Sunday, February 13, 2011

How I brought the 50's into 2011

Remember pot roast with dry onion soup mix and a can of mushroom soup concentrate? Well, I do and made the original about a year ago. You probably could find my post by searching for "50's-style".

Last night I brought it into the modern world. A large sliced onion tossed with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper took care of the onion side of things. A thick mushroom gravy with a variety of flavorings I could find in my host's kitchen gave it good flavor.

Then it was just a matter of assembly - layer of onions, seasoned chuck roast, more onions, mushroom gravy, finally enough chicken stock to come halfway up the sides of the meat. 3 1/2 hours in a 300 degree oven brought it to perfection - you didn't need a knife to cut it! The final flavor was distinctly like the original. And what fun it was to dream this up.

Cooking in someone else's kitchen with an eclectic collection of cooking pots and utensils (and nary a sharp knife among them) was a challenge. But if you can get the stuff together and onto the heat, miracles can happen.

My camera is in a moving container (POD) awaiting our move to an apartment - very soon we hope. In the meantime I just needed an excuse to get back to the blog. I look at all of yours daily. It helps me maintain a sense of normalcy in a non-normal period of my life.

"See" you again soon.


Unknown said...

Well, welcome back my friend! The pot roast does sound delightful and I love that you used fresher ingredients then the original idea! Will definitely have to try it this way next time I make a pot roast!

(P.s...did you get the apartment??)

Fran said...

Hi there,

I'm a graphic design student from London and I'm currently doing a project on obsession with food. I was wondering if there was any way I can obtain a copy of your book where you recorded all the food you consumed for a year? If this is a possibility I'd be entirely grateful if you could contact me -

Thank you for your time, Fran x

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love to update some of those old recipes. It's fun to make them healthier than they originally were. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

I love pot roast. This would be the perfect dinner for tonight - it's cold and rainy today.

Unknown said...

I am glad you didn't wait for your camera to be found before you blogged about your pot roast. I really enjoy reading your blog, pictures or no pictures! There is no place like home to cook in. I hope you get moved soon!

Pam said...

It's great to see you back Stephen! There's nothing harder than to cook in another kitchen but it sounds like to me you did a fine job. Your updated pot roast version had to be delicious! Here's wishing you the best in your move to the apartment and hope you find the perfect one for the two of you. I've been a little busy lately, a huge change here! Take care...

Des said...

I love this! I always like to try to remake recipes where its expected to use pre-made ingredients with homemade ingredients instead.
I could really go for this pot roast now. Maybe this weekend....

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