Thursday, December 25, 2008

X-Mas Eve Feast

Merry Christmas!

Every year, our Christmas day is a complete rat race, first going to Sheila's father's house, then to my parent's house. It is a lot of driving and a lot of rushing around. So years ago, we started our own tradition of having a great feast Christmas eve at home, and opening our presents to each other.

This year, I have been extremely busy the last few weeks, so I did not put a lot of thought into the meal. The last minute plan was to make filet mignon with sauce Bearnaise. However, when I got to one of my meat spots in the afternoon Christmas eve, they had boneless prime rib roasts that were marked down so low that I had to grab one.

Rubbed it with turbinado sugar and Schwartz's of Montreal steak rub. I would have preferred to cook it in the Weber Smokey Mountain, but since there is a foot of snow on my patio I decided to just use the oven.

Roasted at 375 degrees until it was around 120 internal, then held under foil until the scalloped potatoes, veg and crescent rolls were complete. Took a little too long, and by the time the meat was sliced it was closer to medium than to rare.

We usually pull out all of the crystal and other stuff that we got for our wedding and rarely gets used for this meal.

Overall dinner was great. While I usually prefer prime rib with au jus, the Bearnaise came out awesome and went well with the beef.

Dinner was a success!

Now, the rat race begins.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

NEBS Holiday Party

Went to the NEBS holiday party yesterday. A good time was had by all. Had some good food, saw some friends and made a few new ones. Below are a few pictures from the day.

Full picture album HERE. We didn't take too many though....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Q Haven Meets NASCAR

Next year, Q Haven BBQ will be catering the tailgate party for two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series bus trips run by Norwich, CT based Bokoff Kaplan Travel.

Click HERE for Information about the bus trip on May 31st, 2009 to Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

Click HERE for information about the bus trip to New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH.

Thanks to Bokoff Kaplan Travel and TLG Travel Management for partnering with us for what will surely be a pair of great events!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Daisy May's BBQ, NYC

Not a full review or anything, but had a few hours to kill in NYC today and headed over to Daisy May's BBQ. I really was just craving the chili, which is just awesome. Got the chili and figured since I was already there, a half rack of Memphis dry rubbed spare ribs.

The chili was everything I remembered and then some. Served with cheddar cheese, red onion and sour cream. Big chunks of beef. Still my favorite chili.

The ribs were really spicy. I like them spicy so it was all good. The flavor profile reminded me a little of my competition rib, so that was a good sign.

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures....

I love sweet tea, so I gave that a try. It came in a large mason jar, ice cold, with a sprig of mint. My new favorite place for sweet tea!

Ate half the chili and half the ribs, brought the rest home. That means I will be having a great lunch at work tomorrow!
Click HERE for the post about my previous visit to Daisy May's.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Images Of 2008, Part One

The next few posts will be some of my favorite pictures from the competition circuit in 2008.