Thursday, November 26, 2020

Readers Roost: From Dill to Dracula Book Promotion, Review, and G...

Readers Roost: From Dill to Dracula Book Promotion, Review, and G...:   From Dill to Dracula A Romanian Food & Folklore Cookbook by A.M. Ruggirello Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook Romania—a hidden gem of Easter...

Don't miss my review of this wonderful book filled with gorgeous pictures, interesting tidbits, and plenty of delicious Romanian recipes.

Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate such.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hoarfrost (Tanka)

  

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when we are obsessed
demanding knowledge of all
we lose the beauty
the hoarfrost in its glory
does not need explanation

~cie~

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Food Bank Feast

  

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eighteen-pound turkey
courtesy of the food bank
leftovers for days

~cie~

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note time

If all you wanted was the poem, you're done. See ya! Because now it’s time for the Power Haibun portion of the post. Buckle up, Bitches, ‘cause it’s gonna get wordy!

Every third Sunday, there is a food bank at the church in the little town where I live. There are two households in my house. My son and I make up one household and our unrelated housemate makes up the other. As Thanksgiving is coming up, each household got a turkey.

A giant turkey.

An eighteen-pound turkey.

I will be slow-roasting one of the turkeys all day and overnight starting at about noon tomorrow. Then early Thursday morning, my son and I will make the approximately 125-mile drive to my mother’s house. We will have a Thanksgiving lunch, and then my son and I will head home with a butt-ton of leftover turkey.

The food bank is a wonderful resource. I’ve heard people tell bad stories about food bank volunteers. One of my neighbors in the mobile home park where I used to live said that when she went to the food bank, one of the volunteers said to her: “why do you need to come here when you drive a car like that?”

She had a new car because her mother had given it to her.

The food bank where I live does not ask for proof of income. The food is surplus donated by grocery stores. It would be thrown out if it wasn’t given to people.

Today is Tuesday.

I went to the psychological evaluation part of my disability determination process.

I’ve been accused of being a space cadet, but it’s pretty certain that I don’t have dementia.

I do have depression and anxiety. I’ve had those pretty much my entire life. However, the reason I applied for disability is more because of my physical malfunctions than my psychological aberrations.

I have a lawyer, so I hope that will work in my favor. Because I’ve spent almost everything and am now worried about paying next month’s bills.

That’s 369 words

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: No-Fail Honey Mustard Chicken and Potatoes

 

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It has been way too long since I did a Sunday Dinner post. This blog has been quite neglected this year, which makes me sad. I enjoy posting here.

I am going to share with you one of the easiest dinners you can make. All you need is a sheet pan, some Reynolds Wrap to line it if you'd like, your favorite cooking spray, your favorite seasoning, two medium potatoes, a small onion, a jar of honey mustard dressing, and boneless chicken breasts or thighs. 

Line the baking sheet with Reynolds Wrap and spray it with cooking spray. Season the chicken with your preferred seasoning. I use a combination of Lawry's Chicken and Poultry Rub and Kinders The Blend. Place chicken on the baking sheet. Drizzle the top with honey-mustard dressing.

Cut the potatoes and onion into large cubes and place in a bowl. Pour in enough honey mustard dressing to coat, and stir well. Place the potatoes and onions on the baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 45-50 minutes. Serve with corn on the cob or your favorite vegetable for a simple, complete meal.

Here are some links to help you along.

I use Watkins cooking spray. It's long-lasting, does not leave a greasy residue on your cookware, and adds no flavor to the food. You can purchase it from my Watkins page. 

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You might consider signing up to be a Watkins consultant yourself. The annual fee is only $29.95, and you get your very own site built and maintained by Watkins. There are no sales quotas. You get discounts on every product you order, and if you just want to order products for your own use, that's perfectly fine. They have great specials every month. Don't forget to enter the Win Free Vanilla contest at the bottom of the post!

This pair of baking sheets from Wilton is a great deal at $9.99.

