September 25th, 2003


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Mmmm... beef stew...

It's definitely fall food. Satisfying, warm, and hearty with rich, deep flavors and scents that fill the house when it's done right. I had read an account by flit about her perfect stew and I was motivated to do some for myself. It helped that the local supermarket had a sale on cross-rib chuck. They were selling roasts and steaks from that area at half price, though it was under the guise of a two-for-one sale. The roasts were 3 pounds to 5 pounds. Oof. The 'steaks' were about a pound each, and about 3/4 of an inch thick. Which was about right for stew bits.

I like chuck for braising, it never seems too dry after a long cooking and it always has good flavor even after hours at a simmer.

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I love stew because it can just sit in the oven until I want it. John and I loved it. It was so hearty and wonderful in the cold evening, especially with crusty bread and butter. Mmmm...

Jet, of course, completely ignored the stew and chose to eat frozen fries, instead. Hee. That'll keep me humble.

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I have Jet to myself today. Haley has a fever, so we decided to just keep Jet today, instead of taking him over. He's enjoyed the morning, but, after his usual nap time, he started getting more destructive. He started scratching his crayons, throwing books, tossing my erasers everywhere, and all those kinds of things. This usually means that he's really tired.

I finally just tackled him and the moment he was in nursing position, he stopped fighting it and went to sleep really quickly. Whew.

We've had a pretty good afternoon, though he only napped for an hour, so I'm glad John's given me all of tomorrow for my own to either work or run around and do something else.