My Wife’s Pot Roast

As I mentioned before, as the weather begins to change and a chill hangs in the air, the savory smell of pot roast also fills our house. I don’t quite know why, but it seems we only make it in the fall and winter. Maybe that’s why I like those seasons. Pot roast is one of my favorite things my wife cooks.

Pot roast isn’t just my favorite. Now that we’ve cut the cable we’ve seen the “Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner” commercial far too often. It starts with an old man wearily bringing a fork full of some bland dish to his mouth. Then a small child in the next house asking what’s for dinner. His mom replies “pot roast” and he says it is his favorite and then leaves the table. Next we see him at the door with the old man in tow saying “It’s Mr So-and-so’s favorite too”. Then they all enjoy a nice pot roast. They give the tagline and then show the family next door asking where Grandpa is. There is just something about slow cooked beef.

She starts by seasoning the meat and tossing it on a cast iron pan to brown on all sides. Then she adds it along with water and more seasonings to the crock pot. She uses black pepper, Goya’s Con Culantro Y Achiote, and this time something called Instant Gourmet, and Goya’s Sazonador Total. She let’s it cook overnight. The next day as dinner time approaches, she adds potatoes and carrots. You can see the steam rising from the crock pot – filling the room with the most delicious smell.

It needs to cook around another 45 minutes so so with the added vegetables. While we wait, we prepared some rice orzo pilaf that we picked up at Trader Joe’s. It’s not one of those instant things you microwave. You boil it up and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Once everything was ready we grabbed some bowls and filled they with rice, beef, potatoes, and carrots. Yes, I had carrots too. I don’t really care for them, but if I cut them up small enough they go down fine. The potatoes were good though. They tend to soak up a lot of the juices from the meat.

Even though I went back for seconds, there was still enough left over for a hearty lunch. I had the leftover pot roast and Linda had the leftover roast beef.

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Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner

My wife, Linda, was home early yesterday. When I got home, I was pleasantly surprised to find that she had made a roast for dinner. There are two things in our house that signify the change of season from summer to fall. One is the inevitable fight over keeping the windows open in our room at night. The other is the addition of roast beef and pot roast to our dinner menu.

Linda makes a great roast beef and an even better pot roast (which we are having tomorrow). She loves to cook and they are some of the only things that she loves to cook that I like. I feel especially lucky to be getting them both in one week!

There was a time when I would kind of hover when she cooked to make sure I liked what she was using. I’m getting a lot better at that now. She seasons the meat and I try not to ask what she uses. She has a pretty good idea of the kinds of things I like and dislike. Sometimes, I’ll ask after I’ve tried it. She used a new seasoning on this roast. She cooked the roast at 350 for an hour and a half. Then we kept checking it every 15 minutes until it was done to our liking. We let this one go a little longer than Linda prefers. She likes hers done a little more medium-rare. I like medium-well.

In addition to the roast beef, she also made some sort of garlic red potatoes, Parmesan noodles, and rolls. She had the potatoes and I had the noodles. I was going to try the potatoes, but that never ended up happening. I’m still very cautious about anything with garlic.

The pot roast has been seasoned and put in the crock pot. The smell is beginning to fill the house – the savory smell of fall.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention why I called this “Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner” and it’s not just that we were having beef. We recently cut the cord on cable because we were sick of paying a small fortune to Time Warner. Now we have two Roku boxes, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime instead. Hulu sticks commercials in their shows that you can’t fast forward thru. It wouldn’t be so annoying if they didn’t repeat the same ones over and over. We’ve seen the Allstate “Journey Moment” commercial more times than I care to remember. It’s almost ruined “Anyway You Want It” for me. The other commercial we’ve seen a lot is the “Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner”. In fact we saw it while eating our roast. It just seemed kind of funny to me so I decided to use it.

Kabobs with my Aunt and Uncles

Over the holiday weekend, I went out to visit my Aunt Dee and Uncle Brian in Connecticut. My Uncle Peter (Dee’s brother) was playing at a BBQ festival nearby and I wanted to hear him play. I don’t get out to Connecticut often and I have never seen him play before other than at weddings. The band sounded great, but there was absolutely no shade anywhere near the stage area. Although we would have loved for them to stay on longer, we were kind of glad when they finished so we could go move to a cooler place to sit. We stayed there for a bit longer chatting and oddly never actually had any BBQ. Then we left to head back to my Aunt’s house.

Uncle Peter beat us there because the band members all had way more convenient parking than we ended up with. We all just kind of chilled out for a bit before Aunt Dee went to the kitchen to start preparing the kabobs. She had steak, potatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, and squash. I had her leave off the onion on one for me. Meanwhile, my uncles dozed off in the living room. When we had the kabobs all set we woke up Brian so he could fire up the grill.  Before long we had a whole bunch of kabobs and corn on the cob.

 

 

Brian did a great job on the grill. Nothing was burnt and the meat was nicely done. The only thing that surprised me was that they didn’t season any of it. My wife was really surprised to hear me say that. There was a time when I didn’t season anything. I think they might not have seasoned anything because my cousin Eric is even fussier than me in some areas. He didn’t even want his meat touching the onions or peppers. I can identify with that. I used to be the same way when I was younger. Anyway, even without seasoning the peppers, zucchini, and squash weren’t bad. When we’ve made grilled peppers before we always used oil and seasonings which made them a little slimy. I actually finished everything on my kabob. I’ll have to try zucchini and squash again sometime. I didn’t love them, but I can definitely do them again.

I spent a few more hours visiting before I made the two hour trip back to my wife. It was a great time and I’m so glad I finally got to hear my Uncle Peter play with one of the 3 bands he is currently playing with.

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