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If you're like me, you've probably tried "the rest," because they're cheaper. Well, I've found the quality is cheaper too. When it comes to aluminum foil, only Reynold's Wrap will do. Get 130 feet for $9.98 on Amazon, or if you have a Costco membership, do what my son did and grab the foodservice pack of Reynold's Wrap. It will last forever, or close to it.

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We buy our potatoes and onions at Costco. My advice is don't buy your chicken at Costco or the grocery store. Find a local butcher. If you are in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Friendly Nick's in Fort Collins can't be beat. The meat comes from local family farms, it is not significantly more expensive than the meat in the grocery store, and the quality is far superior.

By far, the best deal on Amazon for Lawry's Chicken and Poultry Rub is buying 6 for $65.40, which comes out to $11.90 per bottle. https://amzn.to/35wluMJ 

It lasts a long time, so if you don't want to buy 6 bottles, follow the link and do a search for Lawry's Chicken and Poultry Rub to see other sizes.

We buy Kinder's The Blend at Costco, which is the cheapest way to purchase it. If you don't have a Costco membership, it is fairly priced on Amazon at $20.60 for two 10.5 ounce bottles. https://amzn.to/34sivFO

You can use whatever honey mustard dressing you like. I've used Annie's, Ken's, and Kraft and like them all about equally. I didn't care for Kroger's store brand honey mustard. That was some weak sauce. 

This four-pack of 24-ounce bottles of honey mustard dressing from Ken's for $20.60 is a decent deal. https://amzn.to/3jwyxTg

Here is a nice set of three BPA-free mixing bowls for $13.99.

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Here is a four-piece mixing spoon set from Mainstays for $5.11

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sunflower

  

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sunflower growing

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Drought and Wildfires

  

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no rainy days come
no drops falling from the sky
we breathe in the smoke
the fearless firefighters
attempt to quell the blazes
~cie~

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Chunky Dutch Oven Chili

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I like my Dutch oven much better than my slow cooker for meat-based dishes. I don't have to get out an extra pan to sear the meat. I can sear the meat in the Dutch oven and then transfer it to the stove. For best results, I recommend a cast-iron Dutch oven, not an enamel-coated one. The enamel chips over time. Plain cast iron lasts a lifetime with proper care.


Right now, this pre-seasoned Dutch oven by Lodge is only $49.95 from Amazon. https://amzn.to/3byKky9 
The list price is $64, giving you a savings of $14.02. Prices on Amazon are subject to change.

My Dutch oven is an Amazon Basics, but they no longer carry that one. The lid doubles as a skillet on this model, which is really cool. I like my cast iron skillet from Lodge. They make good, solid products.

The way I make this savory chunky chili is extremely complicated, and only a master chef will be able to authenticate the exacting and precise steps detailed in this post.

Just fooling. I am nowhere close to being a master chef. This chunky chili is awesome, and anyone can make it. If you don't have one of the ingredients or don't want one of the ingredients, substitute something else.

The first thing I do is pour a little canola oil into the bottom of the Dutch oven and let that warm up over medium heat. A gallon of Happy Belly canola oil is $6.28 from Amazon, which is a reasonable price. https://amzn.to/3lYgZBZ

Once the oil is hot, I add the stew meat. Mine was still partially frozen. It doesn't matter. You're just searing the outside. It will be warmed through by the time the stew is done. If you don't have stew meat, brown some ground beef or chicken. If you don't want meat, leave it out and add an extra can of beans.

While the meat sears, I cut up some onion and threw it in the pot. I sprinkled the lot with Kinder's The Blend seasoning. You can use whatever seasoning you like. I rely on The Blend, which I get at Costco. It's simple and savory. You can pick up two 10.5 ounce bottles for $18.36 from Amazon. This isn't a bad price, but if you have a Costco membership, get it there instead. https://amzn.to/2R1OdCh

While the meat and onion are browning a bit, heat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Then add your other ingredients. 

