IMG_0182Does this tell you it’s cold in Houston?  With temperatures the last several days being below freezing, one is not encouraged to venture far from home.  That means it’s only natural to think of warming with comfort foods like soups and stews.

In the refrigerator were most of the makings for beef stew though the pantry was empty of the diced tomatoes and broth I typically use for liquid.  That being the case required some creative thinking, so I added a bottle of beer and at the last minute the remains of some frozen edamame and red pepper and tomato soup that had accompanied a grilled cheese sandwich on another frozen day.  Noting the ingredients, the hubby raised his eyebrows in questioning wonder. 

While the stew was bubbling away,

IMG_0131I got the bar, where we eat most of the time when it’s just the two of us, ready for dinner.

It’s nothing fancy,  but I do choose dishes that go with whatever happens to be on the surface.  If you’ve seen any of my tablescapes, you know that seldom is an eating surface unadorned which makes it very easy to add on.

IMG_0136With fragrant smells emanating from the kitchen, we settled to watch the evening news.  By the time the latest Trump bashing was over, the stew was ready and guess what?  Those extra added ingredients combined for a pretty tasty creation which goes to show you don’t always have to rely on the tried and true.  Cooking is just another way of expressing your creativity.

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19 thoughts on “Frozen!

  1. If that was Maine I wouldn’t be surprised but Houston…that is way too cold. Sounds like your creative dish turned out great and you didn’t have to get out in the freezing weather. That is a win, win situation. 🙂

  2. Just found this way down in my inbox. I can’t keep up but looks like you have been cooking up a storm and boy does it look great!

    1. I’ve been pretty creative in the kitchen lately!

  3. Lulu,
    The stew looks very tasty indeed! and setting the table just for the two of you is wonderful, Himself and I tend to just plonk food on the bare table because we are tired and want as little clean up as possible. Your way is better, I should make more of an effort. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. I’ve convinced myself the food tastes better if it’s served attractively. That’s probably flawed thinking!

  4. The stew looks delicious! You were very creative with substituting ingredients. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. We have all sure had our share of cold weather lately. Your stew will be perfect to comfort the body and soul on a day like this! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I LOVE those vases, Linda.

  7. the fountain looks so pretty! Your dinner and setting sound perfect for icy weather,

    1. Yes , the fountain became a sculpture. Is cold hitting you?

      1. Oh yes! We’ve been frozen most of the week, frozen pipes and all, thankfully 60s predicted for the next week!

      2. We’re warming up today. Boy is that welcome!

  8. The fountain is gorgeous!!! and how great does it look all “frozen” and must say the stew/dinner looks wonderful! I love “putting things together” … something that I learned from my mom…

  9. Wow! That is frozen. That meal looks perfect for an evening in out of the cold. I really like it when these kind of creative additions work.

  10. I love making “something out of nothing”. Last night I had ground beef out and was unsure what to make. My son likes Beef Ramen (don’t judge lol) periodically but uses 1/2 a packet of the seasoning on it. So I had a full seasoning packet I’ve been saving for something. Well the ground beef was the something. I used the packet, garlic powder, milk, and homemade bread crumbs and made meatballs with buttered basil egg noodles (made from a local shop) and steamed green beans. It was devoured up by my family. Beautiful pictures you shared!

  11. Comfort food for a cold day is perfect! Your stew looks delicious. Creativity in the kitchen is one of my favorite things about cooking! I bet the hubby enjoyed every bite.

  12. The Militant Negro January 18, 2018 — 10:00 am

    Oh My Lord does this stew look deliciousYummY

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