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Comfort Foods Potluck: Beef Stew

Comfort Foods Potluck: Beef Stew

Hearth Ember Rebecca D’Antonio is at it again! For the Comfort Foods Potluck on March 12, she’ll be making beef stew in the slow cooker. Below is her recipe for a meal that will immediately make you want to curl up in a cuddly ball and fall asleep:

This is one of those recipes that is highly customizable. I literally just eyeball how much to use.

What you need:

  • A slow cooker
  • Beef cubes
  • Beef stock*
  • Beef stew seasonings*
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • 1 can peas

*When not making a gravy or dressing for a dish I will save and freeze the stock generated from other beef dishes. It helps to balance seasoning and layers of flavor. Generally if I have no such stash in a pinch I will substitute with beef stock and the prepackaged beef stew seasoning. The stock only needs to cover the meat. The seasoning you pour over the entire contents of the slow cooker.

Instructions:

Cut up your carrots, celery, potatoes and onions (you can do this the night before, submerging in water and place in fridge to make things super easy the morning of – morning of just drain the water and add to the slow cooker.)

Rinse your meat and lightly coat with a little bit of flour.

Place meat in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add your vegetables on top. Add stock (roughly 2 cups), and seasoning.

Set slow cooker to low for 10 hours.

At the end add one can peas (drained) and more seasoning like pepper (if desired).

Come to the Hearth Dinner on Sunday, March 12 to enjoy!

Dancing Across Disciplines

Dancing Across Disciplines

When I first moved to Boston five and a half years ago, I was eager to dive into the creative worlds I had spent so much time preparing for in college. Figure drawing nights and open mics, art workshops and theater performances. As an interdisciplinary artist, I started going to as many different events as IContinue Reading

Cook to Impress: Pears Poached in Pinot Noir

Cook to Impress: Pears Poached in Pinot Noir

Pears Poached in Pinot Noir (6 half pear servings) This month, Hearth Ember Rebecca D’Antonio is pulling out her Pinot Poached Pears for the Cook to Impress Potluck. Read her recipe to learn how to make it for yourself, and don’t forget to bring your signature date night dish next Sunday! Ingredients 3 cups PinotContinue Reading

Learning How to Talk to Each Other

Learning How to Talk to Each Other

written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling This past Friday, The United States performed what is possibly the most impressive of our ceremonies: the peaceful transfer of power. The following day, an equally American tradition swept through the nation and across the world: the peaceful assembly in dissent of that power. Following last year’s seemingly endless,Continue Reading

Year 2 of Waltzdays!

Year 2 of Waltzdays!

written by Hearth Ember, Matthew Reese I love waltzing. It is a dance form that is easy to learn, because of its simple structure, but is interesting because of the freedom to improvise within that structure. Much as I like “looser” forms of dance, the starting steps of waltzing make it more accessible for dancersContinue Reading

How to Write a Passage

How to Write a Passage

written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling at Write a Passage on August 2, 2016 inspired by the prompt “Write a Set of Directions”  Step one: Decide what you’re going to write about. Step two: Start writing, even if you haven’t decided yet. Step three: Continue writing in hopes that you’ll think of something while your fingersContinue Reading

Making Zines: Part Punk, Part Nerd

Making Zines: Part Punk, Part Nerd

-written by Laura Meilman I have been looking forward to this Hearth Dinner for months now, ever since Miranda invited me to help out with a zine making focus. In anticipation, I have been making zines based on directions I found online, but I did catch myself wondering, “am I punk-rock enough to make zines?”Continue Reading

Learning how to dance again

Learning how to dance again

It wasn’t until quite recently that I began thinking of myself as a Dancer. Labels like this take a lot of confidence to claim. I’ve finally found that Artist fits me, as does Painter. Potter, in the past sense. Musician, sometimes. Writer, sometimes. I’ve been trained, at least a little, in all of the above. Dance, onContinue Reading

Drinks, Dissent, and Community Building

– written by Hearth Ember, Matthew Reese I’ve heard academics use the term “contact zone” to describe forums for discussion. Contact zones are not comfortable. They are not environments where the participants should expect to be coddled. Contact zones are spaces where discussion can flow freely and participants are held accountable for what they say,Continue Reading

Hearth Highlights – October 2016

Hearth Highlights – October 2016

Over the past three years, Miranda’s Hearth has grown from a sporadic group of mostly strangers meeting in random apartments to an active, creative community throughout the Greater Boston area.  The array of events being offered this October is a perfect example of how far we’ve come and how much we enjoy it. We’re kicking offContinue Reading