Monday, November 8, 2010

Cold days...stew in the pot...stewing over a plot!

Hello from Lisa Mondello! It hailed all morning and the ground was covered with ice when we woke up. I heard a collective groan from my daughters as they headed out the door and even the scuffle of shoes being changed into boots.

So it's officially that time of the year when I pull out my crock pot and make my favorite stew. I love my crock pot. On days I'm deep into working on a story, it's my lifesaver. It never fails that I end up wrestling with a story idea only to have to stop working so I can make dinner. A little bit of planning in the morning takes care of all that and makes me feel like I have my own personal chef come dinner time!

As I said, I'm deep into working on my next proposal for Love Inspired Romance. At the same time I'm taking a wonderful workshop on screenwriting that is really helping me nail down a lot of plot points and is making the writing of the story easier. I'll be getting back to work on both of those in a minute, but I wanted to leave you with this family favorite recipe. Many blessings, Lisa Mondello



Crock Pot Stew

2 to 2 1/2 pounds of stew beef
2 carrot sticks cut into chunks
4 potatoes peeled and cubed
1 onion either cut up fine or put in whole
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups hot beef broth or 2 beef bouillon cubes dissolved in two cups of hot water
Salt and pepper to taste.

Literally mix all that together in the crock pot and put on high for 5 hours or low for 8-10 hours. Serve with salad and a loaf of bread. Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Lisa, that sounds yummy. I have some beef stew meat in the freezer. I shall make that dish this week. I love my crock pot!

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  2. Lisa and Lenora -- I love my crock pot, too! I've been looking in recipe books, too, and have noticed they also have desserts. Haven't tried any, but was surprised to see some.

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  3. I can't even tell you how good it smells in my house right now!

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  4. That does it Lisa -- we're all coming to your house for dinner tonight :)))! It sounds so tempting.

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  5. Lisa, I can't tell you how weird this is, because when I went to the story today, I decided to make stew for dinner. And biscuits.

    Blame it on the weather.

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  6. Leann, definitely the weather! I saw that hail this morning and I've had a chill in my bones all day. This stew hit the spot. Janet, I've got a bowl waiting for you!

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  7. Yum!! Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I did the crock pot today, too! Made a pot roast. :)

    Cooking aside...I can't believe you had hail!! Where do you live? We had a cool but gorgeous day in Georgia.

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  8. Missy, I'm WAY up North of you where if you blink, the weather changes. Tomorrow it'll be warm again.

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  9. Lisa, thanks for sharing the recipe. Sounds yummy. I'll be printing it off and trying it. I have two crock pots. LOL.

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