American-Irish Guinness Stew

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 lb beef stew meat (chuck or roast)  3 garlic cloves , minced 1 sweet onion, chopped 6 oz bacon, diced 3 tbsp cornstarch 2  11 oz bottles of Guinness Stout (not GF) 4 tbsp  Worcestershire (not NSF) 3 cups beef broth  2 medium carrots , peeled and sliced on a bias 1 inch thick 2 large celery stalks , sliced on a bias 1…

Corn and Crab Chowder

We are enjoying rare snowfall in Tennessee. Cold weather screams for soups. Tonight I am finishing up crab from Valentines Day dinner in my own version of a chowder. This one is not night shade free although it is gluten and cow dairy free. INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons olive oil 3/ 4 a cup of diced…

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

I love chicken pot pie.  It is that glorious, rich, comforting childhood meal.  I also adore an amazing chicken soup and I am a sucker for pasta.  This dish combines all of those loves into one soul filling bowl.   The secret is in the broth which can’t be rushed.  A good broth is a symphony. …

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

A complete recipe is below though I often make this from my freezer “scrap bag”.  Anytime we make fresh brocolini, I freeze the stalks and trimmings.   I use those in place of fresh broccoli, leaving them in to puree.  Last remnants of cheese make a delightful soup as well.  This is a quick 20 minute…

Saffron Seafood Stew

Saffron Seafood Stew Here is a little known fact, I once went on Master Chef and this is what I made for the judges!   It didn’t get me on the show but it is a favorite in our home. Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 3 stalks of chopped celery 1…