Christmas Dinner

December 25, 2018 at 6:10 PM | Posted in baking, BEEF, cooking, Food | 8 Comments
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I’m preparing Christmas Dinner for me and Mom. It’s our first Christmas without Dad and it’s a bit sad but I’m trying to keep things upbeat for Mom. We’re having Dinner for just the 2 of us but later in the afternoon or early evening there will be several people coming over so that will help her spirits. For our Dinner I prepared a 4 lb. Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, opened up a quart jar of the Canned Green Beans, and Baked some Hawaiian Rolls. Mom had a baked an Apple Pie and a Pecan Pie yesterday. Both were made using Splenda Sweetner. I’d like to wish each and every one of you along with your families a Very Merry Christmas! And to all a good night…..


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2015 at 4:45 PM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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Just wanted to Wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas! I will not have a Dinner Posing today, first time in a very long time. We’ll be traveling for the day. So may you all have a safe and Merry Christmas. And to all a good night!



Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Baked Cheddar Bay Biscuits

December 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM | Posted in BEEF, Bob Evan's, greenbeans, prime rib | 7 Comments
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Today’s Special Christmas Menu: Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Baked Cheddar Bay Biscuits



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Let me start by saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone! In the past we always had a huge family gathering for Christmas Dinner but the today as the last couple of Christmas Dinner it’s just been Mom and Dad and myself. It’s been a quiet relaxing Christmas. Another cold one out but not as bad as yesterday, no wind today made the difference. For dinner it was a feast! I prepared a Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Baked Cheddar Bay Biscuits.




I had purchased a Seasoned Half  Beef Ribeye for Prime Rib Roast at a local GFS Market in nearby Fairfield a while back and had it in the freezer. Laid it out in the fridge yesterday to thaw so it was ready for the oven today. Nice size one, 7.750 lbs. of nothing but Prime Rib! So easy to prepare, just preheated the oven at 250 degrees. Then placed the roast in a medium size roasting pan with a rack in it. Sprayed the rack with Pam Spray and added a 1/4″ of water to the pan. Then placed the Roast on the rack and basted it in its own juices that were in the bag. Placed it in the oven for about 2 1/2 hours, til a thermometer read 120 degrees, perfect medium rare! As it was roasting I would baste it from time to time with the juice. We buy our Prime Rib from GFS every year and the quality is always spot on. Tender, moist, and just bursting with flavor! This one was so tender you could cut it with your fork. Plus always the good thing, lots of leftovers for some incredible Prime Rib Sandwiches!




Prime Rib as far as I’m concerned is a meal in its self but Mom and Dad love the side dishes. So for one side I heated up our favorite Mashed Potatoes, Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. These are so good and saves so much time than having to peel, cook and mashed potatoes! Then I also heated a jar of the Canned Green Beans we had Canned earlier this year. Nothing like fresh Green Beans in the Winter! As if that’s not enough my dad wanted some Corn on the Cob so I boiled some Mini Ears of Green Giant Mini Ears of Sweet Corn. I used the juice of the Prime Rib when it was done for some Gravy and I baked some Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. First time I had baked this one. Just mixed the Packet of Biscuit with water and grated Cheddar Cheese. Mixed it into a dough and made it into balls on to a baking sheet. Baked at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. When ready I basted them with a Garlic Butter Sauce while they were still hot. Tasted just like what you get at the Red Lobster! For dessert later a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream Bar.





GFS Prime Rib

GFS Seasoned Half Beef Ribeye for Prime Rib Roast


• A classic holiday choice for parties, banquets, and special events
• Slowly oven-roasted for juicy,full flavor
• Carefully selected USDA Choice and Select beef options




Christmas Appetizer Recipes

December 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Some Holiday Ideas from the Eating Well web site! Link is at the bottom of the post.


Christmas Appetizer RecipesEating Well


Host a festive holiday party with these healthy appetizers.
Our easy holiday appetizer recipes are great for a holiday cocktail party or to start your Christmas dinner off deliciously. Try our Roasted Beet Crostini for a festive red-and-green finger food or our Green Chile & Goat Cheese Dip for a flavor-packed chip and dip recipe.



Roasted Beet Crostini
The entire beet plant—roots, stems and greens—can be used in this stunning appetizer. The beets are roasted then pureed with goat cheese for a creamy ruby-red spread. The greens and stems are sautéed with olive oil and garlic for the topping…..




Green Chile & Goat Cheese Dip
This creamy, cheesy dip is spiked with green chiles and smoky chipotle pepper. Be sure to drain the ricotta the day before you want to serve the dip. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers…..




* Click the link below to get all the Christmas Appetizer Recipes *

One of America’s Favorites – Ham

December 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Posted in baking, cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Ham is a cut of meat from the thigh of the hind leg of an animal, sometimes being a pigs. Nearly all hams sold today are either fully



cooked or cured.


The word ham is derived from the Old English ham or hom meaning the hollow or bend of the knee.


The United States largely inherited its traditions relating to ham and pork from 17th-century Britain and 18th-century France, the latter especially in Louisiana. The French often used wet cure processed hams that are the foundation stock of several modern dishes, like certain gumbos and sandwiches. Until the very early 20th century, men living in the southern Appalachians would drive their pigs to market in the flatlands below each Autumn, fattening up their stock on chestnuts and fallen mast. Further, archaeological evidence suggests that the early settlers of Jamestown (men largely from the West Midlands) built swine pens for the pigs they brought with them and, once established, also carried on an ancient British tradition of slaughtering their pigs and producing their pork in mid-November. To this day, the result is that in many areas, a large ham, not a turkey, is the centerpiece of a family Christmas dinner.


