Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tricks and treats to try tonight


When I was little, I loved trick or treating.

I loved getting dressed up, being a little scared, and gathering pillowcases full of candy. Living in New England, Halloween was always a lesson in dressing in layers. Before heading out, my mom would make sure we had something warm and filling to keep us going through the night.

For the last few weeks, I've been craving beef stew, her Halloween night special. So, since we don't have a stew pot, I decided to give my slow cooker a try. I've never used a slow cooker before and my goodness, it is as easy as people say it is. Especially for beef stew!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew (by Valisme at All Recipes)
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 potatoes, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
Directions
  1. Place meat in slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper
  3. Pour mixture over meat, and stir to coat.
  4. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.
  5. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
Sorry for the lack of photos. Alex and his sister had the camera while I spent the day cooking! Such a good Sunday.

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