Carry in meals are a a helpful gesture for a lot of life-changing events. Probably the most exciting one that I can think of is the birth of a new child, but sometimes the challenge is illness or other struggles that make things difficult for those we love. When adversity is at hand we tend to feel helpless. “What can we do to help?” It is murmured by friends and family, but really what CAN we do to help?
A simple meal is a tiny gesture that feeds those we love and takes a little bit of responsibility off of them at the same time.
One of the easiest things to do is make a one-potter that keeps in the refrigerator for an extended period of time and is easy to transport. The recipe below is one that I have used for a number of years. It is nick-named “Quilters Stew” because I was involved in quilting for a number of years and this crockpot powerhouse would cook on its own all day allowing me to enjoy other things, including quilting projects.
- 1-1/2 lbs lean cut beef stew meat
- 5 potatoes, but into bite size pieces
- 9 carrots, sliced into bite size chunks
- 2 onions, peeled and wedged
- 6 stalks of celery, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 package onion soup mix
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup cooking sherry or red wine
- 1 cup water
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cold water
- Place the bite size vegetables in the bottom of the crockpot. Place the beef stew meat on top. Sprinkle the entire pot with the dry onion soup mix. Pour the can of diced tomatoes over the top. Pour in the sherry and water.
- Cook on high for 8 hours.
- Just before serving, mix the cornstarch with the cold water and pour into the hot stew. Stir thoroughly as the stew thickens.
Crocked and sharing…………by DebraJ
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