October 23, 2006

Gorram Snotnose...


I have the cold from hell, which may even be the flu.  It's no joke when I tell people that traveling makes me ill.  Because of the RA and the mild immunosuppression from the drugs, I get whatever's going around, the first AND the second time.  So instead of sitting on my office working on grant applications, dealing with my students, etc. I am sitting on my couch drifting in and out of consciousness in front of SportCenter, occasionally being able to smell the pot roast I have in the crockpot for tonight.

I suppose I should share the recipe.  It being the easiest pot roast ever.  Goes together in 5 minutes in the AM and cooks all day while you're out.

Easy CrockPot PotRoast ala TJ

Roast of your choice, suitable for pot roast.  I have no idea what cut of meat is in there today
4-6 small to medium potatoes
2 handfuls baby carrots (about 1.5 cups chopped carrot eq.)
1 "potbelly" (large can) of Trader Joe's Rich Onion Soup
large dash Worcestershire sauce
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
(you can also add about 1/2 cup red wine to the liquid, if you like)

Place the roast in the crockpot.  If it has a predominate "fat side", place the fat side up.  Pour the can of soup over the roast.  Add up to 1 cup water to the can to wash out any remaining onions, and add to the crockpot.  Add worcestershire sauce (and wine if desired), garlic powder and salt and pepper.  Give the liquid a bit of a stir to mix elements.

Wash potatoes thoroughly, and remove any eyes.  Cut in half and drop potatoes around roast so all are covered with liquid.  Add carrots.

Cover and set crockpot to low.  Let cook 8 hours.

Posted by caltechgirl at October 23, 2006 01:16 PM | TrackBack

I know that cold. It is the cold from HELL. I have not had it, but I have seen it knock normally very healthy people on their butts. That's what Ken the Bodyguard had at Eric's. And my sister Mo was just getting over it. It's a killer cold, complete with fevers and the like. Blech.

Take care of yourself. That sucker takes the FULL ten days...

Posted by: Bou at October 23, 2006 02:03 PM

Can you take Airborne? Usually when I travel, I give that a shot... I start it before I leave. I am sorry to hear you are sick.

Posted by: vw bug at October 23, 2006 02:25 PM

Can I add more than 1/2 cup wine? I really need it tonight.

Posted by: Tink at October 23, 2006 02:32 PM

MMmmmmm...[drooooool]. ;-) Thanks!

Posted by: Dave J at October 23, 2006 07:09 PM

Feel better.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at October 24, 2006 08:43 AM

What does one do if one does not have a Trader Joe's? Is there a comparable substitution?

Posted by: Lisa at October 24, 2006 09:29 AM

I hope you're feeling better. I got a minor cold - nothing like what you have and felt yucky all last week.

On the roast - Chuck roast works especially well in the crockpot - much better than other cuts because it really does get to that great falling apart stage.

As for liquid. If you don't have Trader Joe's - you substitute beef broth and cut up a fresh onion. I've also found that you can use water and it becomes its own broth by the end of the cooking day and makes a wonderful gravy to go with the rest.

I haven't done one of these for a while - now that the cold weather is back - I'll have to try it again. Although I must admit that beef on the East Coast isn't nearly as good as beef in the Midwest... heh. Who knew...

Posted by: Teresa at October 24, 2006 12:35 PM

Ugh. I hope you're feeling better soon. Dang, that potroast sounds good! I can practically smell it from here.

Posted by: Marie at October 24, 2006 01:04 PM