Dinner In A Bag (again)

Pot Roast cooked in a plastic bag sounds crazy right? But that was the only kind of pot roast I knew as a child.

Cooking in an oven bag was this 1970’s concept where you place your cut of meat, vegetables and seasoning and a little water into an oven safe bag and place that into a pan/dish and put the whole thing in the oven. After 2 hours or so you have a magically deliciously “bag’o pot roast!”

This isn’t the first time I have done this – I exposed this back in 2011 as well.

There is remarkably little information on the great internet about this ( here , here and here -that’s it!) and I am not really sure when “Gordon Lawry” invented it but I think it was a long time ago considering he was paid 15 cents for his invention!

Anyway don’t knock it until you try it! It’s the original “sheet pan” dinner and it’s delicious! (maybe add some green veggies in the side to “heathy” it up!)


READ THE DIRECTIONS AND FOLLOW THEM but here is a couple tips: If you lose the ties supplied, cut a thin strip off the mouth of the bag, and use that to tie it with. ( don’t use some other tie as it might melt!)

Don’t use where there’s a danger of the bag touching any of the heating elements, thereby melting, spilling out its contents and causing a grease fire.


Dinner for Breakfast

Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Words to live by.

Big breakfast, light lunch, even lighter dinner. I am still working on that “even lighter dinner” thing. (and therefore those last 10 lbs!)

Somewhere after high school when I started to actually eat a breakfast that consisted of more than just a Diet Coke, I realized I was much better off. But the problem was I didn’t really want donuts, Danish or pastries for breakfast. I didn’t want cereal because I don’t really like milk. I wanted food I really liked. Cheeseburgers. Chicken fingers. Nachos. Or at least a savory ham and egg sandwich. So I launched into a secret life of eating last night’s leftovers at 7 or 8 am for breakfast. I only draw the line at two things I won’t eat for breakfast: Fish – I don’t like it any time of the day. Salad – there is nothing warm and cozy about lettuce at 8am.

I kept this secret fairly well hidden until I met my future husband. He is a true early riser and the day I awoke at 8am to the smell of a roast beef dinner wafting from the kitchen, I knew I had met a kindred soul. Fast forward some 11 years and we are still doing dinner for breakfast. Mostly we don’t cook these big dinners for breakfast unless it’s the weekend. Like brunch – just earlier. But we do heat up and eat some serious dinner leftovers for breakfast. A fact I try to hide everyday at the office, so my co-workers won’t think I am weird!

He has recently started working the overnight shift at the local hospital and when he comes home he is hungry and ready for a meal! So the other night ( I am the night owl in the family) I started a rump roast in the slow-cooker at midnight. I set it to low so it would be ready just in time for breakfast (dinner?) at about 8 or 9 am. Somewhere around 6am the wafting smell of delicious-ness rousted me out of bed and I checked on it – added some frozen peas, turned it to high, and went back to bed. Later after morning coffee, I buttered some warm Naan bread and we sat down to an “Indian inspired beef roast.”

The Recipe

(also delicious at other times of the day!)

3lb +/- Bottom Round Rump Roast or whatever roast cut works for you.

2 slices of uncooked Bacon – diced

2 med Vidalia onions- thick sliced into half moons

1/2 box of Beef Broth (2cups)

1 cup Ketchup

1/2 to 1 whole Chipolte in Adobe Sauce diced fine. (Once I open a can, I store the rest in the freezer and just use tiny amounts as we are babies about spice around our house. Add more if you can handle it!)

1 tbs Madras Curry Powder

Juice of 1/2 of a Meyer Lemon ( I happen to have this kind but any lemon will do)

Splash of Half and Half

Salt and Pepper to taste

Aprox a 1/3 cup Cornstarch mixed with just a little water to create a smooth slurry.

2 cups Frozen Peas

In your slow-cooker. Layer the diced bacon down first. Next the beef. Now throw in the onions. In a bowl whisk all the other items except the cornstarch slurry, the half and half and the peas. Taste for seasoning and spice level. Adjust as desired. Pour this over contents of slow-cooker. Put a lid on it and cook for many hours on low or less hours on high. Consult your slow-cooker instructions if you have questions or use a meat thermometer if you want.  About an hour or two before you want to eat add in the half and half, the cornstarch slurry and the peas. Liquid will thicken. Serve with warm Naan bread with or without rice as desired.

Ain’t the internet great?    Check out this link I stumbled upon…makes me want to visit Minocqua, Wisconsin wherever that might be!

A Love Story

My story begins with a Ciabatta roll. Still warm from the local bakery.

Next a judicious amount of “submarine sandwich dressing” on both sides of the roll.

I like to put the delicious house-made roast beef from McKinnon’s against the dressed roll, so the spices and oil can blend with the meat.

Next up: Picante Provolone cheese. (I never skimp on the cheese!)

Shredded iceberg lettuce is the only way in my book. Take the time and you will be glad you made the effort. It allows the juices to circulate through the sandwich instead of acting as a shield!

Thinly sliced green bell peppers just really amp up the fresh flavor.

And of course the tomato. I have a problem I know, I am addicted to them.

For a little spicy, vinegar kick – my sandwich would not be complete without some Pepperoncini. If you have never had these little beauties than are not living right!

A little salt and pepper completes this affair for me. “Hey Sandwich King, eat your heart out!”

Now if you don’t mind I need to be alone with my lover.