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How to Roast a Beast: Roast Beef Made Simple

If you ever spent Christmas at my house during the 80’s you’d swear my parents, especially my mother, were Whovillians. From the end of Thanksgiving until the 2nd week of January our house was non-stop Christmas. From the decorations and music to the food and parties. Don’t get me wrong; they were great times but they were intense and some things stuck. Like Roast Beast.

I don’t know what my step-father was thinking, but for the first 15 years of my life he never once said Roast Beef. It was always Roast Beast. And for 15 years that’s what I called it. “What did you have for dinner last night?” “Roast Beast, and it was the best!” I got a few odd stares each time I answered like that but I chalked it up to having some left over in my teeth. Roast-Beef-for-Dinner1-1

If there’s one good thing that came out of that experience it was the ability to roast the best beast you’ve ever tasted! That’s right; my mom could take the cheapest piece of beef in the store and make it taste like nothing of this world. In fact the cheapest piece of beef makes the best roast beef. It’s usually fatty and offers tons of flavor and juice.

So, how do you go about making the perfect Roast Beef? No, it doesn’t take all day. No, there’s no hard work involved. Yes, it does take around 3 hours. Did I answer your questions? Okay then, moving forward.

To start you need a 2 – 3½ pound piece of beef. This will feed around 5 people – go for a bigger piece if you’re feeding more people. I use an eye round roast. Roast-Beast-1
Next up you need to preheat your oven to 375°. Rub your roast with salt, pepper and a little garlic powder (or you can use garlic cloves – cut 5 – 6 slits into the roast and stuff the cloves in.) I rubbed this one with salt, ground chipotle pepper, ground black pepper and garlic flakes.

Now, I use a roasting pan, but my mom put her roast right on the rack with a pan on the rack underneath to catch the drippings. Whichever you decide to do is fine – placing it right on the rack leads to a more tender roast. Make sure the fat side is up and drizzle some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) on the top – this builds a delicious crust on the roast.

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Brown the roast at 375° for 30 minutes and then turn the heat down to 200°, or as low as your oven will go. Roast at this low setting for 1 ½ – 2 hours then remove from the oven and cover with a tin foil tent until ready to serve.

That’s it! It’s that easy to make tender, juicy Roast Beef, or Roast Beast if that’s what you prefer.

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Superbowl Stadium Cake & Football Brownies

Are you ready for some football?! While I’m not a die hard football fan, I do love to host parties and entertain friends. Having a Superbowl party is a must, so I’m getting some practice in now.

Tonight I made the dessert for our Superbowl party this Sunday. Well, this isn’t the cake I’ll be serving – but I will be recreating it. It’ a stadium cake with football shaped brownies – double score! IMG_6806
This was super simple to put together, but when I do it Saturday night I’ll be paying more attention to the lines on the stadium and the football brownies. The coconut added a nice texture to the “field” to give it more of an AstroTurf look.

Sadly I don’t have the steady hands to pipe the numbers on the lines, I may have to get John to do that. I lightly adapted the Hershey’s Cake recipe to make the cake.

Football-Brownies

I did the same with the Hershey’s brownie recipe and baked those in a silicone Mini Football mold from Wilton. Gosh, I love Wilton – they think of everything! The mold’s are only $8.00 on Amazon, and if you order them now with Prime you’ll get them in time for your Superbowl party!

I used the chocolate cake recipe here, and topped it with Cool Whip Frosting (vanilla) dyed green. I then dyed some coconut (about 2 cups) green and topped the frosting with that.

Football Brownies
Fun Superbowl food that anyone can make.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick ) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter/sugar mixture, beating at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Fill molds to half full.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely in molds and turn out onto a clean surface.

 

Sloppy Joe with Homemade Buns

Ever noticed how sometimes the simplest dinner can be all the rave? Take Sloppy Joe as an example. It’s something we’ve enjoyed for generations and come on, what kid doesn’t love them?

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The beauty of making your own Sloppy Joe’s is you get to choose what goes in it. Peppers, onions, mushrooms – anything and everything you desire can be added – or omitted. Go all out or keep it simple. See, beautiful! Here is a great recipe for Sloppy Joe’s that seems very customizable.

Homemade-Buns

Pair them with homemade French Fries and homemade hamburger buns and you’re set. Of course you could just buy the buns from the store, but where’s the fun in that? Don’t be intimidated at the thought of homemade hamburger buns – you can do it.

Buns

Making your own hamburger buns is a great way to ensure only the best for your family. You control the size and know the ingredients. Not to mention it’s so easy to make them. No – really, super easy!

Sloppy-Joes

Homemade French Fries are a longtime favorite of mine. I use redskin potatoes, cutting away the eyes and any imperfections. I leave the skin on for the added nutrients and they are delicious! slop

On a day when I don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, this is my go to, healthy and hearty meal; what’s your? 

Sloppy Joe with Homemade Hamburger Rolls

Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Author: Amber
Serves: 8
An American favorite made even better with homemade buns & french fries.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for flouring surface)
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Mix in oil and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until dough is soft.
  4. Knead until smooth and elastic like.
  5. Allow to sit for 90 minutes, covered in a warm place.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls.
  7. Cover again and let sit for 30 minutes.
  8. Brush with melted butter and top with sesame seeds if desired.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Serving size: 1 bun

Soul Warming Homemade Chili Recipe

Soul Warming Homemade Chili Recipe

Soul Warming Homemade Chili Recipe

Winter’s not my favorite season. It’s actually probably my least favorite season of the 4. It’s cold, my electric bill rises and let’s not forget about that hour of sleep I’m still missing.

Face it, the best thing to come out of winter is warm soups, stews and chili’s. Oh, and hot chocolate – but that’s a given. This week I made my chili so I can dip into it when I get a chill. Continue reading

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