The snow has stopped falling and we’re having friends for dinner tonight. The streets are not really clear from the record snowfall but our guests are neighbors so they can walk if they have to.
I often go to my Silver Palate cookbooks to plan my menus. I particularly love The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook; it is divided by seasons which makes it easy and fun. The Silver Palate cookbooks were written in the ’80′s so I cut down on the amount of butter and salt they call for and the recipes are always tasty. Even though we’ve been eating non-stop and could do with just a salad for dinner I feel like a beef stew, beef bourguignon or something hearty, maybe it’s the weather… Since the markets are all out of bread I’m doing a Beef Pot Pie so the bread is built in! A nice salad to start and we’re all set.
I have never made or even eaten beef pot pie but I trust my Silver Palate cookbooks. Below is the recipe.
1 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
2 c. sliced carrots (1/2 inch thick)
5 small red potatoes, each cut into 8 pieces
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 c. dry red wine
1 c. beef broth
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1 t. dried thyme
2 T. dark brown sugar
8 oz. green beans, trimmed and cut in half
pastry for a single crust pie
Preheat oven to 350. Heat butter and oil in large skillet. Brown the beef on all sides, a few pieces at a time. Remove to medium-size casserole. Saute onion and garlic in the same skillet for 2 minutes. Add to the casserole. Mix together flour salt and pepper and sprinkle over the beef and onions. Toss to coat thoroughly. Add the carrots, potatoes, mustard, wine, broth, vinegar, thyme, and brown sugar to the beef and stir. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Cover and place in the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Remove the cover and bake for another 30 minutes.
Cook green beans in boiling water until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Remove beef stew from oven. Increase the heat to 425. Stir beans into stew.
Pour the beef stew into a clean deep 2-quart casserole or souffle dish. Roll out the pastry and place on the top of the dish. Trim the pastry. Brush with milk and cut a steam vent in the center.
Bake until crust is golden, about 25 minutes.
FYI – I divided the stew into individual bowls, put the pie crust on top of each and then had individual portions. It was delicious, really hearty and a great meal. I would reduce the amount of vinegar next time and maybe ditch the pie crust and just serve with a great loaf of french bread.
The record-breaking snow storm on 12/26 led to a snow day on 12/27! Loved the extra day off after Christmas although I did have to pop over to the shop to check on a few things. Here are a few pics of the 20 inches we got at 29 East 93rd Street.
The week leading up to Christmas was wild. We sold out of a number of popular items and moved merchandise around hourly so the shop didn’t look empty. Last minute shoppers were pleased we could still monogram within their time frame or were happy to grab the initial items – Mariposa bottle stoppers, Ann Marie Murray Ring Dishes, Caspari cocktail napkins, Matouk Auberge towels and much more. One customer got lucky that we had a W on a beautiful Soundview Millworks Cutting Board. I think we did the best we could so that customers could put personalized presents under the tree year.
We planned to close at 2pm today so we could get home to our families on Christmas Eve but customers had us here much later. It was our pleasure to fulfill last minute shoppers needs and now it’s time to get home and enjoy Christmas! Wishing you peace, love and joy this holiday week!
Lotus Jewelry Studio personalized jewelry is a huge hit. We can not keep enough in stock.
The large tag is a 5/8″ disc that is adorned with genuine rock quartz crystal and a white fresh water pearl. It is made of 14K gold-filled, has a soft satin finish and hangs from a 16″ chain (you can upgrade to an 18″ chain for an additional $2.00). Our mini size measures 7/16″ and is sold separately without beads or a chain and is meant to be added to our larger tag. We only carry the block letters.
Lots of our customers are purchasing the mini tag with a birthstone crystal on the chain. It’s a great personalized gift!
As customers are picking up their monogrammed goods at the shop they are also picking up lots of stocking-stuffers! What are these go-to items?
1. elizabethW bath fizz balls – 3 for $18
2. Fornash Seahorse Earrings – $24 a pair
3. Mariposa Initial Bottle Stopper – $27
4. Toss Steeplechase print 3 pack pouches – $34
Great cast, great show! I love Broadway shows so when I learned that our weekend guests scored 4 tickets for TIME STANDS STILL I was very excited. I knew nothing about it but a Broadway show is always a treat.
The four person cast is terrific and the drama was riveting. TIME STANDS STILL stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney, two-time Tony® nominee Brian d’Arcy James, Drama Desk Award winner Eric Bogosian and Golden Globe and Emmy® nominee Christina Ricci. Tony® winner Daniel Sullivan directs. This cast is only contracted thru January 30, 2011 so get tickets soon if you can.