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Recipe: Herb-Crusted Roast



Sometimes, simple things are my favorite. I saw this recipe on Food Network and tweaked it to my liking. Roast beef, simply done with herbs and served with rice and green beans is a simple weeknight meal. The horseradish cream I made to go alongside really brought the dish together. Best part is, you can use whatever herbs you want in the crust, and make a simple roast more fun. Some Chilli pepper on the outside of the steak with a cilantro crust could be interesting, especially served with some hearty guac. I’m making myself hungry now(the only peril of constantly thinking about food), so check out this recipe and enjoy!

1 beef roast [$10]
1 mixed bunch if herbs, I used parsley, rosemary, oregano and thyme [$4]
1 onion, I had a bag of small onions on hand [$2]
Garlic and mustard powder, which I had on hand, but will run you about $4
1 small sour cream [$1.50]
1 small jar prepared horseradish [$2]
1 lemon [.50 cents]
Rice and beans, or other side dishes, for serving.

Preheat oven to 350.
Sear the roast on all sides. While its searing, take the herbs, some veg oil, mustard powder and garlic, and a squeeze of half the lemon in a food processor and process until a paste forms.
Take the roast off the heat and place in an oven safe dish. Spread the herb paste on top, place the onions in the dish, and I like to put a splash of stock to keep the meat juicy. Roast for about 40 minutes.
When the roast has cooked to your desired temp, let it rest and make the cream. Mix the sour cream, horseradish, salt, and a squeeze of lemon to taste. Serve with the roast and your desired side dishes.

Simple, hearty, and comforting. Enjoy!


Recipe: Simple Roast Beef


Winter is the time of easy simple comfort food, and roast beef is top of that list. I love to just throw a meal in the oven and forget it while I hang with The Russian and our roommates. Then, when you’ve almost forgotten (or in my case, completely forgotten, notice how the meat is just a tad over), the smell wafts over to you and woop! You have a meal.

1 beef roast, about 3 lbs. [anywhere from $10 or so]
1 medium onion [$2]
1 box mushrooms [$2]
Beef broth [$3]
1 bottle red wine ( both to cook and drink) [$7]
Wondra gravy flour [$3]

Preheat oven to 350. Sear the roast in a pan with olive oil then place in a baking dish with a rough chopped onion, the mushrooms, and some broth to keep the meat juicy. Place in the oven for about 40 minutes for rare.
In the meantime, I roasted some potatoes in rosemary and olive oil in the oven and made some gravy. Take about a cup of wine and a cup of broth and a few tablespoons of flour to thicken. I also added some rosemary and thyme springs, let the gravy simmer, and then strained out the solids.
When the roast is done,let rest and serve with the onions, mushrooms, and gravy. Serve with the potatoes and a salad if desired.

Simple, comforting food for these frigid nights.

Recipe: Pizza Night!


I’m super excited about this post cause I have wanted to try and make my own pizza for a while now.  I even trained on the pizza station at my job on Newbury Street (the same place that inspired one of my pizzas in this recipe).  I heard from a good friend that I could find pizza dough at a local Whole Foods, so I was ready to do this without having to worry about making my own dough (baby steps, guys).

So I had a friend over (who is a veggie so I made one pizza meat–free for my other veggies out there), popped a bottle of wine, watched some Game of Thrones (naturally), and tried to make some pizza.

I think they turned out okay.


Okay so while you can obviously put anything you want on top of pizza dough (and I certainly don’t want to be the person to limit your creativity) I’m including two of my suggestions that I found and tried, and loved.


pizza dough, 2 bags [$6]

2 red onions [$2]

balsamic vinegar, which I had, or just butter, for the onions

Steakhouse Pizza (inspired by The Pioneer Woman)

1 jar tomato sauce (your fave) [$3]

1 small package of steak, sliced thin by yourself or in the market [$4]

1 small package crumbled blue cheese [$3]

steak sauce [$3]

Fig Pizza (inspired by Cafeteria Boston)

Fig jam [$4]

1 small package crumbled goat cheese [$3]

1 small bag arugula [$3]

1 lemon [.50 cents]


I started out by thinly slicing the onion and caramelizing over medium heat with butter and balsamic vinegar for about 10 minutes or until soft.  I kept the onions going while I rolled out the dough on a floured surface until my desired thinness.

For the fig pizza, I spread the fig jam on the dough and sprinkled generously with the goat cheese and balsamic onions and put in the oven for about 12 or 15 minutes.  When the pizza has come out of the oven and cooled a bit, I mixed some of the arugula with olive oil and lemon juice and placed it on top of the pizza. Serve.

