Here to stay

Confounded by the head-spinning speed of food trends? I asked Carmichael resident Elise Bauer of the popular Web site Simply Recipes ( to name three recipes that never go out of style. Recipes for all are on the site.

1. Pot roast: “The recipe we use most generally is from my mom. It’s very simple, and it requires using a chuck roast, onion and garlic, and only a half-cup of red wine. The trick is in the low-temperature cooking, which brings out the flavor of the inexpensive cut.”

2. “The same is true for roast beef. You slather a boneless rump roast with olive oil, insert slivers of garlic, and start it off on high temperature, 375 degrees for half an hour, then lower to 225 degrees. It’s a classic recipe that everyone should know how to do because it’s so easy and you have roast-beef sandwiches all week.

3. Guacamole: “Again, it’s the easiest thing. Take an avocado and mash it up with a fork—for goodness sake don’t put it in the blender. Add Serrano or jalapeno, red onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice. Mexican food may have been considered a food trend, but it’s here to stay, and thank goodness for that.”