|Recipes 'n Reads Series
Guest author Marsha R. West
What a great blog post today! Two important features:
***My guest is mystery author and friend, Marsha R. West.
***I am announcing my new release, Your Life with Jesus: How to Spark Memories and Write Your Spiritual Memoir is now available in eBook and paperback! Find out all the details after Marsha shares an mmmm--good recipe and her romantic suspense novel, COMPROMISE, below.
|Your Life with Jesus: How to Spark Memories and Write Your Spiritual Memoir
|Series by mystery author Marsha R. West
Thank you so much for inviting me to stop by, J. Q. As it turns out cooking and eating play big parts in my books. But for today’s post, I chose the crock pot roast, potatoes and carrots that Kathy, the daughter of my heroine in COMPROMISE, makes when she invites her mother Jessica to her home. Kathy has an ulterior motive. Because of the “accidents” that have happened to Jessica, Kathy, her husband, and her sister want to convince Jessica to stop protesting the use of Worley Construction, the company Jessica holds responsible for her husband’s death five years ago. Comfort food like pot roast can go a long way to soften up a person.
Now this is actually a meal I prepared in a crock pot for many Sundays when our daughters were young. We’d come back into the house after church and oh, my, the yummy smells. Then we moved away from eating so much beef. Hope you will try this recipe and you’ll give COMPROMISE a try, too. It’s my Hallmarkish type book with a murder on page two!
The recipe below is from Cooking Professionally, an online site where I find lots of recipes. Originally, I made the roast the way my mother told me—a little of this, a little of that. Taste and add what’s needed. My mother was a great cook. I thought you might need something a little more specific. LOL I did use this recipe just a week ago when we had a cold front come in. The roast was fall-apart-tender. Enjoy! Thanks again, JQ.
|Slow Cooker Pot Roast
• 3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 pound small potatoes, scrubbed and halved
• 3 carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 2" pieces (I use baby carrots)
• 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2" wedges’
• 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced• 4 cloves garlic (I used tsp of chopped garlic)
• 1 sprig rosemary (I use dried)
• 1 (3.5 pounds) beef chuck roast
• Kosher salt to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper to taste
In the bottom of a slow cooker, whisk together broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and cornstarch. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, and rosemary.
Season beef with salt and pepper, then nestle into vegetables. (I put the roast in the bottom and the veggies on top.) Cover and cook on high until roast is fork-tender, 5 hours (or 8 hours on low). (I did 5 ½ hours on high.)
Thinly slice roast and arrange on top of vegetables on a platter. Skim fat from extra juices in slow cooker and drizzle over top. Serve warm.
Marsha R. West
Widowed, shopkeeper, and transplanted Texan Jessica Allen fights to protect the green in the New Hampshire town of Tidbury, settled by her late husband’s family. New Hampshire of the beautiful fall leaves, picturesque Christmases, and sometimes brutal winters. She’s angry to learn developers plan to use Worley Construction, a company she holds responsible for her husband’s death. When a member of the board of selectmen is murdered, family and friends encourage Jessica to run for the seat. Will threats force her to compromise her principles?
Developer Jeff Hudson wants to build a retirement center on the Tidbury Green. Despite Jessica’s opposition, he believes he can convince her of the need for the center and that its place on the green will leave plenty of room for all of the town’s activities. But has he partnered with an unsafe builder? How much money will he lose if he breaks the contract to please Jessica? Her position on the board of selectmen may cause a conflict of interest and force them apart. Will more people have to die to save the green?
Will Jessica be forced to compromise to find her second chance at love?
Thanks for being my guest, Marsha. I will definitely cook this. Sounds so tasty and tender. I already know I loved COMPROMISE!
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About Marsha R. West
A retired elementary school principal, a former school board member, and theatre arts teacher, Marsha R. West writes Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experience Required.
|Author Marsha R. West
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