Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Boeuf Bourguignon on a Cold Winter Evening

Hello, sweet friends! 

Over the weekend I had time to try 
a recipe that I have always wanted to make:
Boeuf Bourguignon.
I found this recipe on one of my
favorite cooking blogs,
Delightful Repast

It is a Julia Child recipe,
and I have to say, it was well worth
making! Not only that, but the leftovers
are even better!

And my kitchen smelled wonderful
on a cold winter evening!

You can find the recipe on Jean's
lovely blog Delightful Repast

Of course, you can make this recipe
your own by adding what you like,
and that is what I have done.

I've included potatoes, turnip, and parsnips
to the basic recipe of carrots, mushrooms and onion
to make it more like a complete stew.

Instead of using salt pork to brown the beef, I
simply used canola oil - about 4 tbsp.

You could also use 3 slices of thick bacon to
add that wonderful rich flavor, as I think finding
salt pork is not so easy these days.

To cut down on time and steps, I used one
pan - my large cast iron skillet - to
do the prep work.

I also skipped the final step of cooling and skimming
off the fat, as I didn't need to, using Canola oil.

I skipped adding the tiny onions, brandy and parsley at the end, too.

Here I am browning the mushrooms and onion
after I have removed the beef to the Dutch Oven.

After adding these to the Dutch Oven,
I prepared to make roux
in the same pan.

I simply melted the butter, added the flour,
whisking together until bubbling and thick,
then whisked in the beef broth, simmering
until thickened.

I added the tomato paste, wine, herbs and seasonings,
whisking together, bringing just to bubbling,
 and poured all into the Dutch Oven.

I then chopped the raw potatoes, carrots,
parsnips and turnips into bite-sized pieces
(I left the skins on)
and added these to the Dutch Oven.

Bake @ 300 degrees for 2 and 1/2 hours.

Of course I had to have a little sustenance while
I waited, with all those delicious smells
filling up my kitchen!

A little wine and dark chocolate did the trick :)

I set the table for the two of us
using new and vintage pieces.

My new red Christmas Cafe' au Lait
bowls brighten things up.

Rosemary bread and green salad served in my
vintage red mixing bowl.

Balsamic dressing in my vintage Staffordshire pitcher.

I believe in using collected pieces.
If it is not useful, it doesn't come home.....

The candles are lit....

I started collecting vintage etched wine glasses
in different shapes and sizes
to set an eclectic table.

These two match :)

So far I have 6. I need 12 or more
for my large family gatherings.

Out of the oven - Time to eat!

Ramblin' Man declares this the best stew ever!

I have to agree!

I hope you will try it!


In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday -
a quote;

"To retaliate in kind would do nothing
but intensify the existence of hate
in the universe.
Along the way of life,
someone must have sense enough,
and morality enough,
to cut off the chain of hate."


Today I am linking with:
Cooking and Crafting with J&J
Roses of Inspiration

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  1. I saw that recipe too! But YOU made it! Good for you. It looks absolutely delicious and just the ticket for a bitterly cold winter night. I'll take mine beside the fire, if you don't mind.

  2. This looks absolutely delicious, I'm all for this style of food in the winter.


  3. Your post is so delicious ... you share this yummy sounding recipe and the photos to go with this delightful winter's night. Beautiful.


  4. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious and fancy! I've never had boeuf bourguignon before. Thank you for sharing your special meal with us!

  5. I remember the episode in the movie where Julie was trying to make this recipe from Julia's book and she burned it....she had to do it all over again...did you see the movie? Your rendition looks and sound delicious and I love your table setting. You inspire me to want my table to look prettier when it's just the hubs and me.....

    1. I have not seen the movie - but it is on my list! Thank you for stopping by today, Nancy, and for your sweet comments. xo Karen

  6. Oh Karen, you need to see the movie! You would love it! And I've always wanted to make this recipe but never took the time. I know it must be wonderful! Hugs!

