Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wolf Stew ;)

Hello, Dear Ones! So many of you are having such cold cold weather - so I thought I would cook something for you! When the weather is chilly a good ole bowl of Wolf Stew is just what you need!
Here I've laid out all the ingredients you'll need. Oops...
I did forget to set out this most important bottle of soy sauce which really enhances the flavor.

What's that? You're wondering what in the world is Wolf Stew? Well, sit down little Dearies and I will tell you a little story. Now, you know how I love to tell you little stories.

Once upon a time when our son was about three years old I was making a pot of beef stew. Being the inquiring little tot that he was, he asked what I was making for supper. I told him. Now, my little son was a very picky eater and he didn't think he liked beef stew. He was really into the usual childhood stories at this time, so I decided I'd take this opportunity and fib just a bit. I asked him if he remembered the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf? Well, of course he did! I told him when the big ole bad wolf climbed down the chimney of the little pig's house he fell into the pot of boiling water and they made him into wolf stew! He loved that idea! He ate his Wolf Stew that night and every other time I made it. To this day, my thirty something year old son still calls this dish Wolf Stew. Now you don't have to wonder about it anymore! ;)

Now on with the recipe for Wolf Stew:

1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2" cubes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons flour
1 can (10 1/2 oz.) condensed beef broth
1 can tomato sauce and 1 can water
4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
carrots, chopped (use as many as you like)

Make a layer of the onions and celery in large oven proof pot. Arrange meat on top of the onions and sprinkle with soy sauce. Mix next four ingredients together and sprinkle over meat. Add beef broth, tomato sauce and can of water. Cover tightly with heavy aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 375' oven 1 hour. Add vegetables and bake, covered, one more hour. Remove foil and bake 1/2 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Add more beef broth if necessary during last part of cooking time.

Ready for the oven.
Wrapped with aluminum foil and ready to cook.
It's ready. Get your bowl...
With a couple slices of garlic bread maybe some peach tea and your ready to warm up with a bowl of Wolf Stew!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

Lyrics and Music
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Long ago there were three pigs
Little handsome piggy-wigs
For the big, bad very big very bad wolf
They didn't give three figs

Number one was very gay
And he built his house of hay
With a hey hey toot
He blew on his flute
And he played around all day

Number two was fond of jigs
And so he built his house with twigs
Heigh diddle-diddle
He played on his fiddle
And danced with lady pigs

Number three said "Nix on tricks
I will built my house with bricks"
He had no chance
To sing and dance
'Cause work and play don't mix

Ha ha ha! The two little
Do little pigs just winked and laugh, ha ha!

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Came the day when fate did frown
And the wolf blew into town
With a gruff "puff-puff" he puffed just enough
And the hay house fell right down

One and two were scared to death
Of the big bad wolfie's breath
"By the hair of your chin-ny-chin,
I'll blow you in"
And the twig house answered yes

No one left but number Three
To save the piglet family
When they knock
He fast unlocked
And said "Come in with me!"

Now they all were safe inside
And the bricks hurt wolfie's pride
So, he slid down the chimney
And, oh, by Jimney
In the fire he was fried

Ha ha ha! The three little
Free little pigs rejoice and laughed, ha ha!

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la!
~sung by the Three Little Pigs


  1. Mornin', Sister friend...
    I made a hugh pot of stew this week and, when the weather turned to ice here in West Texas a couple of days ago, we really enjoyed that stew...
    I love your story about Wolf Stew...
    Guess your weather is warmer there...xo bj

  2. Cute story today did have me wondering about the title to this post..LOL and BTW, thank you so much for voting for Lil Bear! ;-) Bo

  3. Mmmmmmmmmm...sounds so good!

    If I could get out of the driveway today, I'd go get the stuff to make it.

    We've had about 7" of snow overnight and another 1-2" just in the last 3 hours, since Tom shoveled.

    So...I'm not going anywhere!!!


  4. I'll be right over. Yummmmmmmmmmm

    Love your story about the name for the stew :-)

  5. Yummy....and nice and warm!

    Wolf Stew sounds really good, thanks for sharing the recipe! I love the china bowl that you put the stew in :-)

    Have a lovely day Sheila!!

  6. Good Morning my sweet friend... What a cute story this morning and as an added bonus a delish recipe... How great is that... You know in Florida we have to turn the air conditioner down to 60' to eat stew... NO only kidding... Cold front coming in the next few days so maybe I'll get a chance to make your wonderful stew... Glad to hear that mommy is doing a little better... Give her a great big hug from me... Have a fun filled day... Love YA


  7. I'd never thought of putting it in the oven to cook, sweetpea. I'll have to try that. It helps to keep the kitchen warm also if the oven is on......

  8. I've never been a huge stew fan, but I have to say this looks delicious! and, I love how it came to be Wolf Stew. I may have to put stew meat on my grocery list this week! Yummy!

    Justine :o )

  9. You smart little Momma!!! I need to remember that one. I also need to try that yummy recipe. Although it was almost 80 here yesterday. Crazy ***

  10. Oh, what an imaginative mamma you were! How fun! I'm sure your son has fond memories of that stew! It sounds delish!


  11. Putting it all together and baking it makes it simple. No dredging meat, no hovering over the pot all day... I like that! Thanks.

  12. Mmmmmm yummy!!! That looks really good!!! And is quite similar to a soup I often make for my family too!! :-) Everyone loves it!


  13. Oh yum Shelia, this sounds so delicious, perfect for the cold, rainy day I'm having here in NC. I love how Wolf stew got it's name!

