Burgundy Beef Stew + A Bread Failure

Today was one of the first days in a long time that my home actually didn’t smell like drywall and paint. How did I get so lucky, you ask?

Well, it’s because the retched smells of construction were completely overcome with the succulent, delicious aromas of Burgundy Beef Stew and fresh baked dill bread.

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YES! Thanks to that wonderful contraption known as a slow cooker, plus my new bread maker, I was able to create a complete meal for Jay and I. I was almost giddy with excitement!

I certainly had my work cut out for me though…this was not going to be an easy feat…

Check out my fancy “work station”

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Not the easiest preparation, but hey, you do whatcha gotta do! ;)

First, I got all my ingredients ready to go,

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…and just started tossing everything into the slow cooker. Neatly, of course. ;)

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Once I had all my meat, veggies, and spices ready to go, it was time to add the liquid. I decided to go with some Pinot Noir that I had on hand, which was actually “supposed” to be consumed on Christmas Eve…

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It was part of a basket of wines that I received last year at my bridal shower, which also included bottles for a few other occasions too…one of which is coming up in less than a week! :shock:

So once the stew was prepped and cooking, I got to work on the bread. Hellooo fancy bread machine!

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I had a hard time deciding, but eventually ended up choosing an Herbed Dill French Bread. It smelled amazing all day long!

Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out looking too amazing…

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Fail. :oops:

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It took quite a bit of muscle just to get the loaf out of the pan. Apparently, I should spray the pan beforehand???

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Cody ended up taking advantage of a few pieces that fell went flying on the floor. Who knew cats like overly crusty bread? ;)

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Looks like I have to work on my bread making skills!

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Any tips?? :roll:

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Luckily, my stew was definitely not a failure. :-D

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The flavor was incredible. Savory, with a subtle hint of the pinot plus the thyme.

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Yeah, I’ll say it…I definitely impressed myself! :)

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Along with our stew, Jay and I shared a glass of the Pinot Noir. Typically, we are not red wine drinkers, but I figured that since I cooked with it, it’d probably pair pretty well. It definitely did!

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And better yet, we were even able to salvage some bread!

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Now it’s time to go pack up all the leftover stew, take care of some dishwashing in the tub (ooooof), and finish up the rest of Christmas clean-up.

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Until next year, Christmas Tree! :)

Question for the Evening:

Have you ever made bread in a bread machine? Any tips for me?? :)