Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Feast!

Will and I are chillin' in Florida, mostly chasing after his very cute nephew Soren:

We made a rib roast from a Publix recipe in the paper:

4 carrots (rinsed)
2 medium onions (rinsed)
1 (24-oz) bag baby potatoes (rinsed)
8 celery ribs (rinsed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 standing rib roast (4-5 lb)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 sprigs fresh rosemary (rinsed)
3/4 cup horseradish sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 475°F. Peel carrots, remove ends and skin from onion; cut both into 1-inch pieces. Cut potatoes and celery into 1-inch pieces. Combine all vegetables and olive oil in large bowl, stirring until evenly coated; transfer to medium-size roasting pan. Season roast on all sides with salt. Place roast on rack arranged over vegetables (wash hands). Place roast in oven and immediately reduce heat to 325°F. Bake 1 hour.
Meanwhile, remove rosemary leaves from stems and chop leaves very finely; combine in small bowl with horseradish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper; set aside.
Remove roast from oven. Coat roast with horseradish mixture. Bake 1 1/2 to 2 more hours or until internal temperature reaches 145°F (medium-rare) up to 170°F (well-done). Use a meat thermometer to accurately ensure doneness. Transfer roast to cutting board; transfer vegetables to serving dish. Let roast stand 10–15 minutes before slicing; slice and serve.

Then we made some spinach (here) and some sweet potato casserole (here).  It was a feast!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Chicago Snow (and Naked Dudes?!)

First snow in Chicago turned the city int a fairy tale of skyscrapers and old churches.  I feel like I'm in a combination between a European city, a futuristic city, and a Charles Dickens-esque industrial city.

Deep into studying for finals, my plan for the day is to stay warm and look out our windows.  Snowflakes drift down past the glass.  I never knew that when it snows, it gets brighter - our study is filled with light!

BUT, uniquely Chicago, note the guys in briefs and Santa hats running down State street.