Good Bye Winter

. . . HELLO SPRING!!!  Remember when I planted all those flowers?  They are beginning to bloom :) !

I’m so excited to see the work I put into it pay off.  This is why gardening/yard work is super satisfying for me.  Matt is extremely grateful for that, as he finds not satisfying or fun in any way, shape, or form.

We decided to kiss winter good bye this week by eating one last hearty dish: beef stew.  I found this recipe on Epicurious.

It got super dry, so we added more liquid, but that made it bland.  I have a really hard time finding beef stew/soup recipes that are flavorful.  It always ends up kind of meh.

So, I’m curious, what is the best beef stew recipe you’ve ever made?  I mean, full flavor, hearty, so good you don’t even have to salt or pepper it when it’s dished up.

  1. LauraB says:

    Awn, that sounds like a great recipe! Love the addition of tomato paste.

  2. Awn says:

    Oooh! I have a great quick one. It's a thrown together stew.
    You have your basic stew beef, dredge in flour and brown in a pot in a little olive oil. Season beef with whatever spices you like. I use salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder.
    In the meantime, to hurry along the stew, boil/near boil potatoes and carrots and whatever other veg in another pot until almost tender/to the tooth (again how you like).
    Add a couple spoonfuls of tomato paste to the beef and stir well to coat all the beef.
    When potatoes/carrots/veg are done to your liking pour the whole shebang into the pot with the stew meat.
    Let simmer for about 20-30 minutes until everything melds. Season to taste as needed, including adding extra tomato paste.
    I eat it with crusty bread and hunks of cheese.

    My mom gave me this recipe this past winter and I love it. Cheers!

  3. Alanna says:

    Would this help? http://www.kitchenparade.com/2009/01/winter-stew.php It's my go-to recipe during the winter, so flexible and yet it always turns out. Also – the recipe you selected on Epicurious is a contributor recipe, not one from BA or Gourmet — so it's just as 'reliable' as AllRecipes, RecipeZaar, etc.

  4. Kristen says:

    I think you spoke too soon with the "goodbye spring". Nothing like waking up to 1" of snow, and more on the way this weekend! I hope you have some leftovers of that stew for the colder weather we are having in STL!

  5. LauraB says:

    Kristen you were right. I spoke way too soon! Those flowers are now frozen :(

    Alanna, I had no idea that Epicurious had contributor recipes on it! Dang it. Thanks for pointing that out.

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