Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dinner in a snap...

The caramel apple bars that Jeff brought in this morning I think went over very well! I hope they enjoyed them as much as I did making them - the leftover caramel is very good! I just might have to find a reason to make these again soon!

I have FoodTV on quite a bit when I can and when I saw Ms EVOO Rachel Ray making this I had to find the recipe because it looked way to easy to be good. I sometimes find that when we make her recipes, it can take longer than 30 minutes but this one is an exception. These sandwiches are a snap to prepare because it uses deli roast beef and the au jus is pretty simple. I used a toasted sourdough roll for the bun and with the warm juice it doesn't get much better than this for a fast dinner! I did gently simmer the sliced beef in the juice for 5 minutes or so to give a little flavor and to warm the meat.

French Dip Sandwiches (Adapted from Rachel Ray)
*Click on the photo to enlarge

French Dip Sandwich

Since I've been tagged 3 times by Sweetnicks, Catherine, and KitchenMage for the 23/5 meme I guess I should get around to it!

The goal is to go back to the 23rd post from the start of their blog, take the 5th sentence, and think about why you wrote what you did. When you are done tag 5 others to join in!

My 5th sentence is "I was outside early this morning and noticed a tree rose bush we planted a few months ago is finally coming into its own."

I wanted to write about this because we ordered the bush from an on-line source and it looked pretty bad when we first opened up the box. We were pretty skeptical that it would grow in our soil (if you can even call it that out here) but it finally look off! It is now growing like wildfire after our monsoon and I can't wait to keep seeing all the flowers it will make.

Here's my list of fellow food bloggers to tag:
The Savory Notebook, The Bakers Rack, Poco-Cocoa, Busy Nights Real Food, and Everybody likes Sandwiches.


  1. This is one of my fave Rachel Ray recipes. It is so simple and is actually good. Glad to hear I was not crazy in liking this "short cut" recipe.

  2. Joe,

    I also constantly have the Food Network on. I find myself eating dinner while watching Iron Chef. The French dip looks great! Have you ever heard of a Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich? I've been trying to find a good recipe for one for a while now.

  3. Joe,

    Would you believe I am at 22 posts? Today's post will be my 23rd! Hmmm...that could be interesting..... ;) But I promise to write my post without that in mind!

    I didn't count my recipe-only posts, only the actual daily gibberish postings.

    Thanks for the tag.

  4. Thanks for the Caramel Apple Bars recipe Joe!!

  5. Those sandwiches are so easy, I even made the the other day with my arm in a cast. DH loved them. We are from Chicago, and this is a reasonable home version of the real thing -- esp if you dunk the bread.


  6. Oh, I also added sauteed peppers & onions.

  7. Joe,

    Can you help me out? Do I post my 23/5 here or on my own blog?

    Also, what are your photography tips? Obviously you are gifted with an artistic eye, but how do you get such great lighting and clear photos?

    I've been practicing with lighting in my home - trying to find what works best, but my pictures often come out blurry - especially the brownies for some reason.

    I know I could get much better pictures with my old Nikkon SLR camera, but it's a 35mm - no blogging without a digital camera!

    Any tips would be much appreciated.

  8. But where's the picture of the rose bush? Get out of the kitchen for a minute, Joe, and take a picture! laugh

  9. Interesting sandwich recipe. I love "Ms. EVOO Rachael Ray!" ;-)

    Yes, I'd like to see a photo of the rose bush, too.

    Paz (the demanding reader!) ;-)))))

  10. I was also wondering if this sandwich was any good- thanks so much for reveiwing it here.

    Reminds me of a Beef On Weck from Buffalo. I may take this recipe and use it to make my own beef on weck for DH. (If I can figure out how to make kimmelweck).

    And those caramel apple bars still have me drooling...

  11. The caramel apple bars--yum! I'll have to remember that recipe.

    I love french dips--I need to explore RR's cookbook a bit more, when I find time to cook a real meal!

  12. Punky - I agree! This was easy and good.

    Ed - I've never heard of that but I will definetly look around and see what I can find!

    Alysha - Wow you have been busy! Good job!

    Ana - Your welcome!

    Doggerham - Hope your arm heals quickly! I really liked how easy these were - dunking is a must!

    Alysha - I see you figured it out already! As for the pictures I think the camera has a lot to do with it. Ours has a higher optical zoom rather than digital. I find the pictures do not get distored/pixelated that way.

    Kitchemage - Leave the kitchen? Bah your crazy :)

    Paz - She says it enough sometimes it drives me crazy!

    Erika - I hope you get a chance to make the sandwich!

    JJsooner - Do try the bars because they are SO good!