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Dec 28, 2009 06:53 AM

Well, that was nuts - Holidays2009

I just have to get this off my chest.

Started fixing a standing rib roast, using the Alton Brown dry age method with a low-slow cook followed by high temp "crusting." All was going according to plan. Had beets roasting. Preparing some pre-blanched broccoli. And some potatoes, "roastie" style.

Oh, wait, mom ... did you remember that son's GF doesn't care for rare beef. Can you fix some chicken?

No problem. Got a couple breasts out of the freezer, started thawing and pan-roasting them. (I have three ovens, so rarely run out of oven space, thank goodness!) We're still hours ahead of eating, so I'm feeling pretty good.

All of a sudden, sister shows up. She's been visiting with friends and now has invited herself to supper. She eats beef, so no issues there. But she's brought an international friend, who they inform me is a vegetarian.

Good grief. So now, while I'm checking on the beef, the chicken, the potatoes, I pull some chopped spinach from the freezer, a box of UHT type tofu, and some leftover jasmine rice from the fridge. And make a vegetarian stirfry with dark soy as a seasoning (at least I remembered not to put oyster sauce - my go-to sauce - into a vegetarian dish).

At this point, timing is shot to heck. At least DH was on hand to slice the beef roast, which turned out a bit too rare, I thought, but tasted good.

By the time all the food was hitting the table, and people were sitting down to eat, I had no idea what was done, not done ... and not sure I cared! Had another martini. Then remembered the potatoes were still warming in an oven. Whew!

OK. Now that's off my chest! I guess the moral of the story is, DON'T PANIC. At the same time, not sure I want to be put to that kind of a test anytime soon. Thanks CHers for listening!

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  1. Congratulations for being so fast on your feet. Don't know that I could have made everybody that happy. And yes - "Don't Panic" is one of my favorite kitchen tips.

    1. Wow k_d, sounds like a fun holiday at your house! At least you had the martini (which is a required pre and post cooking drink for *this* cook).

      May your New Year be full of uninvited guests and your freezer full of last minute fixes for them. You were well prepared.

      2 Replies
      1. re: iluvcookies

        Thanks, cookies ... I think.

        Today's my anniversary, so it's home-cooked lobster tonight - an old tradition. And I guess I can also serve cold roast beef with it.

        1. re: k_d

          Happy Anniversary! Enjoy the lobster (wish I could,allergies :( and you can have yummy roast beef sandwiches for lunch!

          You can send your sister's friend over to my place, I have plenty of leftover carrots and green beans. No one eats them when I have ham, potato latkes, pecan bars, and petit fours. And a cheese plate.

      2. I think your sister needs a talking to. That's atrocious form.

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        1. re: Dcfoodblog

          DC, we've been talking to her ever since she was born. And talking. And talking. If it's any consolation, she did bring me about 12 dozen eggs.

          1. re: k_d

            12 dozen????!!!! What will you do w/so many eggs?

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              LOL! I guess I've got an angel food cake in my future. Or 10. (And I *hate* angel food cake!)

              1. re: k_d

                How about a nice flan or creme caramel - that should take care of a dozen?

                1. re: NE_Elaine

                  Or, you can freeze them? The whites and the yolks separately, I believe.

                  Awesome job with your meal, by the way. I would have freaked out.


        2. Great job, k-d! that was an awful lot of last minute irons on the fire, but sounds like you made a lot of people happy, which is usually what makes those of us who cook for others happy too:) Happy anniversary to you as well.

          1. It was good of you to cater to the last-minute 'special needs' guests... personally my response for both would have been - there are plenty of vegetable side-dishes for them to eat! And if necessary I'd drag out some extra veggies of some kind to make sure there were enough. You really went above and beyond the call for them! A last-minute unexpected guest doesn't get any special consideration other than do we have something that won't poison them!