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February 4, 2008

Super-bowl of lunch, breakfast and cats. A normal Monday.

1) It is a super bowl of cooking.
My crockpot made me a meal again, this time a big warm bowl of pot roast. Before putting the roast into the crockpot, I made a paste of crushed garlic and black pepper and rubbed it all on the whole roast, then browned that hunk of meat in a deep pot. When the roast was well browned on all sides, I put it in the crock pot. But I wasn't done on the stove just yet -- I used one bottle of beer to de-glaze the pan (pick any beer but a stout, I once did this with Guinness and it got bitter over the long cooking time) and also, notice I just used the fancypants word "deglaze."

That just means you heat the beer (or beef broth or water or onion soup or whatever you want) in the pan you used to brown the meat, and you scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Then dump the liquid into the crockpot and let it cook all night. This is a very low-sodium recipe as I make it, so you may want to use beef broth instead of beer (or bouillon, both of which have salt in them) or some folks use Lipton's onion soup as the liquid. I like the beer, it tenderizes the meat and adds a deep, rich yummy texture to the gravy.

I made some mashed potatoes and now I have lunch and dinner ready for me:


Love the crock pot.

2) Friends and toast, no better combination.
Yesterday I had breakfast with Faith and Allison at Dinah's in Culver City. If you get a chance to go there for breakfast, you should take that chance ... I ate everything but the plate. It was so much fun just to chitchat and hang out, I haven't done that in a while and I needed it! And Allison brought along her first pair of hand-knit socks, she's done with one sock and nearly done with the other. They look great! She showed me how to do the magic loop, too. I'm not saying socks are next on my to-do list, but her hand-knit socks just look amazing (and not nearly as hard to make as I thought!)

3) They loved their old toy to death. Literally.

You can find this cat toy on wal-mart.com. I bought mine at Target but don't see it on their website. It's a very big hit here at Chez Cat Scratcher.

Posted by laurie at February 4, 2008 11:13 AM