Beef Roast Low and Slow

Posted on June 10, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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This is a sirloin tips roast from Dominion Valley Farm in Allenton, Wisconsin where I buy all our meat.  These people understand truly the intent of dominion granted to man over the earth.  It was not, I believe, to be a total iron grip domination where we destroy vast ecosystems in order to have agriculture grow to the point where we are now, a poisoning of our land and food supply.  It was not meant for us to use our power to torture lower life forms, but rather to live in harmony with the ways of nature.  Here is what I learned from the book, “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith:  Everything dies and is eaten by nature one way or the other.  This steer which I ate with relish nourished me after living a good life out on the pasture with other steer, breathing the fresh air, roaming the land and eating the green grass as he was intended.  It is a good trade for me and for the planet and for the family farm I support.  The steer turned the cellulose of grass which I cannot digest into very digestible, absolutely necessary nutrients for my body.  The steer’s waste went back into that grassland to nourish it, and even the eating of the grass promotes its growth.  All this for no petrochemicals on any crop, because, you know, that is what all the fertilizers spread on agriculture land is made of.  Hmmm…lots for us to ponder here I hope.

Here is the recipe:

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  • 2 1/2  pounds bone-in chuck steak, or 2 pounds if boneless
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I used Aleppo pepper from Penzey’s)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (I put in whole can)
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice (I used a few whole frozen tomatoes from last summer instead)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat and swirl in the olive oil. Brown the meat on both sides. Remove the meat from the skillet and take the pan off the heat.
  2. Stir into the pan the garlic, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and whole tomatoes. Mash up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon, return the meat to the pan, spoon the sauce over it, and cover tightly.
  3. Braise in the oven for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes, until the sauce has thickened up.

From Martha Stewart’s website.  (Thank you Cindy, for turning me on to this recipe!)

The mushrooms are big portabellos (easier to clean) chopped into big chunks and a special gift from my neighbor, Todd:  a huge morel!  They are sautéed in butter with a little Herbes de Provence blend sprinkled on.  Yum!

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Black Quinoa Layered Salad

Posted on May 5, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , |

Food - Black QuinoaDinner last night was on my own.  I wanted to use the leftovers:  cooked black quinoa and  roasted beets.  I had fresh asparagus, orange peppers, portabella mushrooms and onions as well as good greens.  So I sautéed the fresh veggies with olive oil and a little seasoning from Penzeys called Fox Point Seasoning (thank you, Audrey!)  I also added some garlic powder.  While that was going I washed and chopped up the greens.  I put those in the bottom of the bowl with the cold quinoa on top.  Then the hot veggies in a layer with the beets on top.  A little olive oil and seasoned vinegar over it all pulled it together.  I was wowed at how outstanding this was!

Any additional protein?  Well, don’t fret because first of all this salad is packed with protein, especially from the quinoa.  But oddly, lately I like canned salmon right out of the can!  Since I was on my own and feeding that to my dogs anyway, I snitched some from them to have on the side with this gorgeous salad.  Weird, I know, but note that most canned salmon is wild Alaskan, very inexpensive, and tasty!

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Simple Vegetable Sauté

Posted on April 25, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , |

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This was last night’s dinner, thought up on my dog walk after which I had to have a plan for a quick dinner because then I was going to be out the door for an appointment.  So here is the result:  sautéed veggies over quinoa with steamed mussels.  Not bad for 30 minutes total cooking time, eh?  I rinsed the quinoa (1 C.) and plopped it in a pan with 2 C. water. I added about 1 T. Penzeys Fox Point Seasoning Blend (salt, shallots, chives, garlic, onion and green peppercorns.) Then set it to boil on high, once boiling, reduced to low so it just bubbled away while I got going on the veggies.  It was a quick brush under water of about 4 large portabella mushrooms and then chopped big.  I threw those in my cast iron skillet with a little olive oil on medium high to get the pan hot.  Then I chopped an onion into slices with the grain and threw those in with the mushrooms.  At that point I added 3 slivers of butter throughout the pan,  several grinds of pepper and salt, and tossed everything with a bamboo tool.  Then I cleaned and sliced about 6 mini multi-colored peppers and threw those in too.  While that was going, I grabbed a package of frozen mussels in butter/garlic sauce which just required emptying the package into a small pot and heating for about 8 minutes total.

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Voilà!  This is a super healthy, nice light meal which can be made in about 30 minutes.  My husband commented that he thought he was getting a gourmet meal.  Little did he know how little time and effort went into it!

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