Happy Hanukkah 2014!

Happy Hanukkah from our family to yours. 

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. Being an interreligious family, we celebrate both Jewish and Christian holidays. Last year Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving, but this year it is mid-December.

I made Paula Deen's crockpot pot roast yesterday for the occasion, and somehow I totally misread the directions.  It called for making a "house spice" to use on the beef. I thought it was supposed to be used entirely on the roast when the recipe called for sprinkling it on the meat before searing it. It was actually a supply to keep in storage for many uses - not just this one time. Luckily, I didn't trust it totally and did not make or use the full amount of house spice. Nor did I use any boullion cubes (called for 3). If I had - we would have been ordering out, or going out as the meal would have been a total loss.

Needless to say, even with me leaving out the boullion and only making about 1/2 to 2/3's of the house spice - it was still way too salty. So Tara went into salvage mode by adding the juice of a lemon, and some honey to cut the sugar in the gravy. We actually managed to eat it, but think of oversalted movie popcorn.  Now double that.  That's how salty this was. Plenty of water was consumed by all the rest of the evening. We will polish off the leftovers tonight after some exercise to burn off the sodium, and hydrate heavily for round two.

Happy Hanukkah!

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