Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

                   I didn't mean to go all week without posting but here we are again, Tuesday! When the weather outside is frightful, I turn to making soup and bread, pure comfort food! One of my favorite soups is really a stew, hearty and hot, a bowl of this makes me long for my summer gardens even more but sure does take the chill off!

Meatball Garden Stew

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2/3 c. water
6 med. potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 med. carrots, chopped
1 pkg. green peas
1 pkg. frozen corn
4 Tbsp. flour, divided
Pepper to taste
1/4 c. milk
1 Tbsp. butter
1 can beef broth
1/2 tp. thyme
In med. bowl combine beef, 2 Tbsp. flour, pepper, salt, egg, milk and onion. Form 1 in. balls. Melt butter in large skillet, saute garlic for 1 min. Brown meatballs on all sides. Push meatballs off to the side, blend remaining flour into the drippings. Add broth, water and thyme. Cook stirring till thick. Add vegetables and stir with meatballs and sauce. Cover and simmer till vegetables are tender about  30-35 min. Season as needed. Makes 6 servings.

     Winter's worst will aways seem do-able once you fill up on a hot bowl of soup or stew, and paired with home made bread, you won't care how cold it is out there! The longest season is here but you can get through it if you fuel your body with good food, layers and dreaming about warm summer days out in the garden! We finally got got some snow, just half a inch  but it's bitter cold, and high nasty winds makes it unbearable! But my kitchen is always toasty and guess what, soup is on the menu!


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