Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Slow Cooker Eye Round Roast

 


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I'm rather sad that it's been two months since I did a Sunday Dinner post. But rather than lamenting and berating myself (something that I excel at) let's dive right into the deliciousness.

On my recent foray to Friendly Nick's butcher in Fort Collins (http://fnbutcher.com) I picked up a gorgeous eye round roast. The eye round is an inexpensive, fairly lean cut of meat, so it can be tough if not cooked properly. If possible, I recommend getting meat from an independent butcher. I've found that it doesn't cost any more than purchasing the meat in a grocery store, and the quality is far superior. 

I fired up the saute function on the Instant Pot, put in a little canola oil, let it heat up, and browned the outside of the roast. I then sprinkled the roast with my favorite spice mix, The Blend from Kinder's. This mix has just three ingredients: black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. You could certainly make your own. 

I like to stock up on Kinder's from Costco when it's on sale because it's very inexpensive. You can also purchase two 10.5-ounce bottles from Amazon, currently priced at $18.94. https://amzn.to/3fjz37M

I poured a bit of chicken stock into the bottom of the pot, closed the lid, and fired up the slow cooker function. I've mentioned previously how much I love using my Instant Pot as a slow cooker. It cooks the food more evenly, and the outside of the pot stays cool, which makes me feel safer if I want to leave it unattended while I go out for a while.

I get the best price on chicken stock at Costco. Do NOT buy Kirkland chicken stock from Amazon or you'll pay about three times what you would in the store. If you want to buy chicken stock from Amazon, the Kitchen Basics brand is comparable to grocery store price at $3.24 for 32 ounces. https://amzn.to/3loe2wH

About three hours into cooking, I remembered that I wanted to find a copycat recipe for Arby's beef. My son and I love the Beef and Cheddar sandwiches, but you really don't get enough beef bang for your buck. Lo and behold, I found a recipe at Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes. I'll give you the full recipe below and then tell you the modifications I made.

Materials
1 3 to 4-pound Roast Beef
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 envelope Onion Soup Mix
1 Onion
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
8 Onion Hamburger Buns

Instructions
1. Place roast in crockpot.
2. Stir remaining ingredients (except the buns, of course) together and pour over roast.
3. Cook for 8 - 10 hours on low, stirring occasionally.
4. Pull apart or slice thin.
5. Serve on buns.

Notes
Makes about 8 sandwiches

The roast was halfway through cook time at the point when I added the brown sugar and onion soup mix. I didn't add any fresh onion. My excuse is feeling a bit knackered after having my second COVID shot Friday. 

My son felt worse than I did. All his muscles were sore, he was a bit nauseous, and he was fatigued. I was slightly more fatigued than usual and I had to use my asthma inhaler for the first time in months. We're back to abnormal today.

The upshot is the roast didn't taste quite like Arby's, but it was really good. Next time I'll try it using the above instructions from the start and see what happens.

You can get 16 two-ounce envelopes of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix from Amazon for $19.83. That works out to $1.23 per envelope. https://amzn.to/3xci51z

I hope you beef lovers try this recipe and let me know what you think.

Happy Cooking!


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Make Your Life Easier With an Oster Roaster Oven and Instant Pot

 


One of the items I purchased when my disability came through with back payments was this excellent Oster roaster oven. It's a bargain at $79.99. Click the link below to see all the wonderful, time-saving features.


I will never roast meat in my regular oven again. In November of last year, the food bank gave my son and me an 18-pound turkey and our housemate an 18-pound turkey. One of those turkeys was cooked in the regular oven and the other was cooked in the Oster roaster oven.

The first turkey was a huge hassle to deal with. I had to thaw it in the refrigerator for five days beforehand. When I roasted it in the regular oven, it didn't cook evenly and it didn't taste very good. 

The turkey cooked in the Oster roaster oven was perfect! I didn't have the hassle of defrosting it in the fridge thanks to the roaster oven's defrosting feature. The roaster oven comes with a handy guide for defrosting meat.

