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Dec. 29, 2010 8:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2011 2:14 pm


Typically, we spend the Christmas holidays alone, as the ranch family goes skiing and the crew all leave to visit family. Feeding cows and calves and the rest of the ranch chores fall on Randyman and I cheer him on as he goes out into the bitter cold weather, driving tractor and feedwagon to bring sustenance to the critters of the ranch.


This year, we had visitors in the form of family, which was a real treat. Randyman’s nephew is now one of the cowboys on the ranch, so his mom and stepdad came to spend the holidays with him, and since WE have an extra room, we got the benefit of keeping them. They came laden with goodies, some edible and others wearable. Although, judging from the stains on the front of my sweatshirt, the prime rib was both.


I had read Ba’Nana’s blog on prime rib, picking up some nifty tips, and what do you know? They brought up a big, beautiful rib roast for Christmas Eve. They’d never had it before and I was grateful for the timing, because it came out absolutely perfect. With a marinated cabbage and bleu cheese salad, twice baked potatoes, homemade creamed corn and horseradish for the rib roast, I was satisfied that we could not have fared better anywhere. It was topped off with peppermint cheesecake in chocolate cookie crust and we practically foundered ourselves where we sat.


Top that off with a declaration from my brother in law that they are coming back in the spring and bringing another prime rib, makes things doubly perfect.


Next morning, I set about making Eggs Benedict. I find it interesting how pleasing the mouth can be so upsetting to the rest of the body, and can cause inanimate objects, such as bathroom scales, to say awful things to us. I do believe mine said “One at a time, please”.



Randy and Bro-in-law set off with feed trucks and tractors to feed the several thousand cows on the ranch, while the rest of us saddled up and rode out to move cows out of one big pasture and into another. I really wanted to take pictures, as it was extra beautiful, with the ice crystals that had formed on the top of the new fallen snow, but the batteries were dead. I plodded back to the house to leave the camera, never once considering putting new batteries in. Blame it on old age, or the Mimosas I chugged down while making breakfast. Whatever.


After riding for a couple of hours, crunching through the snow, and breaking through the ice on the streams we had to cross, I came back early to stuff the turkey and prepare Christmas Dinner.


Turkey, cranberry-cornbread stuffing, candied yams, homemade cranberry sauce, and left over salad from the night before was thoroughly enjoyed…every painful bite. I think we will spend New Years looking for a 6-step program for food addicts. A 12-step would be nice, but I don’t believe we can walk that far.

