Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to Joanne!
Today we slept in a bit and then Steve made breakfast for his Mom (Joanne) to begin her birthday.
I made some oatmeal and had some coffee before I went to the basement to run on the treadmill this morning. It’s so nice to have a treadmill in the basement at Steve’s parents house because it’s cold, snowy and icy outside. They even have a TV set up in front of the treadmill. Yesterday I ran 6 miles while watching Four Weddings. Best start to my day!!
The dogs loved the snow and of course wore themselves out per usual.
Later in the afternoon we headed over to his parent’s friend’s house to watch the Green Bay Packer game. We brought over some leftover cheese dip and they made some tasty treats as well, including an appetizer version of my absolute favorite….Monte Cristo sandwich. It was very tasty and I will add that to my appetizer recipes.
We had fun watching the game, unfortunately the Packers lost…Boo! We had planned to go watch a movie afterwards but decided to go drive around looking at Christmas lights. We went to Olin Park in Madison and they had a beautiful light display.
Today I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and then walked another mile. Then we to the mall because Banana Republic (Steve’s favorite store) had some great sales in addition to the coupon he just received in the mail. The mall was surprisingly quiet which was nice, we were able to get in and out quickly. After the mall we went back to Brennan’s Market to pick the Crown pork roast that we ordered on Saturday for Joanne’s birthday. Saturday morning we were all watching Secrets of a Restaurant Chef by Anne Burrell and she was making a Crown pork roast. I have always wanted to try making it but it always seemed so hard and intimidating but she made it seem pretty easy. We decided to give it a try and wow it turned out great!!
We followed Anne Burrell’s recipe for Crown Roast of Pork and a made of rub of olive oil, minced garlic, sage, rosemary and red pepper flakes. We were fortunate enough to have the crown roast assembled in a circle by the butcher so all we needed to season and pop into the oven. I rubbed the mixture over the roast.
Once the roast is nicely seasoned then cover the rib bones with foil so that they do not burn and set in the oven for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.
After cooking for 30 minutes at 450 degrees, decrease the temperature to 325 and continue cooking for 2.5 hours (or longer depending on weight). Once the roast reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees then it is done. Let it rest and then add the decorative rib bone covers (we added Happy Birthday wishes to ours).
Celebration birthday dinner for Joanne!
We had green beans and stuffing and it was soooo good!
We ended the evening with some German Chocolate Cake to finish off Joanne’s fun birthday!
Have you tried a Crown Roast of Pork?
What is your favorite Birthday dinner meal?