Daily Archives: October 22, 2009

Success!

Since Thursday’s menu included biscuits and since my last attempt at biscuits was a complete and utter disaster, I thought I should suck it up and try again tonight.  I am a happy to report the over timer went off, I opened the door to fluffy, golden biscuits.  They taste pretty good, too.

I decided to go back to my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, which I received as a high school graduation present, and has served me well for all the basics, and make sure I had the recipe right in my mind.  I did, but it was good to refresh.  I still have no idea why the last batch were rocks and this batch turned out great.  It is the way it is with cooking and why it’s always fun.

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Thursday Night Menu: Beef Stew & Biscuits

There seems to be caramel apple dip on my computer keyboard. I don’t want to talk about it. Anyway, it is time for the Thursday menu.  In honor of the fall colors, it’s time to break out the slowcooker and make a traditional menu. How nice is it to come home from a day’s work or outdoor chores like raking leaves and have a hearty beef stew waiting for you? Add some biscuits and baked apples and you have the perfect fall dinner. On the board tonight:

  1. Beef Stew
  2. Wheat Biscuits
  3. Baked Apples

Beef Stew

  • 1 lb lean stew meat
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 4-6 small potatoes, quartered
  • 8 oz baby carrots, halved
  • pinch of rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves (remove before serving)
  • ½ tsp ea. salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 7 cups water
  • 3 tbsp flour

slowcooker

Place meat, onion, potatoes, carrots & spices in slowcooker, add 6 cups water and cook according to slowcooker directions, (usually 8 to 10 hours on low). Before serving, turn heat to high, mix 1 cup water and flour completely, add to stew, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened.

Wheat Biscuits

  • 1-1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • ¾ cup milk

large bowl and baking sheet

Mix dry ingredients together, cut in shortening, add milk. Stir quickly with a fork until completely moistened, don’t over mix. Kneed gently on floured surface for 10-12 strokes. Roll out to ½ inch thick, cut into biscuits. Place on baking sheet and bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

Baked Apples

  • 4 large apples (McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, etc)
  • 4 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup raisins

glass baking dish

Core apples, place in baking dish, fill each core with a cinnamon stick and a few raisins. Add 1inch of water and bake at 425° until tender (about 30 minutes, though it depends on the size of the apple).

This menu serves 4.

Shopping List:

  • 1 lb lean stew meat
  • 1 small onion
  • 4-6 small potatoes
  • 8 oz baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 4 large apples (McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, etc)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup raisins

Also: rosemary, bay leaves, salt, pepper, garlic, white flour, wheat flour, baking powder, and milk

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