Dec. 29, 2010 9:28 am
That is wonderful! So glad you had some family for Christmas and even better those bearing BEAUTIFUL BEEF gifts too. All looks and sounds terrific! I'm so happy for you, I know how lonely being so far out can feel. God bless you and your family~
Dec. 29, 2010 9:43 am
Petey, your blogs always do two things to me: 1.) make me hungry and 2.) make me want to come visit your ranch. Surely the food is as delicious as it sounds and the ranch is as beautiful (and cold!) as we all picture. Thanks for sharing & Happy New Year!
Dec. 29, 2010 9:49 am
Life on that ranch sounds so blissful! I know it's a lot of hard work, but it seems so rewarding, too. Reminds me of when I was a kid and I'd watch Little House on the Prairie and wish I could live in Laura Ingalls' time. (p.s. - That prime rib picture just about had me chewing on my computer screen!)
Dec. 29, 2010 11:11 am
I was alarmed Petey, when I read your title. I though 'Uh oh'! But alas, it was a great food blog! Yumm. Prime rib is food straight from God! I did mine in the salt igloo and no self respecting PR would be w/o horseradish sauce. I made a mac n cheese with 4 cheeses and sauteed crimeni mushrooms. I am thrilled your family had a wonderful time!! Thanks for sharing Sugar! Happy New Year!
Dec. 29, 2010 11:35 am
Have a great New Years, you guys, and I hope the whole year is fabulous for you!!!
Dec. 29, 2010 1:27 pm
I always enjoy reading your blogs! And the prime rib looks/sounds fabulous. Cheers & Happy New Year!
Dec. 29, 2010 1:50 pm
"A 12-step would be nice, but I don’t believe we can walk that far." ~**~ Perfect ending! Made me laugh...glad you enjoyed family and food this holiday. :-)
Dec. 29, 2010 2:13 pm
Pfffft! Thanks for a another great blog. Made me laugh and man, that prime rib looks amazing!
Dec. 29, 2010 5:53 pm
Petey, I just love reading your blogs. It sounds to me like your Christmas was magical. That PR looks so juicey and tender...yum! And, you're "6 Step Program".... LOL! I went by Weight Watchers yesterday to pick up their literature. (I haven't joined yet, but..) I think we have the same set of scales. Mine just said, "Get Off!"
Dec. 29, 2010 6:29 pm
And tho' it's been said many times many ways... you write a great post! I laid our Prime Rib on a rice/vegetable pilaf with twice baked potatoes and Lone Star style sweet potatoes.
Dec. 29, 2010 8:32 pm
Happy New Year Petey! May it be the best one yet. Now about that prime rib....did I read that right??? You, who lives on a working cattle ranch has never cooked a prime rib? It looks beautiful if that's the first one you've ever done. We had prime rib too and I must say, this really was the best one I've ever cooked too. So darn good and just melted in our mouths. And those scales? They aren't screaming at me, they are crying.
Dec. 29, 2010 9:04 pm
nonono, I HAVE cooked em before, but the in-laws never had it before! This one was perfect tho...I mean, down dirty, make Afif scream, perfect!My scales have mistaken me for twins.
Dec. 29, 2010 9:15 pm
Looks great! Glad you had a good time.
Dec. 30, 2010 9:05 pm
Cat, I actually used a rub that I use on all my beef roasts. It is awesome! And I gleaned from tips from BN that put it over the top! bringing it to room temp and then roasting it at high heat for 15 min, then turning down to 325 for the remainder, using 15 to 17 min per pound as our target. I have a good thermometer too. I'd try again if i was you, its not a complicated piece of meat! Happy New Year!!
Jan. 3, 2011 5:51 am
Happppppy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Blog, petey! What is your bleu cheese cabbage salad? I have cabbage I need to use up! Thanks!
Jan. 3, 2011 6:26 am
Wonderful blog! Happy New Year!
Jan. 3, 2011 6:55 am
Happy New Year Petey! Your Prime Rib looks absolutely perfect! Makes me hungry just to look at it. :)
Jan. 3, 2011 9:25 am
I must have the same scale you do, mine yells "abuse abuse!" I think I gained weight just looking, and drooling over, that prime rib dinner. Six steps would be a good program, just leaves time for us to get back to cooking. Happy New Year, Petey.
Jan. 3, 2011 9:33 am
LMAO! 6 six program indeed! Prime rib looks wonderful Petey!
Jan. 3, 2011 9:34 am
Hubby came in as I was posting, I showed him the picture of that meat up yonder, he was drooling. We both love prime rib. As my dad used to say, 'Saw the horns off and run it out here!'
Jan. 3, 2011 10:18 am
