Beef Stew

It’s winter so it’s like law of the land that us humans must consume beef stew.  Plus it’s actually cold here in Austin, it’s kind of freaky.  The Cayenne pepper and the brown sugar here make it sweetly spicy and awesomeeee.  You could also add turnips orrrr mushrooms ’cause that’d be dandy.

Beef Stew (fo four)

  • 1 lb stewing beef
  • olive oil (at least 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp all-spice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper (or less if you don’t like it a little spicy)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • some red potatoes
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into a dice
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water

Smother your beef with salt and pepper.  Heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Then add the butter and once it’s melted (careful not to brown it) start browning the beef in batches.

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Keep going…

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Ginger Carrot Soup

It’s nearly time for grocery shopping in my house.  Things I still have a lot of:  beer (i love playoff football! WHAT A GAME BY THE PATS!), carrots and ginger.  Plus I just love soups.

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Ginger Carrot Soup

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into a small dice
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a hunk of ginger, minced (2 tbsp maybe?)
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into somewhat-uniform pieces
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • fresh ground black pepper

Step one:  crack a beer.

Done?  Good.  Now do your mise en place (french for “to put in place” which is just your prep work).  Peel and cut your carrots.

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Brady was a huge help by lying right under where I was trying to stand.

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Try and cut your carrots into uniform pieces so they cook evenly.

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Chicken Stock

Congratulations!  You’ve butchered your first whole chicken!  Now what do you do with that carcass, those wings and wing tips?  Why, make chicken stock, of course!

Chicken Stock

  • chicken parts!  (carcass, wings and wing tips left over from THIS post)
  • 4 carrots, roughly cut into segments
  • 3 stalks of celery, roughly cut (tops and greens are good too!)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clump parsley (I used a combo of remnants of fresh Italian and dry since our local store was out of parsley?!)
  • some sprigs of thyme
  • water

In a large stock pot, throw in all of the ingredients.

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Fill with water.

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Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to low.  Let that pot sit over a low heat uncovered for houuuuuurs aka sit on your butt and watch TV like I did.  Orange is the New Black, y’all.

Stir occasionally and wait for the house to smell like Thanksgiving.

I let mine go for about 3 hours, but it’s completely up to you.  I didn’t add any salt since you can always add that when you’re using the stock in a dish.

Strain it.

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Dump it into a plastic bag or some jars and freeze away for future dishes!

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