Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A stew for a new event

Texas Stew
Delicious and Dependable Slow Cooker Recipes Copyright 2002

2 pounds sirloin tips, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 can (14.5 ounces) Mexican-style tomatoes or stewed tomatoes
1 can (10 1/2 oz) condensed beef broth, undiluted
1 cup mild picante sauce
1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed, or canned
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 medium onion, cut in quarters then sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water

Combine sirloin tips, tomatoes, beef broth, picante sauce or salsa, corn, carrots, onion, garlic, cumin, and salt. Cook, covered, on HIGH setting 3 to 4 hours, or until meat is tender. Stir together flour and water. Stir flour mixture into stew mixture and cook on HIGH setting 1 hour or until thickened.

Serves 6.

This stew was okay. I really don't know why it was just okay instead of pretty good. Maybe because I wasn't really in the mood for these flavors or maybe because practically every stew pales when compared to my favorite stew recipe, Old-Time Beef Stew. Maybe this just isn't a great recipe yet I can't pinpoint anything wrong with it (meat was tender, veggies weren't mushy, it was flavorful) so I don't think it was the recipe's fault in this case.

Cyndi from Cookin' with Cyndi has started a new event, Soup or Stew Thursday. This is my first contribution. The poor gal has been sick with a stomach ailment so she's a real trouper for going through with the event this week. I know the last thing I would want to be looking at would be soups and stews. Hopefully no one submits pea soup this week.

They've downgraded the potential for a substantial snow. Instead of 2-4 inches, now they're calling for 1-2 inches, which probably means we'll get practically nothing. Frankly whether it snows 1 inch or a foot, I don't want to be driving in it so I don't regret going to the grocery store last night and while it wasn't crowded with shoppers, it wasn't very crowded with groceries either. Huge areas of the produce section were bare, as were many of the shelves. Not due to panicky shoppers expecting bad weather, they were just behind on stocking.

New Blogger is giving me pains already this morning. There are definitely more quirks and bugs than the old Blogger but being that I didn't have a choice to stay on old Blogger permanently, I can't really regret making the move. It seems like most of the system was fried this morning based on messages on the help board.

Blast From The Past: Sweet-Sour Meatballs from November 2005. This recipe is one of my husband's favorites.

Question of the Day: Are you having any trouble with Blogger today?


Sarah - The Home Cook said...

I did this morning. It refused to load my blog (or any blogspot blog, for that matter) and it wouldn't publish comments. Very frustrating. It worked itself out, obviously.

Cyndi said...

Thanks for the well-wishes - and no, no one contributed pea soup! LOL. I made some last week! I didn't have any problems with blogger today at all.

ThursdayNext said...

I have been having so much trouble! Paula, are you cooking for Superbowl Sunday?

Randi said...

Did you make the stew a day ahead? Stew is better when it sits for a day