“Italian Beef Stew with Yellow Peppers and Olives” and “Creamy Parmesan Polenta” from “Gino’s Italian Escape”

Or, in Italian: “Stufato di Manzo” and Crema di Polenta con Parmigiano”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaureen: I know. You are amazed that I made beef stew, since you all know that it’s the one food I have spent my lifetime hating. Yuck. But I thought since it’s Italian beef stew, I might like it better. Plus, I’m going to try polenta again. This is all about trying things.

Tim: You didn’t like the last polenta I made.

Maureen: True that. I didn’t like it AT ALL. I like this polenta much more.

Andrew (14): I feel the opposite. I liked the other one better.

Tim: This one was interesting, because it was made with milk and water. The other one just used water. This one had butter in it, while the other one had olive oil.

Maureen: Dairy ALWAYS makes things better.

Tim: Corn and butter go together like…

Maureen: …two peas in a pod.

Nicholas (10): I liked everything tonight but the polenta.

Maureen: I have a monumental, earth shattering statement to make: I LIKE THIS STEW!

Nicholas: No way!

Andrew: Where is my mother and what have you done with her?

Maureen: Ha ha ha. No, I can’t believe it myself, but I really like it. I think it’s because it has this nice tomato sauce.

Tim: Given that there’s only 400 grams of beef in this, this made much more than I thought it would.

Maureen: Should I make this again?

Andrew: The stew, yes. The polenta, no.

Nicholas: I agree with Andrew.

Tim: I liked everything. Would eat again. Happily.

To make the Italian beef stew, click through this sentence to see the recipe via Google Books.

To make the polenta, click through this sentence to see the recipe via Google Books.

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“Italian Beef Stew with Yellow Peppers and Olives” and “Creamy Parmesan Polenta” from “Gino’s Italian Escape”

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