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So we start with the carrots, celery, and onions and make mirepoix. Throw all the unusable parts in a pot. I went through the fridge and did some cleaning…threw in the stock of a cauliflower, ends of asparagus, mushrooms, quarter of a bell pepper all into the pot. Then I cleaned the beef and placed the trimmings into the pot and also the last sprigs of thyme for this season, a bay leaf, peppercorns, and garlic.

 

 

Using a bit of oil, I let everything cook down a bit to make a nice caramelized broth and deglazed with white wine and filled with water. Set to very low simmer for 1 – 2 hours all while making sure not to boil, otherwise we will lose our nice clear liquid broth. We then strain our broth and set aside.

 

 

I’ll use the mirepoix and meat to create another layer in our stew. Sautéing the vegetables until aromatic and searing the beef on all sides then deglaze with red wine. Make the roux and cook out the flour then add the broth.

 

 

Now I add Yukon’s and purple potatoes and low boil for about 30 minutes. In this time, the soup becomes a stew. Adding the final salt and pepper to the stew. Made up some rice and use the leftover stock.

 

 

Let me tell ya, the smell was remarkable and permeating throughout the house. The taste was right from grandmas' kitchen.

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post #122 of 137

Very nice. Once I put a LOT of asparagus in a veggie stock. That was all you could taste, and it wasn't that good.

 

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Very nice. Once I put a LOT of asparagus in a veggie stock. That was all you could taste, and it wasn't that good.

 

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I did the same thing once at a family get together. I had all sorts of asparagus dishes and soups. It wasn't till a month later that we all laughed because 2 of the group

actually went to the clinic. We all experienced this.This is gross(smelly pee):D

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post #124 of 137

@panini, isn't there a joke about Babe Ruth or somebody and asparagus pee? 

 

Not that this month's challenge hasn't been great (because it's been lip-smackin' good), but I wonder what's in store for November? 

 

I never got a chance to make fesenjan this month, but I could next month. Both pomegranates and turkey will be plentiful in November, so there's time.

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post #125 of 137
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Originally Posted by Mezzaluna View Post I wonder what's in store for November? 

 

 

 

Me too. I may try to sneak one more in before the end. I've done a chicken, a pork and a lamb dish, have a beef one in mind.

 

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post #126 of 137

This will not be fancy, it is stick to your ribs food for fall. Have hamburger stew cooking, started with 2 soup bones that I roasted until nicely browned, added a packet of Lipton beefy onion soup and covered with water. Simmer until meat on soup bones is tender. Pull meat off and reduce stock a bit. Add hamburger broken into little bite size pieces, chopped onion, chopped carrot, green beans cut in bite size pieces, sweet corn, some tomatoes, 1/2 pint tomato sauce. Let all that cook for a bit then add barley and cook until tender. Thicken with a corn starch slurry. Almost all of the veg is coming from my freezer and is from my garden this summer. Picture when finished. Salt/pepper/herbs of choice are a given, I have a little fresh rosemary going in.

 


Edited by MaryB - 10/30/14 at 12:57pm
post #127 of 137

This is the first time I've joined one of these challenges.  It was a rainy day today so I felt compelled to use what I had on hand.  Pork and Pumpkin stew:  Pork chunks dredged and browned in bacon drippings, onion, garlic, fire roasted tomatoes, chicken stock and pan toasted, re-hydrated chillies braised in my big LC pot.  Sugar pumpkin, potatoes and kale go in after @ an hour and that simmers till done then season to taste. 

 

I made pepitas from a carving pumpkin by simmering the seeds in a brine for 10 minutes then draining, seasoning and roasting in the oven.  I re-hydrated the pan toasted chillies in that water and later simmered the sugar pumpkin seeds in that water with a bit hotter seasoning then roasted them - delicious.  I used some the combined chilli water in my stew as a seasoning along with the stock and it was perfect.  I made biscuits with cheese, garlic/herb seasoning and real bacon bits - oh yeah!!

 

Some ingredients:

 

 

In the pot:

 

 

So good I almost forgot to snap a pic:

 

 

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post #128 of 137

I like your use of pumpkin and kale in the stew Mike, delish.

The handles on those two large knives are stunning.

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post #129 of 137
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Month passed quickly again and it´s time to decide the winner of the challenge.

 

First of all, a big thanks to you all who took part in this month´s challenge.
It was really difficult to choose the best stew recipe, because you all had nearly as good-looking and delicious dishes.

But in my opinion, one of the chefs was above the rest...

 

First place went this time to a person who makes lovely Barbacoa and vegan stew.
Second place goes to all the other participants.

 

Congratulations Koukouvagia!

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Wow!! Congrats Koukouvagia!! I've been dreaming of replicating your Barbacoa since I saw your pictures. :lips:  Well deserved. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us for the November challenge. 

 

And I have to be honest, I'm very proud of finishing second!! :lol: Wait, no.. I didn't even participate this month! :eek:

 

Thanks Jarmo for being a great host for this month. 

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Thank you Jarmo, I'm so glad everyone liked my barbacoa and green bean stew!  Everyone's entries were so so good and it was a great topic this month.  I'll put my thinking cap on and have a new challenge posted by tomorrow.  Thanks for hosting Jarmo and see you all next month!

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post #132 of 137

Well done KK! 

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post #133 of 137
A well deserved win Kk, your entries were fantastic ! Can't wait to see what you decide on.

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post #134 of 137

Congrats KK !

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Nice one, congrats! Had fun with this round and I definitely have something to try out on the back of my mind by now!

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Thank you Jarmo, I'm so glad everyone liked my barbacoa and green bean stew!  Everyone's entries were so so good and it was a great topic this month.  I'll put my thinking cap on and have a new challenge posted by tomorrow.  Thanks for hosting Jarmo and see you all next month!

nice work...:thumb:

post #137 of 137
Well deserved Koukou!
I really liked your entries :-)

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