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Beef Stew

Well, the weather outside is frightful, so you might as well stay in and cook some comfort food. That’s exactly what I am doing. I made beef stew this week and I think it was my best ever. Enjoy!

Beef Stew

1 1/2 pounds of Beef Stew meat cut into cubes (you can also use Sirloin) (available at your local meat market)

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Sweet Onions, peeled and thickly sliced

3 Cups of boiling water

5 Tablespoons of Walnut Creek French Onion Soup Starter (available at your local butcher shop)

2 to 3 Tablespoons of Vegeta (available at your local meat market)

2 pounds of carrots, cleaned and sliced in 1″ pieces

5 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

Heat the olive oil in a 5 quart roaster pan. Add the onions, reduce heat to medium. Stir the onions 4 to 5 minutes. They should be browned and slightly tender. Add the meat and stir around until it is browned. This should take an additional 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. Add the boiling water, French Onion Soup Starter and Vegeta, stir. Cook for approximately 2 hours. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook an additional 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve immediately.

This is a meal that will stick to your bones. You will be glad you have leftovers.

That’s all for now. Keep warm. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Paleo Chicken Soup

This is definitely soup weather in case any of you were confused on that subject. I am craving Chicken Soup. I opted to make mine with “carrot” spirals in place of noodles. If you want noodles, just substitute noodles for the “carrot” spirals. We carry Vida Noodles and they are delicious home made egg noodles. We make it very easy for you to make home made chicken noodle or noodleless soup.

Paleo Chicken Soup

2 Bone-in Chicken Breasts (available at your local meat market)

1 Large Sweet Onion (peeled and diced)

2 Tablespoons Butter

3 Large Carrots, spiraled for “noodles”

4 Teaspoons Low Sodium Chicken Flavored Soup Base (available at your local butcher shop)

20 oz. boiling water

2 teaspoons Vegeta (available at your local meat market)

Place Chicken Breasts in a 4 quart pan. Cover the breasts with water, cook over medium heat until water is boiling. Reduce heat, simmer approximately 1 hour until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In a skillet place the 2 Tablespoons of butter and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for approximately 10 minutes.

Pull the skin off the cooked chicken. Remove the chicken meat from the bones. Return to the 4 quart pan. Keep the broth in the pan that you used to cook the chicken. Add the cooked onions to the broth. Dissolve the Chicken Flavored Soup Base in the 20 oz. of boiling water. Put the Chicken Flavored Soup Base in the pot. Add the Vegeta and stir well.

Add Carrot noodles and cook for another 45 minutes. If you are using egg noodles, add the noodles and cook according to the directions on the noodle package (approximately 20 minutes).

Enjoy your soup. Stay safe and warm. That’s all for now, until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Zucchini Bread

I don’t even have a garden and I have a lot of zucchini in my refrigerator.  I don’t know how it happens.  You stop by the Farm Stand and you see the corn, tomatoes, onions, peppers and zucchini.  You just have to load up.  I’m using some of that zucchini to make  zucchini bread.  This is so easy to make and you can adjust it to your family’s taste.  Enjoy and don’t be afraid to pick up some extra zucchini.  You can shred it and freeze it in 2 cup increments and make zucchini bread in the winter.

Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/8 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup grated carrots (optional)
1 cup crushed pineapple (optional)

Grease and flour a 8″ X 4″ bread pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl mix together Flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, sugar and eggs. Gradually stir in the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture. Mix well. Stir in raisins, nuts or whatever optional ingredients you are using. Pour the mixture into the bread pan.

Cook the bread for 60 to 65 minutes. The zucchini bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes Loosen the bread from the pan and put on a cooling rack.

Enjoy with coffee or tea. That’s all for this week. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage–a St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  If you are thinking about having Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner we have an easy recipe for you.  This is delicious and you will have the entire meal in one pan.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

3 pound Corned Beef with Spice packet available at your local meat market
2) small sweet onions (peeled and cut into wedges)
10 small red potatoes (washed and left whole)
5) Carrots (peeled and cut into 3 inch pieces)
2) small sweet onions (peeled and cut into wedges)
1) head of cabbage (cleaned and cut into small wedges)

Add Corned Beef to a Roasting pan. Cover with water. Note: you can also use beef broth for all or part of the water. Add the seasoning packet. Place the cut onions in with the Corned Beef. Place a lid or tin foil over the pan. Cook at 350 degrees for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Add the potatoes and carrots and cook for another 50 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for 15 additional minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for another 15 minutes.  If there are any leftovers they will be delicious.

Enjoy. Even if you aren’t Irish your family will like this traditional meal. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table .

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