1. Beef Stew

As I said in my New Year’s Resolutions post, this year’s Big Goal is to finally finish up the last twenty Dinner is Served 1972 recipe cards. Well, I am happy to say that I already have one for you! Granted, I think I made this back in November, but I am posting it now. It counts toward my resolution. Totally counts.

Like I said, I made this in November. I am assuming that at the time it was “stew weather,” much like “sweater weather.” But I do know that it wasn’t as cold then as it was during the POLAR VORTEX. It got pretty damn cold here. Cold enough that I was able to bust out my new fur hat that I got as a gift for Christmas:


Car selfie!
I am totally a 17 year old girl

It is fabulous and matches my silver Persian lamb perfectly. I don’t know how my brother and his fiancee did that. Did they even know that I own that coat? I think maybe they bought it for me because it looks a lot like this hat:

I don't know if this bit was scripted or it really happened and they just spliced it in.

I feel the way Lindsay looks in that gif. It was so weird to come back to work on the 2nd of January (a Thursday), then have a 3 hour delay at work (on Friday) and then go straight back to the weekend. I guess it’s good to ease yourself back into work that way after almost 2 weeks off (yes, one of the perks of working in higher ed!), but really it just messed up with my mojo. And my sleep schedule. I don’t know what day it is anymore. I seriously thought I could sleep in this morning. And my alarm clock is on the fritz. I was late to work twice last week. I am a hot mess (see La Lohan, above).


Beef Stew

Beef Stew Recipe

This was unlike any other beef stew I ever had before. My mum’s stew has spaetzel-like dumplings. And peas. And carrots. But never artichokes.

I actually made this all the day before I served it. Which, “they” say is great for soups and chilis and stews. To have them sit. Flavor-melding or some other such thing.

I think it may have been the truth in this case. Here are the obligatory food prep shots:

Stew beef was on sale!

Random mushrooms!

Stew, pre-biscuits

And here is the finished product:

Beef Stew

It’s a little unconventional, no? Not a stew really, more like a beef pot pie. Well, that depends on your definition of a pot pie. Yesterdish just did an in-depth report on whether or not a pot pie has to have a bottom crust. 

But what made it great is that it was pre-portioned. Each biscuit (and the stew underneath) was one serving.

Beef Stew Dinner

A lovely little dinner!

I liked it. I liked it because it was beefy, hearty, and very unconventional (at least to what I was used to). And the biscuits? Well, in my world you can’t go wrong with a biscuit. For serious.

Those faces of unbridled elation and joy? That’s me when in the presence of buttermilk biscuits.

The dessert was fab. I can’t remember the name of the French almond wafers that I used, but I can tell you that I got them from my friendly neighborhood Safeway.

french almond dessert

So that, as they say, is that.

One down. Nineteen to go!

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0 Responses to 1. Beef Stew

  1. Buzz says:

    I think we made a beef stew with artichokes once. Or maybe it was lamb. It was good, either way.

    I want to borrow your hat for a tasting picture.

  2. Angie says:

    OMG! You are rock’n that hat. I am so glad it was super cold back East now. That hat makes y’all hog’n the water all most worth it. It has only rained twice this season here in CA. This looks so good and we have some stew beef we butcher ourselves in the buy a hunk of meat from Costco and chop it up yourself sort of way. And I think I have biscuits of some sort in my fridge if I just look hard enough.

  3. that looks pretty good! Artichokes sound interesting…

    And thanks for the gif of Linds…

  4. Betsy says:

    I’ve never heard of artichokes in stew, but it looks so yummy that I’ll definitely have to try it. LOVE the hat. Except for the white sunglasses, you look like an extra from Dr. Zivago. Great gif!

  5. DILL WEED – My next cross stitch project! Looks YUM!

  6. hemcfeely says:

    That looks fantastic. Congrats on being so close to finishing!

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