Friday, February 1, 2008

Dining Chez The Hawthornes.

What culinary adventures have the Hawthornes pursued
this week?
I'm sure everyone's been wondering.

We love oysters, so here's a lovely lightly steamed oyster (just steamed enough to open the shell).
Needs nothing more than a squeeze of lemon juice, and I like a bit of butter on it.

Since Ticky's and my rather disastrous Slo-kukker arrrusssupeees from this past weekend, I've been a bit hesitant about using my crock pot.

But I thought I'd get back on the horse, so to speak.

Here, I've chopped carrots, celery, onions, and garlic.

Next, I added sliced potatoes and a sliced white sweet potato.

First, I seasoned my meat with salt and pepper and a bit of Ancho Chili powder.

Then, I seared it on both sides.

Next, I plopped it in the crock on top of the veggies.

Deglaze the pan with
a nice red wine.

This smells wonderful.

Add a bit more wine
to the crock.

Add a carton of beef broth to the mix.

A mere 6 hours later, after krokking on high, we have this.
Workmen upstairs in my house kept commenting on the aromas wafting upward.

Here it is in its
yummy goodness.

I served a very nice cornbread with the pot roast. The adult half has tomatoes, onions, cumin, jalapenos, and green olives. Mr. Hawthorne has been Semi-Ho'ing it by buying the PRE-shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend, so I Sandra Lee'd my cornbread. Normally, I grate my own. The cheese tastes better, but Mr. Hawthorne thinks it's the same. Same with PRE-peeled carrots. He actually likes them. They just don't taste right to me.

The next day, Xmaskatie paid me a visit. We enjoyed the leftover pot roast and cornbread.

Here, I've sliced the cornbread and sauteed it in a bit of butter and olive oil until
it's nicely browned.

Bon appetit!

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