Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What's Cookin?

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It was chilly and rainy over the weekend which left me craving some good comfort food. I went on the hunt for a good slow cooker pot roast and I found a winner! It turned out so flavorful!!


First, I chopped up the carrots, celery and potatoes and threw them in the crock pot.

Next, I generously seasoned the meat with salt, pepper and flour on both sides and seared it to lock in the flavors (this is the trick for getting that rich taste).

Once the meat was browned, I set it aside and cooked the onion and garlic and then added tomato paste and chicken broth to create the gravy.

Next, I added the pot roast and the gravy mixture to the crock pot and let it work its magic.

 6 hours later we had yummy pot roast!!

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast 
(I omitted the mushrooms and added potatoes. Also, I could only find a boneless roast.)

The video that goes with this recipe was very helpful. I am now curious to try other recipes from Chef John.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekend Highlights

10 Miler - Done!!

I am happy to report that I made it through the 10 mile run yesterday!! As I mentioned a while back, I am running my 1st half marathon in November and I've gradually been building up my mileage through the Memphis Road Race Series. Well, yesterday was the 10 miler in Shelby Forest which I was very scared about since 1) I've never run that far and 2) there are some crazy hills there! The weather was great and the scenery was pretty so it made for a good run. Here are some pics.

Steep switchbacks! Source

Later that day my mom and I went to the Vesta Home Show in Germantown. We got to walk through 5 houses that featured top of the line appliances, each furnished by a different furniture store. Here are the houses with some of the features and decor that I liked.

They all had these mudrooms with little cubby holes

Pool with hot tub - I want!

Tornado shelter in the garage

Loved the wallpaper

Great decor from Chestnut Hall


Love wallpaper and decor - Chestnut Hall

Fire pit
Outdoor spaces were done to the max! These screens roll down for an instant screened in porch!

Party house

Friday night after the monsoon came through, I met some friends at Bari in Midtown. I can't believe it was my first time there because it was delish! It reminded me of the Italian restaurants in Italy. We will definitely be back!

Last, since it is officially starting to feel like Fall in Memphis, I have been treating myself to Chai Tea with pumpkin spice (with skim milk of course!) from Starbucks on the weekends. Also, I made some pumpkin bread!