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Sunday, September 27, 2009

$300 Pot Roast

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.  


  1. I got one of those award thingiess and I gave one to you cos your blog rocks

  2. So funny! I could totally see myself doing that...!

  3. When life give you lemons...toss them aside and make the most spectacular pot roast on earth.

    Sorry to laugh..but I assure you I am laughing WITH you... :)

  4. I have to laugh!! not once but twice I pour a bottle of wine out (because it smelled bad I thought) when my husband got home and saw the two bottles on the recycling box he almost passed out! He knows a lot about wine and had this two bottles for the longest time a very special harvest. Don't ask me how much they cost, I don't even want to know :)

    Found you through MBC

    If you happen to visit my blog, I would like to tell you the English Version is always after the Spanish Version :)

  5. Look at it this way. If you had saved that wine and took a drink (or two)from it sometime down the road, memories of that ruined relationship would have soured the taste. (Man, that is deep, and I am just full of wine analogies tonight!) Great post.

  6. So what did you do with the rest of the wine?

    You have an award waiting for you over at my blog!


  7. LMAO Sarah..would you like to thank the acadamy??

    I usually just rick click and save the picture. Then when I write a post I click add picture so I can add it into my post. If there's another way I don't know how to do it. I'm html challenged!


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