Sunday, January 25, 2009

This is What's For Dinner Tomorrow

Beef Stew With Shiitake Mushrooms And Baby Vegetables

Partner with a tossed salad and French bread.
Serves 6
6 tablespoons butter
3 pounds trimmed boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
2 large onions
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 cups dry red wine
2- 14 1/2- ounce cans beef broth
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 1/2 pounds baby red-skinned potatoes, quartered
30 baby carrots
1 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps thickly sliced
2-3 tablespoons fresh Thyme
Place flour in baking pan or dish. Season with salt and pepper. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, coat meat with flour; add to pot and brown on all sides. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in same pot over medium-high heat. Add onions; saute until tender, about 6 minutes. Mix in tomato past, then wine. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add broth and sugar, then beef and any accumulated juices. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
Add potatoes and carrots; simmer uncovered until meat and vegetables are almost tender, about 25 minutes. Add mushrooms and 2 tablespoons Thyme; simmer until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)
**I'm adding pearl onions, and some chopped celery to this.


  1. Bon Appetit! And Ronda your blog is just blossoming! Welcome to Blogland! Next time you are on my page please notice that Stella's Mom has been added to my Fabulous Blogs list!!!!!

    Give Stella a hug from The Pack!! xo

  2. Ronda I found your blog on my sisters blog Preppy player I love your boarder picture it gorgeous makes me long for summer! I also follow Ina's blog she is a great lady I love her blog and her babies, your Stella is a cutie.

  3. WOW, you are really going all out for your blog! looks great! i haven't even figured out how to get music on mine.....nice job!

  4. AMAZING! I knew it would be good. I like Amy's comments and now realize she is your daughter. Great pics, beautiful family.
    Oh, and yes, I lOVE mty Mac- no virus problems, ever.

  5. Your stew was fantastic! Dan hopes that you keep the cooking coming! Keep your fingers crossed that we have a snow day tomorrow! :)

    Love you - have a good night!