Holiday Dinner Delights

I’ve been busy cooking my heart out in the kitchen all afternoon. Dinner is just a couple of hours away, and my apartment is filled with wonderful smells!

I made a batch of dinner rolls earlier, which decided they did NOT want to rise properly. Fortunately, my live-in taste tester extraordinaire says they still taste delightful!

I also made a batch of asparagus potato chowder.

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The recipe called for this to be served cold, but it tastes DELIGHTFUL warm, so that’s how I’ll be serving it. The link to the recipe is here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9497433

We’ll also be enjoying a mixed green salad with a cranberry-orange viniagrette dressing that I’ll be making shortly.

Our main course will be a beef eye of round roast. The fact that I got the roast on sale for $1.89 a pound makes this meal even tastier! The cut of meat comes from the back portion of the animal, making it a bit tricky to cook without getting tough. The key is to keep as much moisture in it as possible. So, I dry rubbed it with a blend of sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. That’s it…nothing more will be needed to make it INCREDIBLY moist and delicious. It’s ALL in the cooking method:

Directions
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Season the roast with salt and pepper and place in a roasting pan or baking dish. Do not cover or add water.
Place the roast in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Roast for 21 minutes (seven minutes per pound) then turn off the oven and let the roast sit in the hot oven for 2 1/2 hours. Do not open the door at all during this time!
Remove the roast from the oven, the internal temperature should have reached at least 145 degrees F (65 degrees C). Carve into thin slices to serve.
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Our dessert will be simple and sweet. A steaming hot cup of coffee and some of the Christmas cookies that I made last weekend.

Regardless of what your holiday plans are, my prayer for you and your loved ones is that it will be a day of peace, love, and promise of hope for a wonderful new year! A BLESSED HOLIDAY TO YOU ALL! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

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