A Handsome Hunk of Beef – Orr What? Wednesday

A Recipe for Writers (But civilians can try it too)

Jonathan fixes the fence - small imageThis is my husband Sweet Jonathan – foxy at the fence. The recipe is one of his favorite dishes other than me of course. I can smell it slow cooking now. Set up in the early a.m. so I can simply flip the switch later on. In between – because I’m a writer – I compose a sexy scene. Handwritten for a more sensual experience.


  • Approximately 3 pound bottom round roast (or another cut if you prefer).
  • 1 large onion peeled and cut in half-inch slices
  • 1 ½ tsp. each cinnamon, paprika, garlic powder.
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 cup beef broth or bouillon


  • Mix together cinnamon, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Wash beef in water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub beef all over with cinnamon etc. mix.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet to sizzling. Brown beef on all sides 2 minutes per side.
  • Place onion slices in a layer to cover the bottom of your crockpot/slow cooker.
  • Place browned beef on top of onion slices.
  • Combine onion soup mix with broth or bouillon.
  • Pour over beef in crockpot/slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 6 hours.
  • [Optional – Add peeled potatoes and carrots cut in large chunks halfway through cooking time.]

This is an author-easy recipe that pleases all the senses with its deep dark aroma – juicy tender texture – reassuring sizzle – and rich reddish-brown color. Plus it tastes delicious. At least that’s what my own handsome hunk (see photographic evidence) Sweet Jonathan thinks. Try it on somebody you love soon and please let me know what they think of this Recipe for Writers.

 GOOD NEWS!!!This post is part of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. Which means there’s a prize in store. A free copy of the ebook version of A Wrong Way Home for one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post. So Comment Away and Win a Read.  Alice


A WRONG WAY HOME – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Book 1

Going home can be dangerous…

Kara Cartwright returns to her hometown the same night Anthony Benton is murdered. But she doesn’t know anything about that. She only knows she vowed never to come back to Riverton, New York or to see Matt Kalli – the man she once loved and still lusts for.

Matt has made a vow of his own. He’ll never forgive Kara, the woman who loved him then betrayed him nine years ago. And he can’t forgive himself for the way she’s stuck in his heart – and in other parts of his body too.

All these two have in common is sexual attraction and their hatred of Anthony Benton. Now Benton’s dead and people they care deeply about are suspects. That gives Matt and Kara something else in common – a dangerous search for the real killer before he murders again.

A Wrong Way Home is Book #1 in The Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series featuring the Kalli family & others who find safety & a warm welcome at Kalli Corner on Riverton Road. A Year of Summer Shadows is Book #2 in the series and launches on May 15th.


14 thoughts on “A Handsome Hunk of Beef – Orr What? Wednesday

    1. Hi Shadow. Yes this recipe is delicious. It’s moving into summer and maybe pot roast is a bit heavy for hot weather but I make it every now and then anyway just to fill the house with that delicious aroma. Then I make light side dishes to go with it.

    1. Hi Catherine Chant. I love my slow cooker too. I find it to be a wonderful accessory to the writing life. I add the ingredients first thing in the morning before I begin my writing session. I set the timer. Then I set an alarm of some kind to tell me when to turn the pot off. (Mine doesn’t shut off by itself.) In the hours between turning on the pot and hearing the alarm buzz I write. Thus I’ve not only fed my family – I’ve fed my creative self as well. Each hunger is as crucial to fulfill as the other. So maybe we should send out the following message. If you love a writer give her a slow cooker. She’ll thank you for it for sure.

  1. Ah, there we go! I saw this post yesterday but didn’t notice it was for the hop – was looking for that graphic that has the hop name on it. Glad I caught it today! Your book sounds interesting. I’m surprised it’s not saying that Kara’s a suspect, since she just arrived in town the day of the murder. Maybe she got in later, though? Seems like one strange way to reconcile with an ex!!

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    1. Hi Sarah Miles. Actually Kara is a possible suspect in the story. As author however I can’t carry that too far because of what are known as the Fair Play rules of mystery and suspense writing. If you are writing from the point of view of a character – inside her head and consciousness and heart – as I am with Kara – Fair Play dictates that you must reveal all of what that character knows. You can’t lie to the reader about her having committed the murder. She can’t hold back that crucial piece of information. Otherwise you risk disappointing the reader who has the right to feel deceived when the full truth comes out. One of the most foolish things a writer can do is risk reader disappointment because a disappointed reader won’t buy your next book. The only way you can get away with having a point of view character be the murderer in a whodunit situation is to rig up some kind of amnesia circumstance and that’s a tough one to make believable. The best alternative is to have your point of view character – in this case Kara in A Wrong Way Home – realize that she looks guilty herself and that complicates her life and causes her more conflict within the story. Those are the accepted rules anyway and I choose not to violate them. Other authors may not make the same choice. That’s up to them.

  2. I’ve already copied and pasted this recipe! I love using my slow cooker but alas don’t really have any favorite recipes thus far. I love the spices…not ones I’d normally add…but sound great!


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    1. Hi Barrie. I love the spices in this recipe too. They’re a big part of the reason for the house-filling aroma I love so much when I cook this pot roast. I hope you try it and love it.

    1. Hi Irene. As it happens I live in what used to be a predominantly Greek neighborhood but the paprika/salt/cinnamon concoction has nothing to do with that. It’s of my own invention. Probably inspired by a wonderful Italian meat sauce recipe I used to make that added a bit of allspice. I think of allspice and cinnamon – and nutmeg too – as spice cousins. So I tried rubbing the roast with cinnamon one time – just out of curiosity – and Sweet Jonathan loved it. I loved it too. Consequently this recipe was born.

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