Hope everyone is having a wonderful week of Spring. We are in the 90's now (already). Ugh.
The allergies are all haywire for most people as everything is in bloom here in the desert. I am no exception. I'm taking Benadryl every night and trying to stay indoors.
Here are my "likes" for this week.
1. A reputable auto service center. I can handle most stress and interruptions in our daily life but car trouble is not one of them. Last year, I lost my brakes without warning and coasted into a neighborhood national- chain auto service center. The manager was very nice but the repair work wasn't. A year later and the brake pedal just wasn't right so I went to the Ford dealership where I worked for 20 years and was treated well and correctly. My vehicle should be ready today and I can rest easy it's done right.
2. My RSC March blocks. I forgot to post these so thought I'd better do that before I start the April ones. Lime/yellow green are the colors for March:
I'm using scraps for most of the blocks but was just a few short so cut on some fat quarters. Guess I don't use green much. Then, I'm using a charm pack of solids which were cut into mini's for the center HST's. The colors for April are yellow/gold so I have them cut and ready to start.
3. My New Cookbook. I don't cook as much as I did years ago, but for the last 2 years (almost 3) , I have been trying to use the Crock Pot instead of the oven. That's because the oven is old, not sealed shut very well and heats up the whole house which is not good here in the hot desert. I also love watching cooking shows: The Kitchen, Cook's Country, Pioneer Woman, Trisha Yearwood, Jacques Pepon, etc.
America's Test Kitchen is one of my favorites which I also record. So, when I saw their Slow Cooker cookbook at the book store, I was thrilled. I usually don't purchase cookbooks (or any real books for myself) but this was an exception.
One of my goals was to make a GOOD pot roast in the crock pot. Mine had not been tender or juicy. The few I've made turned out gray, dry and tough.
This is a photo from the book and I swear to you mine came out as delicious, moist and tender as this photo. I forgot to take a photo of mine! We were busy eating. It cooked for 9 hours on low and we had to smell it in the house ALL DAY LONG! That may seem like a long time (and it is) but, for those of you working out of the home during the day or cooking overnight, that might be a good idea. My crock pot keeps food warm for 2 hours after the scheduled timer.
With this cookbook, I've learned to prepare stuff for the crock pot instead of just throwing ingredients in there and hoping for the best. For instance, combining the spices with a little oil and cooking a few minutes in the microwave before adding to the crock pot enhances the aroma and taste of the spices. Browning the roast is a must.
As you can see, I am a convert to this way of cooking thanks to ATK!
It's been a good week and I look forward to the week end. Hope ya'll are enjoying spring!
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