Jul 1, 2011

Eat it, Read it, Need It!

Happy July! I couldn't get it together enough to link up, but if you're participating in this series today, let me know so I can be sure to stop by and leave love on your blog! My goal is to have the link set up for next month - I'll remind you in advance, and I won't be linking up every month, but rather every few months or so.

Each month I share a new recipe I've tried, something I've read and want to recommend, and something I am craving, want really need.

Eat it: Beef and Carrot Stew

When I think of stew I think a heavy, fall or winter type meal, but this recipe is pretty light - and delicious enough that I made it twice in two weeks! I got this recipe from my mom's cookbook From Better Homes & Gardens Crockery Cooker Cookbook. (Circa 1976)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 cup Burgundy (I used Port)
2 cups cubed cooked beef (I bought a roast and cut it up)
1 16-oz. can sliced carrots
1 tablespoon instant minced onion (I have yet to use this)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Hot cooked noodles

Directions: Brown the meat, set aside. In saucepan melt butter; blend in flour. Stir in tomato sauce and Burgundy; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Transfer to crockery cooker. Stir in beef, carrots, onion, sugar, salt, thyme, garlic salt, and cinnamon. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for four hours.  Cook noodles according to  package (I use egg noodles), and serve stew over them. (Serves 4 to 6).

I typically double all the ingredients - because we always want second helpings, and that way we have leftovers too. It's so easy and so good - you need to try it!

Read it: Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin - I normally recommend an article here, but I sat down and read this memoir in one night and it's still with me. Review to follow, but take my word for it - this story is incredible.

Need it: This door welcome wreath hanger from KnobCreekMetalArts.

(Courtesy of KnobCreekMetalArts)

Doesn't it make you smile? I have a wreath I bring out every fall that I love, and imagining it on this hanger makes me even more excited about it! Plus, I know this shop does great work, because it's where I got my dad's Christmas present!

Happy Friday! Anything you want to share today - something to eat, read, or need?

6 comments:

Megan said...

I'm reading Two Kisses for Maddy right now! It's taking me longer to read because I haven't had much time, but I like it. :)

Kyria said...

I've been eating a lot of "bachelor" foods lately...it's been too hot to cook! But your stew looks delicious!

I'm looking forward to reading the third Steig Larsson book...but am slacking on my reading right now too!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I REALLY want to read 'Two Kisses for Maddy' - must get my hands on a copy!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Oh! I love the wreath hanger. It's adorable!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I really need to read Two Kisses for Maddy. I have read Matt's blog since the beginning and I met him when he came to Minneapolis for the first 5k for their foundation. his story is amazing and Maddy is too cute for words!!

I should send you my beef stew recipe - if you like the above recipe, you'll love my recipe. :)

Mandy said...

I'm not sure what Two Kisses for Maddy is but I have a feeling I should definitely find out.

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