Thursday, April 20, 2006

Not bad for something so simple

Sweet and Sour Beef Stew
The New Woman’s Day Cookbook Copyright 2005

1 Tbsp oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp mustard powder
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
3 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 lbs lean beef chunks for stew

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Heat oil in a 1 ½ to 2-qt Dutch oven or other heavy stovetop-to-oven pot. Add onion and cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring a few times, until golden. Add sugar, Worcestershire, mustard powder, vinegar and 2 cups of water; stir until blended. Bring to a simmer.
At this point I threw the mixture into the crockpot, added the floured beef and cooked it on high for a few hours until tender.
3. Meanwhile mix flour, salt and pepper in a large plastic food bag. Add beef; shake to coat. Add beef to pot; stir to coat.
4. Cover and bake 2 ½ hours or until meat is tender when pierced.


I would have liked to have made the Old-Time Beef Stew again but we rarely have beer in the house. This recipe wasn't quite as flavorful but it was still very good for being such a simple dish to prepare. I prefer stews cooked in the oven but since we hit the 80s here this week, I had to make this is the crockpot and that worked out fine. This literally took less than 10 minutes for the prep work and sautéeing of the onions.

You'll all be happy to know that the freezer has basically been cleaned out. There might be one or two things still hiding in there but I'm going to Costco this weekend. Usually I have my recipes for next week planned by now but I still haven't decided on anything. I'm going to wait and see what I bring home from Costco. Maybe it will inspire me.

Question of the Day: If you shop at any of the warehouse stores, what do you usually buy there?


The Cookbook Junkie said...

We shop at Costco and I buy ground beef, frozen chicken tenders or breasts, and coffee beans almost every time. I try to resist a cookbook purchase but I'm not usually successful. I also allow myself to pick up one frozen convenience product as a treat - a lasagne or maybe some kind of frozen sandwich or burrito.

I like to pick up a dip or spread too. I love the peach-mango salsa and the jalapeno hummus.

There are other things I might pick up if the mood strikes me and the price is right but what I listed above is pretty standard.

Anonymous said...

We have a Sam's Club. I go there often just to buy their rotisierre chickens. Other things I buy: (Fresh produce)Romaine lettuce, Green beans, celery, avocados, grape tomatoes, strawberries. Then frozen salmon fillets, pecans, coffee, ground beef, Advantage shakes and then it just depends on what might jump in my cart. I buy our toilet paper there but it lasts a while so I don't have to buy it very often. Yesterday I bought a cute pair of Keds sandals so I never know what I might find that I gotta have. But I've been known to go in and buy just a $4.88 chicken!

Randi said...

We get a tzaki sauce, a huge hunk of reggiano( last us awhile). 6 packs of romaine hearts, sometimes big bags of baby spinach. We dont buy too much there.

Jennifer said...

Protein powder (19.99for 97 servings) and coffee (7.99 for a 2 1/2 bag)...thats it!