Friday, January 18, 2013

Sheree's New England Pot Roast

New England Pot Roast  

This the perfect one-dish family dinner.  Kids love it because the meat is very tender, adults love the complexity of the flavors, and most importantly, the cook loves it because you just throw everything in the crock pot and leave it alone for ten hours.  

When you prep the vegetables, cut the onions very thick, so the roast can rest on top of them.  This keeps the meat from sitting directly on the bottom of the pot, so the heat and flavors circulate evenly.    And I have to confess:  I don’t particularly like turnip.  I find it very bitter, but my family is from Nova Scotia where turnip is very common.  So, I like the flavor it infuses into the pot roast, even if I don’t eat the actual turnip.

Use any combination of the following root vegetables, cut to large cubes:
White Onion
Celery root

4 to 5 pound chuck roast
Salt and pepper to taste
Canned tomatoes
1 cup beef stock
½ cup red wine, medium to dry

fresh rosemary
fresh thyme
bay leaf
fresh parsley
4 garlic cloves, whole
1. Peel and cut vegetables.  Place onions in first.
2. Place beef into crock pot or slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
3. Place all vegetables into pot around beef until. If they rise above rim do not worry as the lid will settle as the pot roast cooks.
4. Add beef broth and wine, top with fresh herbs and place cover on top.
5. Set crock pot or slow cooker on medium heat for hours.

Remove cover, place vegetables into bowl, and remove and cut beef. Place on a platter or make individual servings, being sure to use some of the liquid broth for added flavor.

Serve with crusty bread for dipping. Enjoy!

Raspberry and Apple Crisp

Raspberry and Apple Crisp
Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream or Freshly Whipped Cream

preheat oven to 350 degrees
9"X9" greased pan

1 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
5 Lg. Apples
1 c. Raspberries (can use frozen)
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 teasp. cinnamon
1/4 teasp. salt
6Tbsp melted butter

In a large bowl, mix brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour. Add sliced apples and raspberries; toss to coat. Spoon into baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, 1/2 cup flour, cinnamon and salt. Stir in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture 

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned. Serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream or Freshly Whipped Cream

Friday, January 4, 2013

I Love My Mother-In-Law Banana Bread! - The key to a happy marriage and loving "The Family"

I Love My Mother-In-Law Banana Bread!
Makes Two Loaves of this Delicious Bread!

The key to a happy marriage and loving "The Family" can be in the "baking". 

3 cups of all purpose flour
2 cups Sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
1 - 8oz package of cream cheese softened
2 eggs room temp
4 ripe bananas mashed
1 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
I like to have all my ingredients ready to go
before I assemble things!

Flour and Chopped Nuts

Cream Cheese at Room Temperature

Butter at Room Temperature

The Most Important Ingredient!
Overripe Bananas!

I love my Kitchen Aid Mixer!

Cream together the butter and cream cheese, add sugar and mix at med speed until
fluffy, add one egg at a time until blended, add dry ingredients, flour slowly, baking
powder, baking soda and salt, add vanilla, bananas and nuts.
bake at 350 for one hour.

The Batter in the Pans!

Looks Perfect!!

Love it when the top cracks
and opens as it bakes!

Enjoy a piece with your mother or mother-in-law with coffee!

This is my time tested and proven recipe for getting along with your Mother-In-Law or other relative. Bake them a special bread, just for them and spend time with them enjoying it. Pure Heaven!

Happy Baking!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Day No Resolution Soup

Lentil Soup

Happy New Year, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune. Be kind, daring, creative, funny positive, loving loyal honest, genuine, fearless, generous, original, brave, optimistic, grateful and happy! 
If I think of any more Be's I let you know. 

aka New Years Day No Resolution Soup

3 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 cup of diced carrot
1 cup of diced onion
1 cup of diced celery
2 tbsp of diced garlic
1 cup of Red Lentils
2tsp coriander
1 1/2 Tbsp of Curry
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp of fresh ground pepper
1 quart of Vegetable Stock
1 16oz can of petit diced tomatoes
3 cups of water

sauté carrot, onion, celery in olive oil until tender, add garlic, lentils, spices and Stock, tomatoes, and water, simmer for 2 to 3 hours and serve with crusty bread and grated cheese if desired. 

Happy New Year to ALL!!
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