Apr 14, 2013

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #30, Beef Stew Recipe

This is my tried-and-true beef and barley stew recipe. The barley thickens up the stew a little bit at the end, but if you like your stew thicker, make a little slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/2 cup water and drizzle into simmering stew at the end until the desired consistency is reached. 
INGREDIENTS
1 lb (or more) of 2 stew beef, cut into 1” cubes, patted dry 
½ cup flour
1 tsp garlic powder, some salt & pepper

1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 carrots, peeled & sliced into coins
3 celery stalks, sliced
¾ cup cabbage or brussel sprouts, finely shredded
Approximately 6 cups water or beef stock
1 small can V-8 juice or tomato juice (optional)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon of GravyMaster (optional for color)
¼ cup Sherry (not cooking Sherry, drinking Sherry)
¼ cup Marsala wine (not cooking wine, drinking wine)
Some fresh or dried rosemary leaves wrapped in cheesecloth or a tea infuser.
 ½ cup pearl barley, rinsed, OR 2 medium potatoes 


1. Put flour into a gallon sized zip top bag with garlic powder, salt and pepper & shake to mix. Drop pieces of DRY, cubed beef into the flour and shake to cover all sides. With hand in bag, pick up a handful of meat and shake off excess flour. 


2. In a heavy-bottomed stew pot, add some olive oil to coat bottom of pan and heat to medium-high. Drop dredged beef into pan and brown on all sides. Adjust heat if necessary to avoid smoking and burning of flour. Don’t over-crowd the pan or stack the beef cubes on top of each other. Brown in batches if necessary. Add more oil if needed. When browned, remove beef from pot & set aside. Reduce heat to medium.

3. Add a drizzle of olive oil & onions to pot and cook until softened. Return meat to pan.

4.  Add enough water or beef stock (or both) to cover the meat. (Essentially use as much liquid as the amount of stew you’d like to make). Adjust salt and pepper seasonings to taste. Tie bag of cheesecloth or tea infuser w/ rosemary in it to edge of pan for ease of retrieval before serving.

5. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE POTATOES or BARLEY

6. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low for several hours (the longer the better, but a minimum of one hour).
IF using BARLEY:  in the last 40 minutes before serving, turn up heat to medium and add the rinsed barley, stirring occasionally.
IF USING POTATOES: in the last 15 minutes before serving, turn up the heat to medium and add the potatoes.

2 GIVEAWAYS!  
Enter to win:
1) A "Welcome to My Roost" Garden Flag, courtesy of Country Craft House!
OR
2) Two bars of Hog Wash Soap, courtesy of Rural Revolution, LLC
TO ENTER:
1. LIKE The Chicken Chick on Facebook 
and
2. Leave a comment below!

Giveaway ends 4/21/13 at 5pm EST. 
Winners chosen from eligible entries & notified via email if provided or at the bottom of next week's blog hop. Winner has 14 days from the end of the giveaway to claim their prize by emailing their shipping address to: Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com
This Week's Featured Blogs
About Featured Blogs
Some of my favorite posts and/or the most viewed posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! I will also pin them to my “Clever Chicks” Pinterest board. The featured bloggers are invited to brag about how clever they are by posting the Clever Chicks "Featured” button on their blogs!

The Chicken Chick


Clever Chicks Blog Hop #30
You’re invited to LINK UP!
Despite the title, this is an equal-opportunity link party!
GRAB MY BLOG HOP BUTTON!
The Chicken Chick
How to Link-up
Share your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, 
stories about your families, chickens, farm animals or other pets! 
** No linky parties, giveaways or items for sale please. **

Please use the direct link to your blog post, not to your blog’s home page; 
we want to be able to find your clever post!

If you have trouble linking up, please email me the URL to your post and I will add it for you: Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com


94 comments :

  1. YolandaRonaldo4/14/13, 11:41 PM

    I liked your page on Facebook! I wish I had known about your page sooner...

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  2. Desiree Fisher4/15/13, 12:01 AM

    Beef stew looks so good must try. Thanks so much for featuring my Mason Jar Door Hanging and thanks for hosting.


    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

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  3. thanks for letting us link up again! I have your button here http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/2012/05/people-gpac-parties-with.html

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  4. Bonnie Brewer4/15/13, 12:19 AM

    Thanks so much for featuring my crock pot potatoes! They'll be good with your yummy beef stew! I can't wait to try it!

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  5. Wow, a great recipe, a wonderful giveaway and a linkup! Thanks for all three! :-) Hope you had a great weekend.

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  6. Thanks for hosting & the reminder! Glad I had time to stop by! Have a great week. Pop by when you get a chance my party is still open if you want to drop in. ;)

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  7. Laura Kuhlmann4/15/13, 6:48 AM

    Thanks Kathy for another great link-up! Loved your feature choices, especially that mason jar hanging and the German pretzels! :) Have a great week!

