A Rainy Day Means A Great Cooking Day For Me

It was a rainy Columbus Day here in New York, but I didn’t mind too much. I actually appreciated having the opportunity to work in the kitchen for a bit this afternoon and get our meals for tomorrow all set and make sure I stick to my goals.

Since I had a few hours to spare and the weather was just calling for it, I decided to go with a Lamb Stew.

Ingredients:

1 1.5-2 lb. package of lamb stew meat

2 carrots, sliced thin

1 clove garlic

1 onion, medium

1 small can of tomato paste

1 cup red wine, dry

1 cup water

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix the lamb with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until it is evenly coated. Let is sit for about 30 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot over a medium heat. Add lamb and sear meat on all sides. Once meat is seared, transfer to a clean bowl.

3. Add onions, carrot, and garlic to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in wine and tomato paste. Add seared lamb back into into the pot and stir to combine.

5. Add water and reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered for 2 hours.

6. Serve over rice and enjoy!

 

Now, after I had the kitchen cleaned up and the stew was simmering, I decided I may as well embrace the autumn season and utilize some of the apples we somehow still have in our possession after apple picking a couple of weeks ago, to make another Apple Cake.

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(This was one of the trees I picked about 20 apples from)

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

2 apples, peeled and diced

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 9-inch round cake pan.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.

3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

4. Stir in vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

5. Fold in apples and spoon mixture into the pan.

6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

 

What I love about these dishes is that they really are really easy to make, but look like you put in a ton of effort. 😉

That, and they are also just perfect for the fall season!

Hope you enjoy. Till next time…

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