Sunday, May 12
such a quick lunch idea and a big crowd pleaser. as good for a dinner party as it is for a quick lunch! i love recipes like that. even my kids can’t get enough and eat a couple of bowls each. my 5 year old daughter calls it “las sparagas” ala Las Vegas
easy bistro asparagus soup
1 pound asparagus
3.5 cups cooking water from asparagus
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
pepper, salt to taste
1/2 cup cream (if you don’t have cream, sub 1/2 cup milk and 2 TB butter)
boil asparagus whole in enough water to cover them well.
boil about 10 minutes until bright and cooked.
reserve a few stems for garnish and put the rest in a blender with 3.5 cups of the cooking water.
blend for a couple of minutes until smooth.
add chicken bouillon and cream, pepper and salt to taste. blend through and serve!
Saturday, March 16
absolutely, this will be the best bowl of beef stew you have ever had. the slow bake in the oven does wonderful things to the flavor of the stew and the meat is tender perfection. you need to start this dish earlier than most dinners- it needs to bake a little under 2.5 hours. the payoff is so worth it- your house will smell like heaven and you will have the best stew of your life! your people will thank you.
best ever oven beef stew
rachelle’s recipe (adapted from Taste of Home and Ina Garten)
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast cut into 1” cubes or packaged beef stew meat
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth (I use water and bouillon)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
3 potatoes, peeled and diced 1” cubes
3 carrots, sliced
1 bay leaf
dash worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup frozen peas (stir in after cooking)
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
in a duch oven or oven-proof pot with lid, heat oil until very hot. add beef and brown on all sides (you’re not cooking it here, not too long) remove and set aside.
add onion to the pan and cook until tender.
add flour, pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
add broth, beef, tomatoes, bay leaf and worcestershire sauce. (NO carrots, potatoes or peas yet.)
put lid on pot and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
remove hot pot and add potatoes and carrots.
bake 1 hour longer.
remove from oven and stir in peas, cover and wait 5 mins before serving.