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Day 303: Beef Stu, Garlicky Cheese Biscuits and Blood & Gutscakes

When new babies arrive I get the urge to bring over food. (And when it’s #3, there really is no better thing to bring.) The occasion of a brand new person and no sleep calls for casseroles and pots of soup and stew and quick breads; things that are easily reheatable and edible with one hand.

So beef stew, done in the slow cooker with some beef I had in the freezer and the last of a bottle of leftover wine. With it, garlicky cheese biscuits. Remember those cinnamon sticky biscuits I made about 250 days ago? Leave out the cinnamon and sugar, and instead brush the dough with melted butter and garlic, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Roll, cut and bake. You could turn any cinnamon bun recipe into cheesy, garlicky buns instead.

Beef Stu

1 lb. beef stew meat, flank steak or chuck, trimmed of fat and cut into cubes
olive or canola oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
a few glugs of red wine (optional)
1 can beef, vegetable or chicken broth
1 can diced or stewed tomatoes, undrained (any size – optional)
1 tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
2 potatoes, cubed (unpeeled)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1-2 cups mushrooms, quartered

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat about a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat and brown the beef in batches. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.

Add a bit more oil and cook the onions for a few minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the wine, broth and tomatoes with their juice, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any flavorful browned bits that have stuck to the bottom. At this point you could transfer the lot to a slow cooker, or return the beef to the pot. Add the thyme and bay leaves and bring to a simmer; turn the heat down to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about an hour. (Or turn the slow cooker down to low and set it for 4-6 hours.) Add the potatoes and carrots after an hour and cook the stew uncovered for another hour (or add the carrots and potatoes after a couple hours in the slow cooker). Add the peas for the last 10 minutes, and quickly saute the mushrooms in a skillet until browned and stir into the stew at the very end, so they don’t get too mushy. Fish out the bay leaves, season with salt and pepper, and serve it hot.

Blood & Gutscakes

a batch of vanilla (or any flavour) cupcakes
a batch of lemon pie filling, tinted green
raspberry or cherry jam or pie filling
frosting and sprinkles

Bake cupcakes as you normally would, cool and then cut a chunk out of the top like an inverted cone. Remove the excess cake from the cone, leaving a flat lid (kind of like a pumpkin) and hollow out a bit of the cake inside. Put a small spoonful of jam and a spoonful of lemon filling inside, swirling them a bit as you do. Top with the lid and frost with whatever frosting you like.



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11 comments on “Day 303: Beef Stu, Garlicky Cheese Biscuits and Blood & Gutscakes

  1. Theresa
    October 30, 2008 at 7:26 am

    why in the world would you have left over wine??? :)

  2. Gail
    October 30, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I agree with Theresa. And I’m glad to see a picture of the blood and guts cupcakes. I wondered what they looked like.

  3. Theresa
    October 30, 2008 at 10:34 am


  4. mmac
    October 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as left over wine. Not at our house.

    Hope you have a great birthday. With no leftovers of any kind.

  5. robyn
    October 30, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Ok, I intentionally CREATE leftover wine for future use! I usually turn them into ice cubes for sangria so my precious booze doesn’t get diluted.

    Happy Birthday Julie-Fu!

  6. Lisa
    October 30, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday, Julie! I hope you are spoiled by your boys.

    I think stew is one of my favourite things. Is that weird? My mom always made those Bisquick biscuits when she made stew. So much yummy, so much comfort. 😉

  7. Melanie
    October 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!!! It is a lovely day for a birthday lunch / dinner! I just got back from my own birthday lunch of lobster gnocchi from Brava Bistro! Yummy!!! Looking forward to hearing about your birthday meal(s) tomorrow!!!

  8. Pat
    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Julie. I hope your family made a special meal for YOU!

  9. Dana mccauley
    October 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Have a great birthday Julie! I think we are in some kind of parallel universe. I just made beef stew as well. I made mine in a Dutch oven but otherwise, it’s pretty similar!

  10. Cindy H
    October 31, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Ooohhh, this stew looks good!
    I haven’t made stew in forever, and it’s such a comfort food! Not to mention how great those biscuits would be with it!
    Love the Blood n Guts cupcakes, and will have to diarize that for next Halloween! lol
    Missed the CBC segment this week, and just read the previous posts, so a belated Happy B-Day to you…

    Cindy H

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