Beef Stew, Parsnips, & Oh Jamie O!


posted by Sheri

Okay, I'm sort of in love with Jamie Oliver and so is my husband. While I want to bring him on as my "other" husband, Ed just wants to cook like him, which thrills me to bits.

Ed wrangled up a batch of "Jool's Favorite Beef Stew" last night and let it set in the fridge overnight so Clyde and I could have a well-stewed dinner tonight while he's at work (well, it was supposed to be last night's dinner but it took too long so we ended up eating tuna sammies). "Jool's Favorite Beef Stew" is full of beef, parsnips (who the hell eats those?), butternut squash, carrots, rosemary, sage, and more. It was a scrumptious melting of autumn in my mouth, and Clyde ate a few bites too.

Now if you don't know about Jamie Oliver (a.k.a. the Naked Chef) yet. Check him out. He has started a whole amazing "good for you" food revolution for kids and seems unstoppable. He's all about fresh food, and his cookbooks include lots of good ideas for making dishes that kids (and mamas) will like. And how can you not love a man who cooks for and dotes on his wife Jool and his two girls Poppy and Daisy. Next to Jool's stew in Jamie's Dinners, my favorites dishes so far are "My Old Man's Superb Chicken" and "Sirloin of Beef with Bok Choy, Soy Sauce, and Ginger" in Happy Days With the Naked Chef. And I can't wait to try the fun "Smush Ins" ice cream idea in Happy Days either.

Anyway, I love this man. He gets me and my family eating weird vegetables (is a parsnip a vegetable?), he has helped Ed earn a full-blown cooking obsession, and well, he's friggin' cute. For more on Jamie Oliver, his "Feed Me Better" school lunch revolution, or the student-run kitchen he founded, visit www.jamieoliver.com. And don't worry, you don't even have to cook to adore him.

If you want the beef stew recipe, email me.

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