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06 December 2005 @ 10:32 pm
 
1. Last night I made roast beef and somehow created the awesomest roast beef gravy ever. Here's what I did:

Tied a 2.5 pound roast. Seasoned it with pepper, thyme, and ground cloves (a last minute addition, but perfection). Baked at 325 directly on the oven rack for 2 hours, with a pan underneath to catch the drips. (In retrospect, it was too well done. I'd do it 1.5 hours, maybe 1.75 next time.) Let roast rest while I prepared gravy. I melted 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan until fragrant and sizzling, then added 1 tbsp flour, mixed, added another tbsp flour, mixed more. I never stopped stirring. To the roux (butter-flour mixture), I added the scraped-off bits from the drip pan. It was getting thick, so I added a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar, and then it got VERY thick, so I added a cup of water, stirring all the while.

It was perfect. Fantastic taste, smooth texture, even had that "I am a kickass gravy" sheen. We had the leftovers tonight as roast beef sandwiches. *is in meat heaven*

2. Made a few Office Space icons, if anyone wants them:

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3. GIP. ;) I wish I could take credit for it, but tinycaskets made it.
 
 
 
zigorrazigorra on December 6th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Meat Heaven sounds like a truly magical place.
Elle: Ryan Atwoodtheletterelle on December 6th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
I am going to host my entire family for Easter and send them to Meat Heaven. You may join us if you wish. :)
Lori: goddamnit by me me me YAYcocoajava on December 6th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
*screams happily* STAPLER!!! *scurries off with it* Shall credit. I love it.
Elle: Vampire Kermietheletterelle on December 6th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hurray! I think it's one of the best ones I've ever done. :) And I made the stapler extra extra red.
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on December 6th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
samir & stapler swiped. will duly give credit. >:)

am positively DROOLING over the sound of that roast. mmm, meat...
Elle: Good to be a gangstatheletterelle on December 6th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Mmm, yes. :) When you come visit, I will make lots of meat. Big giant hunks of meat. Now I feel like making a pot roast. Maybe next week.

You know what's awesome about Florida? THERE IS WINE AT THE 7-11.

No love for the gangstas? Woe! :)
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on December 14th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
mmm, big chunks of meat. i'll HAVE to visit, now! >;)

i have great love for the gangstas. i just don't have room for them right now. it was a toss-up between 2 of the 3, and how could i resist samir in his panic and rage? (i mean, c'mon, the stapler icon was a no-brainer. >;)