November 1st, 2012

Post Halloween Comfort Food

It’s “The Day After.” Maybe you trounced around the neighborhood all night last night and your feet still ache today.

Or perhaps you stayed up all evening answering the door to ghosts and goblins.

Either way, it’s November 1st and this date is officially in the “comfort food zone.”

If you want to make it easy on yourself, you can go the bake and serve route with a lovely Beef Wellington (see above) that you can simply pop in the oven and serve.

Or . . . you can try this recipe for a Beef Pot Pie that’s even gluten free! Click here for more details on that.

Come down from that Halloween high with a beefy meal that’ll bring you back to earth. It’s a great place to be . . . the holidays are just around the corner!


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October 20th, 2009

Pa’s Steak and Stew Delight

Oh, it’s getting cold outside. And that means it’s time for stew.

You know, the kind you take your time with and let simmer until you’re ready for dinner — the old-fashioned way.

Here, “Pa” gives us his secrets for making absolutely perfect steak stew.

P.S. Do you like other stuff (like peas in the photo below)? Add them to personalize your own stew!


1 lb. cube steak (cut into pieces)

4 lbs. stew meat

1 pkg. chricio (2) sticks

1 1/2 bottle Holland House red wine (for cooking)

1 lg. onion

3 green peppers

1 tbsp. hot crushed peppers

2 1/2 tbsp. paprika

3 cans Hunts tomato sauce

2 c. water

2 1/2 lbs. potatoes

In large pot heat 4 tablespoons of cooking oil. Cut up onion and 1 pepper (dice). Cook until about 1/2 done. Add paprika. Add crushed pepper; simmer 10 minutes on low. Add wine and put all meat in; cook for 2 hours on low heat. Add the rest of the peppers and potatoes (diced) 45 minutes before the meat is done.

Recipe courtesy of

Photo courtesy of Janni402 at