My mother was a fabulous cook and baker. There was always a delicious, home cooked meal on the table at night along with one of her even more delicious desserts. I can remember getting off the school bus and smelling the wonderful scent of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies or heavenly apple turnovers as I walked up our driveway. She really put so much love into cooking for her family.
I remember asking her if she would write her recipes down for me so I’d be able to make some of these wonderful dishes too – her flounder stuffed with crabmeat, roasted turkey with stuffing and her fabulous marble cake with dark chocolate icing. She didn’t have any of these recipes written down, so I knew this was going to be quite a chore, but on my birthday that year, stuck between a few other gifts, was a red spiral notebook with all her recipes – a true gift of love. A few years later, my husband noticed that the pages of my book were becoming harder and harder to read because of the gravy splotches and batter stuck to the paper. He carefully pulled each page out of the notebook and slipped them into plastic sleeves and inserted them into a binder for me. My mother passed away in 2002 but I have this book of her recipes to cherish forever.
Today I decided to make Mom’s delicious pot roast and serve it just the way she did – with mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade red cabbage and carrots with a pat of butter, a teaspoon of brown sugar and salt and pepper. It was so good, I have to share it with you. (The recipe, not the pot roast!)
MOM’S POT ROAST
1 – 2 1/2 – 3 lb roast (I used bottom round)
2 tbs oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 cups water
Add oil to a dutch oven on high heat and brown meat on all sides. Add onion and sauté about 2 minutes.
Add all of the other ingredients and simmer 1 hour.
Turn meat over and simmer another 2 hours.
To make gravy, remove meat from pan. whisk together 3/4 cups of water and 4 tbs flour. Slowly add to pan, whisking until thickened.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
I hope you like this as much as we do. I love you, Mom.
Of course, we’ll be having salads for dinner tomorrow night to make up for all we ate tonight, but that’s okay – it was a delicious meal made with love and lots of good memories.
Thanks so much for stopping by – have a beautiful day!