I used a roasting bag for the turkey but have since discovered that it's easier to just line the roaster and tent the meat with Reynold's wrap. I will provide links below for both roaster bags and Reynold's wrap in case you do prefer to use roaster bags.


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The link I'm providing is not for the brand of roaster bags that I used. This looks like a much better product. The bags I used didn't fit over the roaster pan, they required that the turkey be stuffed inside and were a real hassle. I'm going to try these myself.



If you have a Costco membership, this is the most cost-effective way to buy Reynold's Wrap. My son and I bought a food-service package of Reynold's Wrap last year and there's still plenty left. The product pictured above runs $16.99 for two 175-foot rolls, which is a pretty good deal.

I normally buy meat from Friendly Nick's Butcher (http://fnbutcher.com) in Fort Collins because they get their meat from independent Colorado farms dedicated to the humane treatment of their livestock. This results in better-tasting, healthier meat. However, when the food bank gave us a whole rack of Kirkland brand pork, that was an offer I couldn't refuse.

When cooked in the Oster roaster oven, the pork turned out just right. I cut it into eight chops. We had the first two chops for dinner right away and I used the rest in recipes over the week. 



Since I'm only cooking for my son and me, I usually use the slow cooker feature on my Instant Pot. My old slow cooker has been retired. I never felt quite confident about leaving it on the countertop because the outside always got hot. 

The outside of the Instant Pot stays cool, and I feel confident about leaving it to cook even if I'm going out for a while. It automatically switches to the Keep Warm setting if I'm busy when the cooking time ends.

The food cooks more evenly with the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot than it did in my old crockpot. I even bought a second instant pot so I could cook two things at once. 

If you're cooking stew or soup for a big crowd, you might want to use the Oster Roaster Oven rather than the Instant Pot. I'd definitely suggest using the liners made for the roaster oven. Never use a liner in the Instant Pot.

I hope you'll consider giving the Oster Roaster Oven and Instant Pot a try. I think you'll find that they simplify your life and will help keep your kitchen cool in the summer since you'll be able to avoid turning on the stove for prolonged periods to roast meat or make stew or soup.

Happy cooking!


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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Same Old Sob Story: Lone Prairie Version

  



I'm here to tell you a story
that you already know so well
six-time loser down on her luck
at least this afternoon
we'll be able to hit the food bank

pushed out of the city
because we couldn't afford to stay
the poor are not welcome
on the streets of concrete and asphalt
we didn't want to stay anyway

the moon on the prairie is pretty
the sky is big and on a summer day
the clouds look like ice cream floats
I like it better out here
but old habits and conditions die hard

I am still nowhere even close to having wealth
while I love my affordable crockery
that I purchased during those fleeting moments when I had the means
I wish that I could know security
one of the things that money can buy

I think I'll change the words of the song
to "make good with you"
or maybe "make good on what we do"
since I'm talking about family
specifically, my son

and having a successful life
here on the prairie
and nothing of romance
or any of that sort of nonsense
that I sure as hell don't need 

my own life is enough of a shambles
I don't need an overbearing father
or a spoiled little boy
in an overripe body
thinking that testosterone makes him the boss

I don't speak to much of anybody
I don't allow myself to think much on
things that are going to make me cry
but many days I feel as if my heart might pop
here inside my lonely bubble

I'm trying to get back into my routine
after a week of feeling attacked from many angles
I don't respond well to adversity
I guess the collection agency decided to leave me be
you can't get blood from a stone as they say

I'm still waiting on the delivery of my freezer

~cie~



Day 15: Write a (Blank) Story poem.

Day 16:
Write a City poem.

Day 17: 
Write a Waiting poem.






Day 15: Write a poem about a habit you picked up from your parents.

Day 16: Write a Skeletonic verse.
I didn't do this.

Day 17: Write a poem about the moon.



speak
cry
stop
allow
pop


https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/three-things-challenge-571/

WEALTH
AFFORDABLE
CROCKERY

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Buyer Beware

 



Never, and I mean do not ever, order a large appliance from Amazon.

