new food week: day 3
Last night, it was all about comfort food. And for me, that’s all about real beef stew! Autumn has not shown it’s fiercely cold side yet, so I may be jumping the gun with putting this recipe into a regular rotation. Still, it was simple to prepare and it turned out quite well. The meat was a bit on the dry side, but I think it was my error in loading up the potatoes first, so some of the meat didn’t get to “stew” in its juices. But I still got a thumbs up from the gourmet Mr. M, and I could have eaten three pounds of the potatoes and carrots. Mmmm!
Only one more day to go… and yet another slow cooker recipe set for tonight! This whole challenge is much easier to tackle when you KNOW you can’t stop for anything else because the cooked food is waiting for you at home!
Wow, only one more day to go! I’m super proud! That slow cooker… it’s genius!
All your slow cooker meals make me wish mine was here with us and not several hundred miles away, stored in my parents’ basement (the woes of teeny tiny D.C. condo living). Though, I suppose the problem with a slow cooker is that it would not be very conducive to our eating lifestyle, what with my lack of meat eating and my husband’s requirement of meat with dinner — it would be a little tricky to remove the meat after it stewed in the meat juices all day!
@Julie – If only the vegetables could ward off the meat juices… but sadly I think they’d just soak them all up. But man I’m building an even greater admiration for the dual meal preparation you deal with! I think I need to have some sort of featured recipe sharing on here…
The wonderful difference between looking this stuff up myself and finding it on my new favorite blog is that you have already tried them out! I’m gonna make a great new wife thanks to you.
@Jenny Louwheeze – *squeel* you’re just far too sweet! I’ve got loads of cookbooks to go through as well — and trust me, I will definitely let you know when something goes bad!
PS – cause it’s only fair that I leave you a tip for all you’re giving your blogstalkers-ahem-readers, have you ever heard of the Fix-it and Forget-It Cookbooks? My sister in law swears by them! There’s a bunch, I actually saw one of them at Costco yesterday, with something like 1400 recipes in it! My cart was already overflowing with toilet paper and bottles of wine (only the essentials), but now I’m wondering why I passed it up… maybe next time!
@Jenny Louwheeze – No I have not heard of these… but will need to google it right away! And look at Costco (was just there today). Thanks for the wonderful tip!
How weird is this!? I was thinking that I need to make sure to shop for that taco recipe this weekend and then I thought, “I should make beef stew next week too.” I was like reading your blog telepathically or something. I love beef stew. You can’t go wrong with beef and potatoes. Add some bread to dip in the sauce…heaven!
@MichelleD – We had some great sourdough bread that my Mom sent us home with from the Santa Cruz Bakery… it was perfect for dipping!
Oh, and sorry about installing that secret recording device in your apartment. I’ll stop eavesdropping now. :)
That stew looks super fantastic! I have a great cookbook that I love for my crock pot its “fix it and forget it lightly”. You’ll have to check it out. Also, I made this last weekend and it was superb!!!: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,166,130176-251195,00.html
:) Happy cooking!
@Aimee Westcott – Thanks for the tip Aimee! I’ll have to check it out… Jenny commented earlier that they had them at Costco!
I made this for dinner on Monday night after finding it on your blog and it was pretty tasty. I’ll be headed home from work in a few minutes to find the taco dinner sitting in my crock pot! Gotta love those easy meals. Keep the great ideas coming. Love it!