Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Roast Beast and other random shots

So, how were the holidays at your place?
Our hope is that you were delighted by the company of your most cherished friends and family, satiated by platters of scrumptious food, and made all bright and cheery by a few glasses of great wine.

We certainly were!  Nope, I cannot tell a lie. Christmas dinner at our house this year was a positively delicious affair:

We started off by ordering a standing rib roast of beast from our local butcher...  Bunzel's Meat Market bequeathed us with ten delicious pounds of USDA prime first-cut beef.  We couldn't really argue with that, now, could we?

 Preparation of the roast beast began a couple of days ahead. We slashed the roast and slathered it liberally with a mixture of garlic (lots!), fresh thyme (3 T chopped), olive oil (2-3 T), and salt (2 T).

 We also threw together ten adorable hot buttered rum cheesecakes (and their accompanying rum caramel sauce -- which we should mention is positively To. Die. For.  I think that I could live on it!). 

Awesome, huh?

Yeah, well. It turns out we're not the best when it comes to taking pictures of our actual holiday feasts.  We get all excited about the preparations, snapping pictures every other minute... but once the festivities begin, we lose all sense of direction when it comes to recording the final product.  

We did manage to get a shot of the salad, which we served while the roast was resting in the kitchen... but everything else seems to have gotten lost in the "ooohs" and "aahhhs" and the mumblings of satisfaction as we consumed the roast beast and its swoon-worthy accompaniments.

I'm particularly sad that we didn't get a shot of that bacon porcini gravy and the uber cheesy spinach gratin... soooo good.

*sigh*  Maybe next year.

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  1. Oh my gosh! Can I do a Christmas dinner do-over? Because this looks stunning. Seriously! I'm starving...

  2. The food sounds delicious, but that table looks impeccably decorated for festive times. Awesomeness.

  3. That's a gorgeous Prime Rib...I wish you showed-off the cut roast beef...all pink inside.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. That is such a gorgeous rib roast! I'm envious. Dessert sounds wonderful too.

    Have a very happy new year!

  5. It does look super scrumptious! Happy Happy Holidays!

  6. Wish I was there, those cheesecakes look heavenly! I too got caught up in the holiday ho ho ho let's go and there are absolutely no pics at all from my spread. Guess everyone just has to trust our words right :)

  7. Everything looks great, and I'm so jealous that you have 10 mini cheesecake springforms!! It looks like you had a great time!

  8. Man-o-man, does that look great! All of it looks amazing--the roast is HUGE. Love the spinach and the buttered rum cheesecakes.

    We had a classic roast too--soo good.

  9. Ah, my favorite part of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the carving of that Roast Christmas Beast! Yours looks amazing!

  10. We always call it "roast beast" at my house too. Everything sounds delicious, what a feast! And I know how hard it is to get a shot of the food when you're trying to serve it to a dinner party.

  11. Wow! Your holiday feast looks like it was very elegant! That roast beast and hot buttered rum cheesecakes...sounds amazing. ;)


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