Here is Aunt Nettie’s recipe for Old-Time Beef Stew. I find it quite amusing that she called this recipe Old-Time and it was written in a cookbook from 1953. That’s just one year after I was born. So, it is now a senior but not ready for retirement like me. This recipe must be at least 70 years old – not that I’m that OLD. It is one of the first recipes or pretty much any written anything from Miss Nettie where she had to correct something.

That is not typical of her. I also found it interesting that she wrote to put the garlic on a toothpick so you could remove it from the stew. That’s a new one for me. Here she is in the picture when she was teaching school.

Here’s a tip. Make sure your Dutch oven is very hot. Then add the oil. Test to make sure it is at searing temperature. Then and only then add the beef meat. The Dutch oven needs to be very hot to give the right amount of searing and to create the base for the rue. Rue (the bits in the bottom of the pan) will give your stew the pizzazz and flavor substance needed to take the stew to the next level. Do not move to the next step until you create the sear and the rue base.

Smoked New York Steak Valentines Dinner
Smoked New York Steak Valentines Dinner

Parsley and Butter Sautéed Potatoes
Parsley and Butter Sautéed Potatoes

Toni's Super Salad
Toni’s Super Salad

What’s for dinner tonight? Smoked New York Steak Roast again.   See the recipe here.  I keep coming back to this one.  It’s so easy and entertaining friendly.  While the Roast is smoking away in the Cookshack and then the oven I’m able to visit with friends without feeling stressed.  Lots of time to do everything necessary for a nice Valentine’s dinner.  There is still plenty of breathing room to figure out the sides and get them going too.

I’m fixing it up again today for friends who have escaped the minus 9 F South Dakota freeze that has moved into the north and northeast.  They are here in sunny Arizona for an extended visit.  Mrs. T is one of my best friends and the special lady who made up Grandma Olga’s Homemade Noodles with Chicken for me last year when they were visiting then.

Smoked New York Roast
Smoked New York Roast

This time we’re cooking it with 2 ounces of cherry wood instead of apple wood.  Also, I needed to watch the bold spice due to an onion allergy for Mr. B.  I’m not worried about how it will turn out though because it’s all in the smoking.  The roast was liberally coated with simple salt and pepper and is now in the smoker.  It’s a Cookshack Smoker that been getting a lot more use this winter.  Here are more Cookshack Recipes direct from the Cookshack website.

A little later:

Mrs. T is putting together a dinner salad of fresh lettuce, sliced mushrooms, slivered carrots, cucumber, sliced tomatoes, bacon bits and whatever else is in the vegetable bin.  Idaho russets are resting in water ready to boil later for twice cooked potatoes.  First the potatoes will be boiled in salted water and then pan sautéed in butter and parsley.  Yum.  We can smell the aroma of the smoked roast as it is now slow cooking in the oven at 170 degrees for 1 hour and then let to rest for 1 1/2 hours. It should all come together in another 2 1/2 hours.