Sunday, January 16, 2011

Slow Cooker Sunday, Jan 16: Easy Does It!

Right now I am watching the Social Network win best picture at the Golden Globes while waiting for my last batch of peanut butter cookies to finish cooking in the oven for a friend's birthday. Lesson learned: sometimes simple recipes can be just as good as the more involved ones!

Once again, today was a great day to stay in while Alberta is still in this deep freeze, and since I was hungover from ribs & beer with great friends last night, I wanted to do something easy that would still taste good and make the house smell great. So I did a pot roast that cooked for 8 hours on low. When it was done the meat literally fell apart as my husband cut it, and it tasted amazing! We paired it with a Bordeaux Merlot from a winery called Chateau Timberlay, that was surprisingly light-it reminded me of a Pinot Noir. This is just my personal taste, but if I am going to drink a Merlot, I prefer it to be robust, full bodied and will hold up to the dish it's being paired with. However, I knew going in that there was a chance it would not pair well, and decided to try it anyways. Can't win them all! Here's the recipe for the pot roast:

I added garlic powder but would have rather used a clove or 2 of fresh garlic. I also forgot to add the Worcestershire sauce.

The recipe for the peanut butter cookies I am baking comes straight off the back of a Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter jar, with a healthier version on their website:


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