Saint Bernadette is unusual in that she has two feast days. The first is today, February 18th. This is the day her Lady promised to make her happy, not in this life, but in the next. This is the day recognized in France to be her feast day. The second is April 16th. It was the day she died, the day the Catholic Church tells us she went to heaven. Saint Bernadette was only 35 years old.
What is it about Sun-Dried Tomatoes that makes them so delicious, so versatile and oh so good? Love them in a salad, or with chicken or in a sauce. Sometimes when I’m cooking, I will munch on some Sun-Dried Tomatoes the way other people enjoy fruit leather.
In my many decades of cooking (more than I’m willing to count) I’ve whipped up some wonderful dishes over the years – long before I knew words like “blogging”. It never occurred to me to photograph the process. Even now, with my blog humming along, it’s not always possible to take step-by-step photos. Maybe if I planned my cooking events better. Most of the time my hands are such a mess I dare not touch the camera. I hope you don’t mind.
Did ya check out the photo for this recipe? This isn’t your typical Beef Stew. No carrots, no peas, none of your usual chunks of vegetables. Just stew meat, slowly simmered in a crock pot until fork-tender, a thick gravy made with beer, some herbs for seasoning . . . yeah strictly speaking this is meat and potatoes all the way. A man’s-man kind of stew.
What sets this French Beef Stew served over mashed potatoes apart from all the others? The wine – an entire bottle of your favorite wine! (And by that I don’t mean your favorite cooking wine, but the stuff you like to sip by the glassful). The whole house will smell like a winery as the stew simmers on the stove top.