Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body with an iPad Drinking Green Tea
You should not underestimate the power of relaxing. Every once in a while it's a good idea to just take a break and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
Lately I have been taking a little more time for myself and sampling the pleasures of Maine. Years ago (as a tourist) I came to Maine on weekends
to recharge my batteries after a long week at a hot keyboard. Living here is even better! Shorter drive (or a good healthy walk to and from breakfast or tea).
This is a good place to mention just how good the service has been in local restaurants and cafes (especially my favorites: Selah Tea Cafe, Portland Pie Company, 2 Cats Cafe,
Brandon & Laura's Cafe, The Olde Post Office Cafe, Richard's Restaurant, the Riverside Farm Restaurant and Wine Market, Slate's Maine Restaurant in Hallowell, Cloud 9 at the Senator Inn & Spa and Romano's Macaroni Grill). No wonder people come to Maine from all over the world!
Now all we have to do is figure out how to breathe life back into the economy. I have given up on my fantasy about retiring any time soon. Good thing I like to work!
Company Beef for the crockpot - from an old Rival Crockpot recipe
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter
1.5 lb. stewing beef (or steak tips), cut into 1.5-inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste
3 bay leaves [remove after cooking]
1 tablespoon dried currants
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup red Burgundy wine
1 tbsp. wine vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
dash garlic powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cumin
dash ground cloves
1/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, diced or grated
1/4 cup walnuts
In a skillet, saute onion in butter until limp. Season the beef with salt and pepper;
add to skillet and stir to coat beef with onion and butter. Place in the crockpot.
Stir together the remaining ingredients (except the cheese and walnuts) and pour
over the beef in the crockpot. Cover and cook on Low setting for 7 to 9 hours
(longer is better). Stir to blend. Sprinkle with diced or grated cheese and walnuts;
cook on Low for additional 15 minutes. The recipe claims it makes four servings,
but we find that it can sometimes disappear in one sitting. We favor serving the
Company Beef over pasta, but it would go well with potatoes or rice (and lots of
green vegetables, of course).