Sunday, September 14, 2008


So apparently Chicago is in a state of emergency because of flooding? Up on the third floor, we have the sort of inverse problem: a leaky ceiling! Josh's desk is even pitifully warped in one corner.

But! We have coffee from beans we bought on sale this afternoon at Meijer, lovely Meijer, and a whole lot of reading going on. And perhaps stir-fry for dinner.


Here's a recipe (for you omnivores) for a stew I made in the crock pot last week, which was really really lovely:

1. Put 2-3 lbs beef (I used chuck and trimmed it a LOT), cut into 1-2" pieces, into the bottom of the crock pot. Dab on a little can of tomato paste and 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2. On top of this, add 1 lb carrots, cut into 1-2" long pieces, 1 lb new potatoes (as long as they're small, don't cut them!), and 1 lb cheap onions, cut into 1-2" wedges. Over this, spread 5-8 crushed/chopped garlic cloves and 2 bay leaves.

3. Cook on high for 5 hours. Serve with a green salad and biscuits or crusty bread.


  1. Yay! A Crock Pot recipe! I just reclaimed mine from Oklahoma this summer and I'm not quite sure what to do with it. I'm definitely doing this. :)

    Sorry about the drippy ceiling. Ironically, we've only experienced about two days of rain here in Vancouver. (Do you hear me eagerly knocking on wood?)

  2. Cindy, could you post some tips on using the crock pot? I love the idea, but my food always ends up really mushy.

  3. Really?! Only two days of rain? We were there for a week about this time last year, and it rained/drizzled all but one day.