Our weather is warm today but supposed to be a bit cooler next week. Before it gets really warm I wanted to post this old recipe for beef stew which we have enjoyed for many, many years. It is best with long, slow simmering but if you don't have a long afternoon at home you could break up the process by cooking the meat one evening and then adding the vegetables and cooking them with the beef until tender the next day. This is one of my favorites.
Hearty Beef Stew
2 lbs. stew meat or a chuck roast cut into cubes
2-3 Tbsps. cooking oil
4 cups water
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 bay leaf
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized cubes
6 medium carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/4" thick
1 medium onion cut into bite sized chunks (optional)
1 cup frozen peas
In Dutch oven or large soup kettle brown meat in small batches in hot oil. Try to get it nice and brown as this helps develop the flavor. Place all meat in the kettle and then add the water, tomato sauce, chopped onion, garlic powder, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then simmer covered for 1 1/2-2 hours or until the meat is very tender. Add the potatoes, onions, and carrots and simmer 40-60 minutes until they are also tender. Taste the broth and season to taste with salt and pepper. If you like a thicker sauce you can thicken this with 1/4 cup flour mixed with 1/4 cup water. Add the frozen peas and cook a few minutes more until they are done to your liking. Remove bay leaf and serve. This is delicious served with biscuits or cornbread.
Something new in our area which I learned about recently is The Carolina Honey Bee Company which is located in Travelers Rest, SC.
It is a new little shop which carries local honey, bee keeping supplies, products made from honey and beeswax, and bee themed items. They let you sample the different types of honey which they sell. They feature recipes and other uses for honey on their Facebook page. I purchased some honey as a gift for a friend and they packaged it in a cute little gift bag.
It's a nice little shop and I hope you will check it out if you are in the area.
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