After many years of cooking, I recently acquired a crock pot and I’m slowly accumulating recipes. This one was passed on by a reader of my knitting blog and is very tasty. My only changes are addition of a few cloves of garlic (you can’t have too much garlic) and a bit less of the tapioca (I like my beef stews a bit thinner)

2# cubed beef, trimmed of fat, cut into dainty pieces
4 onions, quartered
6 stalks celery, cut in bite-sized pieces
8 carrots
1 small turnip
19 oz. V-8 juice
1/4 c. Minute tapioca – it’s with the Jell-O and puddings at the store, red box
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 bay leaf

Cook 6-8 hours on low.

12/31/06 Hmm?? There should be some potatoes in this. Yep. Seem to have managed to forget the potatoes. Add a couple potatoes cut into bite-sized chunks… Reds or Yukon Golds are nice. 😦

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An exceptional cookie recipe. Crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Original recipe did not have the cinnamon, but it’s a very nice addition.

Phoebe’s Fabulous Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, from “Cooking With Friends”

12 tablespoons (175g) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (160g) firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup (130g) white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (170g) rolled oats
1 1/4 cup (160g) plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (200g) raisins

Preheat oven to 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5.
Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl combine oats, flour, soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix into butter mixture until just combined. Stir in raisins.

Drop the dough by heaped tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets, leaving a 2″ gap between each mound.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on sheet for at least a minute before transferring to a rack.

1/10/07 – Picked up a cookie scoop and tried these again. Even 12 minutes was too long with scoop sized cookies. 11 minutes turns out nicely brown chewy cookies.

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