Sunday Dinner

My gratitude goes out to whoever invented the slow cooker.  But it was Mom Clemens, my mother-in-law, who taught me the simple trick for achieving fork tender and juicy pot roast.  Simply seal the lid with a layer of foil and don’t lift it until the meat is done.  Before this step, my roasts were dry. 

For wonderful flavor and easy seasoning, I sprinkle a package of onion soup mix over the roast.  Add cleaned and halved carrots to the pot around the meat for a quick veggie.  Cover the opening with foil, pop on the lid, and cook on high heat for at least four hours–about the time from wake-up to getting home from church.  Instant main dish!   Just add a salad or fresh fruit, hot quick bread, or mashed potatoes and it’s a meal.  [Bring out cookies from the freezer.]  The most important thing is eating with family around the table.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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