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Monday, August 20, 2007

Gone Writing

Sorry gang, no amusing blog post from me today.

I'm currently experiencing a major creative breakthrough regarding my secretive writing-for-pay project and I'm sure you'll understand when I say I need to focus my energies on that.

Because it amuses me, I shall give a vague, tantalizing hint:

  • 1 c. red wine vinegar
  • ½ t. dry rosemary
  • 1 c. dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 1 c.water Salt & pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 t. black pepper
  • ½ c. chopped onions
  • 4-6 juniper berries
  • ½ c. chopped carrots
  • 4-6 bay leaves, divided
  • ½ c. chopped celery
  • 4 lbs. roast beef
  • ½ c. chopped turnips, optional
  • 4 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. gingersnap crumbs
In non-aluminum pot bring to boil the first 6 ingredients and 2-4 bay leaves; remove from heat and cool for marinade. In glass dish place meat and cover with marinade. Refrigerate for 3 days, turning twice a day.

After 3 days, remove & dry meat, saving marinade. In a bag with flour, herbs, salt & pepper, shake meat to coat thoroughly. In Dutch oven bring 3 T. oil to hot shimmer & brown meat on all sides. Remove meat and add to pot with oil the chopped vegetables; saute until limp. Sprinkle with 3 t. flour & stir until flour begins to brown. Drain off most of remaining oil. Return meat to pot. Add 2 c. marinade & 1 c. water; bring to boil. Add 2 more bay leaves. Cover tightly & simmer on stovetop for 1 ½ hours. If liquid gets too low, add more water & the rest of the marinade.

When meat is tender, remove & discard bay leaves. Add gingersnap crumbs to pot & simmer until dissolved. Pour this mixture into blender & puree for sauce. Carve meat & serve with sauce. Makes 6-8 servings.


  1. that sounds very flavorful. I might have to try making it.. Does this mean you're writing a cookbook?

  2. I wondered how long it would take for someone to ask me that.

    Sorry, nope, not a cookbook...

  3. a book or story about something german?

  4. That would be the logical assumption.

  5. Sausage > Phallic > You're cheating on me.

  6. I didn't realize we were dating!

    Also, it's not sausage. It's roast beef.

  7. I'll roast YOUR beef, you reprobate!

  8. Wait.... that still sounds filthy....

  9. is Panzerfrau taking up cooking?

  10. You must be writing about Dean Martin sober, because that's another way to ruin a perfectly good roast!


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