IMG_2378For the Steakhouse pizza, I mixed some steak sauce and Worcestershire sauce with the jarred marinara and spread it on the dough.  I topped with blue cheese, the balsamic onions, and steak that had been cooked to rare and sliced thin.  Place in the oven for around the same time as the fig pizza, or to dough’s desired doneness. Top with more steak sauce and serve.

IMG_2374A simple, yummy dinner.  Happy Halloween everyone!


Recipe: Shrimp and Beef Lo Mein


IMG_2346As I have mentioned before, I love Chinese take out, so of course I wanted to learn to make my own. I’ve already made dumplings, which are my favorite, so I decided to make The Russian’s favorite: shrimp and beef Lo Mein.  As usual, this is easy for my lazy butt to make and cheap as well.  Give it a try!


1 package stir fry beef [$4]

1 small package shrimp [$5]

1 head cabbage [$1]

1 small box mushrooms, sliced [$2]

1 package spaghetti, which I already had on hand, or a package usually runs less than a buck.

scallions [$1.50]

garlic (same as spaghetti)

soy sauce, oyster sauce, and Siracha, plus a touch of Hoisin.  If buying all the sauces new, they can run about $3 a bottle, but most Asian food enthusiasts such as myself have most of this stuff on hand.

Chicken broth [$1]


Make the pasta according to the package directions.  Meantime, heat veg oil in a pan over medium heat and add steak and cook til done, about 3 min per side. Put steak on a plate on the side and add shrimp to the pan, cooking until done as well, about 2 min per side. Place on the plate with the beef.

Add a little more oil to the pan and add the mushrooms for about 3 minutes and then add the cabbage, thinly sliced.  Let cook with some grated ginger if you have it and garlic.

In the meantime, whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, hoisin, and siracha to taste.  I don’t like to say how much to do because everybody’s tastes are different, but I put about half a can of broth in, and healthy amount of soy, oyster, and hoisin, and a touch of siracha for a little heat. It’s you call. I also like to add a little corn starch to bring the sauce together.

The sauce should stick to the noodles to give it a rich flavor.

The sauce should stick to the noodles to give it a rich flavor.

After the mushrooms and cabbage start to wilt, add the shrimp, beef, and any juices back to the pan with the sauce. Let the flavors meld while you drain the pasta.  Add the meat and veggies to the pasta and mix well to combine the flavors.  Serve with chopped cilantro, if you have any.

Perfect for curling up and watching movies on the couch.

Perfect for curling up and watching movies on the couch.


Game of Thrones Recipe: Roast beef with leeks


This post is a bit late, I’m aware, but it is worth it.  This meal was super delicious, tender, and so easy to make (I can’t spend my whole day cooking when there is Game of Thrones to watch).

roast beef 2

As usual, I took inspiration for the recipe from my Feast of Ice and Fire cookbook and added my own twist.  I also met one of the authors, Chelsea Monroe–Cassel, yesterday.   Needless to say I geeked out and was really awkward (The Russian was cool as a cucumber, naturally).  She even signed my cookbook!

Now I need to learn how to make said lemoncakes

Now I need to learn how to make said lemoncakes

While I cannot link to the recipe (it is a cookbook exclusive), check out the site.  There are some cool things on there that should be tried.

Anyways, on to the main event. The price went over $20 this time, but it was worth it.


Top round roast (or bottom, whatever is available), 3 lbs. [$15]

Leeks [$2]

Potatoes (2lbs) [$3]

Carrots (sm bag) [$1.50]

1 head garlic [.50 cents]

1 package brown gravy mix [$1]

I also used (but I already had these at home):

Beef stock

Beefy onion recipe secrets mix

Fresh sage and rosemary


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut all the veggies and smash the heads of garlic and place in a roasting pan.  Chop the herbs (if usuing any, whatever you have on hand, dried or fresh) and mix them with the veggies.  Cover with olive oil and mix to combine.

Cover the meat with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on top of veggies.  Add some beef stock to the pan so the veggies don’t burn, and put the pan in the oven for about an hour to an hour fifteen.  Take out and let rest at least ten minutes before slicing.

It should look like this.  Resting is super important though because you don't want to lose all the yummy juices!

It should look like this. Resting is super important though because you don’t want to lose all the yummy juices!

To make my special gravy, place a package of brown gravy, a package of beefy onion soup mix, 1 cup water and 1 cup broth, pepper, 1 tablespoon flour, and butter in a small saucepan.  Let cook until think and rich and top the meat with the gravy.

This was enough to feed like 10 people with all the veggies, so don’t be stingy!

The Russian had himself a massive slice....then a secon d one right after

The Russian had himself a massive slice….then a second one right after