Fall is here everyone! Although it seems as if we skipped fall and went from the heat of the summer to a cold winter chill, I guess we still consider this time fall as I am unwilling to be robbed of my favorite time of year. If you are craving soup, pumpkin spice latte's, and beautifully colored trees then you must agree with me! I have recently had an obsession with soup; I can actually mark the night my obsession set in. It was a cold night about 2 weeks ago, I was eating hot chili (from a can, actually it was a box and it was organic not that I think "organic" even matters when it comes to packaged chili.. ) Anyway, I warmed it all up after a long, cold day out in the world and as I started eating it, I realized how incredibly comforting the warmth and slight spice was at this time of year. BAM, the obsession started as I began to crave the need for warm food. For the past few weeks I have been trying out new soup, chili and stew recipes and it has really been delightful. Although one of my favorite parts was getting local products from the farmer's market on Saturdays, unfortunately they are done with them for the rest of the year, so I have to take my sad self to the grocery market and purchase my products from who knows where is harvesting kale and squash at this time of year. Since my obsession began, I have dedicated every Saturday to trying out a new recipe and have had some great results, thought I'd share!
Today I decided to make beef stew with a homemade Rosemary Olive Oil Bread.
Starting with the stew, it really turned out amazing. The beef melts in your mouth and the flavor is perfectly spiced with a semi sweet heat due to the addition of ground cloves mixed with Bay leaves, garlic, onion and other great spices. although it was somewhat time consuming, it's simple work, you just have to let it cook for a few hours as goes for any noteworthy soup. It is a perfect recipe if you are planning on relaxing around the house for a while, hence a lazy Saturday!
The Rosemary Olive oil Bread was to die for! It came out ever so moist, but held perfect firmness to dip in the stew. It was also soo simple! Nothing beats fresh warm baked bread, my fall loving friends!
I really hope somebody else decides to try these recipes, my family and I really enjoyed this dinner and it has definitely earned a spot in my growing list of soup obsessions.
It is truly, stewpendous.