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!


  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!

  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.

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

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

  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.

  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!

  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.

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

  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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