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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Its cold!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is bitterly cold outside today. We have had a fire in the fireplace all day which helps keep the house toasty without the electric furnace running too much. Early today I had the task of going to the out building to the big freezer to get something to cook for dinner. I needed the last bag of cornmeal which incidentally was in the very bottom of a 20 cubic foot chest freezer. So in freezing temps I was out there digging thru frozen food for a bag of cornmeal. Not a pleasant task, but I got my last bag of meal out along with a venison roast to make a kettle of stew. I make my stew in a pressure cooker and it tastes like it has cooked all day and takes just a total of about 30 minutes to prepare. Here is the recipe:

30 minute all day stew

2 lb stew meat cubed
4 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups carrot chunks
1 cup celery cubed
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons beef base
cornstarch for thickening

Brown meat in oil in bottom of pressure cooker. Add vegetables, salt and pepper to taste along with the beef base and water to cover. Put on lid, place weighted dial on vent and heat to pressure for about 4 minutes. Let pressure go down, open cooker and thicken the gravy with a mixture of cornstarch and water to desired consistency. Serve with cornbread, crackers, or a hearty bread.

This stew is really good made with pork, beef, chicken, or venison. If veggies are in large chunks this same recipe can be cooked overnight or all day in a crock pot. But always always brown the meat first. A cheap hearty meal for the cold season.

Other than staying warm and eating hearty there has not been much happening on the farm today. We are still having a few snow flurries from time to time but nothing to write home about. Stay warm and safe. Till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.


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