On to more upbeat things. I've been reading quit a bit lately. Two books you should check out: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed. Flynn's is a novel and Strayed's is non-fiction. Both are brilliantly written and great stories.
And I have a recipe to share with you. BEEF STEW!! I'll tell you what, it got better as a leftover! Love when that happens.
Basic Beef Stew (adapted from food52.com)
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 lbs top round or chuck steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 C all-purpose flour, seasoned with a little salt and pepper
1 or 2 large yellow onions, diced
1 1/2 C red wine
3 C beef broth (I used lower sodium and it was fine)
1 1/2 lbs red potatoes (leave the skins on), cut in quarters
1 C carrots, peeled and sliced (I used those already peeled baby carrots, cut in half)
1/2 C chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper, to taste.
- In a dutch oven or large, deep pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, until is glistens.
- Dredge meat in seasoned flour. Place meat in the hot oil until browned, about 5 minutes on each side (don't overcrowd meat). Transfer browned meat to a bowl.
- In the same pot, add chopped onion and brown for 3-5 minutes.
- Deglaze the pot with the red wine. Add meat back to the pot. Cover and cook on medium for 25-30 minutes.
- Uncover and add broth, potatoes, and carrots. Cook covered, on low to medium-low heat until meat is very tender, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add more broth if necessary (this wasn't necessary for me, instead my stew was too thin--I added to the pot a stirred mixture of a tsp of flour and a little bit of water). When meat is cooked, stir in herbs, salt and pepper. Add fresh parsley before serving.
On a parting note, here's a picture that makes me smile. My husband and I went camping a few weeks back; it was a successful trip! Good time had by all, including my dog! Ok, I'll add two pictures that make me smile. One is a shot of the lake and the other is my dog discovering the lake.