Prime Rib — Or Is It Just Beef?

The verdict is in. I’ve been experimenting with prime rib and rib roasts for four or five years now and can say without a doubt you don’t have to buy prime rib to impress your dinner guests. I’ve started buying boneless Angus select rib roasts at Sam’s Club and they’re absolutely awesome when they’re cooked right. Yes, I said select. For those of you who aren’t familiar with meat grades, that’s two whole notches below prime.

For best results, buy a rib roast weighing between two and six pounds with lots of fine marbling.

  1. Remove the roast from the refrigerator at least 45-60 minutes before cooking (longer if your refrigerator is near freezing or the roast weighs more than three pounds). The roast doesn’t have to be be room temperature, put putting in the oven when it’s still cold is out of the question.
  2. Mix 1/2 to 1 tablespoon fresh coarsely ground black pepper with an equal quantity of Canadian Steak seasoning.
  3. Coat the roast on all sides with the seasoning. Note that the Canadian Steak seasoning is very salty, so don’t be too liberal.
  4. Stand the roast fat-side up on a rack in a large roasting pan.
  5. Preheat the oven to 500°F. Use your oven’s convection setting if it has one.
  6. Place the roasting pan in the center of the oven. Roast at 500°F for 15 minutes (2-3 pound roast) or 20 minutes (more than 3 pounds).
  7. Decrease temperature to 275°F and continue roasting for a total of 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 110° (rare) or 115° (medium rare).

Resist the urge to open the oven door. When you check the temperature, quickly remove the roast from the oven, close the oven door to keep the heat in and return the roast to the oven as soon as possible if more cooking time is desired.
Removing the roast from the refrigerator well in advance of cooking time is critical. You won’t be at all happy with the results if the roast is cold when you put it in the oven.
Resist the urge to trim the fat from the roast. You don’t have to eat it, but you should leave it on until the roast is done. If you’re worried about the side effects, remember this: it’s more satisfying to consume a well-prepared cut of meat once a month than it is to consume a poorly prepared one once a day.
There seems to be a general consensus that if you roast to an internal temperature of more than 115°, the meat will be tough. On one occasion, I accidentally left the roast in the oven to 125°. It was well done, but still tender and flavorful.

And the best part? The last time my husband’s brothers came to visit, one of world’s truest beef-eaters said “this is great prime rib”.

IQ Check: On “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Obama Is Clueless

According to Wikipedia:

Don’t ask, don’t tell is the common term for the policy about homosexuality in the U.S. military mandated by federal law Pub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654). Unless one of the exceptions from 10 U.S.C. § 654(b) applies, the policy prohibits anyone who demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.

While I’m an advocate for human and constitutional rights, I believe the author of that law was dead on.

When I was in college, I had the misfortune to sit between two openly homosexual males. I don’t mean two guys who just admitted to being gay. I’m talking about two blatantly open gays who felt it necessary to communicate back and forth before and during class about their homosexual activities in graphic detail. Personally, I found it offensive — as offensive as it would have been had it been two heterosexual males or females. But more important, it was distracting… to the point where I decided I’d had enough and left class after explaining to the instructor why I could no longer participate.

If you believe that our military personnel are in danger only during times of conflict or when serving in a war zone, think again. My brother has scars covering 90% of his body from the third degree burns suffered during a training exercise that resulted in a helicopter crash. Members of our Armed Forces are constantly in situations that require total concentration… all day of every day of every year, no matter where they are.

The fact is that homosexuals are a minority and most heterosexuals are uncomfortable when exposed to homosexual content. I’m not saying that’s right, but it’s just the way it is. Congress has as much of a responsibility to protect the members of the military as they do to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans. In this particular case, those two responsibilities are simply incompatible.

In his decision to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, President Obama has unfortunately decided to place the satisfaction of a limited few above the physical safety of the 300 million men and woman who serve in the Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard. Why is it okay to ban a moment of silence from public schools because it makes people uncomfortable, but not okay to ban behavior that’s the subject of such an emotional debate?

It would have been better to propose amendments to the law to make it clear that homosexuals could be subject to consequences if their public behavior is deemed to be a distraction or danger to their unit.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

IQ Check: The Norwegian Nobel Committee Is Clueless

I’ll be honest: I don’t like President Obama. I didn’t vote for him. I don’t agree with his policies and I think he’s bad for America… but I’m going to try to not let that influence how I really feel about him being awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics; one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction; and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. The prizes for physics and chemistry shall be awarded by the Swedish Academy of Sciences; that for physiology or medical works by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm; that for literature by the Academy in Stockholm, and that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Storting. It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.

— Excerpt from the last will and testament of Alfred Nobel

The last time I looked, a will was a legally binding document by which a person declares how their estate is supposed to be managed and disposed of upon his death. I suppose it’s possible that Mr. Nobel’s will has been challenged at some point, but I’m going to assume it is currently deemed to be valid since these awards have been given to deserving individuals since 1901.

What I have a problem with is that the NNC has deliberately ignored the guidelines set forth in the will:

… and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.
… in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize…

I’m not aware of anything President Obama has actually done to promote peace. Perhaps what he hasn’t done is better than what the other 204 candidates actually did? Or maybe all of the 205 candidates were being considered because of their hopes and promises instead of recent accomplishments?

That said, I have to give credit where credit is due. Had the Swedish Academy decided to give President Obama the Nobel Prize in Literature, I’d have no issue whatsoever. One only needs to listen to a few of his many speeches to know that our President is quite skilled at spinning a captivating yarn.


Excerpt from the Last Will & Testament of Alfred Nobel
The Norwegian Nobel Committee