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Easy Beef Stew

Very flavorful and I had no problem getting the stew meat tender. I also used mixed veggies, only because that's what I had (out of frozen peas). I did make a sub for the red wine, since I didn't have any. I used 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar + 3/4 cup water in place of the 1 cup red wine called for. I also used gluten-free all-purpose flour with great success. I really liked this method. The meat was flavorful and tender, while the veggies were perfectly cooked!

Dec 17, 2012
meems_PDX in Recipes

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

I used to love canned ravioli, especially the cheese filled ones! I sometimes find myself craving it but I literally cannot eat it now since finding out I am gluten intolerant (maybe even celiac, yikes!).

Feb 10, 2012
meems_PDX in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

My mom made this too! She also made the same thing but substitute cinnamon for cocoa powder...mmmmm!

Feb 10, 2012
meems_PDX in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Chocolate gravy with biscuits
Savory french toast, never sweet (my mom used eggs, salt, water or milk and a ton of artificial vanilla flavoring with white bread)
My dad always ate tomatoes with his biscuits and white gravy, I thought it was weird as a kid but like it now!
Never any fresh veggies with dinner, only canned or bagged frozen (my mom hated and still hates things like steamed broccoli! It's a wonder I like anything green or healthy).
LOTS of TV dinners, canned foods, boxed mixes, etc.
I don't think I had a non-boxed cake or dessert of any kind until I was a teenager and made them myself.
My grandpa put cornbread in a glass with buttermilk in it up until the day he died!
TONS of bread/carbs every day (EX: bagel for bfast, sandwich for lunch, garlic bread with spaghetti for dinner!!!)
Poptarts as a food group, same with soda!
Lasagna made with TONS AND TONS of cheese and eaten with a side of white rice (LOL, this was a thing my mom got from her 2nd gen Japanese-American friend. We lived in the deep south, so ppl though they were nuts!).
My grandma made this atrocious mixture of strawberry gel (the kind that goes with strawberry shortcakes), peanut butter. cool whip and something else that I am forgetting...maybe table sugar?

Feb 10, 2012
meems_PDX in General Topics