out and had to be redone. She scratched her cornea as well. We go to the ophthalmologist today to get that checked out.

My son was at the hospital with us the entire time. Thank goodness for an ER room with a TV/VCR combo and "Lady and the Tramp" and "Babe". He came home at slept from 4:30 am until his grandpa woke him at 1:30.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Postal

Back around 1923 my great uncle was born. 11 months later My great grandmother took him to get a photo taken in his christening gown. Later his sister, my great aunt and other sister, my grandmother would also get their photos taken in the gown at the same 11 months of age.

Since then my mother, uncle, nephews, me and my son have all had our photos taken in the gown, at 11 months of age.

2 years ago when my son went to get his picture taken he wore the gown and ripped it. As we approach my daughters 9th month my wife hatched a plan. We would get the dress, have it repaired, have a replica made and mount and frame the original. The silk of the original has become much to fragile to ever be worn again.

So my dad mailed it to me.

Only it didn't show up.

The post office has it marked as "delivered".

We were home at 4:19 last Saturday. No one rang the bell or knocked on the door.

We need some sort of intervention because when my mother finds out she is going to kill someone. No I am not exaggerating.