Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Our Low Country Christmas

I can't believe the holidays are over and 2012 is already here! We had a wonderful Christmas that was spent back home with my parents and my brother. We were all thrilled that my brother could join us! He's in the United States Coast Guard and we weren't sure if he would be able to make it home for Christmas. What an awesome surprise! We made our way down to Savannah (also know as the Low Country) on the evening of the 23rd and once I got there, I immediately felt the weight and stress of the holidays disappear. There's just something about being around my parents and my childhood home that seems to make all my worries fade away.  It's an amazing feeling (even if it is temporary) that money just can't buy. I wonder if it would be the same if I lived closer to home...hmmm...food for thought!

We spent Christmas Eve catching up, wrapping presents and visiting with family. I grew up Catholic so every Christmas Eve we go to Midnight Mass. The last few years, we have attended Midnight Mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in downtown Savannah. This church is absolutely beautiful. Locals and tourists from near and far come to the Christmas Eve Mass each year. The service starts at midnight but we get there around 10:15pm and wait for the doors to open to secure our seats. It's standing room only by 11:30pm every year. As always, the message was beautiful and full of the Christmas spirit. By 2am we were on our way home and in bed by 3am.
Downtown Savannah Christmas Decorations-Broughton Street

The Alter...these pictures don't do this Cathedral justice. 

Another view of the Alter with a huge Nativity Scene on the right. I wish I could capture all the beauty in this church. 

The Balcony

Christmas morning comes a little late around our house because of Midnight Mass. We started stirring mid morning and my mom and I immediately started our journey in the kitchen. We always make a breakfast casserole for starters, a cheese plate with cured meats for lunch and after presents, we start preparing Christmas dinner.

In years past, we've always had a Christmas dinner that was very similar to our Thanksgiving dinner. This year we decided to spice it up a bit and try something a little different. My mom has been wanting to try a standing rib roast for a while now, so we decided to give it a whirl!

It was quite the experience, to say the least. The meat has to sit out undisturbed for six hours prior to going into the oven. Then it cooks for one hour at 550 degrees. After an hour, turn the oven off and do not open it for two hours. About half way through, my mom and I started getting a little skeptical of the recipe but decided to stay the course and have faith. It turned out beautifully! It was cooked nicely on the outside and the inside was juicy and pink. It was perfect! Take a look at the journey...

Rib Roast resting...

More resting...

Seasoned with Garlic Pepper, Meat Magic, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper

Ready to go into the oven...
To accompany the prime rib, we had a mushroom and raisin wild rice medley, sweet potato souffle, "Grown Up" Mac and Cheese (made with gruyere and extra sharp cheddar cheese, milk and nutmeg), whole green beans, a mixed green salad with walnuts, pears, gorgonzola cheese and raspberry vingarette dressing, dinner rolls and red wine. Sure, it was a lot of carbs but Christmas only comes once a year! It was all amazing. My mom and I really out did ourselves!

Our Main Dishes
Carved Prime Rib with homemade horseradish sauce

Green Beans with Lemon Pepper
My Cookie Tree Centerpiece...homemade sugar cookies with homemade icing!
After all of our hard work in the kitchen, it was finally time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. It was all delicious! I can't believe it went by so fast. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas dinner with your family. I'd love to hear about your menu!

Mom and Dad's coastal Christmas Tree 2011

More holiday recaps to come. Stay tuned...


  1. Hi, I'm Leslie at salleewindow.blogspot.com

    I found you on Breakfast at Toast!
    Love your blog, and happy New Year!

  2. Hi Leslie, thanks for stopping by. Glad you love the blog! Happy New Year to you as well!


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