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Onion-Roasted Potatoes

This is a super-easy recipe I found a while back on the box of a Lipton® Onion Soup package. It’s so good! And I also like these Onion-Roasted Potatoes because you don’t have to peel the potatoes—just leave those skins on and cut them into chunks! This is a very versatile side dish—you can serve these potatoes at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Easy Au Gratin Potatoes

As I was going through my review copy of the new Unofficial ALDI Cookbook, I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to make these Easy Au Gratin Potatoes. I’ve never made au gratin potatoes before—it always sounded like a lot of work…peeling the potatoes, boiling them, and then slicing them. Well, as this cookbook says, “This recipe bypasses the peeling and the boiling by using ALDI’s canned potatoes, and your family and your guests will be none the wiser.” That sounded good to me! 🙂

So I’m sharing the recipe with you in this post, but first I’ll tell you a little more about the book! The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook (softcover, Ulysses Press) has 75 recipes you can make with budget-friendly ALDI products. Not an ALDI shopper? No problem—you can substitute products from your favorite grocery store. There are full-color photos of the recipes too and they all look delicious! The five chapters include recipes for Beverages; Sides, Appetizers, and Soups; Breakfasts; Entrees; and Desserts. Some that I’d like to try in the future include:

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Zesty Potato Spears

If you’re looking for a new way to fix potatoes, this is a good recipe to try! I found this at MyFoodandFamily.com and happened to have just the right amount of potatoes to make it. These Zesty Potato Spears are made with both white and sweet potatoes, but if you only have white potatoes on hand, you can make it with just those.

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Great American Potato Salad

This mustard-style Great American Potato Salad is a traditional, basic potato salad—perfect for a Memorial Day picnic or any summer meal. It’s such a great summer side dish. I found this recipe over at KraftRecipes.com and I think it’s really good!

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Retro Beef Stew

Retro Beef Stew @ NancyC

I found a beef stew recipe in a vintage promotional cookbook that was published in 1961, the Cutco Cook Book. I found the Cutcocookbook at a flea market for $1.00, so I couldn’t pass it up! I love the vintage illustrations in these old cookbooks and it’s always fun to try recipes from them.

I first made this stew about four years ago, and this is actually a repost of the recipe–my original photo was really bad–this one’s a little better! I made a few more tiny changes to the recipe, too–I used light olive oil instead of vegetable oil (you can also use canola oil), used a little less water, and added a little more peas. The new amounts are updated in the recipe below.

Winter is the perfect time to eat a hot bowl of stew and I made this on one of the coldest days we’ve had so far this season! It’s a very chunky stew, so if you’re wanting to make something hearty, you’ll have to try this. The cookbook says the recipe serves four, but I think it’s more like six–it makes a big potful of stew! If you like your food well–seasoned, you’ll probably want to add additional salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning to taste; otherwise you may find this stew a little bland.

I made the stew in my cast iron Dutch Oven, but you can use whatever kind of pot with a lid that you like–just make sure it’s a large one! 🙂

RETRO BEEF STEW by NancyC, adapted from the 1961 Cutco Cook Book

Makes 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef (or chuck or round beef, cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons non-GMO canola oil or light olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 (1-lb.) bag baby carrots that are peeled and ready to use–slice each baby carrot in thirds OR use 8 medium-size carrots, peeled and cut into 1″ thick slices
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen peas
  • additional salt and pepper (or your favorite seasoning) to taste, if desired

If you are cutting your own chunks of meat, trim excess fat from meat first, then cut into chunks.

Combine flour, pepper, and salt in a large ziploc bag; add chunks of meat; shake until pieces are coated.

Add oil to Dutch Oven over medium heat; add meat chunks and brown on all sides.

Add diced onion and garlic, then boiling water, canned tomatoes, and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir well to combine ingredients.

Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for 1 hour. Add potatoes, carrots, and peas, and simmer for another hour or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Season with additional salt and pepper (or your favorite seasoning) to taste, if desired.

Stew is just the thing to warm you up on a cold day! Have you made any good stews this winter season? What ingredients do you like to use to add more flavor to them?

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