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Twenty Fifteen and Cottage Pie

Zoey and I are cuddling on the couch trying to stay warm on this very cold New Years Eve.  I am watching Appendices #8 from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and contemplating the year that was and the year yet to come.

I feel like I slept through much of 2014.  I sat by and let things happen.  I existed but did not live life to its fullest.  I have many goals for the new year.  Though I am not sure if they are truly new years resolution.  I was asked by someone on Monday if I had any resolutions and I was struck by the fact that I had made none.  But I think it is time to make some.  Somethings need to be improved in the new year.  Mainly I need to focus on myself.  Doing things that make me happy, focusing on the good.

Goals for the new year!

  • Cook more
  • Blog more
  • Fix my recipe page
  • Say Yes to hanging out with people
  • Get out of the House other than going to work at least once a week.
  • Re-read
    • Silmarillian
    • The Hobbit
    • The Fellowship of the Ring
    • The Two Towers
    • The Return of the King
  • Read for fun at least 12 new books!
  • Exercise more
  • Knit more
  • Sew more
  • Take more photos
  • Save up for a new camera
  • Save up for a new sewing machine
  • Save up for a serger.

So we come to New Years Eve and here I am working on the first two goals.  Tonight I am blogging and cooking a Cottage Pie for our culinary enjoyment.

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Cottage Pie

Ingredients:

    •  4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1 medium onion, diced

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    • 1 medium carrots, chopped
    • 1 rib of celery, chopped
    • 1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, diced

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    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

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  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can tomato paste (preferably organic)
  • 1 pound stewing beef (preferably grass fed), patted dry
  • 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ground black pepper
  • Mashed potatoes
    • 1 pound of red potatoes diced,  boiled in water until soft, drained, and mashed
    • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
    • A splash of whole organic milk
    • sprinkle of salt
    • Sprinkle of black pepper
    • dash of dried rosemary

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Directions:

    1. preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
    2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in medium skillet on medium-high

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    1. Brown beef and set aside, do not over crowd the pan

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    1. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to skillet
    2. Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots, mushrooms, salt, and oregano

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    1. Cook for 10 minutes until vegetables are soft
    2. Add tomato paste
    3. Cook for 8 minutes until mixture turns a brick red color
    4. Add beef, broth, Worcestershire, and black pepper

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    1. Cook for 3 more minutes to combine
    2. Place in a casserole or dutch oven

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    1. Cover with mashed potatoes leaving a 1/4 inch space around the edge.
    2. Dot the tops of potatoes with butter

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  1. Bake for 40 minutes
  2. Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.

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Bon Appétit and Happy New Year 

From

Dianna, Alex, