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Not having many people around (my wife, my adult son, and myself), I'm planning a simple, nontraditional, nutritious meal: A big crockpot roast with vegetables, cooked slowly all day, and some cornbread. I need to find a good-sized lamb roast tomorrow, and if I can't do that, go for beef. Marinate it overnight Wednesday with some wine, herbs and pepper, then crockpot it all day at low heat with chopped potatoes (from my garden), celery, carrots, brussel sprouts, bok choi, rutabaga, onion, parsnip, daikon radish) in a beef broth with some barley and quinoa added.
Always gets eaten, great for leftovers.
Blac, next time you do a beef roast in the Crock-Pot, try adding stout instead of wine (I prefer Murphy's to Guinness, personally). I promise you won't regret it.
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The Guiness/Murphy's thing is more sentiment, I think, since Murphy's was the first stout I ever tried. But I do notice a flavor difference between the two, and I do prefer the Murphy's, though if the store only has Guinness I don't usually bother making a special trip elsewhere.
I used to occasionally drink Spaten Optimator, because who can resist a beer called "Optimator?" (Plus it's quite good.) But I've never cooked with it; it's very hard to find. I'll keep an eye out for the Obsidian Stout.
Warning: For the first half-hour/hour or so the beer won't smell great, and you'll wonder if you made a huge mistake. It'll get better, I promise, and by the end of the next hour or so your mouth will be watering.
Sometimes it's not possible to say "enough is enough". In my family, I'm the only one who can cook anything beyond the daily basics. If I refused to do the holidays, my family would eat supermarket pizza and ice-cream :-/ Not very festive...
Also, they're never all happy, someone always complains about the food and dad grumbles because he has to do the dishes. Then he and mom will argue because mom tries to help with the dishes. My sisters will disappear to their rooms and computers with not so much as a thanks for the meal and I'll despair for a while and contemplate those brandy truffles.
And this is with just four other people to feed. If the lady the OP posted about has more than that (likely, most people didn't live the bohemian lifestyle we did and settled far away from our extended fam) and has been doing it for 19 years and never asked for the duty in the first place, well, I can see how she might be exhausted and entitled to complain.
I asked to be the designated 'hostess', I was 13 and tired of the same food for the hols but eaten off the nice china
I'm pretty glad I'm not going to my fam's for the hols this year, can't afford to travel. One of my sisters is coming to visit for Xmas so I'm looking forward to cooking for just two and we have similar tastes so that'll make it so much easier.
Assuming we don't end up pulling each other's hair out... or eyes...
We're so dysfunctional, I know...
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