How Holiday Retirement communities make big holiday meals something special
Our communities all have a few things in common: dedicated staff, fun-loving residents and a real zest for the holiday season. However, no two communities celebrate quite the same way. The traditions at one will echo the traditions at another, but every community brings its own spin, just like every family does. One big way communities bring their own flavor to the holidays is through meals. Local flavors, family recipes and fan favorites tend to make each menu unique! We caught up with a couple community chefs to hear about the delicious meals they’ll share this holiday season.
Chef Justin Campbell is gearing up for his first holiday season at Holiday Retirement’s Whispering Chase in Cheyenne. His time at the community so far has taught him that his residents love the classics done right. So, it’s all about making beautiful staples such as prime rib and turkey (he does a five-day fruit and herb brine for a twist) to keep everyone well-fed on those fun-filled days. There is one element that will be all new to Chef Justin, but has quickly become a must-have at the community: General Manager Anita’s stuffing. Her stuffing recipe from her home state of Texas was so popular last year that she’s making a double batch for this year’s festivities.
Hannah Paraboschi has been the executive chef at Holiday Retirement’s The Seville long enough to know exactly which recipes to pull out to make the holidays special. For Thanksgiving, it’s all about traditional eats done well, like herb-roasted turkey, apple cranberry sage stuffing and sweet potato praline casserole. At Christmas, the name of the game is comfort, with prime rib, baked potatoes, cornish game hens and roasted veggies.
And for dessert? Cheesecake and Chef Hannah’s pudding recipe that’s become a community favorite. “It’s a recipe that tastes like Christmas. I brought it with me, so it’s special to our community. I enjoy sharing it with our residents and their families – it feels like a gift from me to them,” she said.
And while we’re on the subject, we’d like to wish you a very happy (and tasty!) holiday season, from the Holiday Retirement family to yours!
Want to get a taste of life at Holiday Retirement firsthand? Try Chef Justin’s Prime Rib recipe below or come and join us for a meal! We’d love to get to know you.
Chef Justin’s Prime Rib
With the rib roast at room temperature, rub the meat with salt and rosemary. Cook the meat in a 500 degree oven for 15 minutes to get a nice crust, then bring the heat down to 200 degrees and cook until the meat gets to 120-125 degrees (usually about 3 ½ to 4 hours). Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.