Cooking Dinner Straight From the Pantry (day 3)

29 Feb

As you may have noticed, I did not post about dinner last night. I was at my very part-time job, so my honey ordered pizza for the kids.  So tonight I am back on track!

I decided to thaw out a 5# chuck roast yesterday before I left for work.  I set it in the fridge, and rediscovered it this morning.  When I pulled it out of the fridge, the harsh reality hit me, that I have NO IDEA how to prepare and cook this meat.  So, I asked my good friend and chef, Fiona Layton to hook me up with a recipe.  She is super fabulous, and sent me to her Group Recipes site.  You can find her page HERE.

So what’s on the menu??

Main dish: Herb-Crusted Chuck Roast


  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 (3 pound) boneless chuck eye or top blade
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Rub over entire roast. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145 degrees F; medium, 160 degrees F; well-done, 170 degrees F). Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with the roast.

Side dish: Maple Dill Carrots


3 cups peeled and sliced carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1.    Place carrots in a skillet and pour in just enough water to cover.
2.    Bring to a boil over medium heat.
3.    Simmer until water has evaporated and the carrots are tender.
4.    Stir in butter, brown sugar, dill, salt and pepper.

I just found one more side dish I want to add. Pineapple Fried Rice!  It looks amazing.

Desert: Stuffed Strawberries!!  You can find the recipe HERE.

Dinner should be wonderful tonight. I hope my family enjoys it!  I will post pictures after I prepare it all!


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