Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Today was a reuniting kind of day for me. I got an email from a friend, saying she was in the area, and was I able to meet for coffee? As luck would have it, I was able to meet for coffee! But I got to the coffee shop just a couple minutes early and as I was standing there, I saw a girl I recognized from college. She was in my sorority and a year older than me. I hadn't seen her since she graduated - which was quite a while ago, but I recognized her immediately. She did not recognize me immediately.

I waved as she walked by, and she gave me one of those "hey crazy woman waving at me" waves back, and then, just as she almost passed me, I saw the recognition in her eyes. She flipped around quickly and enveloped me in a giant hug. We chatted, quickly catching up, exchanging numbers, and promising to dinner soon. I'm so glad I ran into her, she's one of the reasons we fell in love with this town.

My coffee date showed up and we caught up, for longer than I was expecting. Before I knew it, I was late for my own plans to make dinner! I had to improvise. So I tossed some meat and wine in the skillet. Letting it simmer gave us the time to head to the gym, come home and get comfy - Just in time for ANTM. I called the result, but that doesn't mean I liked it.

I also had some time to create my makeshift green bean casserole - green beans, dijon mustard, and cornflakes (super fancy), and some brown rice.

Beef Burgundy
  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup Burgundy wine
  1. Place beef and flour in ziplock bag and shake to coat meat.
  2. Heat oil in large saucepan. Add meat and onions and brown meat on all sides.
  3. Add tomato sauce and wine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook 2 hours - stirring to prevent from sticking to bottom of pan.
Serves 4.
Each serving has:
Calories 431.2
Total Fat 20.7 g
Cholesterol 100.9 mg
Sodium 755.2 mg
Potassium 733.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 13.5 g
Protein 36.9 g


  1. I am watching ANTM on delay right now. I am sad that the #3 girl didn't make the final two.

  2. Ditto Weemo . . . I really liked the #3 girl. I can totally see her as an actress.

    And the winner looks like . . . a man. Sorry.

  3. For such a simple dinner, this looks so good!

  4. I looooooooove beef burgundy, though haven't had it in a while.... must put it on next week's menu!

  5. This quick put together looks delicious!

  6. I just read your macaron comment. If/when you try them, shoot me an email if you have issues.

  7. see, the "crazy woman waving at me" wave is the very reason why i never approach folks i recognize from years past. i'm not very memorable, and my little ego is easily crushed.

  8. I love stews/casseroles! this looks really good :-)

  9. i have fun info on one of the top three. please remind me to email you about it. 'kay thanks :)