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
Every year, I tell myself that instead of heading out to the mall, or knocking out half my Christmas wish list on Amazon, I’m going to spend my time making delicious homemade gifts for my family and friends. And every year, I start with good intentions. But truth be told, said gifts never quite materialize under the tree on Christmas Eve, for a variety of reasons. The first reason being that I constantly overestimate the amount of free time I have around the holidays. Sure,even though a day of baking, candy making, and canning sounds delightful and would take care of lots of hard-to-shop-for people, a whole day to commit to being in the kitchen can be few and far between in December. Then there is the second reason: things I make tend to “disappear” long before December 25th. This is especially true of candy, even when hidden in the freezer. Then, there are the myriad of other reasons: I get concerned about people with food allergies, I become anxious about the freshness of coconut macaroons if kept in a decorative tin, etc, etc, etc. Continue reading
I’m a huge sucker for those food combinations that are opposites, but go together so perfectly that you wonder why they’re opposites in the first place. You know… sweet and salty, crispy and chewy. So it’s no surprise that when I saw this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs a while back, I had to have it. And I proceeded to save it on my computer,gaze at the pictures longingly once in a while, and justify in my head why today just isn’t the day for it.
Finally, finally, finally, the day had come. I had things to do around the house all day, which as we all know, is the perfect kind of day for making yeast dough. Now, before you say you don’t do things like that, hear me out. It’s really not so bad as people make it out to be. And the results are so delicious and worth it. Ok, here is how I see it: there are things that take a little more effort in cooking that are worth it and then there are some things that aren’t worth it. The worth it things, for me, include: using real chocolate in brownies, organic cage-free eggs, and homemade yeast dough. The not-worth-it things: expensive pepper, bottled water, table-tempering chocolate. Continue reading