This Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew is a comfort food classic…
warm up with a bowl tonight!
So a brewery opened up recently right around the corner from us. Well, to be fair, Shmaltz Brewing opened their tasting room about a year ago, but we didn’t make it in to visit until the end of the summer. But now that we’ve discovered it, we’ve become regulars…not unlike Norm and Carla in Cheers. (If you ever come across Shmaltz in your area, they have one heck of a tasty IPA!) What’s not to love about a craft brewery less than 2 miles from your house? Add in the comfy leather couches, and you can see why we’re hooked.
My wife and I love to go to bar trivia nights. We never (well, rarely) win anything, but we always give it the old college try. The brewery around the corner has a trivia night…and get this–it starts at 6:30 and it’s over by 8:00! Old people unite! (Ok, we might not be that old, but we do get up at 5:00am…that makes us honorary old people.) Actually, I think we wake up earlier than most old people.
For the most part, the trivia categories are movies and music. If there’s one thing I am not good at, it’s movies and music trivia. I think every actor looks like Mark Wahlberg, and I think Phil Collins sang every song in the 1980’s. (Actually, I really do think Phil Collins sang every song in the ’80s.) I’m waiting on the college sports or food categories to come around…of course, I’m sure the questions will be insanely obscure. But then again, it’s trivia. If the questions were too easy, it would be called Jeopardy. (Haha…totally kidding! How do those contestants on Jeopardy know all of that stuff??)
Since trivia starts on the early side, Thursday nights in our house are a bit rushed. My wife usually gets home around 5:30, and then we try to be back out of the door by 6:00. That means we need quick and easy dinners. That means we need this Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew!
One of our mutual friends (who also happens to work with my wife) has been going to trivia with us, and we’ve started a Thursday night dinner tradition at our house. But since we need to eat quickly, we’ve started planning ahead to make sure we always have yummy leftovers ready to go. Just recently, I made a big pot of this beef stew, and it was perfect for Thursday trivia night! I had 3 bowls warmed up and ready to go in no time…and to top it off, this beef stew is pretty much the very definition of comfort food. It’s like the canned soup version…but way, way better.
As we head off into the coldest part of the winter here in upstate New York, I suspect that this Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew will make many appearances on our dinner table. If you’re in the area on a Thursday night, then swing by and grab a bowl with us…but only if you’re good at trivia!