This week I have to make sure I’m around to receive something COD arriving via UPS. (I know, COD? What is that?) So I decided that while I’m stuck here all day I might as well cook something in the crock pot. I looked up a few stew recipes and they were not at all what I remember my dad making when I was a kid. The recipes I looked at called for browning the meat and sauteeing some onions and adding a bunch of spices. My dad would throw some peeled but not chopped onions, meat, water, a little bit of a flavoring paste (like this one but made locally and fantastically delicious, it’s on my Cleveland shopping list) in the crock pot, set it to low, and go off to work. He would have some whole carrots, potatoes and roughly chopped celery that I would stick into the pot when I’d get home from school and turn the crock pot to high. By the time parental units were home from work dinner was ready, and it was delicious. I remember loving how the onions would spill out smaller and smaller onion layers when you squeezed them with a fork. Every once in a while he would quarter a large turnip and cook it with the meat all day and try to convince the family it was potato. After being cooked all that time it wasn’t bad, but we weren’t fooled.
So I decided to see if I could make direction-less stew on my own. I peeled some pearl onions this morning and tossed them into my crock pot with some beef labeled “stew meat” from the store. I have carrots, celery and fingerling potatoes to add later. I also mixed together the makings for some no-knead bread last night before I went to bed. I’m really looking forward to dinner.