Bye week is upon us. Nice of the Rams to let us go out on a high note. We all have our favorite teams and biases, I know obvious statement, and I’m not a fan of teams traveling out of the US for “home” games but it is an interesting display of what can happen on a neutral field. So with a two weeks between games our Pats picked up Aqib Talib, an incredibly talented cornerback with off field issues aplenty. We’ve heard that story before and until we met Haynesworth and Johnson it turned into a good story. Here? Given our injuries I hope for the best. Heck, Pacman is still out there playing so anything can happen.
Looking around the league I’m curious to see if the Cowboys implode against the Falcons. Who had the Falcons undefeated this year? Yeah right, sit back down band wagoner. The talking heads are working the Newton RGIII angle hard and I think it’s good but I’m really more curious to see how the Ravens handle the Browns. Remember them? Sad sack team who’s D shut down the Chargers and held on for an olde school 7-6 win? The Ravens rank bottom of the league in D categories so we get to see what this offense can really do. Much like the Cowboys, I think they’ll misuse their offensive talents (remember that great RB Rice? Ravens staff) and they’ll probably win but it’s going to be a grinder IMO.
So what’s to eat today? Well, since the weather is nice and we’ve got this big tasting at Julio’s today I’m going with the slow cooker for an easy late tasty football dinner. Here’s the recipe:
2 lbs lean beef stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes if it’s not already done. My store has it already cubed bonus!
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots sliced thick
2 celery stalks diced
2 larger red potatoes or 3 small ones, cut in 1-inch cubes. I like to leave the skins on
1 bottle of oude timey
2 teaspoons 21 seasoning from Trader Joes – Thanks Deb & Joe for bringing this up to me!
2 diced roma tomatoes
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup flour
Place all ingredients, except butter and flour in the slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Mix melted butter with flour; add to the stew. Turn to high and cook until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy with a Farmhouse Red, Oude Timey or Hooksett Ale. I’ll be enjoying with an Oude Timey personally.
It’s week 9 and a lot of teams are on the line between heading to playoffs and running out the slate. Whatever you watch, I hope you enjoy with some great beer, food and friends. Enjoy your day off Pats! Cheers, Bill