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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Winter Beef Stew (Instant Pot) on: October 17, 2016 10:14:46 AM
Beef Stew in the Instant Pot



2 lbs beef chuck roast, cut in 1 inch chunks
salt and pepper
1/4-1/2 cup flour
3 T Oil

1/2 small can tomato paste
3/4 cup dry red wine
2 cans beef consomme
6 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried
2-3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 turnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
4 red potatoes, quartered (should be at least twice as big as your harder veggies so they don't fall apart during cooking)
8 ounces whole mushrooms


Salt and pepper the beef chunks and then shake with the flour in a large ziplock bag to coat. Heat up 1 T oil in the Instant Pot on Saute, and add 1/3 of the beef. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until several sides are browned. Remove to a bowl, and add another T of oil and another 1/3 of the beef. Continue until all the beef is browned.

Add the wine to the pan and stir until you get all the meat and flour bits off the bottom of the pan. Not only does this add flavor to the stew, but if there are any bits on the bottom, the Instant Pot may not come to pressure as it will think something is burning. Add the tomato paste and consomme and stir to dissolve the paste.

Add the herbs, garlic, and seasonings and stir, then add all the vegetables. Put the lid on and lock it in place and make sure the vent is moved to "seal."  Choose Manual pressure, 25 minutes. It took a little over 10 minutes to come to pressure for me. After the 25 minutes is up, allow to naturally release. We could only wait for 10 minutes since it smelled so good, so after the 10 minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR) I carefully released the rest of the pressure.

Remove the bay leaves and thyme stems, taste for seasoning, it may need more salt and/or pepper. Serve with some crusty bread and a green salad.
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Uplifting? Art Quilt on: October 14, 2016 08:39:39 AM
Gorgeous, I love it!
23  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Vintage Trick or Treater Spool on: October 13, 2016 10:09:06 AM
Acccckk! So creepy! Cheesy
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery on: October 11, 2016 04:32:38 PM
Ooh what a great idea! Love your little travel kit!
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Insta Pot Cooking on: October 11, 2016 11:08:00 AM
Yum, thanks lindy! I started a Pin board for IP too, this is fun!
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Instant Pot Cooking on: October 11, 2016 09:05:25 AM
My Instant Pot arrives today! Who has one? Can you share your favorite recipe? I already have meals planned out for this week and am not going back to the grocery store, but I'm working on my meal planning/grocery list for next week. I think my first, or one of my first things to try out will be this Chili Lime Chicken

Any tips or tricks you want to share? I'm so excited, I joined a FB group and it is almost overwhelming!
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: modern-ish log cabin-ish purple-ish on: October 11, 2016 08:43:58 AM
Cute! What a fun layout, and I love your label! <3
28  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #116 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2016, Due Nov 1 - 8 2016 on: October 10, 2016 08:48:27 AM
I'm so excited to see these!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: so, apparently my potholder is a nazi supporter... on: October 05, 2016 02:26:09 PM
Yep, any 2 color rail fence pattern is going to look like a swastika. A while back there was a charity group that someone was really insisting on this design and well...it was a mess. She was pretty stubborn about it but after awhile the design was changed.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Sugar Skulls (with written pattern and photo sing-a-long) on: October 05, 2016 09:37:09 AM
These are awesome! Thanks for sharing the pattern!
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