I had full intentions to have tomato soup this week, but beef stew pushed its way into the mix of things. So, here we are……eating stew. I had boneless stew meat in the fridge, and had to use it for something. It sure tasted good on a cold winters night. When the bovines are finally milked and fed…..the calves are tucked in for the night…..and we crawl to the house on our hands and knees……begging for hot food! 033      This is what the “dudes” like to see. Big chunks of meat in their stew. Here we go…….

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

2 pounds beef stew meat

1 medium onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups beef broth

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Plenty of black pepper

4 potatoes, diced

4 carrots, unpeeled and sliced

2 heaping tablespoons flour

Toasted bread for serving

     Heat olive oil and butter in large pot over high heat. Throw in the meat and brown a bit on all sides. Throw the onion and garlic into the pot and stir around until softened. Add the next 7 ingredients to the “stewing” pot and stir it all up. Simmer on low heat for several hours, or until the meat is nice and tender. If the liquid level gets dangerously low, add some hot water to the mix. Next add the potatoes and carrots and simmer until tender. Last but not least, stir together some of the broth with the flour and pour into the pot to thicken. Delicious!035.jpg      I had a loaf of French bread, and so I toasted it with lots of butter.  Mmmmmm……very tasty!038.jpg     My brother thought it was pretty tasty. At least that’s what he said. Hahaha We haven’t scared him off yet. Amazing! 037.jpg     Marshall thought so too. Looks to me like he’s got a few vegetables on his toast. He was trying to tell Michael that the carrots are actually pretty good, and that he should try to eat them. That didn’t set well with Michael. He had a few things to tell Marshall, but things settled back down again.  Hahaha Boys will be boys! Unless things get totally out of control……I’ll just let them “fight it out” on their own. I’m too tired to get involved in the “battle”. So there you have it…..that’s my “soup” and I’m stickin’ to it…………………Carol

P.S. Gotta run…..the calves need fresh bedding before the next cold blast. Not my favorite job to do. Grrr……