  14. We had beef stew, I mean wolf stew, on Monday. Yours sounds really good with the soy sauce though. I will try that next time. :)

  15. That would be sooooo good with all this ice here!! I LOVE your story of how the "wolf" stew got its name.

  16. What a delightful story you've shared...this will be perfect here in Minnesota! Thank you for sharing your wonderful looking wolf stew :).

    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    Kathi :)

  17. Thank you for making some wolf stew for us because it sure is cold here and nothing beats the taste of a hearty bowl of stew or homemade soup on a cold winter day.

  18. That sounds and looks wonderful! I love the story that goes with it. When I first met my husband, I found out he liked chicken and dumplings, so I decided to make it for him and we invited out best friends over too. When the male friend asked what we were having, I told him chicken and dumplings. He heard "chicken and lumps". He wanted to know what "lumps" were...Well from that day on (over 31 years) we have called it Chicken and Lumps.

  19. I love one dish meals and your wolf stew looks so yummy. You did have me a little nervous about the wolf part. What a great story.

  20. I love beef stew, but I just throw mine in the crock pot and let it stew all day. LOL


  21. I'm going to make that tonight. It sounds delicious.

  22. This sounds delicious Sheila...perfect for the cold weather we're having.. thanks for sharing darling..hugs ~lynne~

  23. My crock pot broke earlier this week ... I must run to Target today because I am a huge soup, stew, bbq crock pot cooker!

  24. Hi Sheila, That stew looks so delicious! I can just smell it through the screen! Cute story behind it's name! LOL! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

  25. Great Story and what a fun recipe, cooked in the oven, got to try it. I am in the midst of picking up recipes and putting them all in one place and this looks really good.
    Have a smiley day!
    Roberta Anne

  26. Yum, Shelia! That wolf stew looks mighty tasty! LOL! What a cute story.

    Hope you and yours are doing well. Still thinking of Mother Precious and hoping each day brings better and better news and a total recovery.


    Sheila :-)

  27. GM Pickle I thought for sure you were going to say you called it wolf stew because he "wolfed" it down..girl this looks so YUMMY!! I just made stew on Saturday in the crock these easy meals..also love any thing that we can have left overs and don't have to cook the next night..hope you have a great day and give your Mama some hugs from me...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  28. Yummm-O!

    Thanks for letting me know the answer to the plate mystery. :)

  29. You might want to make another pot, cause I am going out the door with this one!!!hehehe ...Kathy

  30. That's such a cute story. I love that he still calls it Wolf Stew!
    This reminds me of my mom's stew except for the soy sauce that I'll have to try sometime. I like good old fashioned stew and Mr. Silly likes it fancier so this should be perfect for both of us!

  31. Delicious story and recipe Shelia!!

  32. Hi Shelia, I think it would be grand if you made the Calgon bath lady into an official Diva! Feel free to borrow her picture if you like. Glad this gave you a smile, it sure did for me.

  33. Love your story about the wolf stew! Isn't it amazing how creative moms can be when they have to trick, I mean, encourage their children to eat.
    We got iced in yesterday and I made a big pot of stew, only I make mine on top of the stove. I think I'll try your recipe next time!

  34. Hi Shelia
    Oh I love your story! And your Wolf Stew looks soooo delish I will have to give it a try. It certainly has been so very cold and snowy here. Your son must have had you tell him that story each time you made his favourite Wolf Stew.
    So sweet.
    Thank you for sharing.
    hope you are having a good evening.

  35. Sheila, thank you for your adorable Wolf Stew story. I am going to make it for sure. the ingredient I like was the soy sauce. I have never tried that. Your son is a smart guy. Smile!

    I once threw my son's security blanket away because he had not touched it for a long time and it was so worn out. Of course he then asked where it was. I told him I threw it in the garbage because he didn't want it anymore. He cried and said, "In the garbage." Thinking fast I said, "don't worry honey, it went to blanket heaven." That stopped the tears and brought a smile. He was 4 yrs. old. Those little fibs are a good thing.

    Sheila, thank you so much for your sweet comment about me. The feeling is mutual and I mean it too.


  36. This sounds SO good and a real warm up as well! Yummy! Perfect for a day like we had today! Brrr...

    Catching up with everyone so am now off to read more of what I have missed with you!


  37. Sweet Sheila, Love the story behind the Wolf Stew, and the recipe! I must give it a might be a great story to tell my grandson, Tyler, now two. I then could make him Wolf Stew...I'll pass the story down for many generations... ;) You are so cute! I love the peach tea too...hmmm... ~CC (Us Georgians love Peach tea!)

  38. Oh my your place mats match the background on your blog.

    That looks yum.


  39. Oh my, I bet all of those poor people that are iced in and without electric would love this tonight ! Looks yum-o-o-o-o-o Sheila.

  40. SHelia, I think you had everyone a little skeptical about the recipe with a name like that!! LOL story! By the way, your oven is immaculate. I think I need to clean mine before I let a camera near it! ;-)

    I think this recipe is a keeper-has a lot of ingredients I usually don't use so sounds like a treat!



  41. What a great story about Wolf soup - it looks great too. Thanks for giving us your secret cooking tips with this recipe! Wolf Soup is going to be eaten all over the world now!

  42. I love that story about the incredibly scrumptious looking Wolf Stew! And how darn cute that your grown up son still refuses to call it beef it! Its a good name...I don't blame him for sticking with the story. :-) And of course, I love the bowls you are serving it to all of your freezing cold friends in today. :-)

  43. Oh- I feel warm already! I must try this recipe!
    Funny how we lie to our sons- for their own good! My grilled ham & cheese sandwich is called a "soldier sandwich"! At 16, he still asks for it that way!

  44. I love this story about how you got your son to eat his stew! You must have been a really fun mom when he was growing up!



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