Blog Withdrawal...and Lunch Today

I don't know what to say...Myrna and I are suffering from "blog withdrawal" already!  We have decided we will post a few times a month with favorite recipes we are making now, or new things we have tried, or when we have something we want to say about equipment, cookbooks, or ideas we have found useful.
That said, here is the recipe I am making for our Sunday lunch old favorite that my husband is delighted I am making more often.

This is a perfect recipe for chuck roast – it was easy, tender and delicious. I have both rosemary and thyme growing in pots, so it was perfect for us.  The baby carrots are just the right size to cook evenly, and you don’t even have to peel them.   If you don’t have wine on hand, try a can of consomm√© or some good beef broth.  The smaller pieces of beef can be sliced across the grain, making very tender roast.  We served this with homemade mashed potatoes, very, very good!  Pasta, noodles or crusty bread would also make a delicious meal.

Individual Pot Roasts with Herbs and Carrots

Serves 4
1 1/2 to 2 pounds chuck roast
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups red wine or consommé
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juices
1 whole sprig fresh rosemary
2 whole sprigs fresh thyme
1 16-ounce bag baby carrots
Heat oven to 325°F. Quarter the chuck roast into 4 equally-sized chunks of meat, like mini pot roasts. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Heat a heavy deep pan or Dutch oven over high heat. When the pan is hot, place each piece of the chuck roast in the pan. Sear for several minutes (or until the meat releases easily) on both sides. You may need to do this in two batches; don't crowd the pan. Let the meat get quite dark, with crusty spots on both sides.
When the meat is well-browned, remove it from the pan and put on a plate. Drizzle a little olive oil into the pan and turn the heat down to medium. Add the onions and garlic, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cook the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring until they are soft. Add the wine and scrape any remaining bits of meat up from the bottom of the pan. Pour in the tomatoes and bring the mix to a simmer, then turn off the heat.
Add the meat back into the pan. Place the rosemary sprig and whole thyme sprigs in the pot. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and put in the oven. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
In the last 30 minutes of cooking,  add the carrots to the pot roast in the oven and cover. Leave the carrots in the pot for the last 30 minutes of cooking the pot roasts (or until tender).
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Then serve with the carrots on the side.
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  1. Thank you for coming back!! Much appreciated.

  2. Glad we will still be hearing from you. The pot roasts sound delicious!

  3. Glad you came back! I read your blog all the time, and talk to my sister about the recipes you post!

  4. All I can say is "Hip-Hip-Hooray!" I'll be pleased as punch to see a post from you two on anything, any time!!

  5. This just made my day! Thank you for coming back.....I will look forward to your posts. Thank you!!

  6. Smiling! Happy you are back.

  7. So good that you have returned to share with us all! Thank you!

  8. Yay welcome back and that sounds like a perfect way to post, a few times a month will give you a break and just when you miss it, you'll be cooking something fabulous and sharing...

  9. I too was going through Iowa Housewife withdrawal- SOOOO glad to see you pop up in my email!

  10. Good news for us! It looks delicious!

  11. Ha HA! Good! Sounds like a great plan to post just when you want to! Keep 'em coming!

  12. I've read your blog for years, have tried many recipes, and enjoyed your Sunday pictures. And I am so glad you decided to continue sharing, however often you choose. Thank you!


  13. So glad you will continue posting! It was like having a friend move away. :)

  14. Sue & Myrna--please update whenever you feel like it! You know we will ALWAYS be happy to read your posts and have a chance to say HI!!!!

  15. Always happy to read your posts, as and when they happen. Best wishes.
    [Valerie, NZ]

  16. YAY!!! This news made my day! Sounds like a terrific plan. THANK YOU! If you feel like publishing a few "Sunday in Iowa" posts as well, I wouldn't be disappointed. : )

  17. Just out of habit I went ton your blog to see your Sunday in Iowa picture, forgetting you had given up, and was so glad I did. Thank you girls for coming back, even if it is just now and again.

  18. Soooo Happy to hear this! Love your posts and will look forward to them.


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