Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast

In the last few weeks since Black Friday, there have been crazy deals on everything from toasters to turkeys.  One ad that we saw had Standing Rib Roasts for $4.99 a pound.  Not too shabby.  So, this year Dana and I thought that we would change things up a bit and cook a Standing Rib Roast for our holiday meal.  It was the best decision that we made.  It was freaking awesome!  Who doesn’t love a huge hunk of meat covered in a fresh herb rub and roasted to perfection!

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Cutout Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

My wife Dana is a great baker.  She also has a great eye for design.  So I have to put it out there, these cookies are all her.  My hands are not steady enough and my decorating ideas are not good enough to make these cookies. However, she was happy to share them with all of you.  So a big thank you to Dana! How awesome do these cookies look? By the way, these sugar cookies are perfection.  They are not too sweet, thus allowing you to coat them in super sweet royal icing.  Plus, they hold up great without overly rising.  Therefore, your cutouts look exactly as they should.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Dana and I picked up a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies Cookbook.  It has opened our minds to tons of different Christmas Cookies.  The cookie that Liam has been hounding us for, is a Gingerbread Man Cookie.  We decided to try out the recipe and it was delicious!  A must try.

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Royal Icing

Royal Icing

I love Christmas Cookies.  They are delicious and fun to eat.  My favorite cookie is the humble sugar cookie.  However, you can turn that humble cookie into an extraordinary cookie by using royal icing.  This simple icing uses meringue powder as a base to form a strong and delicate icing that can hold together a gingerbread house or add whiskers to a Santa cookie.  I love it!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas and Thermapen Giveaway!

Every year I compile a list of the best Christmas gifts for the griller in your life.   Granted in a majority of the country it is snowing, but if your friends, spouses or children are anything like me, they grill all year long.  So here is my list of must have grilling wares for 2014.  Remember there is still time to purchase all of these items in time for Christmas!  Make sure that your favorite outdoor cook has all of the wares to make you the best meal possible.  These gifts are not just for your favorite griller, they are for you too! You can never underestimate the power of a perfectly cooked steak.

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Cream of Crab and Bacon Soup

Cream of Crab and Bacon Soup

In the top menu bar of this website you will see a tab that says “Ask Rex”.  This is the section of the website where you can ask me to recreate a recipe, come up with a recipe or add bacon to your favorite recipe.  One of my readers, Ashley, asked me for my take on a traditional Maryland dish, Cream of Crab Soup.  She specifically asked if I could find a way to incorporate bacon.  Well this is right up my alley.  I have been experimenting with a few variations and came up with perfect Cream of Crab and Bacon Soup.

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Glazed Apple Pie

Glazed Apple Pie

My wife used to enjoy glazed apple pie when she lived in New York.  The other week when her family was down here visiting, I decided to try my hand at making it. The apple pie is a mixture of a classic American Pie, a Dutch Apple Pie and a French Apple Pie.  The first step in creating this pie was to choose the right apple.  Since this pie has a sweet glaze over the top, I choose a tart apple (Granny Smith).  That way the tartness was balanced with the sweet glaze.  I also used my super simple Food Processor Pie Crust.  This pie crust is quick, easy, flaky and delicious!

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Food Processor Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Last week I wanted to bake a few pies for Thanksgiving.  However, I did not have any pie crusts and I really dreaded making my own.  Pie crusts are a pain in the butt.  Then I discovered an old food processor that Dana and I had.  Who knew that we owned one.  Anyways, 3o seconds later, I had a fresh pie crust chilling in the refrigerator.  I don’t use food processors much, heck we just found out that we owned one, but they are the ultimate tool for making pie crust.  All you have to do is measure out the ingredients and be able to press the on button.  Food Processor Pie Crusts are the best!

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