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Stephen and I have been flying by the seat of our pants the last couple of weeks, and sleep has been scarce. We’re both deathly tired, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Anyway, Stephen had to get up earlier than I this morning (and I still got up before the sun rose…), so he was gone when I woke up. It is no fun at all trying to drag yourself out of bed and get ready for work when you’re by yourself and it’s still dark outside.

So what did he do? This is what I saw on the bathroom mirror when I dragged myself out of bed:

note about coffee on the bathroom mirror

And in case I forgot by the time I got to the kitchen (a highly likely scenario at dark-thirty a.m.):

pink note on the coffee maker

Except imagine that it’s dark outside in these pictures (because I certainly wasn’t toting around my camera that early to get real-time photos for you). And also imagine that the coffee pot is in its place and not completely empty and sitting in the sink.

At 5-something in the morning he set the coffee maker and left me a few notes. I’m telling you. That man knows just what I need and when I need it. 🙂

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Coffee rub roast

First off, I’d like to announce that I purchased this huge chunk of beef (originally $8.37) for a mere $3.30. Hooray for Kroger Manager Specials!

Secondly, the reason half the roast is gone and the vegetables are sparse in the picture is because Stephen dished out our portions before I even had a chance to grab my camera. I guess I can’t blame him for having to smell it for so long before I finally pulled it out of the oven.

But isn’t coffee for early mornings and fancy desserts?

Apparently it’s also for various slabs of meat. This coffee rub roast was amazing. My Mom got the coffee rub for me, and I was a little curious about what to do with it. After a quick phone consultation with the Momma Chef, however, I couldn’t wait to use it!

Ingredients:

The amount is really up to you, but here’s a rough estimate of what I used. It will feed four people (or two people for dinner and lunch the next day).

  • Beef roast, rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 4 small new potatoes
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large handfuls of sliced mushrooms
  • 2-4 Tbs. cooking sherry (this is a major guess; I just splashed some over the veggies)
  • 1 Tbs. coffee rub (I realize you probably don’t have this. For a makeshift rub, toss together some coffee, salt, pepper, sugar, garlic, cumin, thyme…. you get the picture. As long as it contains some coffee.)
  • 1 Tbs. flour

Directions

Set the oven for 350 degrees.

  1. Place the rinsed, patted-dry roast on a plate and sprinkle the coffee rub onto the surface of the meat. Press it in with your fingers. Once it is covered, do the same with the flour.
  2. Put a small amount of oil in a sauté pan on high heat and sear all sides of the roast. Basically, you’re barely browning the outside so it seals in the flavors. This process is very quick, so don’t walk away from it. When you’re done, place the roast in the pot.
  3. Wash the vegetables and chop them into chunks. Sauté them for a minute or two in the same pan you used for the beef, then dump them into the pot around the roast.
  4. Splash the cooking sherry into the pot and cover. Place in the oven for one hour to one hour and 15 minutes, depending on how well-done you like your meat.

Theoretically, you could do this in a pot on the stove, in a crock pot or in the oven, but I did it in the oven with my cast-iron pot and lid. Whatever you use, make sure the lid stays on to seal in the flavors! If you’re using  crock pot, follow the manufacturer’s directions. If you’re using a pot on the stove… well, I can’t help you there. According to a quick Google search, try bringing it to a simmer, turning the heat down to low and leaving it there for 3 1/2 – 4 hours.

Here is a photo guide. I didn’t include all the steps, but hopefully this will give you an overview.

This is after I seared the meat:

I used a small sauté pan because it doubled as a lid for my pot:

I’m not a fan of raw celery, but in roast or soup it’s delicious! And it’s healthy too:

The plate I used for the dry rub doubled as the veggie roots-and-ends plate:

Uncooked roast looks awfully dry and crunchy. This was pre-mushrooms and onions:

But the magic happens in here:

Feel free to play around with different ingredients. Let me know what you try!

Enjoy!

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