Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Will try to keep it simple with wishes for a relaxing weekend and a Happy Valentine's Day!

May there be some chocolate in there somewhere!

Now if anyone needs a great and easy Valentine meal idea, I found one at Joyce's this past Wednesday. She will send you off to the blogger where she found her recipe. She also mentioned that Pinterest is loaded with recipes for Mississippi Pot Roast. Here's my modified recipe below...

a nice chuck roast with plenty of marbling
a packet of Ranch dressing
a packet of brown gravy mix
a stick of butter ☺
do NOT add water
(* There is also a secret ingredient that I did not use so you'll have to visit Joyce for that.)

My crockpot runs hot so I didn't exactly follow directions. I cooked mine on HIGH for the first hour and lowered it to LOW for the next five. 

Not the greatest photo of a pot roast meal, but it sure was delicious! John says, "It'll melt in your mouth."

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49 comments:

  1. Happy Valentines Day Vee! We had pot roast last Sunday, nothing beats that for Sunday dinner dos it? It was my grandma's go to meal for Sunday and the smell and taste just always seem like home to me. We will have a quiet Valentines Day. We never go out until after the holiday. We both prefer non-crowded restaurants.

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  2. Happy Valentine's Day to you and John. You can't beat pot roast for a little lovin' from the oven.

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  3. I have made this pot roast Vee and it is SO good! No wonder with a name like Mississippi!!! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I've copied down the recipe and will make it one day soon. Thanks.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and John. : )

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  5. I've not made this before, it looks and sounds yummy! Happy Valentines day to you both!

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  6. Yummy - that does sound and look good! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  7. My mouth is watering ~ really! I'm going to make this and it just might be on Valentine's Day. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Oh yum....that looks wonderful. I will admit I have made MANY a pot roast in the crock pot but I have never used ranch dressing...it does have my curiosity. Happy Valentines
    Day to you and John!

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  9. I have made a pot roast recipe with ranch dressing mix in it, but not this one. A stick of butter? Atop a marbled roast? I'm sure it's delicious, though! Sounds like real comfort food. Perfect for a cold day like today. I'm headed for the grocery store and I DON'T want to go out ...

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    1. It is brrrrrrisk! I see you are questioning the marbled chuck roast and butter. Remember 1. it is a special meal 2. most of the fat will be left in the pot 3. portion control! I have seen some recipes for Mississippi Pot Roast that use only a half stick of butter, but why spare the horses for a special meal? I usually make Pioneer Woman's pot roast, but it is more labor intensive and is done on the stovetop. I preferred the fix it and forget it method.

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    2. You are right, of course. It IS for a special meal, after all. (The other day we were emailing back and forth with my brother-in-law concerning lunch out to celebrated my mother-in-law's 90th birthday coming up on Saturday. I had recommended a restaurant but was afraid others might think it too pricey. My laconic New Englander brother-in-law's take on that: "Within reason I don't think the cost is too important, I mean if we only do it every 90 yrs? ")

      I will have to give this a try; I use my slow cooker several times a week. I've used that secret ingredient in a crockpot Italian beef recipe, and it is good -- but I think I'd leave it out of this.

      Happy Valentine's Day to you and John!

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    3. Hahahahahaha...your brother-in-law has a good point!

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  10. Pot roast is a favorite around my home. I usually make it on top of the stove though. I'll have to give this one a try as it sounds quite decadent. Happy Valentine's to you and John, Vee! ♥

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  11. Happy Valentine's Day to your and John. I did a pot roast with that recipe just a few days ago. If it called for garlic I had to leave that out as Tom is not a garlic eater. Blessings dear Vee

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    1. Nor is John so no garlic and no secret ingredient either.

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  12. Happy Valentine's Day Vee and John. The pot roast looks delicious! Butter makes everything better (well, almost). I'll pop over to Joyce's because I'm curious about the secret ingredient!

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  13. Oh my goodness. Does that sound delicious. Ron has requested chili for Sunday...hmmm. He does love a pot roast!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and John!!

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  14. Happy Valentine's Day to both of you. That sounds yummy! xoxo Su

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  15. Oh yum! I love a tasty pot roast done in the crock pot yet would never think to use the ingredients here.
    I hope there is some chocolate for you (and me) on Valentine's Day, have a romantic day with your hubby Vee.

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  16. Happy Valentines Day weekend to you and John! That looks like a great easy crock pot meal. I love an easy meal. I made sure we'd have chocolate this weekend. I don't leave something like that to chance...LOL!

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  17. This does look so delicious and easy. My husband would love this comfort food after a long day of doing taxes! With a big serving of mashed potatoes!
    Have a Happy Valentine's Day, Vee. Love, Deborah

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  18. That does look good! I will have to try it, I so seldom think to use my crockpot. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweetheart!