In the United States, ham is regulated primarily on the basis of its cure and water content. The USDA recognizes the following categories: Fresh ham is an uncured hind leg of pork. Country ham is uncooked, cured, dried, smoked or unsmoked, made from a single piece of meat from the hind leg of a hog or from a single piece of meat from a pork shoulder (picnic ham). Country ham typically is saltier and less sweet than city ham. Virginia’s Smithfield ham, a country ham, must be grown and produced in or around Smithfield, Virginia, to be sold as a Smithfield ham. Similar hams from Tennessee and the Appalachians have a similar method of preparation, but may include honey in their cures and be hickory smoked. As country ham ages, mold may grow on the outside of the ham, while the rest of the meat continues to age. This process produces a distinctive flavor, but the mold layer is usually scrubbed or cut off the ham before being cooked and served.

For most other purposes, under US law, a “ham” is a cured hind leg of pork that is at least 20.5% protein (not counting fat portions), and contains no added water. However, “ham” can be legally applied to “turkey ham” if the meat is taken from the turkey thigh. If the ham has less than 20.5% but is at least 18.5% protein, it can be called “ham with natural juices”. A ham that is at least 17.0% protein and up to 10% added solution can be called “ham—water added”. Finally, “ham and water product” refers to a cured hind leg of pork product that contains any amount of added water, although the label must indicate the percent added ingredients. If a ham has been cut into pieces and molded, it must be labelled “sectioned and formed”, or “chunked and formed” if coarsely ground.

Sugar is common in many dry hams in the United States; it is used to cover the saltiness. The majority of common wet-cured ham available in U.S. supermarkets is of the “city ham” or “sweet cure” variety, in which brine is injected into the meat for a very rapid curing suitable for mass market. Traditional wet curing requires immersing the ham in a brine for an extended period, often followed by light smoking.

In addition to the main categories, some processing choices can affect legal labeling. A ‘smoked’ ham must have been smoked by

A hickory smoked country ham being displayed

A hickory smoked country ham being displayed

hanging over burning wood chips in a smokehouse or an atomized spray of liquid smoke such that the product appearance is equivalent; a “hickory-smoked” ham must have been smoked using only hickory. However, injecting “smoke flavor” is not legal grounds for claiming the ham was “smoked”; these are labeled “smoke flavor added”. Hams can only be labelled “honey-cured” if honey was at least 50% of the sweetener used, is at least 3% of the formula, and has a discernible effect on flavor. So-called “lean” and “extra lean” hams must adhere to maximum levels of fat and cholesterol per 100 grams of product.

Turkey ham, a boneless product made from pressed turkey thigh meat, is a low-fat alternative to traditional ham in the US.

Spiral sliced ham has become popular option for bone-in or boneless hams sold in the US. In the spiral cutting process, the ham is firmly affixed, on the top and bottom, to a rotating base, which is gradually lowered as a blade is applied. This creates one single continuous slice.


Tinned ham (more commonly known in the United States as “canned ham”) is a meat product that is sold exclusively in tins (or cans). The ham itself is usually formed from smaller cuts of meat, cooked in the can, and is often covered in an aspic jelly during the canning process. Two versions are available, perishable and shelf-stable. Tinned ham is usually sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.


Ham is uncooked preserved pork. It is cured (a preservation process) usually in large quantities of salt and sugar. Then hot smoked (hung over a hot, smokey fire but out of direct heat) to preserve it more. This process keeps the pink hue of the uncooked meat. Standard pork, like chops, are raw and unpreserved. When heat is applied to the meat a chemical reaction happens that turns the hemoglobin white. This also happens when an acid is applied to meats.


The pink color of ham develops in the curing process which involves salt and usually either nitrites or nitrates. The nitrate cure is used

Sliced ham

Sliced ham

for product that will either be kept a long time or at room temperature like dry salami. Most hams are cured with nitrite and salt today.


The cure prevents the growth of unhealthy bacteria (maybe deadly) before enough moisture is withdrawn by the salt. This is particularly important if the product is to be smoked above 40F when these bacteria grow. The “danger zone” for uncured product is between 40F and 140F.


There is confusion in the words curing and brining. Brining is done with salt and usually sugar and only alters the product color a little. Curing is done with salt and nitrates.


Sodium nitrite is used for the curing of meat because it prevents bacterial growth and, in a reaction with the meat’s myoglobin, gives the product a desirable dark red color. Because of the toxicity of nitrite (the lethal dose of nitrite for humans is about 22 mg per kg body weight), the maximum allowed nitrite concentration in meat products is 200 ppm. Under certain conditions, especially during cooking, nitrites in meat can react with degradation products of amino acids, forming nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens.

Leftover Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes & Brown Mushroom Gravy, Green Beans, and…

December 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM | Posted in Food, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, leftovers, low carb, prime rib | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftover Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes & Brown Mushroom Gravy, Green Beans, and Rustic French Bread

Well dinner tonight are the leftovers from our Christmas Dinner. Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes & Brown Mushroom Gravy, Green Beans, and Rustic French Bread. I had slow baked the Prime Rib at 250 degrees for three hours, until it was a beautiful medium rare. It came out a just melt in your mouth piece of Prime Rib. I made several sides so everyone had a choice. I made Mashed Potatoes & Brown Mushroom Gravy (Heinz Gravy), Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Baked Glazed Carrots, Rustic French Bread or Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert a choice of Pillsbury Nut Quick Bread or my Mom made a Apple Cake.

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