**Inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen**

Let’s face it, hungry people are not always wise.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged if you want to get a girl to like you, don’t tell her she’s meh. Guess Mr. Darcy didn’t get the memo. What is it about this haughty Englishman that has everyone in such a tizzy? Sure, he’s handsome, wealthy, and has a pretty cool first name – Fitzwilliam (amiright?). But is that enough to win the affection of our plucky protagonist, Miss Elizabeth Bennet? Not quite. Lizzie spends most of the novel hating on her socially awkward suitor. He calls her plain. She calls him arrogant. He tells her she’s inferior in social standing. She tells him he’s the last man on earth she would marry. Ouch! Is Pemberley on fire or did someone just get burned? But alas, Dear Reader, don’t fret. Love does indeed prevail in the most Austen-esque way. After a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, including Lizzie’s own realization that she, too, is proud, judgmental, and yes, a little bitchy, she and Darcy live happily ever after. 

So, WWJD (what would Jane do) to encourage the affection of someone who is barely tolerable? She’d serve up some sassy sammies with a side of oh no she didn’t, throw in a few zingers, and call it a day.

And now here’s something I think you’ll really like →



Slow Cooker French Dip with Provolone and Au Jus


  • 2 lbs. beef brisket
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 3 tsp. ground mustard – reserve one for the rolls
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tsp onion flakes
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups beef broth or beef consomme
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire 
  • 1 ½ tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • 4 tbs butter (softened)
  • Crispy fried onions – French’s or another brand – optional
  • Fresh parsley – optional


Mix the seasoning and generously coat the brisket on all sides. Place in the slow cooker. Chop the onion and add it to the beef. Whisk beef broth, Worcestershire, and vinegar then pour over the brisket. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Once the beef is done, remove from the slow cooker and shred into bit-sized pieces. Strain the remaining juice for the au jus and set aside. Mix the softened butter and garlic powder, spread on the inside of the hoagie rolls. Spoon the beef onto the rolls, top with the provolone and broil on low until golden brown. Transfer sandwiches to serving plates, top with crispy onions and parsley. Serve with au jus for dipping. 


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