It's one week till Christmas and I'm getting hungry. For beef.
We haven't had beef here in the house in so long I'm having withdrawals. We had turkey for Thanksgiving of course, and we've also managed to demolish 2 hams so far. Sauerkraut with pork is a New Years thing around here, so beef is on the menu if I have anything to say about it. And I do.
Something medium rare, butter knife tender. So flavorful the only thing you need is salt and pepper. I want to feast on a beast. I want to gorge myself silly and have enough of leftovers. (Mmm, cold beef with horseradish sauce.)
I've made beef tenderloin before but shockingly have never tried a standing rib roast or without the bones, it's known as prime rib.
I've been eyeballing the grocery advertisements waiting to pounce. Tenderloin is running $14 lb but the rib roasts are $7 lb right now. I'll also need to get a meat thermometer. Can you believe it? I've been cooking for 30 years and have never owned a meat thermometer. I've gotten by with the finger poke technique all these years, but I need a medium rare roast so badly. I'm not planning on screwing this one up so it's best to have a little insurance.
I've also got fudge on the brain. Chocolate is such a part of my Christmas's growing up. Dad was a chocolate salesman for Nestle. He would sell bulk chocolate to speciality candy shops. We always had boxes of chocolates laying around. Up in Ohio, Dad sold to a shop called The Yum Yum Tree. I loved their particular blend of chocolates. Mom would get a box of some kind of mint chocolates and maybe if we were lucky she'd let us have one. They were that good. Us kids weren't picky about chocolate...anything and everything was fine by us. That was our Christmas breakfast. Chocolate at 5 am unwrapping our Christmas presents. I'd eat chocolate all day long. Christmas just isn't Christmas without some kind chocolate in the house.
I've never made fudge before but it looks like the easiest thing in the world. I think that's what I'll do today. Make fudge. Slide into a sugar coma.
At least I'll die happy!
So what's cooking at your house? Any cravings you'd care to share?