One can of Ro-Tel. This is another item that is much cheaper at Costco, but $11.76 for a twelve-pack is comparable to what you'd pay in the grocery store. https://amzn.to/2F6lNEP

One can of black beans, undrained. This is another item that's cheaper from Costco, but $14.99 for 12 cans isn't bad. https://amzn.to/3lZOZy0

At this point, I stirred in a packet of Watkins chili seasoning. You can use taco seasoning and you can use other brands, but I think that once you've tried Watkins, you won't settle for anything else. You can buy Watkins seasonings from my page, or you can sign up to be a consultant yourself and get discounts on your own products. There are no sales quotas to meet with Watkins, and no representative will ever contact you unless you ask them to.


I added a can of cream of mushroom soup, which added a nice, savory flavor and some thickness. 10 cans of soup for $14.28 isn't bad. https://amzn.to/2F9lk4P

I added a can of southwest style corn and peppers. You can get a 12-pack of 15-ounce cans for $24.21, which is comparable to what you'd pay in the store. If you don't have southwest style corn, regular corn is fine. https://amzn.to/2F9i3SV

It took me longer to write this post than it did to add those ingredients to the Dutch oven. I turned off the heat and moved the Dutch oven to the 200-degree oven for 8 hours.

I had made my super-secret ingredient, leftover Spanish-style rice, in the instant pot the night before. You can get an Instant Pot from Amazon for $79. https://amzn.to/325wsIp

With a slow cooker, you use less liquid than normal. With the Instant Pot, it's the opposite. You will need what might sound like an abnormally large amount of liquid. Trust me, the measurements are accurate. 

I also recommend spraying the inside of the Instant Pot with cooking spray, even if you are using oil or butter as well. I like Watkins cooking spray, but whatever you have will work. This four-pack of canola oil cooking spray for $7.99 is a bargain. https://amzn.to/2GtoNvd

After spraying the inside of the Instant Pot with cooking spray, I add 1/4 cup of butter, 2 cups of rice, 2.5 (that's two point five) cups of water, and a can of Ro-Tel. If I were not using the Ro-Tel, I would add 2 3/4 cups of water or a combination of water and stock.

Then just put the lid on the Instant Pot and hit the Rice button. The pot will take care of the rest. I like to make the rice the night before to allow time for the flavor of the Ro-Tel to really blend in.

After the chili has finished cooking, stir in the leftover (or freshly made) rice and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes covered on the stovetop to let the rice warm through. Serve with a salad or tortillas if you'd like.

This is a simple and delicious meal that comes together quickly and cooks slowly while you do other things. It's inexpensive, versatile, and I think it's better than restaurant quality. 

Bon Appetit!

~Your Ornery Old Aunt Cie~


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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Ornery Poetry Sunday: Wildfires

Image from the Lamar Ledger 17 August 2020

such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow
smoky haze filling the sky
world is burning around me

~cie~

notes
The Hokku (three-line stanza) is © Kyoshi Takahama (1874-1958). The Ageku (two-line stanza) was written by me.

I am well to the northeast of where the above image was taken, but there are wildfires all over the state. We are surrounded by haze. 


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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Delightful Repast: Crispy-Skinned Fluffy Baked Potatoes - Jacket Pota...

Delightful Repast: Crispy-Skinned Fluffy Baked Potatoes - Jacket Pota...: Baked potatoes (in the UK, jacket potatoes) are simply wonderful when done well and horrid if done wrong. There are all sorts of method...

I'm going to try this! Russet potatoes are cheaper and more plentiful than the waxy yellow potatoes I've been using since I couldn't get the russets to turn out in a way that satisfied me.

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Superb Slow-Roast Chicken and Stock

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Hello guests! Ornery Owl, back once again with a simple Sunday Dinner plus a kitchen staple that you'll want to keep on hand. Today I present to you a supremely simple slow-roasted chicken recipe that leaves you plenty of time to do other things while it cooks, and a follow-up slow-cooked stock to keep your other savory recipes simple and tasty.

