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    ZiprHead, in post 1010, wrote:

    I've always wanted to try cooking a pot roast but have never known how to get started. I loved it when my grandmother made pot roast.

    • Chuck roast, 1 or 2 pounds. Or five pounds, see if I care.



    • Carots, 1 pound



    • Mushrooms, portabella or anything weird in the grocery store. 1 pound.



    • Onions, 1 pound. Or 2. I like onions. If you went with the five pound roast, and you don't want meat left over for sandwiches or meat salad, then you can have three to five pounds of each of these veggies. If your dutch oven is big enough.



    • Potatoes, 1 pound. I like red potatoes, sliced. And, you know, cut again into smaller pieces until there is room for the potato to have friends in the spoon. In the alternative, if I tear up the beef and call this stew, I can leave out the red potatoes and, late in the cooking, cover everything with mashed potatoes. Then it's shepherd's pie.



    • Stock, 1 carton. I'm guessing that's a quart. I use chicken stock for, you know, reasons.



    • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, and whatever. Basil? Bay leaf? Surely garlic or garlic powder.




    1. Put your dutch oven on the stovetop, and sear the roast on all sides, if you're into that kind of thing. Sometimes I slice the roast into one inch slices, so I can sear both sides of each. Salt and pepper first, see, and then sear.
    2. If you deglaze with red wine, you won't get any complaints from me.
    3. Chunk up the veggies and add them to the pot. Rearrange things so the roast is on top of the veggies. At least that's my instinct.
    4. Add the stock and whatever seasonings you want.
    5. Cover. Did you pre-heat the oven? Put in a 350 (American Fahrenheit degrees) oven for four hours. One recipe says one hour per pound, but that seems nuts; do the carrots cook faster when you use less meat? Some recipes call for 400 or 375 degrees. Some call for three hours. What I do myself is put it in at a temperature, and start checking for done after maybe three hours. You'll figure out what works for you, and, unlike me, you'll remember what that is. All I know is that it turns out well every time, and is remarkably tasty. My wife is licensed to add whatever seasonings she wants, but even if she's not home the stuff is great.
    6. If I'm around, any meat not reserved for sandwiches or meat salad gets torn or cut into chunks -- after which it is probably best to call this stew.


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    Thanks for the above.

    We picked up a smallish roasting pan at a thrift store a couple years ago. Do you think I can find it now? Nope.
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    What's for dinner?

    I usually buy an economy pack on sale of thin sliced pork. chicken, or beef. I bag them and put them in the freezer.

    Tonight I put a frozen piece of pork in a skillet on medium low heat. I put frozen corn in the microwave. I cut up zucchini, squash, celery, onions, and pepper and set it to boiling. Sometimes I'll add rotini pasta.

    Then I mixed tomato paste with water, whine vinegar, and hot sauce.

    Cut up the pork and mix with vegetables in the sauce.

    Dinner in 10-15 minutes. With a non stick skillet clean up is with a sponge.

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    I modified the cake pops a little. I cut the sticks in half, which reduces the strain on the stick in the cake pop. I'm still not certain how to get that perfectly round shape. I might try one more time with a bit more moisture, but the cake pops are already pretty moist! Store them in an air tight container, and these things can last a week easy. Popular amongst the children in my daughters class, but I think something just needs to be sweet for that.

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    This week's Big Stew:

    onions, carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, chickpeas, Great Northern beans, black beans, red beans, brown rice, chicken broth (only because they didn't have no-salt beef broth. ), beef stew seasonings, basil, Mrs. Dash. With cheez-its and parmesan cheese on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    This week's Big Stew:

    onions, carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, chickpeas, Great Northern beans, black beans, red beans, brown rice, chicken broth (only because they didn't have no-salt beef broth. ), beef stew seasonings, basil, Mrs. Dash. With cheez-its and parmesan cheese on top.

    Beans, beans, beans and rice. No problem with constipation there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    This week's Big Stew:

    onions, carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, chickpeas, Great Northern beans, black beans, red beans, brown rice, chicken broth (only because they didn't have no-salt beef broth. ), beef stew seasonings, basil, Mrs. Dash. With cheez-its and parmesan cheese on top.

    Beans, beans, beans and rice. No problem with constipation there.
    I am fortunate that I rarely ever experience any problems of that particular function, knock wood. I also don't get gas from eating beans, at least no more than usual, probably because I already eat a lot of fiber routinely. Chili farts are a problem of people who don't get enough fiber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    This week's Big Stew:

    onions, carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, chickpeas, Great Northern beans, black beans, red beans, brown rice, chicken broth (only because they didn't have no-salt beef broth. ), beef stew seasonings, basil, Mrs. Dash. With cheez-its and parmesan cheese on top.

    Beans, beans, beans and rice. No problem with constipation there.
    I am fortunate that I rarely ever experience any problems of that particular function, knock wood. I also don't get gas from eating beans, at least no more than usual, probably because I already eat a lot of fiber routinely. Chili farts are a problem of people who don't get enough fiber.
    I eat beans regularly. Bens and scrambled eggs, beans and salad, beans and rice. Keeps me regular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post

    I am fortunate that I rarely ever experience any problems of that particular function, knock wood. I also don't get gas from eating beans, at least no more than usual, probably because I already eat a lot of fiber routinely. Chili farts are a problem of people who don't get enough fiber.
    I eat beans regularly. Bens and scrambled eggs, beans and salad, beans and rice. Keeps me regular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    This week's Big Stew:

    onions, carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, chickpeas, Great Northern beans, black beans, red beans, brown rice, chicken broth (only because they didn't have no-salt beef broth. ), beef stew seasonings, basil, Mrs. Dash. With cheez-its and parmesan cheese on top.
    Did Mrs Dash complain when you put her in the stew?

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