  7. Hello Karen,
    Wow your stew looks and sounds amazing.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  8. Hi Karen: Nothing like comfort food on these wintry days. Your table looks so welcoming with that beautiful center-piece. Deb

  9. Your table looks wonderful, so warm and welcoming. And your meal...fantastic. I have never made it but now will give it a try. And agree, see the movie, it is so entertaining. :)

  10. So cozy and wonderful looking, Karen! You always have a way of making meals a special occasion, and you inspire me to do that, too!

  11. Dearest Karen,
    Oh, don't you love those special meals that make a winter evening cozy and feeds the body and soul? This looks and sounds perfect and you managed to prepare it very well.
    Loved the wine and the dark chocolate too...
    Sending you hugs,

  12. That looks so good! I'm going to give it a try soon. I'll let you know how it goes!!!

  13. I imagine that I can smell your Boeuf Bourguignon!
    One of my favourite soups is Boeuf Bourguignon, found on a favourite cooking blog Le Cafe Sucre Farine. Delicious!

  14. Dear Karen, my friend, I love this kind of Stew, and yours looks so delicious! Your table is set wonderful and everything looks so warm and cosy in your home!
    Thank you for sharing! Have a blessed and wonderful rest of the week,
    sending Love and hugs, my dear friend,
    Claudia xo

  15. Hi Karen, What a lovely post, the Beef Stew looked so yummy it's my favourite here in the UK and we have it often during the winter months. I love the table sitting it's so homely and pretty. Take carexx

  16. Good morning, your Stew looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It would be a perfect meal on a cold winter day. Your table looks pretty too! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  17. Oh my goodness, Karen, your Boeuf Bourguignon looks absolutely perfect for a cold winter evening. I so admire the people that can cook delicious food AND take great photos at the same time!
    Your table setting looks lovely and the photo of the wine and chocolate made me smile even more happily. :)
    Thank you for the gorgeous post! xx

  18. Hola querida Karen !! Se ve absolutamente delicioso

  19. Sounds like a good recipe to make if I get snowed in this weekend!

  20. Oh My! That looks so yummy! Adore your stove by the way. It must be fun to prepare meals with.

  21. This looks amazing!!! Perfect for these cold days we're having! Your tablescape is beautiful. I love how you made dinner special for just the two of you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Happy Wednesday!

  22. Karen your dinner and table look amazing! I love to have a nicely set table, and even candles in winter, too. The stew sounds delicious and I'm sure it was and that Julia would approve! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  23. Karen, you're making me hungry so early in the morning. Your soup looks very filling. I love mine with warm bread too.

  24. Karen, you're making me hungry so early in the morning. Your soup looks very filling. I love mine with warm bread too.

  25. Nothing like a warm, hearty soup on a cold day. I'm making corn chowder, as I write this for my soup group at noon!

  26. Looks like a great warm meal for a chilly evening. I love those meals that taste even better when reheated later. Love your etched glasses, so pretty!!!

  27. I saw that on Jean's blog, too, Karen, and yours looks fabulous, also. It's a perfect winter time meal to warm the heart and soul. Your etched wine glasses are so pretty and all your new and vintage pieces make for a lovely table. xo

  28. That looks so delicious. Your table setting is lovely and your wine and chocolate divine. :-)

    Have a nice day ~ FlowerLady

  29. My husband and son would LOVE this! Pinning to my Man Food board!

  30. I remember this from the movie. I can almost smell it cooking! Nothing better on a winter afternoon!

  31. A beautiful quote Karen. Your Boeuf Bourguinon looks delicious. It's one of my favourites. So aromatic!

    Madelief x

  32. Karen, your stew looks absolutely delicious, and perfect on this cold day we're having. I love everything in this stew, especially the mushrooms. :) Your red bowls are just right to serve it. You have set a very nice table, and those candles are so pretty.

    Your posts always warm my heart, Karen.


  33. it looks cozy and yummy! and yay for red wine and chocolate! :)

  34. this looks and sounds very similar to my beef stew as i do "spiff" it up a bit, my ingredient line up is very similar. your kitchen and stove area are really to die for and it is so sweet how you set the table so special. with it being just the 2 of us i have not been doing that....but i am going to, candles and all, thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  35. I have made that before, a few times, and it is such a good recipe. Yours looks like it turned out great!