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That being said, let's do this!

I like to roast the chicken in my Dutch oven, but if you don't have a Dutch oven, a roasting pan covered in aluminum foil will work fine.



This five-quart Dutch oven from Lodge is similar to my trusty black cast iron Dutch oven by Amazon Basics, which they no longer carry. I saw some gorgeous enameled Dutch ovens while searching for a good one to feature, but I don't recommend an enameled pot. The enamel has a tendency to chip. Go for the tried and true with simple black cast iron for the best results.




If you would prefer a roasting pan, this nonstick pan from Farberware is highly rated and competitively priced. Personally, since I acquired my Dutch oven, I haven't used my roasting pan once. Don't forget Reynold's Wrap for lining and covering the pan! https://amzn.to/2CgAJ1Q

Now that we've discussed the necessary cookware, we're on to the beautifully simple recipe.

You will need one small chicken. I highly recommend finding a trustworthy local butcher. I have found that the meat really isn't any more expensive than what I was purchasing from the grocery store, and the quality is worlds better. I go to Friendly Nick's Butcher in Fort Collins (http://fnbutcher.com) and if you are in the Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming areas, you should try them too.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 degrees Celsius). In the meantime, place the Dutch oven on a burner set to medium heat. (I set mine at 7, but stoves vary.)

 I used bacon grease in the bottom of my Dutch oven, but if you don't have any bacon grease, it's fine to use cooking oil, shortening, or melted butter. I set the chicken on the bacon grease while cutting the vegetables. This gives the skin a chance to become crispy on the bottom of the chicken.

I love to roast some potatoes along with the chicken but, sadly, I was out of potatoes and I live 50 miles from the nearest city. I peeled four carrots and chopped them into thirds, chopped four celery stalks into thirds, and chopped a big onion into eighths, and placed these in the pot with the chicken.

I sprinkled the chicken liberally with my favorite seasoning mix. I use The Blend from Kinder's Seasonings, but you can use any seasoning blend that you have on hand. If you have a Costco membership, I recommend picking up The Blend there for the best price, but you can pick up two 10 ounce bottles for $19.87 from Amazon through the following link. https://amzn.to/2DKFtgC

I then added my super-secret, highly classified, and very costly ingredient, known only to elite chefs until this moment.

Nah, just fooling. I poured half a bottle of Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette over the chicken. You can pick up 6 bottles for $27.99 (approximately $4.66 per bottle) from Amazon through the following link. https://amzn.to/3fMuaBz This isn't a bad price, but you might be able to get it cheaper at the grocery store.

Once you have added the super-secret ingredient, you can transfer your Dutch oven to the preheated 250-degree oven and wait 4-5 hours while the magic happens. I found that 4 hours was adequate. 

Before serving, let the chicken rest for 15 minutes, leaving the lid on the Dutch oven.

The meat will be savory, fall-off-the-bone good. I almost didn't need my lovely new Jean-Patrique carving knife set!


So far, the only review of this product is mine. I gave it five stars and said this:

I just received mine. It is not only beautiful to look at, it is functional and practical. It is easy to hold a roast chicken in place while carving the meat. This set is an affordably priced conversation starter that you will enjoy having in your collection.

Get yours here. I think that you will like it too. https://amzn.to/2CdAxQX

Now that you have enjoyed your dinner, it's time to remove the remaining meat from the chicken. The bones were already starting to fall apart, so I didn't need any extra cooking time to loosen the meat from the bones. I removed the vegetables and added four new carrots and four stalks of celery, both cut into thirds. I didn't add new onion, but you can if you want to. I added 1/3 cup of Kirkland Minced Garlic. If you have a Costco membership, it's cheaper to buy it from Costco, but you can also get it through the following link at $12.99 for a 27-ounce jar. https://amzn.to/33V26dl

I added 8 cups of water to the Dutch oven and placed it in a 200-degree Fahrenheit oven for 8 hours. I let the stock rest on the stove and then poured it through a colander into a plastic bowl with a spout. I like to store my stock in the freezer in 1/2 cup size containers. To easily remove the stock from the container, I just run hot water over the outside of the container and the stock pops right out.

