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  1. Wednesday, March 26

    Boozy Beef Stew

    Apparently it’s still snowing in some places. CRAZY. It’s even chilly and drizzly here in San Diego (don’t worry, I am not complaining), so I think we’re all probably in the mood for some cozy food.

    boozy beef stew from @janemaynard

    My sister-in-law Cora made beef stew for the family this past summer and it was sublime. I make a pretty good beef stew, but hers was definitely better. I finally got around to bugging her for the recipe and, as usual, she obliged. She’s good like that.

    boozy beef stew from @janemaynard

    Cora sort of follows Ree’s seef stew with beer and paprika recipe but changes a few things up. I followed her lead and ended up with this most delicious stew. The sauce is so rich in flavor, the meat so tender, the veggies cooked to perfection.

    boozy beef stew from @janemaynard

    Yes, it’s called Boozy Beef Stew. Because there are two bottles of beer in the pot and how can you not name it Boozy Beef Stew with all that beer involved? Never fear, it doesn’t taste like a bottle of beer with a few chunks of meat thrown in. It just tastes good. So good.

    boozy beef stew from @janemaynard

    Also, this recipe gives me an excuse to use one of my most favorite items in the kitchen – a bottle opener we got from Nate’s great-grandma Rose’s home when she moved into assisted living at age 99. We don’t drink around here, so this cute little bottle opener doesn’t get much action. But when I do take it out, it always makes me happy.

    rose's bottle opener from @janemaynard

    I modified the recipe just a bit so it is quite literally a one-pot dinner. I hate washing dishes. A lot. You’ll be able to cook it all in one pot, no extra dishes required! (Well, you will have to use a knife and cutting board, but that doesn’t count, right?)

    boozy beef stew from @janemaynardboozy beef stew from @janemaynard

    Now, go booze up your beef.

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  2. Saturday, April 7

    Featured Recipe: Beef Stew

    It’s been cloudy and gloomy here in San Diego the last few days, so I think we’re due for some comfort food. Last time I made Beef Stew, Cate GOBBLED it up! Hopefully other toddlers out there will follow suit…always nice to find something they’ll eat!


    This recipe is from my mom, who is notorious for giving non-recipe-recipes, where you have to guess amounts, etc. Despite the lack of direction, it IS easy to make. Let me know if you have questions! Note: I put the carrots and celery in before the potatoes so the potatoes don’t get too mushy, but some people don’t mind it and like how the potatoes thicken the stew.

    Featured Recipe: Beef Stew
     
    Hearty beef stew! Yum!
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    Recipe type: Main Dish, Meat
    Ingredients
    • beef stew meat / round steak (appx amount: 1½ lb)
    • butter/olive oil
    • onion (I chop ½ of an onion)
    • beef broth (appx 4 Cups; mom uses beef concentrate and water, I have bouillon)
    • celery
    • carrots
    • potatoes
    • flour/water thickening
    • salt & pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Brown the meat and onions. Add broth to cover meat and simmer for a few hours. Add vegetables. When they’re not quite done, add thickening. Season.

     


  3. Wednesday, January 31

    Jane’s Pulled Pork

    Jane's Pulled Pork
     
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    Ingredients
    • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
    • 1 C bottled bbq sauce (I look for ones that are “sweet” – like “sweet & tangy”, etc)
    • ½ medium onion finely chopped
    • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chiles
    • 1 T chili powder
    • 1 t ground cumin
    • 1 t dried oregano
    • ¼ t ground cinnamon
    • 3 T brown sugar
    • 2 shakes of cayenne pepper
    • 2-1/2 lb well-trimmed boneless pork loin roast
    • Coleslaw
    Instructions
    1. Mix sauce ingredients in a slow cooker. Add pork then spoon sauce over pork just to cover the meat.
    2. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 8-10 hours until pork is fork tender. Shred pork in the sauce with two forks.
    3. Note: The last time I made this I removed the pork from the crock pot when it was done cooking and shredded it in a separate bowl. I then seasoned it with salt, to taste. I then added in several scoops of the sauce, making sure to catch the onion and chili pieces. I reserved about 1 cup of the sauce, straining out the larger chunks with my spoon. I cooked that sauce on the stove at a simmer for a few minutes, adding a bit of a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch whisked with cold water) to thicken the sauce a bit. This resulted in a less saucy pork with a bit more flavor, and we topped the sandwiches with sauce to taste. I am going to do it this way from now on - even more scrumptious than how I did it before!
    4. Serve topped with coleslaw on sandwich roll of your choice (kaiser is always a sure bet).
    5. If you're running short on time, Costco sells a pre-cooked smoked pulled pork (sans sauce) that is very good. Just sauté the onions in a large pot over medium heat until soft, add the rest of the sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer. Heat the meat as indicated on the package, then add to the sauce and simmer 10-15 minutes.