poor girl’s pot roast

So I have my first interview for a fourth year externship position on Monday. I felt like I was the appropriate level of nervous/excited for it until last week when one of our professors was giving us some tips for the interview process and told us that we MUST WEAR A SUIT. No exceptions.

Now, I wasn’t planning to wear jeans, but a suit?! I’m going to look like I’m playing dress-up.

Especially when they notice in about 5 seconds that I reaaaally struggle walking in heels.

I embarked on a suit-shopping venture with the best of intentions. I went to TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack because, let’s be real, I can’t afford to just pop into Bloomingdales and pay full price for Calvin Klein or some other brand of suit that I don’t know about because I don’t own one.

I giggled at myself in structured blazers and got pretty annoyed that I somehow managed to look like a hooker in a pencil skirt that went past my knees.

Then I gave up and went to Wegmans. Back in my comfort zone.

My original intention was to make this recipe from the Pioneer Woman now that we finally have a chill in the air here in Maryland. I strolled around picking up all the ingredients and then got to the meat section, where I found that the chuck roast recommended was like $28.

Then I strolled back around discretely dropping those ingredients back off. Seriously failing as an adult.

I went BACK to the meat section and found this eye of round roast ($10), and decided to make it work.

Poor Girl’s Pot Roast

from The Domestic Man

1 eye of round roast (mine was about 2.5 lbs)

1 tbs kosher salt or sea salt

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp dried thyme

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 carrots, roughly chopped

1/2 onion, roughly chopped

olive oil

Pat your meat dry. Stir together the salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic and rub all over the meat. Place it in a roasting pan and allow it to sit out until it comes to room temperature. Toss the veggies in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and place around the meat.

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Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Cook the meat for 7 minutes per pound at 500 degrees, then TURN OFF YOUR OVEN. Do not open the oven door for about 2 1/2 hours.

I shut the oven off and then left to teach Body Pump and then came back to a wonderful smelling house and delicious food.

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According to The Domestic Man, your other option is to turn your oven to about 170 degrees and let it cook for about 2 hours if you don’t trust your oven to retain heat. Since I was leaving the house I thought it probably wasn’t wise to leave the oven on.

Slice it as thin as you can get it. Serve with potatoes, rice, or your favorite bread (Pane Italian from Wegmans- yum).

I’m just happy I have leftovers to console me after suit shopping adventure, Part II.

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