Rubbermaid's half-cup storage containers are reasonably priced at $7.99 for six. https://amzn.to/30IfO0M

I find that a dozen of these babies work well for my purposes. Any overflow goes into a glass jar and is kept in the refrigerator to be used first.

Now you know how to get the most out of a roasting chicken with minimal effort. I'm not sure why Grammarly thinks my text sounds angry. I quite like getting a big bang for the minimal buck, and these recipes provide!

Now that the only tasks remaining from the rotten old mobile home involve paper and red tape, I should be sharing Sunday Dinner recipes more regularly. Keep visiting us at the Grover Hotel to see what's cookin'!

Your Pal in Culinary Creativity,
Ornery Owl



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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Divine Dijon Drumsticks and Dijon Dill Potato Salad

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The Grover Gang hopes you had a happy Independence Day if you celebrate such. For dinner here at the Grover Hotel, I made Divine Dijon Drumsticks and Dijon Potato Salad. 

This is a simple but tasty dinner that's great any time of the year.

I adapted the Dijon Drumsticks from this recipe.


The recipe above calls for marinating the drumsticks in yogurt, dijon mustard, and garlic overnight. I didn't have any yogurt, so I was going to use sour cream, but I forgot to marinate them. So I used the following recipe instead.

8 chicken drumsticks

In one bowl mix together:
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

In a second bowl mix together:
1/2 cup baking mix (you can use plain flour)
Kinder's The Blend seasoning (you can use any seasoning you like. Kinder's contains salt, pepper, and dehydrated garlic)

Roll the drumsticks in the mayonnaise-mustard mix. Then roll in the seasoned baking mix.

Bake in a 425 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for 45 minutes.

While the drumsticks are cooking, cut 5-6 small to medium-size potatoes into cubes and boil until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain and pour into a large bowl. To the potatoes add 1/3 cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, Kinder's The Blend, and dried dill to taste. Stir in any other vegetables you like. I used carrot, celery, and onion. You could also chop in a couple of hard-boiled eggs.

I adapted my potato salad recipe from the following cauliflower salad recipe. I didn't have any cauliflower, but potato salad is always a winner.


This is a simple meal that doesn't require a lot of time in the kitchen and can easily be doubled.

I buy Kinder's seasoning at Costco and I use it in just about everything. It is very versatile. But if you don't have a Costco membership, you can purchase two 10-ounce bottles for $20.19 through the following link. https://amzn.to/31NIgPY

I get my dill and many of my other spices from Watkins. I became a Watkins consultant just to get discounts on my products. Through July, the normal $29.95 annual consultant fee has been reduced to $19.95. I save around $225 annually over the retail cost by being a consultant. You can find out more on my Watkins page, or just order products.


You can order two 96-ounce boxes of Bisquick for $20.04 through the following link. https://amzn.to/2NU81WL

I never buy Bisquick anymore. I found a recipe from Budget101.com, and the cost breaks down to a little over a dollar to make this instead. It works just the same as Bisquick.


I store my baking mix in a cereal storage container. You can get a great set of four storage containers with labels through this link. https://amzn.to/3f8aE3i

In fact, I'm going to take advantage of that deal too. 

I mix my baking mix in a large, flexible plastic bowl, which makes it easy to pour it into the storage container. You can get the very same bowl that I use from Amazon for $7.94 https://amzn.to/2Z3erJA

I use a pastry cutter to blend the shortening into the baking mix. You can get a nice pastry cutter and dough scraper set for $9.99 through the following link. https://amzn.to/3gtXkpW

I hope that you enjoy the recipes and the potential savings!

