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.

Whenever I say to my husband, “I want to go out for Italian food” he says, “I don’t like Italian.” Well, last night I fed him Italian. He didn’t know it and he loved it. This is my version of a recipe for Cioppino Seafood Pot that is a fish stew that originated in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian-American dish, and is related to regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine.  There are many recipes using a variety of seafood and various degrees of tomato base.  You can add other fish such as cod, lobster, bay scallops, etc.  Make it how you enjoy it and serve with a crusty loaf of artisan bread.

Cioppino
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2-3 people 15 minutes
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30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Over medium low heat melt butter in a 6 quart stockpot, add onions, garlic and parsley. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.
  2. Add tomatoes, chicken bone stock, bay leaf, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the crab sections, shrimp, scallops, and clams. Bring to a slow boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until clams open.
  4. Serve in shallow bowl with crusty artisan bread and a glass of the white wine.
Recipe Notes

Cioppino is a fish stew that originated in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian-American dish, and is related to regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine.  There are many recipes using a variety of seafood and various degrees of tomato base.  You can add other fish such as cod, lobster, bay scallops, etc.  Make it how you enjoy it and serve with a crusty loaf of artisan bread.