Saturday, December 20, 2014

Herb Seasoning for Prime Rib, Fresh or Dried Herbs

Herb Seasoning for Prime Rib, Fresh or Dried Herbs

You ask and you shall receive! Here is my Herb Seasoning for a 8 pound rib-roast. 
Our Bren's Christmas Prime Rib 2012~Amazing!
Note: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs

Dried Herb Seasoning
        4 gloves of fresh garlic, peeled and crushed or finely minced or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
        ½ cup of Olive Oil
        1 tablespoon Worchester Sauce
        1 tablespoon onion powder
        2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
        1 tablespoon dried basil
        1 teaspoon dried rosemary
        1 teaspoon dried sage
        Dash of Salt and Pepper 

Fresh Herb Seasoning

        4 gloves of fresh garlic, peeled and crushed or finely minced
        ½ cup of Olive Oil
        1 tablespoon Worchester Sauce
        2 tablespoon thyme leaves
        1 tablespoon dried basil
        1 teaspoon dried rosemary
        1 teaspoon dried sage
        1 teaspoon pepper
        Dash of Sea Salt or your choice of Salt

 How to prepare:
        In a small mixing bowl add the Olive oil, Crush or mince the garlic, Worchester Sauce, onion powder, thyme, basil, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper and mix together

        Make sure your Prime Rib is dry, I use a paper towel and cover the entire roast with the seasoning

        Now you’re ready to roast!  

Roasting time
My go to roasting guide is”Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom” By Julia Childs, which I purchased back in 2000 and this book is filled with lots of great cooking tips. 
However, I found that Julia’s servings per pound are very different for my family ~ 

Here’s what I know:
            Bone-in roast serves 1 to 1½ servings per pound
            Boneless roast will serve about two servings per pound 

And I always use a meat thermometer; this is the best way to monitor the temperature of the roast.

Here is our current method, which is really an Old Way of cooking. Our son Jake introduced us to this method last Christmas. Ok I admit I was nervous and kept peeking through the window of the oven, of course when I thought know one was looking. The roast was a perfect medium-rare, with just a few pieces left…

We had 8 and a wee one for dinner; I purchased a 16 pound bone-in roast. 

There are a number of recipes for this method on the web here is one of them that I like: Culinary Arts about food.

What’s your favorite method for cooking a Prime Rib Roast?

Merry Holidays and Happy Christmas!
Cheers! Kary




Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Grain-Free Family Table~ Today discount on Amazon!

It is an usually warm Sunday here in the Carolina’s, a great day to head out and shop locally, also to shop on-line, and here is a great deal today for Carrie’s Vitt’s new

As many of you know this month I have been featuring Carrie’s new cookbook
The Grain-Free Family Table  on my blog, so if you’re thinking about purchasing this for your family, friends or yourself take advantage of today’s discount, just click on the link  The Grain-Free Family Table !

Do you have a favorite cookbook?  
Happy Christmas and Merry Holidays!

Cheers! Kary

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Turkey Roulade ~grain-free-paleo & Gift Ideas


I hope you’re enjoying the Holiday Season and taking some time for yourself.

I know everyone is busy, especially this time of year. And when it comes to shopping we are overwhelmed with emails and catalogs (I do love leafing through the catalogs) so I thought that I would share some gift ideas.

I am always looking for great gift ideas, something a little different and also maybe good for you, which is always a plus!

 I love the Zoya polish!

Enjoy and I would love to hear from you, please let me know if you cook any of the recipes or purchase her book.

Cheers! Kary~

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Grilled Turkey Sandwich with Cheddar Cheese & Red Peppers

 Here's one of my favorite sandwich recipes for Turkey~Enjoy!
Grilled Turkey Sandwich with Cheddar Cheese and Red Peppers  

