Proper Sunday Dinner

IMG_2498 IMG_2507 IMG_2509{Roast has been rubbed with chopped fresh garlic, salt & pepper; and the stew has been cooked with fresh bay leaves, rosemary, oregano and parsley from the garden}

Upon awakening this morning I had a strong craving for a proper Sunday dinner, a meal that consisted of beef, potatoes and a dessert. And, dessert could not be a pudding or fruit pie, but had to be a chocolate brownie with pecans brought back from Charleston. As I am always thinking of meals to make later in the week, I took a 10-lb beef sirloin, split in two and roasted one half with garlic and onions, and made a stew with the other half.

IMG_2515 IMG_2514 IMG_2513The beef stew was for dinner and the roast I wrapped for later in the week to make a pepper steak, sandwiches or a simple beef stroganoff with egg noodles. Needless to say tonight’s dinner was most enjoyable and absolutely delicious. So, when the desire for something appealing with a distinct flavor takes hold, there is nothing like a home cooked meal.

Recipe for Cocoa Brownies

Cook stylishly,

Baking Day

IMG_0730 IMG_0720 IMG_0723Saturday was baking day and I was able to spend the entire afternoon in the kitchen alone, making delicious treats for friends and family. While in the supermarket on Friday I found a huge container of strawberries that looked so fresh and seemed to call out an early spring that I had to turn this fruit into a delicious bread for our weekend breakfast.

IMG_0693IMG_0681 Next on the list was chocolate at its most decadent, mixed with pecans and walnuts spread on cookie sheets to make brownies with melted caramel and another with melted semi-sweet chips.

IMG_0708 IMG_0732I have done many variations with this brownie recipe since my mom first let me bake at the wondrous age of 11. I can still remember how thrilled I was when she gave me these simple instructions to see if I could follow the guidelines in order to make a dessert for our evening meal many years ago.

Recipes for Cocoa Brownies and Strawberry Bread!

So, the next time you have you have a few minutes to spare, remember to bake stylishly!!