Your Ornery Old Aunt Cie


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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Midnight Special Roast

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It's been quite some time since I wrote a Sunday Dinner post. My son and I are coming to the end of our struggles with getting my old mobile home ready to be sold, but it's at the point where it's so close and yet so far. Hopefully, once that's done, my posts will be more consistent.

But I didn't come here to talk about that.

I came here to talk about the Midnight Special roast.

I call it the Midnight Special roast because I either start cooking it at midnight or finish cooking it at midnight. Either way, this simple process takes 15 hours to complete. The results are a perfect roast that falls apart and is tender and delicious.

I can't take credit for this recipe. I got it from the 22 Simple Dinners e-cookbook, available free from the folks at Living On A Dime. That's right, I said free. Just follow the link below to go to the Living On A Dime website and download this baby. 


Don't be surprised if you enjoy their simple recipe suggestions so much that you want to buy their 20th-anniversary cookbook, which is available in your choice of an e-book or print version. 

And now, on to the recipe!

You will need a small roast, about five pounds. I got an inexpensive neck roast from my local butcher. If you are in the Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming area, please consider checking out http://fnbutcher.com. I don't get a commission for telling you about them, but once you try them, you will never want to buy meat from the grocery store again. They get their meat from trusted local farmers who are dedicated to raising their livestock ethically.

My cast-iron Dutch oven is the tried and true way to cook meat. You end up with a nicely browned exterior that you can't get from a slow cooker. Mine is a 5-quart Amazon Basics, but as of this writing, they are out of those and don't know when they'll be back in stock. I found one for you to consider, and it looks even better than the one I have. Jealous of you if you get this beauty before I do! I love the lid that doubles as a skillet.



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All right, so you have your Dutch oven (or roasting pan) and you have your five-pound roast. Here is the original recipe from the folks at Living On A Dime.

1 beef roast, 3-5 lbs.
1 onion, sliced
1 can cream of mushroom soup (omit for GF and sprinkle
with seasoned salt)

Place roast in pan. Pour cream of mushroom soup and onion on top.
Cover tightly. Bake at 250° for 1 hour. Then turn down to 225° and cook for 15 or more hours; 10 hours for roasts smaller than 3 pounds.
Serves 4.

Here are the changes that I made.

I didn't have any cream of mushroom soup, so I just poured a pint of chicken stock into the Dutch oven and sprinkled the roast with The Blend from Kinder's Seasonings. I also added four carrots and four sticks of celery cut into thirds and six small to medium-sized yellow potatoes cut into quarters.

Costco makes a good, inexpensive chicken stock, but if you don't have a Costco membership, here is a link to purchase twelve quarts of Swanson chicken broth for $32.90, which is comparable to what you'd pay in the grocery store.

https://amzn.to/3122iWw

Watkins also makes stellar soup base concentrates and gravy mixes. Follow the link below for more. You can purchase these through my store, or you can sign up to be a Watkins consultant yourself and get discounts on everything you order. Membership is just $29.95 annually, and it's well worth it!

http://www.respectedhomebusiness.com/1233739

I purchase my Kinder's spices at Costco which is the cheapest way to buy them, but if you can't get to Costco, here is a link to purchase a standard-sized bottle for a reasonable $6.99.

https://amzn.to/3enBKmz

So, how did the roast turn out?

AMAZING! It was so tender and tasty. But before I could eat mine, I had to take the kitchen trash containing the butcher's twine out to the bin, because my cat kept trying to eat the twine.

We have enough roast left over for one or two more meals. The 22 Simple Dinners cookbook contains several recipes for using up the leftover roast. You're missing out if you don't download this free e-book. I've gotten more use out of it than I have out of many of the hard-copy cookbooks that I've had for years.

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I hope you enjoyed this edition of Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel. If you're an omnivore, I think you'll find that this simple and delicious slow-cooked roast might just be worthy of becoming a favorite meal in your house!

~Cie the Ornery Old Lady~


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