August 16, 2010
Domestic Freak-Out Session
Well, the Family has come and gone and left lots of happy memories in their wake. We got to go to the beach with Cass and Dev(their first time!), explore the wharf and taste all the many flavors of clam chowder(seriously, the first one on the left is the very best), and see lots of Sea Lions!! We ate at Bubba Gumps(a must!) and had our favorite Boba Snow Bubbles from Chopstix down the street(honeydew/coconut...HIGHLY recommended). We cooked yumptious food and played fun games. I'd say it was a great vacation for all involved. We miss them already.
Devin and Me at Pebble Beach. Can you see the family resemblance?
Mom, Dev, and Cass playing in the ocean at Pebble Beach.
Cass posing as her mermaid-self...the ocean brings it out in the best of us!
Mom and Dad looking great as always!
This is the dinner Mom and I made. corn on the cob, crostini(breads), yummy watermelon fruit salad, Mandarin Orange Chicken(taste of home...so good), and for dessert, Blackberry Coconut Cake! It was delish!
Now, I don't know if you are one of these people of not, but when I get sad or stressed or BORED, I turn into a domestic psychopath(Just ask Jonny!). I have to clean and nobody had better get in my way! hahaha, well, today is one of those days! I've scoured my house top to bottom, washed walls, done all the laundry I could come up with, made a scrumptious roast(slowcooking as we speak)and have planned on making a drool-inducing apple crumble to go along with dinner. So excited!
For the brisket, I found the recipe in the "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook - Feasting with your Slow Cooker". I've been craving some serious BBQ but know that the "good-stuff" makes Jon sick everytime, so this is my stand-in.
Barbecued Roast Beef
4 lb Chuck Roast
1 c Ketchup
1 c BBQ Sauce(I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
2 c Celery; chopped
1 c Onion; chopped
2 c Water
4 T Vinegar(I used apple cider vinegar)
2 T Brown Sugar
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper(My personal touch)
My method for butter-tender roast everytime:
Heat a skillet and drizzle in some EVOO(extra virgin olive oil for all of you non-Rachael Ray-ers'), about 2 T. Pat the roast dry and season with salt/pepper(separate from what recipe calls for) on all sides. Sear the meat on all sides until golden brown; you want a good crust. Then, put into the slow cooker.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker(5 quart, or 2-3 1/2 quart). Cover and cook on Low 6-8 hours, or High 3-4 hours until done. Recommended serving over rice or in rolls.
Now for dessert!! I'm addicted to all the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and believe me, there are a TON to choose from! Their website is highly addicting; www.gooseberrypatch.com. The book I found my Apple Crumble in is called, "Farmer's Market Favorites". I got it one day when Mom Raymond and I went to lunch at Kneader's(holy 3-cheese grilled pesto sandwich is all I have to say...).
1/2 c Butter; softened
1 tsp Cinnamon
18 1/2oz pkg Yellow Cake mix
1 Egg; beaten
1/2 c Sweetened Flaked Coconut
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 c Apples; peeled, cored, and sliced thin
1 c Sour Cream
1/2 c Sugar
Garnish: Whipped Cream
Combine the butter and cake mix in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to blend the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs; stir in the coconut. Pat the mixture into the bottom of an UNgreased 13x9" pan. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Arrange the apple slices in rows over the warm crust. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples(I added additional brown sugar and a drizzle of molasses). Blend egg and extract into the sour cream; drizzle over the apples. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until the apples are tender. Serve warm with dollops of whipped cream. Makes 6-8.
If you try these recipes, let me know what you think!!!