Crockpot Beef Stew with Red Wine

Crockpot Beef Stew with Red Wine

I love when the temps turn to sweatshirt weather, a time when your cheeks get that slight wind chill burn when you’re out for a walk. Work is located downtown and I walk 2 miles every lunch time to keep in shape, get some fresh air but mostly just to clear the head. I have come up with many solutions to the days pressing issue while walking. I’m and IT guy with 35 or so users spread out in 5 locations with an additional 6 servers/PCs to service. To top it off sales is on the road here and in Asia a lot of the time. So every call I get it is 99.99% chance of being issue call. As anyone in my situation will tell you every caller does not give a _____ about anyone else problems just theirs. Oh yeah you take care of the president first, no matter what.

Anyway back to my daily walks, some of the shop owners, police and the mentally challenged give me the nod as I walk by with ear buds blocking out the sounds of downtown Milford and the local neighborhood. I have become a townie it has been since I was in my teens that I’ve been there. Different town different times.

Lyn and I finally broke down and bought a new crockpot, one that you can put the pot on the burner and brown saving those great little flavor bits on the bottom. With sweatshirt weather there is nothing better than coming in from outside and smelling the rich flavors of a great beef stew, heck even a bad one smells good.  As promised here is that quick beef stew recipe I made. I made a small batch since I am still on the fend for yourself diet but made sure I had left overs.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pounds stew beef like bottom round, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • *********
  • Pinch or two of red hot pepper flakes
  • 1-2 Tbsps. olive oil (plus more if needed)
  • 1 medium to large onions, ruff chop
  • ¼ cup ketchup – I did not have tomato paste that would probably be about 1-2 Tbsps.
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 large potato, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup bay carrots
  • ¼-1/2 cup chicken broth would have been better with beef broth but again I did not have.
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • *********
  •  ¼-1/2 cup frozen peas put in when almost ready to serve
  • ¼-1/2 cup frozen corn put in when almost ready to serve

 

Directions

1. Coat the beef in the flour and pepper. I like to put in plastic bag and shake to coat. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a crockpot pot over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Remove and set aside.

2. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the ketchup and coat the onions. Remove and set aside.

3. Place pot in crockpot, pour the wine into the pot and scrape up any browned bits. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, red pepper flakes and bay leaf.

4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 ½-8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Add the peas and corn and heat through.

I was nervous because it was a small batch but it came out pretty darn good.

My pictures did not come out that great so I admit it I borrowed one from the web. Thanks Susie Cushner interestingly enough her recipe was real close to what I did. Our gut instincts must be close.
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Roasted Corn Salad

Roasted Corn Salad

First let me say that you are not held to any but the corn in this recipe what I add is different almost every time this time fresh peas.

  

I love this time of year you can almost see the corn starting in Florida making its way up the coast. When I was younger one of my many summer jobs running the produce department (so I thought) at Paul’s Market a local grocery store in North Falmouth, Ma I learned a lot about corn among other things. I even got to meet an up and coming Barbra Waters, picked out her produce on more than one day. I used to give the overripe peaches to the old lady next door who came back with ice cream for all the workers. Did you know a room temperature watermelon and a straight piece of straw from a broom could tell you how ripe the melon was? Yep balance the middle of the straw in the middle of the watermelon and for some reason the more it twisted and turned the riper the melon. I used to swear by it and it appeared to be a true lesson my boss taught me. Being a local market we bought local when available and one of my fondest memories were the trips to buy corn. We would wander out in the field pick an ear and eat it when we both liked what we tasted we would indicate give us these two rows. Then load up the van and back to the store. I did not talk much in the car then, nothing has changed, and that used to drive Paul crazy on our trips to the farms or dump. Where did that come from?

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. diced chipotle chili seeded or not, plus 1 Tbsp. adobe sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Above make the vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4-6 ears of corn
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro chopped (plus you can put some leaves aside for garnish)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved or quarter depending on size
  • ½ cup peeled and fine chopped apple
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • Peas from about 20 pea pods
  • ½ medium red pepper fine chop
  • I have used about ¼ cup of radishes chopped or jicama

How

Husk the corn rub with a little olive oil and place on grill turn occasionally until charred about 10-15 minutes. When cool enough to handle remove the kernels in your favorite manner. I like to place on a small bowel or cup upside down in a bowl rest the stem side of corn on it and run a knife down the side so the kernels fall into bowl. Break apart and clumps of kernels with your fingers, they do not all have to be separate.

Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together lime and orange juice, chipotle chili, adobe sauce, 1 tsp. salt, garlic, honey, and ¼ cup olive oil until smooth and set aside.

Add the rest of the ingredients to corn combine then re-whisk (is that a word?) the vinaigrette combine and garnish with cilantro leave you had put aside.

Serve at room temperature. I like the smoky flavor the charred corn give the dish.

This makes a great topper for salads or sloppy sandwiches.