This morning when I took a quick glance at our outdoor grill, very little of the black fixture was visible. Several mounds of snow totally covered our sturdy deck as if teasing me that I would not be enjoying Grilled Haddock any time soon.
'Tis the season for a Snow Rake?? It sure is!! Back in the winter of '95/'96 my creative hubby crafted a makeshift Snow Rake. It was the winter that we have never forgotten - the snowflakes fell weekly. There was no melting action going on - at all. Homes had roofs that were overly burdened by the weight of heavy snow. By using this tool, snow could be removed on a roof's edges (without climbing up) to lessen the burden and perhaps also negate any water damage that might occur. That handy makeshift Snow Rake was tucked away in a corner of our shed (visible just beyond our deck). In the past three days it has come to our rescue!
While I may daydream about enjoying a dinner of Grilled Sockeye Salmon, my Slow Cooker is bubbling away in my toasty kitchen. Beef Stew was so easy to prep this afternoon. It is a reminder of my mom's stew that bubbled away on the heater side of our old-fashioned gas stove. She placed everything into a covered Dutch Oven and simmered it for 8 - 10 hours. Occasionally, a large spoon mixed the contents.
I use my West Bend Slow Cooker and I set it on High for 4 Hours. Always keeping that wonderful memory whenever I make Beef Stew, I add the ingredients into my Slow Cooker's pot (that has been sprayed with PAM). Because of the experience of scorching meat if I place it on the bottom of the pot, I place 1 lb. Baby Carrots on the bottom, then the meat. A 1 lb. Beef Round is cut into small chunks and placed on top. Then, (1) 16 oz. bag defrosted Mixed Vegetables, 2 Potatoes (cut into small chunks) and (2) cans Tomatoes (about 15 oz. each, in juice) are added.
3 Bay Leaves along with Parsley, chopped Onions, Oregano, Garlic Powder & Sweet Basil are sprinkled on top. Before placing the lid on the Slow Cooker I add in (2) cans Tomato Sauce (about 15 oz. each). Sometimes I sprinkle a little Pepper on top.
After all ingredients are placed in the pot, they simmer away. A no fuss dinner on a very cold night! I may daydream of using our outdoor grill while my DH is using the Snow Rake, but Beef Stew in the winter is the best!