There's a lot going on all at once around here, but a moment of clarity reminded me that I need to be thinking ahead to Christmas dinner.
After buying a new front door, door handles, and a doorbell, we went to our local chain grocery, Food City and asked the counter man for a small end 3 rib beef roast.
The butcher was out to lunch, so we did our shopping and waited for his return. It became obvious to Dave that the returning butcher was more like a clerk and didn't understand or know how to find what we required. Dave followed him into the cutting room and proceeded to cut and trim our roast for him. It was a flash from the past and the meat man was in awe. Dave felt like a big shot, of course.
At home I salted the roast and placed it unwrapped in the fridge. We let it sit for the whole week unwrapped and it dry cures, getting darker and smaller and totally awful looking. Then an hour before roasting, Dave will slice thin layers off the flesh and it is again bright red and white. The dogs love the dried dark meat, and stand at full attention as Dave trims the roast. This process results in extra flavor, tenderness and more character to the taste. Even a day or two of dry ageing can make a significant difference in taste. Take it from the Butcher's wife.
The other day I noticed some kids gathering in the bushes at the side yard and sent Dave out with the dogs to investigate. The kids follow a path behind our house to walk home from school, reminding me of my own childhood. They were a mass of giggles as the dogs wiggled up to them for pets. Then they asked for a drink of water and followed Dave into the house, all seven of them! I took this photo but one boy was hidden behind the girls and the boy in the turquoise shirt. All of them are in some way related; some have the same dad or mom and are from Guatemala or Mexico. The hidden boy is shy because he is the most recently here and doesn't quite speak English yet.
They were so polite and friendly and asked lots of questions all at once. I had the best time, enjoying their enthusiasm. All that long black hair!