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  19. There's a long story about this recipe (and it is delicious)… a college friend on fb posted this on her blog once; she got it from a friend who got it from her aunt. When college friend asked friend the name, she asked aunt and they decided to call it Mississippi Roast. One post led to another post to fb posts and it became the most pinned recipe on Pinterest. And a couple of weeks ago the friend and aunt (maybe, or some kin) were on the Today show sharing the recipe. Just another example of the connected world we live in.

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    1. Thank you for the back story, Dotsie. That was interesting and sweet.

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  20. Yummy! I love crock pot recipes. You and your husband have a wonderful Valentine's Day including some chocolate.

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  21. I love your opening photo and the hand. Very Valentiney and cute. I've noticed that the newer crock pots run really hot. I have a roast in mine even as I write (no packages cuz they give me a beastly headache) and it will be done in 6 hours, not 10-12 like they used to say. Have a happy weekend.

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  22. Nothing as good as a beef roast cooked in the crock pot.
    I add a can of any beer and it tenderizes the beef and the alcohol cooks away it smells so good cooking.
    I also add it to beef soups

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  23. I'm licking my lips here Vee but in these hot humid days the crock pot is staying in the cupboard! I've tucked it away for Autumn/Winter!
    I always love it when you show us your pretty window.
    Happy Valentines to you and John!
    Shane

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    1. Really? I adore my crockpot in the summertime because it does not heat up the kitchen.

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  24. Glad it was lovely for you! Happy Valentines! xx

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  25. I never would have thought to use Ranch dressing mix. This sounds really special and yummy! My MIL made a roast dinner EVERY Sunday. My FIL was a Pastor and it was an easy meal to pop in the oven and have cooking during services. Happy Valentine's Day to you and John.

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  26. Hi Vee!

    Happy Valentines Day to you too! The roast looks delicious! I'm going to try it next week - I have a nice roast in my freezer, and peperoncini peppers in my fridge, I love them! I really like to find new recipes to try, I don't know if my taste buds are just worn out, or tired of the same thing they've been tasting year after year. I'll bet the left overs, if there are any, are amazing!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  27. Hi Vee! I have used the "secret ingredient" in Italian beef sandwiches, also done in the slow cooker. Pot roast is one of my favorite meals!
    Happy ❤️ Day to you and John!

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  28. Happy Valentine's weekend to you, sweetie. No celebrations here. Simply a weekend of solitude, except for a visit to church tomorrow. I never heard of this roast recipe before. It sure sounds easy.

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  29. Y.U.M.M.Y. Thanks for sharing, Vee. Blessings

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  30. Happy Valentine's weekend to you! The roast looks great.

    Your photos and graphics are always "eye candy" to me!

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  31. The pot roast looks absolutely delicious and I will have to go see what that special ingredient is! Have a blessed and special Valentine's Day! :)

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  32. Pot roast done to perfection...and shared with someone you love. What could be better? Have a wonderful weekend, Vee & John!

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  33. Happy Valentine's Day to you too! I saw that recipe on Joyce's blog and hope to try it soon. Glad you liked it.

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  34. Happy Valentine's Day! Perfect dinner for this freezing weather.

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  35. Hello dear Vee...I wanted to thank you for your sweet visit to my blog today... I am so glad to ''meet'' you! Happy Valentine's Day to you - it is such a delightful day to celebrate! It is extra special for us as it is also my mother's birthday! Hmmm...this pot roast looks delicious indeed! I hope you have a special time...with love and blessings...

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  36. Pretty window scene with your Valentine's wishes Vee. The pot roast sounds yummy and I guess if John says so then it is. :) Happy Sunday to you! Hope it's cozy there.

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  37. Hope you had a wonderful day and kept warm amidst the deep freeze! XOXO

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  38. OOhh - mayhave to make that!

    Left our crock pot at an acquaintence's years ago, then lost in touch and then they moved - haven't replaced. Now that I have completely cleaned and re-organized and de-cluttered our pantry, we have lots of room now. I think a trip to my favorite second-hand store for a nice big crock pot is in order now! You just inspired me! Thanks Vee - and I am going over to thank YOUR inspiration blogger too. Hugs! ♥

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  39. Thanks for the recipe Vee - this looks and sounds wonderful and easy. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's/President's Day weekend!

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    1. Vee - I made this last week and it was soooo delicious!!!!

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  40. I love roasts cooked in slow cookers...ummmm
    Mr. Sweet is having a round of gout, so we are off beef...and i'm hungry for it...

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  41. I have seen this recipe on Pinterest and even the NY Times did a review and new version of it! I am wary of the salt content of those packets so I think I will try the more home made version the newspaper gave--and I will include the secret ingredient as we always have them on hand ;) It does sound good!

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