Spicy Rib-Eye Beef
1 6-pound boneless beef rib-eye roast
1/3 cup coarse or cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup soy sauce
¾ cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Trim excess fat from roast. Combine pepper and cardamom; pat onto roast.
Combine next 5 ingredients, pour over roast, cover
Marinate overnight in refrigerator, turning occasionally
Remove roast from marinade; discard marinate. Wrap roast in foil and place in shallow baking pan. Bake at 325 for 2 hours or until thermometer registers 140 (rare) or 160 (medium)
Well, it’s not like it used to be around here. Of course the kids grow up and move away. That’s good, it means we raised them to be independent and self-supporting. But it also means a lot of “new” traditions for the holidays.
El Son lives seven hours away, which is not an imposing drive for him. But it’s where I hit the wall and need to pull over. He drives in for Thanksgiving (usually) and Christmas. There are years those are the only times I actually get to see him. We talk often, but his work hours until recently have made weekends and nights a problem. He did get to join us at the beach this summer! This year he’s spending Thanksgiving with a friend (the girl variety) and her family. So I guess Hubby and I will go to K&W for turkey with the other old farts. No, actually we have a very nice invitation from friends, but if I want to feel sorry for myself I can.
La Daughter is a stage manager in New York City–making a living at it! I couldn’t be prouder, but New York City? It ain’t exactly around the corner. And those pesky tourists like to go to plays when they go to NY for the holidays. Guess who’s behind the scenes – yep, the unsung stage managers. So, holidays like Thanksgiving (when there’s the Macy Day parade) and Christmas (when the whole city is lit up) are busy days.
So, we’ve learned to adapt. If the kids come at separate times, we have two Christmases. We leave the tree up and the decorations out and so far the neighbors haven’t come after us with pitchforks and tar. At least one of them will fully understand this year when their son leaves for the military. Since I know El Son likes the spicy rib eye roast (recipe enclosed) we’ll have that for him and La Daughter prefers turkey so we can do that too and both feel extra special (well they are!) They get individual attention as if they were only children. And there’s no bickering like when they were kids either–though I think they’ve both outgrown that (Lord, I hope so!).
If/when they get married and have kids, I suppose it will get even more complicated and we’ll travel more. There’s no room in either’s apartments for us and they seem to like to come home (and it can’t be for my cooking).
So the traditions change or we take them with us and fit them in with new traditions that the kids are evolving for themselves just like we did when we got married. I’m glad it’s not static, most of the time. But I can’t wait to hug the stuffing out of them next time I see them.
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