It’s the first day home from a fun, family Christmas filled with giggling and happy nieces who still believe in Santa Clause and all things good!  I felt like making some stew to get through this snowy week! It started as Beef Bourguignon, but I was missing a few ingredients…so, let’s just call it Beef Stew a la Tara! Feel free to substitute or leave out ingredients…make it yours! This is exactly how you learn to cook…make it your own! If it tastes bad, don’t do that again! If it is delicious, please share your recipe…we are always looking for new ones!

I was inspired to make this last year (for the first time in a LONG time) when I first saw Julia (the movie about Julia Child). It is a great stew to make, enjoy, and freeze for later on in the Winter season!

Beef Stew

Good Tunes on the Ipod

1 Good Soup Pot, Slotted Spoon, and Wooden Spoon

2 Bottles of your favorite red wine (1 to sip on, 1 for the stew) Today, I used an Old Vine Zinfindel that was a mere $6.00 at the grocery store

1 Carton Beef Stock

2-3 lbs. Beef Roast, cut into 1 inch pieces

All Purpose Flour

1/2 lb. Bacon, chopped

2 cups Chopped Onion, Sweet

4 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2-3 Cups Carrots, chopped

1 Turnip, chopped

1 Package Mushrooms, sliced

1 Can Diced Tomatoes, do not drain!

Open both bottles of wine and pour a glass! Turn on your Ipod! Brown bacon in heavy bottom soup pot; remove with a slotted spoon and set to drain. Lightly salt and pepper beef; toss in APF; brown the beef in batches in bacon fat or vegetable oil. Remove and drain. Saute onion and garlic in the same pot scraping the browned bits off the bottom. Add turnips, mushrooms, carrots and saute for 7-10 minutes until tender. Add 1 bottle of wine, beef stock, and canned tomatoes. When I was sauteing the vegetables, the bottom of the pot seemed to be getting too brown…I added a little wine at this time to loosen the pot. Let the wine and stock simmer for about 10 minutes; stir occasionally scraping the bottom of the pot. Add the drained beef and bacon. Let stew simmer on low until you are ready to eat! Don’t forget to enjoy your wine!