Irish Beef Stew

Looking for a recipe for St. Patty’s day here is a recipe that is easy and delishes.  Serves about 6 people and takes about 1 hour and 55 minutes to be fully ready to serve, 15 minutes to prep and 1 hour and 40 minutes to cook. Image result for irish beef stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup half and half*
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the garlic mashed potatoes, place potatoes and garlic in a large stockpot or Dutch oven and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well and return to the stockpot.
  2. Stir in half and half and butter. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth and creamy; set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season beef with salt and pepper, to taste. Add beef to the stockpot and cook until evenly browned, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  4. Add garlic, onion, leek and carrots to the stockpot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste until well combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Whisk in beef broth, beer, parsley, thyme, bay leaf and beef; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until the beef is tender, about 90 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, combine butter and flour. Add mixture to the stockpot until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in frozen peas until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with garlic mashed potatoes.

Recipe credit: https://damndelicious.net/2015/03/09/irish-beef-stew/

Photo credit: http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/beer-braised-irish-beef-stew-and-colcannon and https://laurenslatest.com/irish-beef-stew-mashed-potatoes/

Menace to Society II

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On Monday, February 19, 2019, the classic movie, “Menace to Society II”, will be showing at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. The movie is about an 18 year old growing up in the middle of gang filled projects in Los Angeles. Through the support of his girlfriend and one of his school teachers, they help him leave the ghettos for good. But on his journey out, it’s filled with tragic events. The movie will start at 6:30 pm. Ticket costs will range from $10-$12. There will be reserved seating so call the Theatre (405) 708-6937 to reserve seats or for any further information.

Oklahoma Foster Homes

Oklahoma has had the greatest increase in foster homes in the in the nation in the past five years, according to a new study. Only 3 states out of the nation showed a constant or lower number of children and youth in foster ca with Oklahoma included in those 3. The Department of Human Resources reports that in Oklahoma today:

  • Children are more likely to safely remain in their homes while their families get much needed help
  • Children are more likely to be placed with family members when first entering foster care instead of an emergency shelter
  • When children are reunited with their families, they are less likely to be reentered into foster care
  • Children in foster care are faced with less moves

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent go to https://okfosters.org/ for more information

 

 

 

New study shows Oklahoma had greatest increase in foster homes in the nation

Valentine’s Sweetheart Special

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On February 14, 2018 Twin Oaks Bowling Alley will be letting couples and friends bowl for two hours with a two meal combo from the Strike Zone. Each couple will have a chance to win a giant teddy bear and a box of chocolates. More than one couple can bowl on one lane so bring friends. It is $35 per couple. If you have questions about this event call (580)-442-2882 and this event will start at 7:00 pm. So come to Twin Oak Bowling Alley at 935 macomb rd Fort Sill, OK.

Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
1 pound hot pork sausage
1/2 (3t0 oz.) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup milk
3 large eggs, beaten

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a half-casserole baking dish or deep-dish pie plate.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
3. Stir hash browns, cooked sausage, Cheddar cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper together  in a large bowl. Whisk milk, eggs, and remaining salt together in another bowl. Pour hash brown mixture into prepared baking dish; pour egg mixture evenly over hash brown mixture.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and golden, about 45 minutes.

Tip: Aluminum foil helps keep moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Recipe/Picture from https://goo.gl/jkadGn

Four Day Weekend!

Hey Owls, were you aware about the four day weekend coming up? Well if you didn’t know, now you do. On Friday, February 16th, the school will be holding parent teacher conferences. In order for your parent to have a meeting, they must have scheduled one before hand, so make sure to call the school and set that up if your parents are interested! Now onto Monday, we thankfully don’t have school then either, due to it being a National Holiday. Presidents Day! So have fun on this short break and be safe kids! See ya Tuesdy(:

 

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