Garlic Herb Prime Rib with Shiitake Port Wine Sauce and Roasted Rosemary Vegetables

For Christmas, my family and I don’t normally do anything too traditional or go all out but this year we decided to try out the Christmas dinner feast- mainly because I wanted to cook something fancy, of course. And boy, am I glad I did! We debated on different types of meat and what not but when it came down to it, we decided on prime rib. If you are a newbie, prime rib is pretty simple and easy if you follow the directions. This was actually my first time trying to roast a prime rib and it was definitely a good choice. Not fool-proof but I can share some good tips from my experience with you as well. I know it is a bit late but I wanted to try and post this before New Years if anyone was looking for a good, fancy recipe to wow their guests with.

First, you can choose any type of seasoning or rub you’d like, but I went with a garlic and herb rub. I highly recommend this too. Lots and lots of juicy flavor!

For this recipe, I was working with about 5 and 1/2 pounds of prime rib so you can add or subtract as much as you’d like.

Garlic Herb rub recipe:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley
  • about 1 and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • about 2 – 3 tablespoons freshly cracked pepper
  • about 1 – 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoons of dill seed
  • about 2 – 2 and 1/2 tablespoons Montreal seasoning (set aside, for crust only)

What to do:

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Rub entire prime rib with olive oil (not the 3/4 cup from above) to begin.

In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients above minus the Montreal seasoning- that comes last. You can add or subtract whatever you would like here depending on how strong or light you want the taste.

Once mixed well, place the prime rib in a roasting pan- size does not matter unless you are wanting to make an au jus sauce to go along with it, then use a smaller pan so that the juices from the meat do not evaporate.

Pour the wet rub over the meat and spread generously over the entire thing. Once the meat is will coated with the wet rub, coat the meat with the Montreal seasoning- I added more, depending. This will make for a nice crust and seal in the rest of the flavors of the wet rub.

Cook the meat at 450 degrees F for about 30 minutes just to sear it and hold in the juices.

After that, turn the oven down to 325 degrees F and cook the meat for about 15 minutes per pound. (Do not add water to pan and do not cover.)

While the meat is cooking, you can start on the shiitake port sauce which pairs fabulously with the flavorful meat and vegetables!

This shiitake port sauce is pretty easy to make as well. For best results,watch carefully and do not make too far in advanced unless you are going to refrigerate for later use- which is also okay to do.

I am going to give you the recipe as I originally made it, but as my suggestion, I would recommend you double it as it did not make very much and some of it will evaporate while cooking.

Shiitake Port Wine Sauce recipe:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup chopped shiitake mushroom caps
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup port wine or other sweet red wine
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

What to do:

Toss mushroom caps in flour and set aside.

Combine wine, shallots, and vinegar in a medium skillet or pot and bring to a boil. Cook until thick- about no longer than 3 minutes. (Be careful, this will evaporate and can also burn- just make sure to watch it). Reduce the heat to medium/ medium-low. Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and rosemary. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in Dijon mustard. Reduce heat to low and cover.

Roasted Rosemary vegetables recipe:

(This recipe is soooo simple but absolutely delicious!)

Simply cut up desired amounts of sweet potatoes, carrots and cauliflower.

Toss vegetables lightly in olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper and fresh thyme.

Spread evenly in a roasting pan and add in some sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Cook, uncovered for about 45 minutes or until tender, stirring/flipping veggies occasionally.

This meal is one of my favorites. It was a huge hit at Christmas and would also be good for any other kinds of dinner parties and special occasions. The prime rib is not too bad to cook and the wine sauce with mushrooms pairs so well with the meat. (This sauce would actually be really good if poured on top of mashed potatoes!) The vegetables are the easiest part of the meal but also very simple, yet full of flavor.

Get to cooking!

xxx SSG

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My Fav Winter Skin Remedies

In my world, having a bad skin day is worse than having a bad hair day. I have super sensitive and usually pretty dry skin so when winter kicks in, my skin throws fits and let me tell you, it sucks! So if you’re like me, or just want better skin, I’m letting you in on my favorite products that help me keep my skin fresh and glowing all winter long.

First, because I wash my face twice a day- morning and night- and NEVER EVER sleep with make up on, soap and warm water usually is enough to dry out my skin some days. I love Neutrogena products and recently they have come out with an ultra gentle cleanser that I love. It takes my make up off, foams and cleanses, and doesn’t dry my skin out or irritate it. I highly recommend this product.

However, when washing my face, I always use my Clarisonic Mia (the Mia2 to be exact). This is by far my absolute favorite beauty product I own. The Clarisonic moves with your skin’s elasticity and really get down deep in your pores. My skin always looks noticeably clean, buffed and refreshed after using my Mia. They’re pretty pricey but definitely worth it.

