One of my favorite busy-day recipes is Gone All Afternoon Stew. I first found this recipe in 1994 in a cookbook binder distributed among my youngest son’s fellow engineers at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) – Bits & Bytes. It is easy to throw together and bake in a slow oven for the afternoon.
GONE-ALL-AFTERNOON BEEF STEW
- 1 lb. round or chuck steak, trimmed and cut into small pieces
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 3 medium carrots, sliced (I use 9 baby carrots, sliced lengthwise)
- 2 large potatoes, sliced
- 1 tsp. salt
- Grinding or two of black pepper
- One 10-3/4 oz. can tomato soup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 10 oz. package frozen peas (add during last 15 minutes of baking)
Preheat oven @ 275 degrees F for 4 hours’ baking time or 250 degrees F for 5 hours’ baking time.
Put all ingredients except peas in a large casserole. Mix well, cover and bake in preheated 275 degree F oven for 4 hours or 250 degree F for 5 hours. Add peas during the last 15 minutes of baking.
Yield: 4-6 servings
This makes a thick, delicious stew. If the stew is too thick, it can be thinned with a little bit of water. I like to serve a good homemade yeast roll with this dish.
After a hearty dinner, it’s nice to have something lighter for dessert. I had come across a bargain on oranges this week. They were super-large and I had way more than I would be able to eat out-of-hand, so I went looking for a dessert to use some of them.
I found this recipe for an easy tapioca pudding that sounded just right.
ORANGE TAPIOCA PUDDING
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tblsp. quick-cooking tapioca
- 1-1/4 cups fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1-1/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed (divided)
Mix sugar, tapioca and orange juice in a medium saucepan. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Heat mixture to boiling over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
Stir the tapioca mixture, then fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping until smooth. Divide mixture between 4 serving dishes and top each with one tablespoon of the reserved topping.
This is such a pretty dessert with a bright, fresh flavor.
It was a good meal.