Wednesday, February 27, 2008

You're Invited to Eat!

Come on in…the weatherman is predicting a gray, rainy cold day here in New York so I am inviting you in for some good food, wine and dessert…

On the menu is Southwestern Pot roast. Did you smell it as you came in? It’s such an easy recipe; I made it in the slow cooker.

Southwestern Pot Roast

3-5 lb. bottom round or rump roast
1 lg onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
3 beef bullion cubes
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp cumin seed
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 pkg onion soup mix

Place roast in crock pot. Arrange onion slices and garlic over roast. Add celery seed, cumin seed and beef bullion cubes. Pour tomato sauce over all and top with onion soup mix. Cook on low 7-8 hrs. Add a little flour/cornstarch to gravy (makes plenty of gravy!!). Serve with mashed potatoes.

I am a slow cooker lover. One evening I jumped off the couch when watching QVC because they introduced a slow cooker similar to this one-- you can actually use the insert to brown meat on the stove like a regular pot! After browning, you just put the pot back in the slow cooker to finish the meal! I paid about this much for mine, I thought the price was reasonable!

Now keep your hands off that chocolate cake! It’s for dessert! This recipe is from Penny from Lavender Hill. It is her Mom’s chocolate cake recipe. It really doesn’t need anything on top, the cocoa and other ingredients make a moist, delicious cake. There are only a few pieces left for you! I had a hard time keeping the kids away from it but I told them to leave some pieces of chocolate cake for my company-YOU! Come in and enjoy!


Alison Gibbs said...

That pot roast looks yummy and sounds easy to make.
Chocolate cake too.
You are spoiling us all by serving such yummy things to us.

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi Tara~
This looks so delicious...hope it was!
Everything looks amazing, too~
Thanks for he sweet comment on my 7 weird or randon facts... you are so right, although there are MANY grays hiding in the lurks!! :)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Looks yummy. Wish my crock pot did that. I hate making a pan dirty just to sear the edges of the roast!

Have a Splendid Wednesday.....Rosie

Nora Lee said...

What a wonderful dinner, and chocolate cake is my favorite! I love slow cooker meals. Thanks for the receipe.


A Romantic Porch said...

Oh Yummy! I have never thought of using tomato sauce on my roast. I'll have to try that the next time I make one. Your meal was delightful. Thanks for the invitation. xo Rachel

Kathleen Grace said...

Looks scrumptious Tara! What time is dinner? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, crock pots. I love putting something in it in the morning and knowing I dont have to think about dinner for the rest of the day. And no mess from cooking to clean up at dinner time too because it has all been done! Thanks for the recipe, I'll try it:>)

Mary said...

Good morning Tara,
I have always wanted a slow cooker -- it just sounds so easy! I think I will investigate the ones they have at Target...

I love your dining room chairs -- so pretty!

Have a great day!

kelly said...

OH yum! I'm so in-chocolate cake for breakfast?!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pull up one more chair!
I'll be over~

Janet said...

Looks and sounds delicious. I had a slow cooker aka CrockPot in the 70s and hated it. Perhaps it is time to try the new and improved version :)

Barb McMahon said...

We'll bring the bread!!!

Carletta said...

Hey Tara,
It snowed here last night and is still coming down. Your pot roast would certainly be a wonderfully warm dish on such a day. And, by chance, my husband got me a slow cooker for Christmas that I haven't tried out yet! Sounds like dinner!

Connie said...


I bring an extra bottle of wine. It looks delicous.


cindy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I did want to stop in and see you! What a great place! It's like you opened the door of your home to us. Very cozy. I could sit right down and join you for dinner! I'll stop back often. ~ Cindy~

Angela said...

Oh yummy!! Looks scrumptious.
Well it's snowing like crazy here in TN right now, so I might be a little late :-).
Have a great day!!!

Mary Isabella said...

I think when I come over I will bring some sauted spinnach to go with your roast.....Mary

JeannieTheDreamer said...

mmmm.... pot roast and salad. Perfect! And chocolate cake. Thank you, Tara. I need to get back to the cooking mode. Sometimes blogging becomes an escape, you see. ;)

Tara, tell me about your dining set. Where did you get it? It's beautiful. I am looking for a round dining table with chairs of course, in white, for my future vacation home (dream home for now). I am making plans and i want to be ready when the money comes ! Take care and thank you.


Jeanie said...

Totally YUM! I have got to try that pot roast! Looks easy and delicious!

Pat said...

Thank you for the invitation!
I made a pork roast in my crock pot yesterday -- I love the convenience of it, and the house smells so good while it's cooking.
The chocolate cake looks yummy too!

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Tracy said...

Thanks for the invitation! I don't eat meat I'll pass it on to my DH--lol! But I will take that chocolate cake...yum! Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Tara, am I too late sweetie?! I got here as fast as I could, but it's a long way from Australia! Oh well, I'll just hang out and keep you compnay while we do the dishes and clean up the kitchen. So, where do you keep the tea towels? lol Hope you're having a great day!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

A Romantic Porch said...

Tara, I shared your "Cuppycake" recipe on my blog today. I put a link to you! They are delish! Have a fun day! xo Rachel

Country Cottage Chic said...

ooh! Looks delicious...especially the cake!

John-Michael said...

OK ... now I'm full,content, happy! Can I read a book to the kids now! It just seems to fit the mood. (and there's nothing that I love more!)

Thanks, I enjoyed the visit.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Tara!!! I am so glad you liked my moms chocolate cake recipe!! I didn't give the frosting recipe...but it is just the chocolate frosting recipe on the Hersheys Cocoa can. Cocoa, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar!

Your pot roast sounds yummy and I am going to look for that crock pot, because I love the idea you can brown on the stove with it!

Sandi McBride said...

Tara dear, it all looks wonderful...but I see whine glasses...I mean wine glasses...what are we having

Oliver Rain said...

I'm all over that dinner. I'll be over in a few minutes with some wine!

Anonymous said...

It is Thursday,but I will take any left overs. Looks yum

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh Tara,

I swear I could smell it when I read this! I am jotting this one down! Thanks for the nummy recipie :)


Shannon J said...

WOW! I've missed alot here... gotta stop by more often! YUMMY! I am going to try this recipe! LOOKS and smells fantastic! lol Thanks for sharing...