Saturday, January 12, 2013

My 201st Post!!!! Recipe Included!

WOW!  I started this blog back in January of 2010  - and I can't believe 3 years have gone by - and this blog has received almost 27,000 hits!  Over 5000 of those are for my Snowman Tic Tac holder - and they are from all over the world!!

I now have 84 followers - and I THANK YOU all for joining me on my bloggy journey.

I began posting to pass along tips, hints, inspiration, on my scrapy projects, as well as info on the classes that I teach at my local scrapbook store SCRAP-A-DOODLE-DOO, in Ramsey, NJ.  Besides scrapping, and now mixed media projects, I love to cook, and to share my recipes with you.

So - for tonight's post - I am going to share what I made for dinner today. It was cooking while I was teaching my Birthday Explosion Box class at "THE DOO"  (see below!)-- I LOVE my new EMERIL Crockpot!!

So - on to dinner -  I saw this recipe on Pinterest - I LOVE Pinterest - please click on the link on the top right of my blog to go to my boards and feel free to follow me there too!  I tried to search back to see where this recipe originated - and got as far as The Fabulous Food Blog  I'm not sure if this is the creator of the recipe -but I've tried to give credit where credit is due!

So - it is called a "Mississippi Roast"  I used an @ 3 pound boneless chuck roast. The instructions are a little different that what I did - Instead of sprinkling the roast - I mixed the dressing and gravy mix together and dredged or coated the meat with it -then poured any excess on top of the roast after it was in the crock pot.:

Put chuck roast in crock pot, Sprinkle with or dredge it with
1 pkg Hidden Valley ranch dressing (*I had my hubby get this for me at the store - and he brought home the same -but "Dip Mix" - I used it anyway.)
And McCormick Au Jus mix, (*oops!!  I forgot this was part of the ingredients - and only had a pack of Knorr Brown Gravy on hand - used that instead too!)
Add ONE stick of butter on top - ( Yes you read that correctly - not sure why - but it worked)
And 5 or 6 pepperoncini peppers on top( Yes, leave the stems on!)
DO NOT ADD WATER or anything else.
Cook on LOW for 7hrs
Here is how it should look:

Now close the lid and let it cook -  after 7 hrs - it should look like this:

All but one of the peppers went for a swim! LOL!
Here it is when put on the plate ( shh, I snuck a piece off the left side - don't tell!)

I took the "drippings" that were left in the crock pot, added them to a small pot on my stove, mixed @ 3-4 teaspoons of cornstarch with 1/4 Cup cold water - and added it to the pan, stirring until the gravy is thickened.
Pour a little gravy over the meat and serve!

This was a HIT here at my house !!
I'd suggest serving it with mashed potatoes or noodles - as the GRAVY was great!  We had green and yellow beans with ours. I think next time I will try adding potatoes and carrot chunks when cooking.  We gave this a BIG THUMBS UP!!

If you give it a try -please leave me a note below - I'd love to hear from you!!

 ((HUGS)) ~ Sherri