Christmas dinner has been the center of my family's Christmas traditions for as long as I can remember. I continued this tradition after I grew up and made a family of my own. It is the highlight of my year to have my family gathered around the table eating a Christmas dinner tha tI helped to prepare.

There are very few foods that I love to eat more than prime rib. Imagine a succulent piece of pink prime rib, three inches thick and dripping with juice. The very thought of it makes my mouth water.

The holidays are a special time, and special times call for special foods and I cannot think of a more special food than prime rib. One thing to remember is that great meals bring families together! It makes me feel good that my children enjoy my Christmas dinners so much. I am sure that they will remember Christmas dinners for the rest of their lives. This is the reason why I work so hard to prepare the perfect dinner.

I have always enjoyed the entire ritual of buying the meat, thawing it out, making the rub and then cooking it. Cooking this roast makes my house smell so good that I can hardly wait for it to be done so that I can eat it. The problem is that by the time this roast is cooked I am usually so hungry that I wolf it down too quickly to taste it.

Of course, this prime rib is the centerpiece of any special meal that it is prepared for, not just a holiday meal.

Here is my favorite way to prepare my favorite meal:

Herb-Encrusted Prime Rib:

1 large shallot, chopped coursely

6 quartered garlic cloves

3 tablespoons of minced rosemary

2 tablespoons of minced fresh oregano

2 tablespoons of minced fresh thyme

2 tablespoons of minced fresh sage

2 tablespoons of olive oil

3 teaspoons pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 bone in rib roast, 4 pounds

1) Place all of the fresh spices in a food processor. Run until they are finely chopped and then add the oil, pepper and salt. Then cover the processor and run until all ingredents are blended. Then rub this mixture over the roast. My secret is to cut slits in the roast and tp fill these slits witht he rub. Place the roast onto a rack in a large roasting pan.

2) Bake the roast uncovered at 350 degrees for 1-3/4 hours to 2-1/4 hours or until the meat reaches its desired doneness.

3) Remove the roast and transfer it to a serving tray. Let the roast stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.

The fresh spice rub sets this prime rib off perfectly. I have had prime rib prepared many different ways and this is my favorite way to prepare it.

Fixing the prime rib is my contribution to our Christmas dinner and Christmas dinner is a large part of our Christmas Tradition. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. It has been the centerpiece of many of our Christmas dinners.