Beef and Tomato Stew with Beyond The Pale Beer Bread

Sliced Pink Fuzz beer breadI mentioned previously that I was craving meat (check out my previous post for a delicious burger recipe).  To further appease my craving, this beef stew from Williams Sonoma is so easy to make because it doesn’t require any broth or stock, just water and tomatoes to make the base, some vegetables, and of course, slow simmered tender beef, and you have a delicious, hearty stew made completely from scratch. Continue reading


Red Fife & Hogsback Beer Bread

This was my first time ever baking bread.  I consider it a moderate success, and have learned a few things for next time.  The most important learning is that it was so simple I should do it more often!  I had been too intimidated to bake bread until I stumbled across this recipe for beer bread, and I knew I had run out of excuses.  There is no kneading, resting or rising involved!  Just a quick mix of ingredients, then into the oven.  That being said, I do need to try a proper bread recipe eventually, as I need to make use of the dough hook on my KitchenAid Mixer that is currently far too shiny and new. Continue reading