I have always had good experiences with small appliance orders through Amazon.

I ordered my new freezer through Amazon because it was $75 less than ordering it through Wal-Mart.

The freezer was due yesterday and has not yet arrived.

I sent a message to the seller.

I can't find a way to contact the trucking company that's supposed to be delivering it.

Seriously, order your large appliances from Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, anyone but Amazon. 

I will keep you posted.

Seriously, Grammarly, you think the tone of this post is "happy?" 

~Ornery Owl is Angry~


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Friday, April 2, 2021

Trees of Tomorrow Tanka

  

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay


could I be so bold

to see what the future holds

keep searching ahead

shall we plant a fence of trees

that will outlive you and me?

~cie~

The tree pictured above is an American plum. My son and I want to plant trees that are low-maintenance, suitable for Colorado's nutrient-poor and often dry soil and will attract pollinators. As an added benefit, the fruit of these little beauties is edible, and I spent part of my disability back payment to buy a nice water bath canner. I would like to try my hand at making jams and other preserves.

If we take good care of our trees, they will beautify our little town and bring happiness to future generations. It is our goal to leave things better than we found them. We all need to take better care of our world if we want it to keep taking care of us.

The Prompts

April PAD Challenge

Day 2: Write a "what does the future hold" poem.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-2

D'Verse Poets

https://dversepoets.com/2021/04/01/oh-my-its-april-fools-day/

Haiku My Heart

https://corazon.typepad.com/recuerda_mi_corazon/2021/04/haiku-my-heart.html

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Music Challenge

Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2021/04/02/keep-searchin-well-follow-the-sun-challenge-179/

NaPoWriMo Day 2

Write a "road not taken" poem.

https://www.napowrimo.net/day-two-8/

I...um...sort of followed the prompt. This poem is about a road that my son and I are looking down but haven't taken yet.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

I Bought a Freezer

 


Hi friends.

I finally qualified for disability, and I was entitled to some back pay. So I bought the freezer pictured here.

This is the Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW 28" Upright Freezer with 15.5 cu. ft. Capacity, Power Outage Assurance, EvenTemp Cooling System and Door Ajar Alarm in White. It is self-defrosting which is great for people who are allergic to defrosting their appliances. Like, you know, me.

At the time of this writing, the freezer is currently on special for $692. It is rated at 4.5 stars. Most of the complaints seem to be about the supplier rather than the freezer itself, which gave me a little pause. Hopefully, all will go through without a hitch. We really need a freezer. The one in the fridge has decent capacity, but we want to be able to take advantage of specials at Costco and from the butcher and the webstaurant.com store.

You can check out the freezer for yourself by following the link provided. I will get a small commission from Amazon for any purchases you make following this link.



When the freezer arrives, I'll let you know how things work out.

I hope to become more active with this blog again. I have been swamped with writing projects and that has taken up most of my time. This blog actually means a lot to me and I want to give it the attention that it deserves.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

We Don't Quite Fit

 

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This is a response to a poem by Jae Rose.

http://jaerose-jaerose.blogspot.com/2021/03/relations.html

A beautiful poem. It makes me think of my son and me.

"We don't quite fit

Do we"

We're happier living in a literal ghost town (population 154) in the middle of nowhere than we ever were in the city. And even here, we don't quite fit.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Dark Hearts Love Too: The Plain Truth

Dark Hearts Love Too: The Plain Truth:   Image by Lucija Rasonja from Pixabay I feel an all too familiar pain in my soul As I look out through foggy glass surrounded by weather...

This is the first poem that I've written in over a month. It's both mercilessly and mercifully brief, touching on the topic of my troubled relationship with myself.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... ...: AS WINTER SURGES....AN IWSG POST.

... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... ...: AS WINTER SURGES....AN IWSG POST.:   Hi All, and welcome to another IWSG Post.  

There hasn't been much snow here on the Northeastern plains of Colorado recently, but it is bitterly cold. 