        2 thick slices of  turkey – Enough to cover a slice of bread
              I like to use left over chicken or turkey breast meat for this sandwich
-     My favorite is Mayo with Olive oil
        Sour dough bread, whole wheat bread or your favorite bread
        2 Roasted red peppers, Fresh roasted on the grill is great, but I like to keep a jar on hand specially in the winter months
               Slice each open and remove the seeds so the pepper will lay flat on the sandwich
        Cheddar Cheese,  thinly sliced ( less is better with this sandwich)
         If you are using a large cube of fresh cheese slice several pieces to fit the bread. I find that cheddar cheese really compliments the turkey and roasted red peppers
        Butter about a 1/2 teaspoon
        Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread, layer  ½ the cheese, turkey, red peppers and the other remaining slices of cheese on the bread and place the second slice on top to create a sandwich
         I found that by placing the cheese on both slices of bread with the Turkey and peppers in between results in a better sandwich
        Melt butter in the griddle over medium heat~ Watch closely so the butter doesn’t burn
        Place the sandwich on the griddle and cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes on one side until lightly brown
       Using a spatula,  lift the sandwich and carefully flip to cook the other side
        The second side usually cooks faster so be careful and watch closely
       Everyone has a preference on what properly “grilled” is. The bread should be brown per your    taste 
     Slice and enjoy a delicious sandwich. Great with Soup, Salad, Fresh Fruit, Sliced Carrots, Celery or Slices of Cucumber. Cheers! Kary

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Turkey, Stuffing and Preparing for Thanksgiving

It’s Turkey time! That time of year to pull the roasting pan out, hit your local grocery store and farmers market in preparation for cooking a great meal and gathering with family and friends. 
If your looking for assistance in preparing your meal here are several of my favorite recipes and posts for Thanksgiving.  
Calling all road warriors who will be preparing a feast at your destination and not in your own familiar kitchen, click on this link Traveling Thanksgiving Dinner
I know most of us have a favorite stuffing recipe for our Turkey dinner, here is one I discovered while watching Giada on the today show several years ago. Still a family favorite!

Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta.
And if you are just cooking for a small crowd or a crowd of one here is a blog favorite:  
If you need some pointers on how to make home made gravy check out Lisa’s video @ Homemade Gravy from Lisa at 100 Days of Real Food Who wants to use dried or pre-made gravy to pour over your home cooked Turkey, not me.  

What are you cooking for Thanksgiving? 
Cheers! Kary 

Just cook something!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Grain-Free Family Table, Carrie Vitts, Deliciously Organic New Book

In 2011 I discovered Carrie Vitt’s website “Deliciously Organic ” and her first book  Deliciously Organic.  I admired her determination to improve her then current state of health by researching what she was eating and how she might be able to become healthier.  I have been a fan ever since.  
Tomorrow is a big day for Carrie, her new cookbook, “The Grain-Free Family Table, Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organicwill be released and today is the last day to take advantage of the cookbook bonus offer! Click now to purchase!

 I received my copy last week and what I really like is that the recipes are clearly written, the photo’s are a beautiful blend of family, friends and need I mention the food…looks delicious!  

I felt like I was invited to join Carrie in the kitchen to chop veggies, prepare one of her recipes, then pull up a chair at her table and share a great meal. Warmth radiates from the pages and her journey to improve her health is encouraging and heartfelt. 

When I first started blogging my focus was on encouraging my family, friends and anyone who would listen to “just cook something” and avoid pre-packaged frozen meals and drive-thru. My focus is still about teaching children and parents to prepare home cooked meals, however I am also working on converting my recipes to real food and organic products.

After reading Carries story and The Grain-Free Family Table, Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic I can think of a number of friends and family who have health issues and could benefit from Carrie’s experience and her book.   

I recently purchased eggplant and zucchini from the local farmers market, as a result the first recipe that I selected to cook was Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna, my husband loved this meal! I had enough for two dinners and one lunch, and as most of us know anything with red sauce is usually even better the next day!  This is a very kid’s friendly recipe; I might add sautéed onion next time since it is just Doug and I. 

As I always say “make it your own” and just cook something!

Currently Pork Carnitas are in my crock pot, from The Grain-Free Family Table, Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic, of course.

For the all the recipe’s click on the link and purchase your copy The Grain-Free Family Table, Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic, the perfect gift for yourself or someone you care about!

Thank you Carrie for sharing your experience, knowledge and passion for cooking healthy meals.

 Cheers! Kary


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter's on the way and Polar Fleece

Flash back Thursday- With cold weather on its way to the Carolina’s I am digging into the back of my closet for my Polar Fleece 
November 2011 I wrote a post about my fleece jacket and how I loved that it kept me warm.

If you live in a climate where fleece clothing is only seen in catalogs, take a trip back to 2011 and visit my post to learn a little bit about this great fabric that keeps me and millions warm during the cold months. Brrrr, baby it’s cold outside…
Snow February 2009

Cheers! Kary