Is there anything more local than this? My lack of photography skills can't quite capture the sheer rustic and hearty deliciousness of this stew. Paired with a slice of Jeff's local"ish" rye bread, a scoop of goat cheese mashed potatoes and a glass of Nova Scotia's Jost Winery's Comtessa Red, I can't imagine a better way to spend a cold winter's evening.
I followed Julia Child's original recipe as closely as I could, given I didn't have some ingredients, like pearl onions or another 2 lbs of stewing beef kicking around. The mashed potatoes did great capturing the extra liquid, as did the bread.
We followed it up with a mug of local, herbal tea and some buttercup squash custard (recipe coming tomorrow!) and celebrated winter and the fantastic opportunity to hibernate, regroup and recoup before another busy growing season starts.