Hi, Friends! Even though it's not cold outside yet in Georgia in November, I've been stirring up some delicious, warm comfort food! This stew and lemon blueberry Bundt cake was for a friend whose mother passed away, and her family. I thoroughly enjoy the recipes, the shopping, the prepping, the cooking, and the cleaning (not so much) when I know others are going to be enjoying what I cook, especially in times of need. Like the cover page on the Dished With Love Facebook Page, I believe that Cooking is Love Made Visible, especially when used to comfort friends. I really, really enjoyed making the Bundt cake because I know it is one of my friend's favorite things that I have made.
How do you like that prep work? The prep work is something that is so comforting to me. You may have to be a cook to understand, but to me the food is so beautiful, with life-giving nutrition and great taste, too! I may be feeling a little philosophical today! Put it all together and viola! You've just made someone feel better!
This recipe came from Ina Garten, and you can click on the stew picture for the recipe. The only change I would make is I would not marinate the beef overnight, probably half that time, and I would use more beef stock instead of the 2 1/2 cups of marinade used when cooking.The flavor of the wine (a red wine blend is good) does not cook off as much as when you're using it in other dishes. If you want to leave the wine out completely, just make sure the beef is tenderized. You can do that by covering it in Saran Wrap and pounding it (a great stress reliever), or marinate it in your favorite beef marinade. It was, however, delicious as is, and it's just a matter of taste! The peas are added at the end, so don't forget those! I forgot them in my friend's dish, but it turns out that was a good thing because she hates peas. They are added in the second batch I made, pictured above.
My least favorite thing about making cakes is, you don't get to taste them! I must say, this turned out beautifully, and I hope it tastes as good as it looks. You can find the recipe for this cake by using the search feature that I love so much on this page, and find the recipe on a previous blog. Just type in Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake! I didn't get a taste of the cake this time, but it is so easy to make, I'll be giving it another go soon!
I hope you enjoy looking at my photos and you'll try these recipes. I made another batch of the stew for myself and Sis and another friend, and the job was definitely rewarding.
Speaking of making dishes for family and friends, it's almost Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's!! Be looking for different things to be coming to the blog for the holidays, and please, please feel free to comment. The Facebook page needs likes, shares, and comments to stay front and center, so those are greatly appreciated!
See you soon, and as always, Dished With Love! Denise
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