The old house that my son and I live in needs a lot of work, but we love the place.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Aunt Cie's Attic: This Old School Face Cleanser Is Tried and True

 

Between endocrine problems that tend to result in dry skin, a tendency to eczema flare-ups, and the dry weather in Colorado, I tend to be unhappy with my complexion. I don't have the budget to try expensive cleansers and creams, so I decided to see if an old favorite from my youth might still be around. Happily, it is.

Noxzema was first released in 1914 by the Noxzema Chemical Corporation. It is currently owned by Unilever. My mother used it and I started using it too. Back in the day, it was packaged in a beautiful blue glass jar.

I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that the first time I used Noxzema again my skin felt better right away. Instead of feeling bumpy and flaky, it's softer than it's been in years.

You can get six twelve-ounce jars of Noxzema for $29.34 from Amazon. This works out to $0.48 per ounce.

https://amzn.to/3jwbWI8

This is going to sound strange, but I find that using a bamboo paper towel instead of a terry washcloth is helpful too. Bamboo paper towels are thicker and softer than regular paper towels. They are reusable and machine washable. One roll of the kind I get from Amazon is $8.99, or you can save by subscribing for delivery.

https://amzn.to/2ObfX9g

If you have trouble with dry skin or eczema, Noxzema is an inexpensive product that may be helpful. There's a reason that it's still on the market after 107 years!

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Baking Brookies

 

Image copyright Betty Crocker

Brookies may seem intimidating, but they're really no harder than making chocolate chip cookie bars and brownies. The original recipe comes from Betty Crocker. I made a couple of changes which I will detail following the recipe.

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Cookie Layer

3/4
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
cup butter, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)




Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.

For Cookie Layer: In large bowl, mix sugars, softened butter, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan.

Brownie Layer

2/3
cup butter or margarine
4
oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1 3/4
cups sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
3
eggs
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

For Brownie Layer: In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. In medium bowl, beat sugar, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on high speed 5 minutes. On low speed, beat in chocolate mixture. Beat in flour just until blended. Pour on top of dough in pan.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 2 hours. Remove from pan; pull away foil. Cut into 5 rows by 4 rows.

I used a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix to make the brownie layer, substituting 1/3 cup of melted butter for the 1/3 cup of oil called for on the package. I did not line the pan with foil. I melted the butter for the brownies in the pan and put the cookie layer directly into the pan.

Amazon Links

Ghirardelli brownie mix:

Best price per ounce (6 mixes)

https://amzn.to/3oBR2sT

Best variety 

6 mixes, two of each variety

https://amzn.to/3oKNAfP

Chocolate Chips

Best Value

Ghirardelli Semi=Sweet Chocolate Chips

6 12-ounce bags $16.68

https://amzn.to/2XvgJzi

13 x 9 nonstick baking pan

Wilton 2 pans for $17.36

https://amzn.to/39hXVsR

These are the ones I use and I have been very pleased with them.

I use Watkins baking vanilla, which can be purchased from my consultant page.

http://bit.ly/watkinshomebiz

You might also consider Monin Mexican Vanilla extract at $11.63 for 33 ounces. I have not tried this brand, but it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

https://amzn.to/3i0KoK6

With a dessert this decadent, all a diabetic like me can say is, thank the deities of medicine for insulin!

Also, yum!


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Thursday, January 7, 2021

While Nero Tweets, the Elderly and Disabled Suffer

  

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This post is a response to this post:

https://kalpanawrites.com/shadow

I can definitely relate to the feeling of being a shadow of my former self. In fairness, my former self was a workaholic who didn't take care of herself at all. I'm kind of surprised that I didn't end up in an early grave.

I have been waiting on a disability determination for almost a year now. That people are punished for becoming disabled is unconscionable to me. However, seeing as my country is figuratively burning while Nero tweets (or he would tweet if he hadn't been booted off Twitter at least temporarily) nobody gives a rat's hindquarters about handicapped and elderly people, I can assure you.

Ornery Owl Has Spoken



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