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Winter Recipes: Slow Cooker Kalderetang Baka (Filipino Beef Stew) Recipe

When you're hungry, starving, parched.and every which way you turn, there is no bread, no water, no sustenance at all, you will eat the first thing given to you. If you have ever gone hungry and have no room to be picky or refuse a meal set before you, then you will eat whatever is given. Have you ever served at a homeless shelter? I have. Several times. Something I endeavored to teach my Youth Group is that they have it pretty good. No, I am not from a wealthy area and simple beef casserole Youth in my midst are not from well-to-do neighborhoods. In fact, most are from middle to low Income families. Many have state and church support for monthly food and other assistance. But still, I hear them grumble about what they don't have and how much they want.

When I beef casserole, I make it chockfull of veggies. If I find that I have a bit of zucchini leftover from another dinner, I'll cube it up and add it the last half hour of cooking. I've been known to throw in frozen peas at the very end of cooking, and I know I've added bits of green and red bell pepper I've found lingering in the fridge that need to be used up. Don't be afraid to add veggies that you need to use up to your beef stew. Feel free to substitute chicken (boneless skinless breasts or thighs cut into cubes work great) or make a vegetable stew using rustic cuts of carrots, celery, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, rutabaga, turnip, parsnip and maybe even some cabbage. Use vegetable broth instead of beef broth/stock to make it truly vegan.

Recently though, it seems, the people in my life have been coming up with ways to make vegetables go down easier for me. My niece's Moroccan Cous Cous for example. Had I not known what they were, the carrots and squash would have been passed over as a thickener. And my mom recently made a beef stew jamie oliver sort of thing in which the carrots were actually sweet!

As a result of the above, it is true. I have seen it with my own eyes. People in their mid-40s and early 50s on up, are researching illnesses so that they don't end up like me, employed, without funds to be able to breathe. This way, they live off of the government and this gives the democratic government the justification to pursue more taxes. Cyclic eh?

Luckily, the sprinkling of Irish pubs in Washington, D.C. offer up some hearty, classic meals. And if you just can't put your mug of Guinness down for a minute to eat, many have beer-soaked or beer-battered options too.

Braising steak is one of the most economical types of beef. When properly cooked it is fork-tender and melts in the mouth. For a simple beef casserole, chop the steak into bite-sized cubes. Fry in a little oil until browned. Add to a pot with beef stock, garlic, herbs and seasoning. Simmer for an hour and a half. Add chopped vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions and mushrooms. Simmer for another half hour. Stir in a flour and butter mixture to thicken the gravy.

Time to add a liquid to this. It is ideal to use beef or vegatable stock for this but hot water will work also. Add enough liquid to cover all the veggies and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.

This beef stew recipe makes a very tasty stew. You can serve with crackers, rolls, or plain white bread. Remember this is just a recipe, play around with it a little if you wish, to make it your own.

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