Chunky Maple Beef Stew

Maple Beef Stew

Maple Beef Stew


 

 

Winter storms and homemade beef stew, they just go together! Here’s an easy recipe that can easily be adjusted up or down depending on how many you’re feeding.

Chunky Maple Beef Stew

Ingredients for Chunky Maple Beef Stew

Ingredients for Chunky Maple Beef Stew

 

 

 

Beef stew also freezes nicely,  double the batch and freeze half in a crock pot bag for a meal on a night you’re working late! Or if you have teenagers in the house doubling it is a necessity!

 

 

 

Beef cubes mixed with vegetables and maple syrup

Beef cubes mixed with vegetables and maple syrup

One thing to note is the cooktime is 4 hours (I found the prep time to be about 20 minutes).  This could easily be made in a crockpot on slow so it cooked all day.  I am making it tonight, my husband coming off second shift at the hospital will have a hot meal for once.  We’re going to reheat this for supper tomorrow night although from the aroma from the kitchen I may be have midrats (midnight rations….throwback to my Navy days!)

I wish you could smell this….it’s even better then it looks!

 

Recipe courtesy of the Official Vermont Maple Cookbook

 

 

Sundays in January

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Bliss Field – January morning walk

Sundays in January are refreshing and relaxing. The rush of the holidays is over, the house is back in order and work is back on schedule. They are that period of time just before we begin to tap the trees and work in the woods.

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Small stream – January morning walk

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Sun through the trees – January morning walk

I can spend a little more time in the kitchen on things like creamy potato or butternut squash soups and making homemade doughnuts. I can take a walk with the dogs and think hey the temperature’s good today……it’s 20 degrees……and actually mean it! I can watch the birds busily working at the feeders while looking through the chicken book (yes of course I need more!) and thumb through the seed catalog with pen and paper ready to make my wish list. One more cup of coffee then to fry the doughnuts, not rushed, not hurried. Life is good!