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Beef and Root Vegetable Stew

AAAAHHHHH Halloween.......... How can you not love a holiday that is all about the CANDY! I miss trick- or- treat-ing. Dressing up in a cool costume AND all the free candy you could carry! Why is there an age limit on that kind of thing?

 Well,  now I am a responsible adult. I don't eat candy for dinner.  I know that wouldn't be good for me. I eat things like this......

Beef and Root Vegetable Stew
1 lb. stewing beef, cut in to equal- size pieces and trimmed of excess fat
2 large yellow onions, julienned
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
a pinch of dried thyme, or a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
beef stock, about 4 cups
2 Tbsp.  tomato paste
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
a splash of cognac or brandy
2 carrots, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 small rutabaga, peeled and chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 tbsp cornstarch, mixed with cold water

In a large sauce pan, heat a small amount of canola oil over medium heat. Dry off meat wi…

Multi-grain Beer Bread with Caramelized Onions, Apple and Cheddar

A while back, I gave you a recipe for a basic beer bread. Well, today I took that recipe and played around a little bit.

WOW! This one is going to knock your socks off! Yes, it is THAT good!

I substituted some mixed whole grain cereal for some of the flour. I  slowly caramelized some onion and apple for some sweetness, and I sprinkled some cheese and whole grains on top to give it that little extratexture and depth of flavour.

Multi-grain Beer Bread with Caramelized Onions, Apple and Cheddar

2 cups flour
1 cup uncooked, mixed whole grain hot cereal ( The one I used is called Morning Glory and contains rolled oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, barley and rye flakes) reserve about 1 Tbsp for topping
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 large onion, julienned
1 cooking apple, cored and peeled, and diced in 1/4 inch cubes
 1 or 2 finely minced jalapeno, optional
1 cup finely grated extra sharp cheddar ( reserve a little for the top of the bread)

Shrimp Fajitas with Homemade Flour Tortillas

While browsing  through Epicurious the other day, this recipe jumped out at me. Homemade Flour Tortillas. Homemade Tortillas.....that sounds like a lot of work. After closely looking at the recipe, I realized I had all the ingredients on hand, the recipe didn't sound very time- consuming, and it received great reviews. OK, let's do it.

The Results? Good. I would say that they are worth the effort. I believe that homemade almost always trumps store bought. They don't require a lot of effort, but there is a bit. Don't make these on days when you are really rushed.

Homemade Flour Tortillas
(adapted  from Epicurious)

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup lard ( I used vegetable shortening)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup warm water

Stir together flour, with salt in a bowl, then cut in lard until mixture resembles meal. Drizzle vegetable oil over and stir in warm water with a fork until dough forms. Kneed on a lightly floured surface until smooth and pliable, about 4 minutes, dusti…