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Mom's Beef Stew 12.17.13

Mom's Stew and Crusty bread
Mom's Stew and Crusty bread

I might be hard pressed to tell you what my favorite dish is on normal days, but in the winter/fall it's stew hands down.  No other dish reminds me of my mom or childhood more than my mother's stew.  In my house when we were little for our birthday's we always got to pick our meal.  My favorite choice was stew until I became a vegetarian for a four-year stint.  As an adult I've re-embraced meat and this simple dish. 

This recipe tastes like winter and is filled with nostalgia.  If you want a healthy hearty dish whip this one pot wonder up with a piece of crusty rosemary bread and everyone will be happy.  My apologies to my vegetarian friends this recipe isn't for you.

Ingredients 1-2 Pounds Stew Meat 1-2 Table Spoons Olive oil or Canola oil 16 Cups Water 5-6 Beef Bullion Cubes 10 potatoes Quartered 1 Pound of carrots sliced long ways 2 Table spoons Thyme or more to taste 2 Table Spoons Rosemary or more to taste 2 Table Spoons Marjoram or more to taste 2-3 Bay Leaves 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Fresh Herbs are best if you have them
Fresh Herbs are best if you have them

First coat the bottom of a large stew pot with 1-2 table spoons of oil, heat up and add stew meat.  Brown stew meat, turng using a wooden spoon.  Once meat is well browned add the water.  Then add beef bullion, potatoes, carrots and herbs and bay leaves. 

Chop
Chop

Add a little water to the corn starch, mix together and slowly add to pot in order to thicken. 

I added Mushrooms for fun
I added Mushrooms for fun

Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes and carrots are soft, about an hour.

If you wanted you could add other things like stew tomatoes or mushrooms. 

Butter bread serve over bread.  This dish might even be better the next day. Enjoy

Tuesday Tidbits: Entertaining Guests 07.09.13

One of the biggest joys of having my own house is feeling like the kitchen is mine.  I'm a bit of a control freak and it's slightly all or nothing with me, so getting my own kitchen is a relief.  I love cooking for other people, I love making a satisfying meal and sharing it with loved ones, it completes a need to take care of others that is deep inside me. Having my parents here over the weekend I was able set a table, cook and provide for someone besides me.  Here are a few of the highlights from that part of their visit...

Breakfast Thursday
Breakfast Thursday

Left over breakfast gave us the ability to make BLT's! Yummy!

Left over breakfast gave us the ability to make BLT's! Yummy!
Left over breakfast gave us the ability to make BLT's! Yummy!

BLT's! Yummy!

Water with a special touch
Water with a special touch
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New Table set special for my guests
New Table set special for my guests
Simple Breakfast
Simple Breakfast

What is your favorite way to entertain?

-Lish

Delicious recipe from pintrest

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

I have an unhealthy addiction with Pintrest.  I love that silly little website. I find the best things on it.  Like this Oatmeal Berry recipe.  I had to try to make it myself.

I'm not a big fan of trying to make things super fat-free so where she uses sugar-free maple syrup I just used regular maple syrup.  Where she uses Skim milk I used whole milk.  I also added more berries, and I wish I would have used 3 bananas instead of 2.  Oh and I love walnuts and 1/4th cup was just not enough for me.  I only had a 3 quart baking dish and it would have been nice if I had the 2 quart. Theoretically I should have had a serving for breakfast each day this week but I've been eating it as desert after dinner too so I ran out this morning... .

Yeah it was that good.

Here are some pics from my process...

some of the dry ingredients
some of the dry ingredients
More dry ingredients
More dry ingredients
Chopped Walnuts
Chopped Walnuts
Pre-bake
Pre-bake
The Finished Product
The Finished Product

If you try it let me know what you think! Cheers! -Alisha