fire!


Christmas this year seemed to carry the general theme of controlled chaos.  I guess this started with me deciding to skip out of town for a few days when the original plan was for my parents to come up to Cleveland. After a craptastic couple of weeks, I decided that "flee the Cle" was in order.

Dad decided to make prime rib roast for dinner and I ended up cooking almost the entire meal with the exception of the Coconut Crazy Cake that mom constructed with ingredients that almost make a Paula Dean recipe look tame.

Mom coated the roast with sea salt, pepper, fresh rosemary and dry mustard and let it age in in the open air of the fridge for three days. I followed the Ruhlman Grill/Roast Technique but let Dad do the grilling. Thankfully I was able to see the grill from the kitchen window and yelped "FIRE" when I saw epic flames shooting up from the grill. Dad finally peeled his eyes away from his new Kindle and salvaged the beef. Despite a little char, the roast came out perfect and I made sides of double baked potatoes and bacon roasted asparagus. 

Coder (my parents' neurotic Springer Spaniel) went counter surfing while I was in the bathroom and ended up mowing down part of the edge of the coconut cake. That too was saveable. Despite the snafus, Christmas Dinner goes in the win column.

Prime Rib Roast - aged and rubbed

Asparagus - Made better with crumbled bacon

Double Baked Potatoes - gut a baked potato, mash with sour cream, cheddar, bacon, pepper and re-stuff it back in the skin to bake until the cheese is melty

Coconut Crazy Cake - or the "It's Your Funeral Cake"

Mom scored this recipe at a funeral. This is how southern ladies grieve.


Coconut Pound Cake
2 sticks butter2/3 cup crisco5 eggs2 Tsp. coconut extract1 Tsp. vanilla1-1/4 cup coconut3 cups sugar3 cups flour1 Tsp. baking powder1 cup milk
Mix above ingredients in a bowl and beat well. (te he he he) Bake in a greased and floured tube pan at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
Glaze (nope not even kidding)
1 cup sugar1/4 cup water1 stick butter1/3 cup coconut
Bring all ingredients to medium heat. Cook 5 minutes and then por over the hot cake punching small holes in the cake so glaze is absorbed. 

Give recipe to trusted family member with the most willpower ensuring this cake will only be made once a year or if someone dies. 






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