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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Rain Ruins All the Fun (Most of the Time)

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I swear I had a recipe today. And I was really excited about it. Unfortunately, the weather here isn't so great for picture taking. Rainy, cloudy, a gray mess basically.

So instead I'll repost a recipe from my archives. I won't do this often, though. It's just a back-up plan for when stuff like bad weather or crazy events in my life happen.

Anyways, beef stew anyone?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beef Stew

This has always been one of my favorite winter recipes. Especially when it's served with homemade bread. It's full of hot vegetables, juicy beef, and is absolutely one of the best comfort foods on this planet.

Taken with my iPod

If I ever feel the depressing pull of winter, my mom and I make a pot of stew or soup. That warms me right up head to toe.

Recently, cooking dinner with my mom has been a great bonding experience for us. Over the course of the past few months, I've really grown close to her. She's been my comforter, encourager, and helps pull me through the days I feel like I'm really struggling to keep moving.

Warm, comforting stew

With that said, this is one of those meals that is easy to put together and fun to make with a partner. So grab your best friend, family member, or even your roommate and make some stew. ;)

2 lbs. beef stew meat (can be omitted for a vegetarian stew)
2 potatoes, diced
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 onions, chopped
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, quartered, sliced, or diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. hot water
3 gluten-free bouillon cubes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 c. red wine

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water and set aside.
3. Mix together meat, potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, salt, and pepper.
4. Stir tomato paste into bouillon water, and pour over meat and vegetable mixture. Mix well.
5. Bake covered in a large casserole dish for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Or put in the crock pot on low for 6-7 hours.
6. Serve hot with fresh bread or a salad.

Inquiry of the Day:

What do you do when something you plan fails?

I think of the quickest back-up plan possible. Dinner plans are always something we struggle with at my house. If one thing isn't ready in time we need to have a quick back-up to feed  the starving monsters (*cough cough* my sister *cough cough* I still lover her though!) at my house.

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