December 8, 2009

cream sauce of distinction.

It's a cold, windy night. I got off work early and decided that it was high time I made a fabulous cream sauce.

3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
6 whole sun-dried tomatoes, diced
6 white button mushrooms, sliced
1-1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp ground superfine mustard powder
3 oz grated Parmesan cheese
garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste

melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. add the tomatoes, garlic powder and pepper, saute for a few minutes. add flour, stirring constantly until it's a golden pasty glob. add some milk. stir stir stir, it'll thicken up pretty quickly. add mushrooms, mustard powder, salt and cheese, keep stirring. add more milk if necessary, for viscosity's sake. DO NOT UNDERSALT, it'll make it taste like a floury paste devoid of life. Cook on med-low heat until a good consistency is reached. I poured mine over some boil and serve ravioli I bought in the deli case at the store. MMMMM. :)

Try it!

December 4, 2009

Manly Soup!

I made a nice soup in my crock pot last night!

about 1lb beef chunks (sold as stew meat at most meat counters)
2-3 carrots, washed and cut into small pieces
2 celery stalks, washed and cut into small pieces (even the leaves. they are chewable and have lots of celery flavor!!!)
8oz white button mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
1 can beef stock (from the soup aisle, same size as the condensed soups)
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper (and whatever spices you want, really) to taste
about 6oz water

Put all ingredients in the crock pot, set that sucker on high, and let it go for about 4 hours, until the meat's done all the way through and the veggies are soft. Zach made some noodles (the ones he used to make the chicken soup, in fact) to go with it. I had 2 bowls without blinking, it was so good. :) You can turn this into stew if you add some thickener, like corn starch. I'd dissolve a few tablespoons or so in some water or broth, then stir it in until desired thickness is reached, adding more starch as needed.