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My first pot roast

It’s no secret I don’t spend much time in my kitchen. I wish I could lie and tell you I’ve gotten great use out of all the appliances and utensils I got for my wedding back in 2008.  The truth is.. I’m no cook.  If you’re friends with me on Facebook you saw my latest attempt to make my poor daughter a grilled cheese.

But they say when you fail (or fry), get up again right? So with the encouragement of a co-worker (Luanne) and a recipe she kindly shared with me I decided that I would make Christmas Eve dinner as a gift to my family.

I admit I didn’t try to overachieve. The key here was to keep it simple, so I took on my first pot roast.I waited last minute to buy the ingredients so the day before Christmas Eve I was in Whole Foods cursing the place out loud angry that “this place has NO processed food!” I couldn’t find the beef bouillon cubes, vegetable oil yada yada. Note: Whole Foods is not the best place for a Paula Deen recipe!

In the end everything turned out edible.. which for me was a win. The biggest mistake I made was actually not preparing it til 2pm. With 8 hours of slow cooking ahead.. it made for a late night dinner. I tried to expedite the process by turning the low level to high. Took it out by 8PM and some pieces were fall-apart tender.. .others.. well.. as my husband says it.. “I like my meat chewy.” (Recipe is below)

•    1 (3-pound) boneless chuck roast
•    1 1/2 teaspoons House seasoning, recipe follows
•    1/4 cup vegetable oil
•    1 onion, thinly sliced
•    3 bay leaves
•    3 or 4 beef bouillon cubes, crushed
•    2 garlic cloves, crushed
•    1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
•    1/2 cup Chardonnay

Sprinkle roast on all sides with house seasoning. Using a skillet over high heat, sear roast until brown in oil. Place roast in a slow cooker, and layer onions, bay leaves, crushed bouillon cubes, garlic, and cream of mushroom soup. Add the Chardonnay and cover with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
House Seasoning:
•    1 cup salt
•    1/4 cup black pepper
•    1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months


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