Well, my weekly cooking involved yet another Dorie Greenspan/Around My French Table/FFWD recipe, this time thanks to AgLocal. I saw an ad for them on Facebook (one of the few times I’ve ever clicked on one!) and was intrigued that they ship relatively local, sustainably-raised meat once per month straight to my door. I had also received a $40 off coupon, so that eased the pain of the rather expensive $85 shipment cost. (If you click on that link, you can get $20 off to try it…it does give me a referral credit, as well, just to be open about it.)
I chose their Family Pack during October. In my area, that meant 1 whole chicken, 1 lb of ground lamb, 1 lb of bacon, and 2 lbs of grass-fed beef stew meat. I figured I’d better make stew and, what with the bacon, the Go-to Beef Daube sounded perfect!
Here’s some photos of my preparation, which was decidedly low-key and easy! I made a half recipe of the Daube, by the way, and I did end up adding a bit more than 1/2 bottle of wine. I didn’t want to use the very good Central Coast Syrah I had available on hand, so I bought a Shiraz.
The Beef Daube/Boeuf aux Carottes, or whatever we should call it, is perfect and lovely, especially since we were having a bout of Fall weather. I wished that the beef packers AgLocal used hadn’t cut the stew meat into such small pieces, though. Dorie’s instruction to have them be larger chunks wasn’t an option for me and I could see how it works better. My chunks of stew beef were maybe 3/4 of an inch max.
I also made a Kale, Fuyu Persimmon, and Pomegranate Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette for an accompaniment!