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  8. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts4/15/13, 7:40 AM

    Kathy,
    I use V8 juice in my beef stew, too! I've never added barley, though, so I'll have to try it. I usually throw mine in the slow cooker and forget about it for the day.
    Today I am linking up my Tax Day Meat Stretching suggestion: Veggie Pumped Picadillo. I never would have thought to try this recipe had my spouse not converted me to a green olive fan. I'm also sharing a tasty way to eat more greens--Fried Rice with Greens and Chicken. My newly-minted teen is my guest chef and I offer some suggestions for cooking with kids. My last recipe is for a pizza, as usual. This one started with leftover pork steak, and gave me an opportunity to use my home-canned salsa verde from my CSA farm share tomatillos: Pork Steak, Salsa Verde, and Oaxaca Cheese Pizza.
    Thanks for hosting!

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  9. Heather Carter4/15/13, 8:53 AM

    Kathy, thanks for the blog hop!



    Have a Sweet Day!

    Heather
    My-Sweet-Mission.com

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  10. Kari Shifflett4/15/13, 9:13 AM

    I love the garden flag and the soap is a hoot!! Thank you for hosting Kathy.

    Hugs-Kari

    http://sourdoughnative.blogspot.com/

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  11. thanks for hosting!! If you want partecipate I put the link of my italian link party :)

    http://www.paroladilaura.it/2013/04/share-your-link-17/

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  12. Awesome stuff !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  13. Wow! So many blogs :) and a stew recipe to try. Thank you for that Kathy! Love the blog hops and the giveaways. Have a great day and tell Rachel HI! :) Pam

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  14. Richard Albertson4/15/13, 11:00 AM

    What a SWEET giveaway, love reading your posts!

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  15. wow that soup looks good! Have you ever used the soap? it looks like it would be very good for all skin types. Love the Rooster flag.

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  16. Thanks for hosting! I linked my Guinea Pig Dress! I need to find some chicken fabric....

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  17. Entering the giveaway, thanks!

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  18. Would live to have the flag or the soap.

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  19. I would love to win the garden flag. I just received my 26 chicks from McMurray Hatchery today! I liked your FB page.

    The stew looks delicious and such a hearty meal!

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  20. I just adore the rooster flag! Thanks Kathy for all of your words of wisdom!

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  21. We are all linked up! Thank you for inviting us and joining our party! Have a great day!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee's

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  22. Thanks for another great article!
    graceinapril@gmail.com

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  23. I would love to win one of your giveaways, I find you FP and Blog very helpful.

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  24. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your lovely flag and also soap giveaway!! :)

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  25. Holly Parper4/15/13, 1:03 PM

    Oh my goodness your beef stew looks fabulous! I would love to win either prize but the garden flag would be perfect for my new chicken run we are building. I don't just 'like' you on Facebook I 'Love' your page :-)

    Holly
    Backyardchickenlady at gmail dot com

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  26. Thanks for sharing all you know and learn on our blog! I always learn so much. :)

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  27. Jo-Ann Conklin4/15/13, 1:52 PM

    I love reading your blog everything is so informative. I love the roster flag and so hope I win. the flag would be great to put out in the yard.

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  28. Oh My! Hog Wash soaps look so fun! My DH loves bacon - I'd love to get him the What's Shakin' Bacon scented soap. Do they make deodorant? lol

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  29. Lynette Mattke4/15/13, 2:02 PM

    Great giveaways again - I'd love to win either one! Love your blog!

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  30. Debbie_Bruening4/15/13, 5:39 PM

    Here I am again trying to win a drawing! I LOVE your blog and all the useful information!! dhorne7@nc.rr.com

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  31. Thanks so much for choosing my post about farming in Taiwan as one of your featured posts! This is a wonderful blog hop and a great blog, I've learned so much here in preparation for getting our chicks at the end of April.

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  32. Thanks for all the fun and creativity at
    this party…..!!

    Wishing you a terrific week… :)



    hugs x

    Crystelle

    Crystelle Boutique

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  33. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:44 AM

    Thanks for linking up! I joined your party early on this week, thanks for hosting!

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  34. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:46 AM

    I can't wait to read your recipes, Kirsten! I LOVE green olives, so I'm way ahead of the game on the Picadillo recipe- count me in! :)

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  35. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:51 AM

    Thanks, Larua, I linked up my Jewelry Socks tutorial!

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  36. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:52 AM

    I use it every day, Merrijo and I LOVE it!

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  37. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:53 AM

    Congratulations Anne! Enjoy your new babies!!

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  38. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:53 AM

    It IS! Good luck, Kaesi!

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  39. TheChickenChick4/16/13, 12:55 AM

    You don't really want hog wash scented deodorant, do you, Michelle? LOL!

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  40. Paula Parrish4/16/13, 6:48 AM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and leaving your lovely comment. I linked up my DIY Tea Bags Eye Treatment, thanks for hosting. ;o)

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  41. So interesting! I know nothing of chickens and farming and your blog (and this blog link up) is such an eclectic blend of all kinds of info! Thx for hosting :)

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  42. AB Cluckery (Amy Bates)4/16/13, 9:48 PM

    I Love your site. I'm a new momma of 16 RIRs and loving every min of it. Your info has been a great help to me for the last few months. Keep it comin'!

