Prime Rib a la Byrum

My friend Ruth Byrum makes prime rib for her family as a Christmas tradition. Even though most of my family is vegetarian, vegan, doesn’t eat red meat, or doesn’t eat by mouth at all, I wanted Ruth’s recipe. Why? Why not. And I’m glad I did. A good, personal recipe is more fun than fiction!

Here’s Ruth:

PRIME RIB ala Byrum

prime rib

she had it comin’

This is based on a 12 lb. boneless roast which served 14 with several pieces left over. You can use one with the bone left in (Jay C will cut it away from the roast and tie it for you if you prefer). It is less expensive but I have been using the boneless. I have been buy8ing the roast from the Jay C for several years – ask for Sherry Wallace in the meat department and tell her you want a roast like Ruth Brown Byrum uses. (You did say to make this recipe very specific, didn’t you??)

Now back to the roast.

I took it out of the refrigerator about 4 hrs ahead of time to allow it to be at room temperature before baking. Spray the roaster pan with Pam. Salt and pepper the beef heavily, then place it in the pan with the fat side up. Place a meat thermometer in the center of the roast – do not let it touch the bottom of the pan. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees – place the roast in the lower rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes to sear the meat. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees. For the 12 lb. roast it took about 2 and a half hrs. for the thermometer to reach 122 degrees. When I removed the meat from the oven it continued to cook and when sliced the temp showed 140 degrees. A lot of the beef was medium and didn’t show much pink. It will look rare if you test it at 122 degrees. It just depends how your family likes meat cooked.

I use McCormick’s au jus packet for the broth – I add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a tiny bit of garlic powder to the broth. Of course the proper side dish to the beef (accord8ing to Englishmen) is Yorkshire pudding. I have never tried making it!

I serve this with stuffed potatoes which I prepare the day before the dinner and then heat them for about 20 minutes at mealtime. That recipe can come later if you desire. it’s very simple (like most of my cooking).

This took a long time to really say – just salt and pepper the beef. Place in Roaster pan, with thermometer) preheated to 500 degrees = bake for 20 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and that’s it – The timing just depends how well done you prefer it.

See, I told you it was simple.


Wasn’t that fun? Some day, I’ll have to take out a loan and buy some prime rib and cook it this way.

Love you, Ruth!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Have one of your characters write out a recipe for another character.


Biting The Bullet

I give up. I give in. All right, already.

I’m going to the dentist.

We used to go to the dentist twice a year, just like they tell you in hygiene class. Then we lost our dental insurance. Then we went once a year. Then we didn’t. I just forget, okay? So it’s been a little while.

biting the bullet

The Culprit

But a few weeks ago, I bit into a Gardenburger which must have still had some of the garden in it, because I got a jolt, and my teeth have been ouchie ever since. Been getting worse instead of better, so I have a dentist’s appointment. Today.

#1 Daughter says the pain I describe sounds like hers when she had to have a root canal, so I’m expecting to get that diagnosis tomorrow. I’m not as scared as I once would have been, because I go to Dr. Rob Mattingly in Corydon, and he’s the kindest dentist I ever had.

He probably won’t do anything tomorrow except diagnose and schedule, although I’m WAY ready to bite the bullet or whatever needs to be done.

Wish me luck!

Oh, I almost forgot: I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today on the topic of Amish Italian.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Give a character a toothache.


Stealing A Beat Sheet #amwriting

beat sheetSpecifically, I got this beat sheet from Blake Snyder, of Save The Cat. If you haven’t read the blog dedicated to his theories, I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t write screenplays, what he has to say about writing is most useful.

In my everlasting quest for the easy way out learning new writing techniques, I copied this beat sheet from Mr. Snyder. It is, indeed, a thing of value.

The numbers in parentheses are the number of script pages one should take for these things to happen. The explanations are the ones I use for myself.





1. Opening Image (1): BOOM

2. Theme Stated (5): What’s the story about, underneath the plot? Don’t state it, show it, at least with hints, by pretty early on.

3. Set-Up (1-10): Who, what, when, where, why

4. Catalyst (12): a.k.a. (Also Known As) The Inciting Incident — what gets the story/protagonist moving?

5. Debate (12-25): What should be done? The debate can be internal, external, or both.

6. Break into Two (25) Everything changes. Setting change, time passes, something is different.

7. B Story (30): Subplot

8. Fun and Games (30-55): Things seem to be going well.

9. Midpoint (55): Everything crosses paths.

10. Bad Guys Close In (55-75): Says it all, doesn’t it?

11. All Is Lost (75): SEEMINGLY. Things seem to be going ill.

12. Dark Night of the Soul (75-85): There seems no hope. This is where the protagonist finds out what he or she is made of. Sometimes, this is where the ANTAGONIST finds out the same thing.

13. Break into Three (85): Another change.

14. Finale (85-110): Bada bing, bada boom

15. Final Image (110): Jane! Boy! Look at Cheetah! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Outline a story using this beat sheet.


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