Monthly Archives: February 2014

Of Grief and Power Tools

Today marks a month since my husband’s been gone. So, I decided to engage in a little retail therapy to make myself feel better – one trip to Costco later, I have tamed an annoying cupboard with these sliding racks.

Aaaaaaaagh!  Run Away!
Aaaaaaaagh! Run Away!

To achieve this, I had to
1. Get over my fear of using a power drill.
2. Figure out whereinhell DH hid all the dang drill bits (finally found them after searching four toolboxes in, you guessed it, the fourth one) *and*
3. Actually install the things!

I’m pretty happy with the results and I think he would have been, too. So, Honey, here’s to the 25 great years we had, and thanks for leaving me all your gear. I finally understand the fascination with power tools!

Much better!
Much better!

 

Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon

Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon

One of the things that sucks the most about being a new widow is the loss of my favorite dining companion.  My love was my best cheerleader/supporter regarding my efforts in the kitchen (well, except for that fruited pork spaetzle disaster about 24 years ago. . .) and I often was the happy recipient of a new cookbook with a sappily romantic message inscribed inside the cover.

To combat my grief and loneliness, I’ve been accepting a few invitations to dine with friends, and having a few people over here and there.  The food of grieving should be, in my opinion, extra special, because by dining together, we celebrate human connections, and a shared love of good, home-cooked food.

Last night I whipped up the following rich stew. . .I suppose one could make it in a slow cooker for convenience, but I just don’t think it would be the same.  I like to bake this one in my vintage Descoware enameled cast-iron dutch oven.  This savory dish serves 5 easily.  It can be plated over brown or white rice, or eaten alone in a bowl.  While I don’t recommend a sprightly discussion of septic shock while eating it, unless you already work in health care or are a nursing student, I think a good time was had by all, and having company for dinner eased my loneliness, at least temporarily.

So, without further ado – here is the recipe for JC’s Boeuf Bourguignon.  Yummy, yummy, yummy. . .thank you to food blogger Tara Noland for this savory treat!