Let’s Make A Little Beef Stew

Stews used to be relegated to winter cooking, but with the crock pot, I realized that a good stew is all-season comfort food. Stews are a great lunch as well as supper, too. Put on a batch of rice in the rice cooker and voila, excellent satisfying meal in the making. Slow moist heat is what the slow cooker specializes in, so stews are one of the premium dishes to make in them. Most novices go for a chili (bean stew) or meat stew first.

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Baby Beef Stew Classico


I thought I better put one other one-serving down-home-style, nothing fancy, lottsa veggies, mom’s beef stew in the NYMSC for Two book since I use the 1 1/2 quart slow cooker so often. I cut my own stew meat from…

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Merlot Beef Ragôut


Here is a wonderfully classic beef stew adapted from a recipe simply called Beef en Casserole once on the menu at the now defunct Russian Tea Room in New York City.  I use a quality Merlot red wine, since the…

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Frito Pie

Frito Pie, one of the great fun foods of the Southwest, consists of chile con carne (beef in red chile sauce) ladled over Fritos corn chips, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and, if desired, raw onions and, if you’re feeling flush, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

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House Beef and Bean Chili


There is always a chili bubbling at my house. This is the newest one and it is as simple as can be since it uses canned beans. My first chili, almost 40 years ago, was made with soybeans. I have…

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Slow Cooker: Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Meatballs have become a hot topic in the kitchen. While we all love Italian style meatballs, the family has grown to include all types of ground meat and spices in a variety of sauces. Entire books are devoted to meatballs! And I love it.

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My Best Sauces: Rib-Eyes with Red Wine Pan Sauce

When writing NYM Weeknight Cooking, I spent time making sure all the basic pan sauces were included for the stovetop dishes. After all, they are fast and they are incredibly delicious, as well as being so basic to make, even a new-to-the-kitchen who never cooked before can master them in a flash.

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Chili, Olive, and Cheese Casserole

This is the best chili casserole I have ever had!!!!” said Beth’s friend Gina DeLeone. “I’ll probably make this one sometime soon too. I love this stuff, make it for every pot luck at school, and don’t mind eating leftovers for days. I dare you to not eat it with a spoon right out of the crock!”

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Chez Dining Room: The London Private Club

One of the characteristics of the London dining scene is the existence of the private restaurant club culture. The lunch and supper club—small, intimate, nourishing—is a long held tradition. The first clubs were in the 17th century, an offshoot of the…

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Mint and Lemon Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mascarpone Creamed Spinach


Rack of lamb might be an extravagance, but it is also one of the easiest lamb dishes to prepare. You will look like a master chef serving it. Topping the rack with a crust is a classic preparation for this…

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