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This sounds sooo good. But I think you forgot the Lipton Onion Soup Mix. Oh wait! Sorry...that's MY crappy recipe. Never mind ;-)

The orange peel sounds intriguing. Do you cook like this all the time? Between this blog and yor other one, I may never leave.


this was SO good. I didn't have orange so I used the peel of one tangerine. it tasted even better the next day after the flavors "married" overnight.


This is a basic stew and it's locked in my head. I love it, and it's easy. At the end of 3 hrs. you can't wait to eat it.

Romanie Baines

This beef stew with orange peel sounds terrific!
I havn't made it yet though, and I do have one concern about this recipe. Wouldn't putting in the vegetables at the beginning, with the meat, to stew for 3 hours make them extremely mushy? I note that the recipe call for fairly large chunks of the cut up vegetables, but still, 3 hours?

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Cooking Gear To Spice Things Up

  • All-Clad cookware
    I use the stainless line. I love it because you can put it in the dishwasher. If you like to cook it is sooo worth it to have quality pots and pans. I recommend buying a set on sale and then filling in extras as you need them. (Watch for sales and specials.)
  • Cast Iron Skillet
    Please get rid of all your teflon-coated non-stick plans and get a cast iron skillet. I use mine for searing meat, poultry, and fish and then finishing off in the oven. In fact, get two cast iron skillets—one large enough to hold two ribeyes and a smaller, fried-egg-sized one for making...well...eggs.
  • Food Processor
    Quickly slice/shred veggies and cheese, make hummus or other spreads in a snap, and make pie crust without making a mess.
  • Global Knives
    I am partial to the 18 incher. Yep, I like big knives and I cannot lie. If you like to cook (or even if you don't) you deserve to have good knives. At least one.
  • Instant Hot Water Dispenser
    If you can't afford to have one built-in, this is a great alternative. It's nice to have boiling water at the push of a button to make tea, instant miso soup, or morning oatmeal for the kidlets.
  • Microplane Grater/Zester
    Use this to grate citrus zest, nutmeg, and cheese. You could get a coarser one, but you don't need to. I have one and I use it for everything.
  • Penzey's Spices
    A great resource for all your herb and spice needs.
  • Rice Cooker
    Every family should have one.
  • Silpat
    Silpat is a silicone mat used for baking. They come in various sizes. Items will not stick to it. It is a must for any home baker.
  • Stick or Immersion Blender
    It doesn't have to be fancy, but try and get the highest HP you can afford. I use my stick blender (+ attachments) for making salad dressing (weekly), pureeing soups, making babyfood, and whipping cream.


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