Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wow! Can you believe that its 2008 already? Where did this year go? We had some friends over this year for a quiet evening of cards, Wii and lots of food. We toasted in the New Year with Dick Clark and then crashed! New Years day we watched the Rose Parade. A tradition in my house for as long as I can remember. I love watching the pre-show that gives you an inside look at how those fabulous floats are made. I would love to be able to go one year. Also, the Winter hockey game was on with Penguins and Buffalo playing in the snow!! That was an awesome game watching those professional teams get back to the basics...outside..snowing, no comfortable indoor stadium. We had a wonderful pot roast and crusty bread for supper (the only one I have ever got my kids to eat) We ended our lazy (and yes it was very) watching movies. Sometimes it is just so nice to have a day like that. Where there is no hustle or bustle, just a time to recharge. I soo needed that after the grueling work days I had after Christmas.

Holiday Pot Roast:
2t. salt 1/2 t. pepper
1 t. paprika 1 t. garlic salt with parsley
4-5 bl. boneless chuck roast
3 T. flour
2 T. olive oil
2/3 cup water
2 bay leaves
2 small onions, minced
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
4-5 potatoes, peeled and quartered (or diced)
1 can Italian-style diced tomatoes undrained (14-1/2 ounce)
15-oz can tomato sauce
Sourdough rolls or baguette (optional)

Blend seasonings in a small bowl: rub into roast and coat with flour. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven; add roast and brown briefly on all sides over high heat. Add water and bay leaves to pan; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for an additional hour. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve with slices of thick crusty (like sourdough or a good baguette) bread. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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