Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Sundays are for family, fun and good dinners. Dinners that require a little extra work, a little extra time in the kitchen and a little extra love. Cooking on Sunday is comforting and relaxing. It’s good for the soul so I did just that.

I don’t know about you but my family loves a good Beef Stew. What’s not to love? My most favorite part is the potatoes mashed right into that thick rich flavorful gravy which I usually eat with a spoon. Sometimes I lose my self control and clean up the plate with a chunk of bread just to be certain that nothing was left behind. It’s good like that.

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Unlike most of the beef stews out there I like to coat the chunks of meat with flour first. You’ll end up getting thicker better sauce. And let’s talk about the smell of onion, garlic and herbs sautéing in some butter. Seriously, is there anything that smells better that? Using beer in a stew is genius. For this recipe I used Brown Ale and a little red wine for some sophistication and flavor. Don’t worry about the alcohol as it cooks out leaving you with once again rich velvety thick sauce.

I wish I could explain how delicious it tastes but you’ll just have to make it for yourself.

Sunday Suppers: Beef Stew

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Oh and this is an absolute husband approved dinner. I am always feeding mine something healthy, trying to get him to eat more veggies and sneaking salads into his lunch box so this was a total treat…. for the both of us. :)

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Make it a great week friends.

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Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chuck stew meat
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 12oz bottle Brown Ale
  • 2 tbsp good quality red wine
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5-6 large yellow potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or a heavy bottom pot.
  2. Season the stew meat generously with salt and pepper. Coat with flour and brown in the pot about a minute on each side. Don't overcrowd the pot or the meat will stew not brown. Remove and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the meat.
  3. To the same pot add butter, onion, garlic and rosemary. Saute until onion begins to get soft and translucent.
  4. Pour in beer scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan. Return meat to the pot, add carrots, celery, chicken bouillon and wine. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 30 min.
  5. Add potatoes, fresh parsley and taste for salt. Add water if necessary. I added about ½ cup.
  6. Cook for another 60 minutes on low and slow. Once again taste for salt, adjust as needed.
  7. Enjoy.

 

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Salmon Sandwich 2.0

I am so excited to share this fabulous recipe with you today.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

It’s not a surprise that I love all things seafood. I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my favorite fish, salmon. I got the idea to use it on a sandwich from one of the latest issues of the multiple cooking magazines I subscribe to. The Asian style salmon sub looked so good, I’m pretty sure I heard it say “Make me! Eat me!” I decided to make my own version but not just one but two ways, sort of like his & hers.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Success!!! Delicious is the spot on way to describe it. Both Kurt and I loved it so much, no doubt it will make its way into a regular dinner rotation at our home.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

For my version I used store bought tzatziki sauce, capers, red onions and fresh cucumbers. I love Whole Foods tzatziki and don’t bother making my own, but of course you can make it yourself as well. Kurt’s sandwich had some kick to it. Instead of tzatziki I used spicy mayo, pickled jalapenos and capers. While Kurt’s sandwich packed some heat, mine was refreshing and crisp. Of course we took turns sharing our food.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Have a great holiday weekend everyone. Happy 4th of July.

Kathy Sig 2

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Salmon Sandwich 2.0
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • two salmon portions
  • arugula micro greens or any other greens
  • store bought tzatziki
  • 1 tbsp Vegenaise (or mayo)
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • cucumber slices
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • pickled jalapeño slices
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • whole grain buns
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Grill 7 minutes on each side. Tip: You can prepare the salmon any way you prefer such as broil, bake or pan sear. I cooked my salmon on cedar planks. If you do the same make sure to soak the planks in water for at least 1 hour.
  2. Once the salmon is cooked, flake it roughly.
  3. Prepare spicy mayo by mixing Vegenaise and Sriracha in a bowl, adding more Sriracha to make it spicier.
  4. To arrange sandwich number one: Spread tzatziki over the bun, top with arugula, capers, red onion and cucumber slices. Arrange salmon on top.
  5. To arrange the spicy sandwich: Spread spicy mayo over the bun, top with arugula, capers, red onion and jalapeño slices. Arrange salmon on top.
  6. Enjoy!
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Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

This drink  reminds me of the warm beaches of Mexico, its beautiful people and the grand time we had there.  Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner it’s a perfect time to have a tequila inspired drink. Not that I need an excuse to have a good cocktail.

Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

Kurt and I must have been Mexican in our previous lives. We love Mexico, adore Mexican food and are avid collectors of tequila. Drinkers of tequila as well I must add. My Russian family laughs at me because I’m not much of a vodka drinker but I surely do love good tequila.

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!

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Experts say that a shot before lunch can stimulate the appetite, and one after a big dinner can aid digestion. Pairing that shot with a glass of water is a good way to go. The sugars in 100% agave tequila are simple sugars, so they break down easily in our body. The problem with tequila we get in the States is that it contains as much as 49% of sugar based alcohols and that can only lead to one thing…. hangover. That’s why, if you ever run into Kurt and I at the airport on our way back from Mexico, you’ll hear our luggage clink. All those bottles… :)

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Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

My Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz couldn’t be any easier to make. The flavors of muddled strawberries, fresh juices of orange, lemon and lime are refreshing and delicious.

Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

 

Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

 

Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz

Cheers!

Kathy Sig 2

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Orange Strawberry Tequila Fizz
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of half lemon
  • juice of half lime
  • ½ tbsp organic cane sugar
  • ½ tbsp agave syrup
  • 1½ oz tequila
  • sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Muddle strawberries and sugar in a glass jar.
  2. Stir in orange, lemon and lime juices.
  3. Add agave syrup.
  4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.
  5. Add ice to a tall glass, pour in the strawberry juice, tequila and top off with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy!

 

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