a meal for the new year

Though you may think I’ve given up my on my culinary explorations this past month – ’tis not so! I simply haven’t had the time to photograph and document my adventures. With bluefish’s new job, I can’t promise 2010 and will be rife with free time… but I will do my best to post at least once a week!

For now, last night’s feast.

shroomy beef burgundy [in the crock]
2 large boneless steaks [cubed]
16 oz halved button mushrooms
1 small sweet onion [diced]
1 – 10 & 3/4 oz can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 – 1.2 oz package of brown gravy mix
1 cup warm water
1/4 to 1/2 cup of [drinkable] red wine

Set your crock pot on high and pour in water, gravy mix and mushroom soup. With some oil, brown the onions on med heat and then throw the ’shrooms in and brown together for a few minutes. Turn heat down to low and put lid on. Simmer until shrooms are about halfway cooked. Pour the onion, shrooms and all the juice into the crock pot. Cube beef [I did 1" cubes], salt & pepper and then dredge [coat the beef in a light dusting of flour, and then brown on med/high heat]. Put the browned beef in the crock pot, pour the wine over everything and give the mix a stir. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours and serve over rice. All of my fish enjoyed this dish! [And, I find this dinner goes quite nicely with the rest of the bottle of red wine.]

shroomy beef burgandy

best white bread [seriously]
[I got this recipe here and adjusted the amounts to make a 2 lb loaf].

1-1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons white sugar
1-1/3 (.25 ounce) packages bread machine yeast
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 cups bread flour
1-1/4 teaspoons salt

Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start. [Note: I took this bread out 10 minutes early and it was perfect - so, check on the loaf at the end to keep it from burning. Also, I used two packages of yeast and put it on the quick bread setting.]

best white bread

I have never seen bluefish gobble up homemade bead like this loaf. It really is a superior white bread machine recipe. I’m going to have to try this method with other breads.

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