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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One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Dutch ovens are probably my favorite cooking vessel.  You can do pretty much anything in them.  My mom recently bought me this giant Le Creuset pot and I want to marry it.  For real.

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Isn’t she gorgeous?! (THANKS MOM)

We’re going to do everything involved for this dish in this beautiful piece of cast-iron wonderfulness.  Although i guess you could cook the pasta in a different pot but I’m feeling lazy about cleaning and ONE POT YOU GUYS.

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One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • olive oil
  • 2-3 chicken breasts (sliced or diced)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or chicken/vegetable stock)
  • 2 cans whole tomatoes (or you can use marinara sauce for a faster result)
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan
  • basil (I forgot to buy this)
  • mushrooms (forgot to buy these too, womp womp)

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