Thursday, October 18, 2007

The flavors of fall

Fall is yummy. Both the weather and the food. And the special activities it allows for. Like going to the apple orchard today. And, holding baby chicks.

And pumpkin stew for dinner.

With apple cider doughnuts for dessert.

Here is the recipe for the best pumpkin stew in the world.

Pumpkin Stew

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
4 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups peeled, cubed pumpkin

In a large plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add meat a few pieces at a time and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil and butter. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, water, bay leaf, bouillon, thyme and remaining pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir in pumpkin. Return to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until meat and pumpkin are tender. Discard bay leaf.

So, so good.

Now if your waiting for the apple cider doughnut recipe you'll have to keep on waiting.

I love fall.


Robyn said...

I love fall too! The pumpkin stew sounds good.


Tayasmama said...

Mmmm yummers! And that Pumpkin Stew has a little face!!! :)