Saturday, January 28, 2012

Back Home to my Crock Pot

In a glorious turn of events, coming home yesterday was everything I had hoped it would be.  Not in a "things are just perfect like I wanted them and the world revolves around me" sort of way.  But in a "I have my own towels and look at my backyard and this place smells right" sort of way.  Glory be, I love it here.

Plus, we have humidity here in SC, which is something UT obviously hasn't heard of.

I love my backyard.
And, speaking of, anyone need a Magnolia tree?
Seriously, we're transplanting those babies here before long.
Get your orders in.
Also, I would like to add "coming home" to the list of things that make dog ownership more rewarding than cat slavery ownership.  Seriously, I'm pretty sure there's not much better than being greeted by your dog.  With Duke, I can be gone for 5 minutes and get generally the same level of enthusiasm that I got yesterday after being gone for 4 days.  But still.

It just does something for the soul to be loved and missed and celebrated so thoroughly.
Doesn't hurt the ego any, either.

And finally, for my Saturday as well as yours, I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite crock pot recipes.  Now, for a slow cooker recipe to be good, in my opinion, there is one very key item: it has to have flavor.  If you don't crock pot much, this may seem irrelevant.  Not so.  Crock pots are often the purveyors of bland mush.

Which is what makes this recipe so special.  That and the fact that it's zero work.  That part is nice too.  Oh!  And delicious to the core.  And smells fabulous.  And... well, I'll let you discover the rest for yourself.

Italian Beef.  Done.


  • 3-4 lb chuck roast.  rump roast works, too.  pick whatever level of fat "marbling" you're comfortable with and go for it.  I like a lean roast, but that's probably psychological.
  • 1/2 bottle or less Italian dressing.  Also, along that "lean" vein, I go with low fat/fat free.  Doesn't make a difference either way.
  • 2-4 T brown sugar.  Yum.  Jar is from Ikea.  I know you were wondering, because it's awesome.  Now you don't have to wonder.
  • 1-2 T Italian seasoning
  1. Put roast in slow cooker.
  2. Pour on Italian dressing.
  3. Add in brown sugar.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Shred with forks (Roast should be super tender.  If not, cook another hour or so.)
  6. Mix in Italian seasoning.
  7. Eat 4 forkfuls from the pot before telling your family dinner is ready.  Or 14.
  8. Serve as is, with mashed potatoes, or (my fave) on a roasted bun, with provalone melted on top.
  9. Thank my mom for this wonderful recipe.
  10. Die happy.
Ready for dinner at 9:30 AM,


  1. You're welcome. I also have beef in the crockpot. A tip roast with molasses, dijon mustard, garlic powder and vinegar. I know, scary. But the reviews are excellent. You should do a week's (month's) worth of meals from crockpot365 and see what your favorite is!

  2. Yay! for coming home.
    FireCat has separation anxiety, so he is quite happy to see me when I come thru the door as well, LOL.


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