Petey-Next holiday, I AM roasting a prime rib roast! Almost did for Christmas, and now wish I had! My method is tried and true for medium rare) and sounds wrong, but its right! Preheat oven to 500 degrees and put room temp (seasoned) roast in for FIVE minutes per pound. Turn oven off--no peeking--and leave it in for TEN minutes per pound. This method from an Elks Lodge in Corvallis Oregon, many years ago. LOVED reading your blog! Is it too late to put batteries in your camera? Would LOVE to see your ranch! Happy New Year, Girl !!
Jan. 3, 2011 10:37 am
Amazing! Great blog! Who would not want beef as a gift? Can I be invited next Christmas? Sure would be different from the way mine went!
Jan. 3, 2011 11:57 am
shannon k- here is the salad recipe. You use red cabbage, I have no idea how it would be with green. http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62586736/Knock-Off-North-Woods-salad/Detail.aspx
Jan. 3, 2011 12:03 pm
Petey, your PR picture had me drooling all over my keyboard! I have never made a Prime Rib Roast but you all are sure making me want to try! As always, I loved your blog and the "6 step program" is a hoot!! My scales have been complaining for a while too! Ginny
Jan. 3, 2011 1:14 pm
Petey, Your play on words is irresistable. Thank you!
Jan. 3, 2011 7:14 pm
I spent my summers and other times of the year on my grandparents cattle ranch. So your blog brought back some fond memories - saddling up the horses - moving the cattle to a new pasture to graze - finding new calves hiding behind protective momma cow - adding feed & bales of hay to troughs - whitewashing the picket fence that ran around the farm house - swimming in the creek. But it's also a bit of a isolated life so I understand the loneliness at times - and I am so glad to hear that you had company this Christmas. Trust me, I think if you put out an "open house" invite - I would bet you would have a goodly amount of the AR community at your doorstep laden with food goodies for the holidays. And by the look of your feast, you would also have any nearby neighbors (and on a ranch a "nearby" neighbor is several miles away) on the run coming in and the nearest "dinner on the hoof" running out. Fabulous prime rib!! I cooked a tenderloin (hubbies beef of choice) and a prime rib roast (my fav) - and since there's only the two of us - we had it for Christmas and through New Years. I put my scales in the bathroom closet and my new years resolution is to not open the door until the 32nd of Never. Happy New Year Petey - I love reading your blogs - so please put batteries in that camera - saddle up cowboy - and blog on!
Jan. 3, 2011 8:13 pm
An awesome blog!!! I never respond to these as usually they aren't that interesting to me but yours is marvelous. I looked at your blogspot and was just as impressed with that - interesting and well written stories with some beautiful pictures. Keep it up, petey - you're really good at this.
Jan. 4, 2011 1:01 am
you betcha, luv2cook!
Jan. 4, 2011 1:02 am
thank you suz, that is very kind of you! I appreciate the compliment :)
Jan. 4, 2011 1:02 am
thanks Maureen, & Gigi
Jan. 4, 2011 10:02 am
beef and family for Christmas makes a great gift, glad you enjoyed it all and have a great 2011!
Jan. 4, 2011 10:07 am
Now that looks like a perfect supper to me! FWIW, my scale is crying, "Mercy! Mercy on me, please!" LOL Thank you so much, petey, for a wonderful and delightful blog. Your menu has Anniversary Dinner possibilities, as my sweetheart/husband is a solid beef and potatoes man. =) He will love this!
Jan. 4, 2011 1:11 pm
Petey- your blogs always make me laugh! You are too funny! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, and I echo the sentiments of others- that prime rib looks awesome! Happy New Year to you and yours :)
Jan. 4, 2011 2:22 pm
That piece of prime meat you have displayed there is something i could dive into. Where's my glass of Merlot????
Jan. 4, 2011 9:07 pm
Lovely blog, as usual, petey! You have a real gift of words! And pictures.
Jan. 5, 2011 3:06 am
Why thank you, all! :)
Jan. 5, 2011 10:29 am
Great pics and I agree on the wine commentary! I did a smaller 3 rib prime for the holidays and baked it using Paula Deen's method.. gorgeously medium rare. For those big primes, a slow roast is needed and you're right.. they never come out perfect unless they come to room temp before baking.. no matter which method. My Mom always fixed a big one for all the cowboys that came to our ranch in the spring for vetting, branding and... you know what-ing.. :) Great pics, wonderful blog - thanks for sharing.
Jan. 5, 2011 1:41 pm
I have never commented on a blog before so feel honored. Yours is precious! You remind me of my sister!
Jan. 5, 2011 2:14 pm
thank you linduh! that is high praise indeed! and thank you bellesaz!
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