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!