I have this unfortunate need for gainful employment. The last two years have not been kind to the business my husband and I own and run together. We've been working very hard and I think we will pull through. In addition to a long week, we worked on Saturday too. I was planning on cooking for pleasure last night but didn't get home soon enough, so the Queen of Casseroles whipped something up quickly and we watched a movie. But today, Sunday, I planned, insisted actually, on a few hours to do as I please, which included painting some furniture and cooking. My December 27 post talked about my visit with my mother and the pleasurable day we had making Julie Child's Beef Bourguignon. I had been thinking that it had been awhile since I made a good old American beef stew, so that is what I set out to do. I've modified a recipe I have. This is not original.
Beef Stew Chez Osborne
In my largest kettle, I browned about 2 1/2 lbs of stew meat in 3 T. Olive oil seasoned in 1 T. Salt and quite a bit of fresh ground pepper. When each piece was browned on the outside but still uncooked on the inside, I removed them to a plate, got rid of the juices they gave off and wiped out my kettle.
Slice the pieces, spread with butter. Then a pinch of garlic powder between my fingers and sprinkle it over all pieces and the same with Italian seasoning. Then spinkle with mozzarella cheese. We'll only eat a couple pieces, so I'll freeze the others and pull them out another day.
Remember to feel good. And have courage. A better day is coming.