11 Jan 2011
With the snow on the ground, and leaves off the trees comes comfort food for me. Last night I made my favorite beef stew recipe, hands down and some homemade bread.
It takes a while to make this stew. I think it’s because it’s so simple that it is fantastic. It is also a great budget dinner. The recipe comes from Betty Crocker, Cooking Basics. This is a very elementary cookbook with some really simple recipes that are packed with taste. I recommend it for everyone who needs simple easy cooking. Not everything in the cookbook is from scratch, some recipes do call for premade packets to simplify the cooking (such as the chicken and dumplings asking for chicken gravy packets). But this is one of the recipes that is straight from scratch. It takes some time, the broth is made by cooking the beef in the dutch oven for 2.5 hours.
Then just add the veggies and a bayleaf. It’s awesome. FULL of flavor and healthy things.
The same time that I started the stew, I threw a new loaf of bread into the bread machine. This loaf was a gift from my Mom for Christmas. It was King Arthur’s Vermont Country Cheddar bread. It was simply fantastic. I felt a bit spoiled just having to dump a box into the machine and getting such an amazing loaf of bread out. But I quickly got over it.
What’s going on in your kitchen for winter cooking? What comfort food do you like?