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  43. disqus_BqOwCzBqPk4/17/13, 12:43 AM

    Thank you for the great information. I have only had my chickens for the last 8 months. I love them. Your chickens are beautiful and I want mine to look just like yours. Thanks for the great advice. :)

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  44. Just found you as I was looking through a friends assorted links.

    Thanks for your wonderful plethora of advice & ideas!

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  45. Loving your blog!

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  46. LOVE THIS BLOG!

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  47. Linda Wilfong4/17/13, 9:24 PM

    WAAAAA HOOOOO I LOVE THAT ROOSTER FLAG!!


    WilfongsRus@gmail.com

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  48. Love anything and everything Chicken : )

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  49. Your Facebook page is so packed with wonderful stuff! Plus your girls are absolutely gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  50. Lori McKenzie4/17/13, 9:28 PM

    Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway.

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  51. My goal is to have my pantry as organized and beautiful as yours by August!!

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  52. Another great giveaway! I took a break from watching the newest chicks. I could watch them all day!!

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  53. I enjoy reading all the information you share, and the yummy recipes. Thank you for the give aways that you do.. :)

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  54. Waiting for the snow to melt here in Denver. Then I can get my hands dirty to use some of that great looking soap! Thanks for the offer. Cheers

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  55. Thanx for all the information on everything. Love the site. ladner309@bellsouth.net

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  56. Spring has definitely NOT come to Colorado. Snow has been falling all along the central parts of the state. My poor chickens had to stay in today.

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  57. As usual you always have such great giveaways and a fun, informative blog with LOTS of great tips! Would love to win!! :)

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  58. The flag and soap are very unique. i would love to win.

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  59. Always enjoy your blog! And to wind something too would be great!

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  60. Cool give away and awesome blog!! So much info to learn!!

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  61. Please enter me :) I am loving all you have to share regarding your hens as I am a new mom to 13 chicks!

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  62. Love your FB page and your blog! Keep up the great work and thanks for ALL your help. You make me a better chicken mama!

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  63. I am so glad I found your site! Not even sure how I ended up here, but I did :) We just got our first 6 chicks (2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Gold Stars 1 Black Australorp, and 1 Silver Laced Cochin... all pullets) yesterday and I have been researching how to build the best possible coop (my husband is building it). I had never heard of using sand, but it sounds great! And the ACV!! Yay! Going to track down a Mother ASAP! Thank you!!

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  64. Here's hoping I win a give away Love your page!

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  65. I love your blog.....please enter me for your give aways.....we have 6 chickens in the back yard and love each one of them.....

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  66. Soup looks delicious!
    Wish I could find someone to make it for me - I'm feeling lazy today!

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  67. Tiffiny Smith4/18/13, 10:14 AM

    I don't just like the chicken chick on facebook I LOVE the chicken chick!!! I look forward to reading the blog and updates every day! Thanks for all the great opportunities to win giveaways!! :)

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  68. Love your blog! Would love to win the flag!

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  69. Love learning from your blog! Planning to get my own chickens this year.

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  70. lilchickfarm4/18/13, 10:22 AM

    I enjoy reading your blog so much. I have learned such valuable information!

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  71. Would love to win the flag or the soap

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  72. Debbie_Bruening4/18/13, 12:26 PM

    The soap and the chicken flag are great giveaways! Count me in for the drawing. Love, love, love your blog. It has helped me so much! dhorne7@nc.rr.com

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  73. I love your great information and pics of your farm and animals.

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  74. YUM! Thank you for sharing :) Hope your week is going great!

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  75. Wow so much stuff on this one post!

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  76. Thanks so much for the give away! Love the flag!

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  77. TheChickenChick4/18/13, 8:46 PM

    Thanks for linking up, Paula!

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  78. TheChickenChick4/18/13, 8:48 PM

    Thank you for linking up!

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  79. TheChickenChick4/18/13, 8:51 PM

    I'm so happy to know that, Amy, thank you. Enjoy your new peeps!

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  80. TheChickenChick4/18/13, 8:52 PM

    Thanks Lyn! Please feel free to join me on Facebook too!

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  81. jesus_redeemed4/18/13, 10:40 PM

    The soap looks like it would be wonderful and fragrant! There is so much content on your page it will take quite a while to check it all out! I'll make the time!

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  82. Jena Buckler4/20/13, 9:17 AM

    I 'Liked' you on Facebook

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  83. Tina Roeseler4/20/13, 1:39 PM

    Who wouldn't want to win this?

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  84. Another contest with a cute rooster flag and those soaps would work
    well with our outside hand washing station...Thanks Kathy

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  85. Thanks so much for linking up your recipe with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" It looks delicious! I love a good stew. I hope you will be able to join us again this week. Many blessings, Lisa

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  86. Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. I hope you'll return this week as we are featuring slow cooker recipes.

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  87. Your Beef Stew recipe is just the type of recipe I'm looking for in my Link Party that just opened a few minutes ago. With winter chill coming on, everyone should know how to make a good stew!


    This week on Future Expat's Required Ingredient Link Party, we are featuring potato recipes. I hope you'll come link up this one and any others you think others will like!

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  88. TheChickenChick11/10/13, 7:38 PM

    Thanks for the invitation, Karen! I'm linked up! :)

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  89. iN LOVE WITH THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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