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Eat Down the House: Star Anise Beef Stew with Bok Choy

Star Anise Beef Stew with Bok Choy

The Eat Down the House Challenge, is to go without grocery shopping, and eat from the stock in the fridge and pantry.
Please welcome guest blogger Sonia, my oldest sister and Restaurant Baby #1, as she eats down her house with beef stew. ~Madeline

The good ‘ol beef stew typically conjures up a “just-like-Mom-used-to-make” sentiment. However in Restaurant Baby household, we did not eat traditional Western beef stews. Beef stew did not hold a special place in my heart.

It wasn’t that I did not enjoy a good beef stew, but there was never a craving or a fond memory associated with this classic American comfort food. Well, that all changed on a journey down into the Grand Canyon a few years ago. My friend Tommy and I decided to hike all the way down and back up the Grand Canyon on a free weekend.

Many a good memories came from that trip, and one of them is the Hiker’s beef stew dinner at the Phantom Ranch. Maybe it was the whole day of hiking, maybe it is the crack they put in the stew . . . either way it was awesome. To this day, a good bowl of stew brings back memories from that trip. What memories do you have with your favorite comfort foods?

The beef stew made today is from Nina Simonds’ Spices of Life . The inspiration came from a half bottle of red wine in the fridge, some accidentally half-frozen bok choy and carrots at the bottom the veggie drawer, and a couple of questionable onions. I love the star anise flavor in this; it totally made the stew!

Carrots from the bottom of the veggie drawer and the questionable onions

The left over bok choy from the back of the fridge

Other Beef Stew Recipes:
Phamous Phantom Ranch Stew

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1 comment

1 Ariane { 05.10.11 at 9:49 AM }

My my my! This looks amazing. Great way to take some left over vegetables and put it together to make a great meal. Thanks for sharing :)!

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