Yeah we’ve moved on to a new month! I am not a negative person, and I love all the seasons, but I always get a little thrill when Jan. is over. Just last General Conference there was a talk that struck me. It was a talk by Elder M. Russell Ballard where he talked about the beauty of fall and then the “cold austere beauty” of winter. His talked made me think of a favorite song I have at Christmas time. It’s called, “In The Bleak Midwinter”. Those words all sound so dreary and……….cold, but they describe January perfectly. They are excellent adjectives to describe the first month of the year. I always love moving on to Feb. Maybe it’s because March is right after, and most snow drifts have melted by March 19th at my home. It’s just a little sign of hope that life will appear again. But I will admit my fireplace, big fuzzy socks, sweaters and an inherited down coat are delicious this time of year!
Last Sunday we had the most perfect January Sunday dinner. You can call it stew, but we prefer to call if Beef Bourguignon. It just sound a little more Sunday-ish with a good Julia Child title. I received a fun gift for my birthday this year from my mom. Actually she gave me money and I bought it. Thanks Mother-Dearest!! An electric pressure cooker. It’s fantastic. I’ve made split pea soup in 1 hour, barbecue pork sandwiches in 1 hour 15 mins, and this beef stew in 1 hour and 15 mins. as well. Keep in mind this is from the time I pull a very frozen white package of meat out of my deep freeze to eating the tender, fall apart meat. It’s a miracle! I’m hooked. I just followed the recipe that came with my new toy, and added a big scoop of garlic mashed potatoes in the middle of the bowl. Dinner was adored and it afforded me a nice little Sunday nap with the time I saved! Yeah!!!
In making the recipe you will notice the addition of some spirits. I have always felt if I’m going to add this then it might as well be on Sunday. Just kidding!!! I am totally kidding. Actually you can replace the wine with beef stock or even apple juice. If you do just add a little vinegar at the end. You’ll like it. I didn’t add any potatoes to my Beef Bourguignon since we were topping it with some mashed potatoes, but if you’re not in the mood for dirtying a potato pot as well, just add some cubed potatoes with the other veggies. Some Great Harvest Asiago Sourdough bread goes fantastic with this stew as well. Sorry, that’s my shameless plug for you to buy more bread:) Enjoy!