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Irish Beef Stew

Matthew:  Even though the weather has been unusually warm, I’ve been busy making lots of winter foods, especially stews.  I love making stews because everything goes in one pot and once you get them simmering, you are practically done.  I found this recipe for Irish beef stew and the result was very good.  It uses Guinness and red wine, making it extra flavorful.  I found some nice grass-fed organic beef and beef stock concentrate at the co-op to use in the stew.  The end result was delicious and I could have eaten it every day for weeks.  I’ll have to make some more soon!

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Beef and Green Olive Tagine

Matthew:  I think I first learned of tagine back in high school French class when we had a vocabulary unit on Morocco.  The textbook had an illustration of an outdoor market in which there was a funny looking ceramic dish and a plate of couscous with raisins.  The funny looking dish, called a tagine, helps to trap moisture inside (which is useful in the desert), by having water condense on the sloped sides.  I haven’t purchased a tagine yet, so I thought I would try making this recipe from the Stay at Stove Dad blog in a slow cooker.  For the recipe, I purchased some organic, grass-fed beef stew meat from the co-op.  It was expensive, but really good quality beef.  The tagine spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, paprika, and ginger) didn’t overwhelm the dish, but instead created a subtle, exotic flavor which paired nicely with the green olives.  I hope to make this again and perhaps experiment with other tagine recipes in the future.