Those of you who have hung around for a while remember that a few years ago, I presented you with the golden rule of bacon, namely, “When in doubt, wrap it in bacon.” Well, that still obviously holds true, but now I have a slight amendment. If you don’t want to wrap it in bacon, chopping the bacon up and mixing it in is absolutely acceptable. And adding some smoky chipotles and fresh herbs certainly couldn’t hurt either. Continue reading
Category Archives: Meat
The word “pot roast” can conjure up a wide array of images- anything from thick brown gloppy stuff in a school cafeteria to a glistening boeuf bourguignon served in a fancy French restaurant. In most of our everyday realities, it’s somewhere in between the two. I really never made pot roast at home because it’s just kind of… boring. But after we ordered our side of beef, I find myself wanting to revisit some old classics that will really let all this good meat shine.
This recipe fits the bill. Turns out that the key to delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, flavorful pot roast is simplicity. I mean, it makes sense, but for some reason, it didn’t occur to me how exceptionally tasty pot roast could be. And how much satisfaction it can give you for such minimal work. Oh, the satisfaction. The meat falls apart beneath your fork, the vegetables are tender but not mushy, and the flavor is surprisingly subtle for pot roast- I think the fresh herbs make a big difference here. Continue reading
What is it about Autumn that makes us all feel so nostalgic? Something about the sight of school buses making their way down my street and leaves crackling under my feet makes me feel wistful and reflective. I mean, I know it’s the obvious stuff… that the whole back-to-school thing reminds us of being in school ourselves, and dressing up for Halloween brings out the kid in all of us, etc, etc, etc… but for me, it’s more than that. All that blustery chill in the air makes me want to snuggle inside, light a spicy scented candle, and reminisce. Continue reading
It occurred to me that we’ve been pretty sweets heavy around here lately, without much to suggest that we ever actually eat whole, balanced meals. And I’ve hardly even touched on the fact that it is, in fact, summer in Illinois, and we’ve been doing the usually summer things- strawberry picking, grilling, drinking wine on the porch. But we have, in fact, been doing all those things, sometimes all in the same day. Continue reading