Today I am reviewing a recipe I tested from Sloane Taylor’s Date Night Dinners – an inspiring new recipe book.
This is true comfort food and a recipe I plan to make over and over! I have never reviewed a recipe before so this was new for me. I am happy to report that testing out the “Damned Good Pot Roast” recipe, knowing I had to stick (mostly) to the ingredients and instructions and report on my experience was actually a lot of fun!
I enjoy cooking, and as my husband and I have recently become empty nesters, I’ve been struggling to recall how to cook for two. Thanks to this cookbook, I don’t have to. My favorite recipes are in there and designed for two, making this cookbook perfect for us!
What was really great was that I didn’t have to search somewhere else for complimentary side dishes to go with the main course. Taylor includes suggestions with each main course recipe. I went with her suggested loaf of French bread for the pot roast, but I opted for the Snazzy Tomato Salad only because I had two large, ripe, summer tomatoes on the counter and I wholly enjoy fresh tomatoes.
Sloane Taylor even offers wine pairing suggestions to go with the meals, which I again followed. A lovely glass of California Cabernet paired perfectly with the juicy roast.
The main course recipe listed easy to find ingredients, such as fresh garlic, dried oregano, and beef stock. The instructions were easy to follow, too. The only thing I changed was the amount of mini carrots I added to the cooking roast. The recipe suggested fifteen, but I love carrots, so I doubled the amount. After two hours and fifteen minutes in the oven, I removed the roast and vegetables. While the meat and vegetables rested on a platter under a sheet of aluminum foil, I proceeded to make the mouthwatering gravy.
This was an easy, five-star meal to prepare and the final result of savory beef and tender roasted carrots and red potatoes was simply scrumptious. As we head into a season of cool evenings and changing leaves, I found this to be the perfect meal to warm hearts and souls.
If you’re looking for a cookbook with fresh ideas on dinnertime favorites, I am happy to recommend DATE NIGHT DINNERS – Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening.
About my favorite Kitchen Goddess, Sloane Taylor:
Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.
Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERS – Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening: Cookbook for Two was released June 5, 2018.
Excerpts from her books can be found on her website, blog, and all popular vendors. Connect with Taylor on Facebook and Twitter.
September 26, 2018 at 10:24 am
Thank you, Leigh, for all the compliments and posting about the meal. You are awesome and greatly appreciated.
September 26, 2018 at 10:25 am
Love your review, Leigh! Especially this line: ‘As we head into a season of cool evenings and changing leaves, I found this to be the perfect meal to warm hearts and souls.’ Perfect! Keep warm this fall season, my magical friend!
September 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm
We know exactly what you mean, Leigh! Sloane is our favorite kitchen goddess too!