A Piece of My Day

A Piece of Monday, 4 October 2010…

Posted on: Monday, 4 October 2010

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Beef stew!

The season of fall should be officially sponsored by the Crock Pot, I believe. Fall, even in Central Texas, is perfect slow cooker weather. There is nothing better than the smells of a stew or roast or soup coming together filling the house on a fall day. (Though a close second would be a winter day.)

The other day, while I was grocery shopping in a less-organized fashion than I prefer, I wasn’t sure what to buy. I saw this stew meat, though, and knew I had some potatoes, onions, and carrots to use up, and so I made the decision right then and there to make beef stew. Fortunately for me, this craving for beef stew will be complemented this evening by ever-lowering temperatures. (How lovely it is to have to shut windows over the course of an evening because the house is getting too cool!)

I’m not sure I’ll ever have a cooking blog (then again, I’m not sure I won’t). I enjoy cooking but I’m not sure I know enough or trust my skills enough to share too much wisdom with others in this area. However, for those of you who are curious, I’ve found some great slow cooker recipes online and this one I found at the Crock Pot site. Alas, I had no beef broth, and so I used red wine and water instead – which I’ve done before with great results. I also had no celery but had lots of carrots, which I prefer in a beef stew anyway.

The thing to me about a recipe for something like beef stew is that these recipes tend to be flexible to a point. Yes, you need some liquid, you need some starch, you need some meat, etc. but really – not every cook in the history of making beef stew has had every last ingredient called for by the recipe, and so…we adapt. It took me some time to gain courage in this area, but over time, and with a patient spouse and friends as my victims (I mean – diners), I’ve gotten better at figuring out this adapting thing.

This applies to other areas of life, too, I guess. We may think that something’s going to turn out one way and things change, and so we adapt. And so much of life seems like me trying to figure out adapting with more grace and less fuss.

Meanwhile, when fall hits, I’ll just make some beef stew.

Peace be upon your day!

K

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