The 3 F’s of the Holiday Season – Family, Food, and Feasting!!!

Ahhhhhhh, it’s been so long since I’ve posted!  The whirlwind of holidays, visiting family, and numerous hours in the kitchen prepping, cooking, and feasting has finally come to an end.  Back to work this week and getting re-adjusted to the normal life.

As we grow older, we begin to realize the true importance of the holidays.  It’s not about the gifts.  It’s not about the amount of money that you spend on a gift.  It’s interesting how we tend to believe that the more money you spend on someone, the more you love them?  Anyway, not to sound cliché, but the best part about this past holiday season was the time that we were able to spend with family.  Bjorn’s siblings visited from California and Texas, making an almost complete Bumactao household (missed dad!).  We only see them once every 1-2 years, so their visit was extra special.  And of course, we spent time with my family, who are all located in CT.

So, we’re making plans for holiday gatherings… the usual Christmas day brunch and white elephant gift exchange at our house with my family, but what to do with Bjorn’s family?  Being the planner that I am, I kept on bugging Bjorn for a definitive date/location for the Christmas gathering…  Finally, a few days before Christmas, we have the following conversation:

Me: So, have you spoken to your family?

Bjorn: Yep, I made an executive decision.

Me: Ok…

Bjorn: Dinner on Christmas eve.

Me: Okay, super!  At your mom’s, right?

Bjorn: No, at our house!!!

Me: **Silence** as I panic on the inside because this is merely days before Christmas and I haven’t planned ANYTHING! What to eat?  What do I need to buy at the grocery store? What’s easy to make?  How can I just use the oven to cook a majority of the items? Need to make a run to the liquor store.  Need to clean the house.  How will we divide and conquer?

Needless to say, it all worked out in the end. 🙂  I spent most of my day/early evening in the kitchen, but it was well worth it.  We had an amazing meal and enjoyed the rest of the night just hanging out, enjoying cocktails, playing board games (yes, no iPhone access for an hour!), and opening our secret santa gifts.

Here’s the star of the night…

Prime Rib Roast

Serves 12


  • 1 whole rib eye roast, bone-in, 8 lbs
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt, 1/4 cup
  • Crushed peppercorns, 1/4 cup
  • Rosemary, 4 sprigs
  • Thyme, 4 sprigs
  • Minced garlic, 1/4 cup
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees (F).
  2. Cut rib eye roast in half (cooks more evenly in the oven).
  3. In a large skillet, over high heat, pan sear both halves in olive oil until nice and golden.DSC01928
  4. Prepare the ingredients for the rub.  Place the peppercorns in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin (or any other tool that will do the job). Strip the leaves from the rosemary and thyme sprigs.  Measure out the salt.  Mince the garlic.  Combine all ingredients into a bowl.DSC01927DSC01930
  5. Drizzle olive oil on the rib roast and pat on the dry rub.  Spread evenly and pat slightly to ensure that it sticks to the roast.053
  6. Place in oven for 30 minutes at 500 degrees (F).  Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees (F) and roast for an additional 20-30 minutes.  Use a meat thermometer to determine if the roast is cooked to your liking.  We love it medium rare, so I took this out of the oven when the internal temperature reached 145 degrees (F).  Remember that the roast continues to cook a bit even after you remove from the oven.
  7. Remove from oven and let the beautiful roast rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.DSC01933DSC01939



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