We all have certain things that make us feel cared for, comforted. For many it’s certain foods that evoke happy memories of home and family. Which, when it comes right down to it, is what comfort food is all about isn’t it?
I know I do, and I suspect that most of us probably do, have more than one comfort food. My comfort foods include my mom’s chicken pot pie, warm biscuits, spaghetti with meat sauce, pot roast, beef stew, and coconut pie. My mom’s coconut pie is a slice of heaven on earth, but that’s a story for another day.
I asked her once where she got her recipe for beef stew and she said she made it up. I think I was about 10 at the time and didn’t know it was even possible to make up a recipe. (I thought they had to come from a book that some kind of professional recipe-maker wrote.) I’ve learned since that most recipes are made up by moms.
Where was I? Oh, yeah …
It wasn’t until years later that I learned that, for most people, beef stew has a brown sauce. Mama’s beef stew has a red sauce. Think that sounds funny? Don’t laugh until you’ve tried it.
Here’s the recipe …
1 Pound of beef, cut into one inch chunks
2-3 Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
5-6 Carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 Small can of early green peas
1 Small can of tomato sauce
1 Small onion, diced
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp instant granule beef bullion
1/4 Tsp garlic salt (or, salt to taste)
6 Cups water
Pour olive oil into a dutch oven. Add beef chunks, diced onions, salt, and beef bullion granules. Brown beef and onions over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to brown evenly. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat after 5 minutes and cover.
Simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours (until beef is fully cooked, tender but not falling apart). Add carrots, potatoes, and tomato sauce. Continue to simmer until veggies are tender (usually about an hour). Add peas and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Serve with a salad and hot crusty rolls. (Apple sauce is a good side dish, too.)
Now, doesn’t that sound delicious?
Yes, it does sound wonderful. I always love the way comfort food sort of….um….comforts you! Pizza is one of my easiest comfort foods. When things are a little bad (or I am a little grumpy) my husband says, “Let’s for go pizza!”
Glad you stopped by! Pizza is one of my favorites as well. Seems like the older I get the more I’m into comfort … foods, clothes, shoes … you name it, I want it to be comfortable.
geeez…now I am gonna have to make some of Mom’s beef stew…..yummy and soooo goood….better when she made it though! ….that was the comfort there! love u and great post!
I’ll have you know, my beef stew (from Mom’s recipe, of course) is just as yummy as the stew Mom made when we were kids. So there! Love you, too.
agreed…but her making it for us was the comfort part….way back when….of course but, you making it for me may give me the same effect…feel free to try it! lol
i am making it for lunch tommorrow!!
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