  36. I have never tasted Boeuf Bourguignon - I'd like to try it but not sure about the turnip, and parsnips. so I would have to try this just for me because I don't believe I could get my sweetheart to try it but maybe if I don't let him know what's in it! HEHE!!!!And I love your table sitting...those white plates are so handy. I like the whole set..

  37. Karen, I'm so happy to have inspired you to make this. Yours looks delicious (I can almost smell it!) and your inviting tablescape makes me want to pull up a chair and join in. You were wise to reserve a bit of wine for the cook to enjoy while working! Thanks for the mention and link; much appreciated.

  38. My husband and daughter's would love that stew! I'll have to make it for them one day soon. Perfect for these cold winter days :-) Love how you presented it on the dishes, so lovely!


  39. MMmm cozy food on these cold days hits the spot... it all looks delicious!

  40. Hi Karen, what a beautiful winter dinner. This dish looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing. I have those same etched glass wine glasses. They were my mil's and given to me after she passed away.
    You table setting is lovely too. Stay warm! xo

  41. Hi Karen, what a beautiful winter dinner. This dish looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing. I have those same etched glass wine glasses. They were my mil's and given to me after she passed away.
    You table setting is lovely too. Stay warm! xo

  42. Wonderful I love a good stew in winter, and this looks like a good one.

  43. Looks soooo delicious, we have a freezer full of venison that would substitute the beef quite well !

    The quote by MLK is perfect for the times and for remembering .

  44. Your table is so pretty and the food delicious! What a peaceful and comforting meal. Have a great week!

  45. Fabulous looking meal....glad it turned out super. I love the adorable centerpiece...what are those white berries? I like your idea of different fancy wine glasses...always wanted to do different settings for company but then I don't do big meals...so...

    1. Hi Karen - thanks for stopping by! The white berries are 'Snow Berries' and grow wild along the sides of roads, streams and woodlands here in Western Washington. Maybe you can find some where you are too! xx K

  46. Dear Karen

    Your Boeuf Bourguignon looks so delicious - I can almost taste it from here!!! Thank you for your version of the recipe.
    I make this hearty casserole during winter and my husband loves it too!

    Your table looks so attractive and I love your red latte bowls and the delicate etched wine glasses which I've been looking for here too.
    I know where I can get them, but they are the real McCoy and far too expensive for my pocket! I'll keep searching the hospice shops!

    Happy January days dear Karen
    Warm hugs
    Shane x

  47. I have always wanted to make Julia's recipe!! Did you ever see the movie Julie and Julia? I read the book and saw the movie and LOVED them both!! But this recipe has always been the one I really want to make. You've inspired me Lady... so this will have to be on my menu in the near future! It looks so delicious!!

    Thanks for sharing dear Friend. Blessings to you and hope you're staying cozy and not getting the wintery blah's. xoxo

    1. Hi Carrie, always love your sweet visits! I have not seen the movie yet! But I am going to pick up a copy this weekend, as I have heard so many good reviews. Yea, those winter blah's are trying to set in here, but I'm trying to stay busy. Wonderful blog friends always keep the spirits up! xo K

    2. I'm so excited for you to see it! ;) I read the book too, and where the book is usually better than the movie - this movie is easily just as good as the book. Hope you enjoy!
      Completely agree on how wonderful blogland friends help keep those blah's at bay. You're definitely one of my Besties!!
      Blessings on your weekend. xoxo

  48. Oh, it's been forever since I made bourguignon, which is a shame since I love it. Thanks for reminding me, I'll add a few things on my next shopping list to make some!

  49. Such a delicious-looking dinner! Warm bowls of something are so good on those wintry days! I've never made that particular dish. We always have beans and ham with the leftover ham from Christmas, and I love to make chili in winter. It isn't so cold here as most places, though we do get a few freezes and colder mornings of course. We may be moving to Oregon before the end of this year. That's going to be DIFFERENT! :-) But I'm looking forward to it!

    I love your stove! I know I've told you that before.

  50. Yum! Jean has such wonderful recipes and this one looks like a winner! It's snowing here right now and I could go for a bowl of this {{smiles}} Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I hope to see you at the party tomorrow. Hugs!

  51. YUM! I've never had this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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