I make delicious pot roast.
Seriously, it's crazy good. And it's so easy. Want to know my secret? Use a ridiculously expensive bottle of red wine.
None of the cooking magazines tell you this. I found it out quite by accident.
I saw a recipe in Bon Appetit (I'm a cooking magazine addict). I thought "Hey, Pot Roast! That should be easy...and cheap." I was really proud of my frugality.
So I crisped up some bacon pieces in my dutch oven, braised the spice rubbed roast till brown on all sides and went to add wine...
I reached into my wine rack and grabbed the first bottle of wine I saw. I don't remember the name, only that it was a Cabernet Sauvignon. I poured 2 cups over the browned meat before I realized what I had done. My jaw dropped.
I looked at the label and realized this was the $300 bottle of wine I had been gotten as a "welcome" gift to a former-friend's 40th birthday celebration. I had put it away after that trip and planned to save it for a special occasion. It wasn't just a crazy expensive bottle of wine, it was a gift from someone who was a best friend.
But alas, while the wine aged beautifully, the friendship did not. And now, all that was left of that friendship was boiling and bubbling around a cheap cut of meat and some peeled carrots.
I could have cried. I almost did. But I didn't. I laughed. Uncontrollably. And I couldn't stop as whatever pain and sadness I had about the lost friendship burned off and reduced leaving only a delicious and more palatable experience behind.
If there was a grown-up version of "when life gives you lemons..." this was it.