After cleansing, since I have dry sensitive skin, I am really particular about which lotions and creams I use. I don’t usually use anything with oil in it as it tends to make my skin break out, and I don’t like anything too heavy either. I’ve tried dozens and dozens of face lotions but I can never find the right one. I usually try to find a good one with SPF in it as well as it’s also important to shield your face from damaging rays even in the winter. Unfortunately, the product I am going to recommend does not have any SPF in it, but it works wonders on sensitive and/ or dry skin. I recently starting using Bobbi Brown’s hydrating face cream. It’s light but very hydrating and it feels great on your skin. This cream hydrates well enough on dry skin that your makeup won’t flake or show your dryness after using this cream.

I personally use these products and highly recommend them if you have sensitive or dry skin. But even if you just want clear, glowing skin, I would recommend these products as well- especially the Clarisonic Mia!

Neutrogena ultra gentle daily cleanser- about $8 at a drug store (depending)

Clarisonic Mia 2- $149 at varying stores: Nordstrom, Ulta, planet beauty, etc. and of course http://www.clarisonic.com

Bobbi Brown hydrating face cream- $52 at varying stores: Nordstrom, Sephora, Macy’s, etc. and of course http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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Get glowing!

xxx SSG

DIY Wrapping Paper Ribbon

Ohh the wrapping season is upon us. Sometimes you’re in a rush, just not in the mood, lacking creative juices, or simply just ran out of matching ribbon! Well, no fear because for anyone who has ever wrapped before, you know you’re always left with those small scraps and strips of wrapping paper when you’re done. Good news, you can use those to make your own ribbon! It’s so easy and so quick and of course it looks super creative. A total win win if you ask me!

Anyways, take those scraps of paper, cut into strips, tags, whatever and curl them with scissors just like you would ribbon. Tie them together, tape them down in a festive way, or whatever else you can come up with- it’s up to you.

Happy wrapping!

xxx SSG

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Gooey dark chocolate fudge peppermint cookies and cream deliciousness cake!

Today I’m sharing with you one of the messiest cakes I’ve ever made but one of the most delicious as well. Some call it a Christmas poke cake, but personally I like to call it gooey dark chocolate fudge peppermint cookies and cream deliciousness cake. Long name, great (rich) taste! Anyways, I’ll stop blabbing about it and just give you the recipe.

Okay so this is pretty simple really! A lot of layering and the cake is just boxed so there isn’t anything too complicated, or slimming (sorry dieters) going on here.

What you’ll need:
1 chocolate fudge cake mix (plus ingredients it calls for)
1 cup peppermint dairy creamer
14.5 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 jar Smuckers hot fudge sauce
1/4 cup peppermint dairy creamer
1 cup crushed Oreos
8 oz cool whip (not frozen)
About 1 1/2 cup Andes peppermint candies (crushed) [for topping]
About 1 cup crushed Oreos [for topping]

What to do:
First, prepare and bake cake mix according to direction in box, let cool
Second, use the opposite end of a wooden spoon to poke holes (about 1 inch apart) in cake
Third, mix together 1 cup peppermint dairy creamer and condensed milk- pour over cake, try filling up holes
Fourth, mix together hot fudge sauce and 1/4 cup peppermint dairy creamer, then also mix in 1 cup crushed Oreos- pour and spread over cake evenly
Fifth, spread cool whip over top of fudge mixture
Sixth, sprinkle crushed Andes peppermint candies and remaining crushed Oreos over cool whip layer

Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours (the longer the better because it gives it all a chance to soak up and gel together making it nice and gooey)

Lastly, ENJOY!

This cake is really fun for the holidays. You can also nix the peppermint candies and swap the peppermint creamer for any other flavor to make just a cookies and cream cake as well.

xxx SSG

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Look I’m Craving: Tassel Earrings

This season, I’m loving the tassel earring look! I just can’t get over it! I love it. It’s a look that’s also been spotted on several celebrities on the red carpet lately. Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, Natalie Portman, and Katherine Heigl have recently caught my eye wearing this look. This look is sophisticated and vintage-classic but definitely has a fun element! A few of my favorites- Ralph Lauren ($34, Bloomingdale’s) Vince Camuto ($48, Nordstrom) and if you can afford it, Oscar de la Renta has a BEAUTIFUL pair ($395, Neiman Marcus). I’ve also seen a lot of brands and different styles of them on polyvore (www.polyvore.com)

Stay fashionable!
xxx SSG

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Breakfast Boost Smoothie

I fully believe that if you put good in, you get good out. Thus, whenever I have super long days and have to be up and at em early, I like to start the day off right with an extra healthy breakfast boost. Like today, not something I’m looking forward to. However, I made myself a delicious, super green smoothie with fruit and protein to get me going.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 fresh banana
Frozen strawberries
Coconut water
Almond or soy milk
Chia seeds
Maca powder
Ground flax seed
Splash of lemon juice
Handful of baby spinach leaves
Super food greens powder
Raw vegan vanilla protein powder

Blend desired amounts of ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

xxx SSG

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