How to make a standing rib roast — and the world’s greatest leftovers

The traditional showpiece of the American holiday meal is either a roast turkey or a giant ham. If you really want to impress someone, go instead for a standing rib roast. The recipe is about as simple as can be and the preparation is even easier. The key is a simple preparation of the best cut of meat you can get. You may look at the length of the directions and wonder how I can say it's easy. It's because there aren't very many steps that each step is so important. And when you're working … [Read more...]

The secret to a perfect Thanksgiving turkey

Roasting a delicious, beautiful, crispy-skinned, juicy turkey for Thanksgiving isn't nearly as hard as most people think. True, I've eaten enough dried out, flabby-skinned mounds of sadness to know that the secret is not well known. It's high time the secret got out. The first thing you have to understand is that the federal guidelines for cooking temperature are written by the same people who require a warning label on a cigarette lighter that the contents are flammable. In fact, the USDA … [Read more...]