Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Dinner

My Sunday dinner is in the oven and the aromas are making my mouth water and my head spin.

I do not eat a lot of beef.  It is just not one of my favorite foods.  But yesterday I was in the grocery store and saw some very nice cuts of chuck roast on sale.  I thought that perhaps I would make an old-fashioned beef stew, using up the carrots and potatoes I already had on hand, along with an opened bottle of red wine leftover from another recipe.

Rather than just 'wing-it', I decided to use a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa for Parker's Stew.  The only change I plan to make is to add some button mushrooms that have been sauteed in butter near the end of the cooking time.

While I usually make Beef Burgundy when I buy this cut of meat, I cannot remember the last time I made a beef stew.  When my children were young and at home, I would make it, but it was not a favorite of theirs.

When I went back to college to work on my MBA, my youngest was in nursery school.  I would sometimes drop him at an in-home day care near his school and the woman there would then drop him off at school after lunch.

One day he told me that his lunch was really great.  I asked him what he had and he said it was stew. I reminded him that he never ate it at home and he told me that I did not know how to make it.

Dissed by a four-year old.  Frankly, that may have been my last attempt at stew, lol.

If I remember, I'll take a pic when it is done and post it with this.  If I am not too busy eating.


Finishing on the stove.  I also added a dash of fresh red wine.

Dinner.  I made corn muffins from the latest issue of Cook's Illustrated.  Very good, too.

Did I say how good this was???


  1. Funnily enough I have never been a big fan of stews either. I do make them now and again as hubby likes them. Have you ever tried a Daube Proven├žal? Used to be one of my favourites. You certainly cleared your plate.

    1. Never heard of it but will definitely Google it now.

    2. Looked up the recipes online. Very similar to the recipe I used. A rose by any other name...

  2. Yum, yum! I cheat and use McCormick's Beef Stew Seasoning.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  3. I am not a stew person at all. I don't like the mix of flavours together:) Glad you enjoyed it


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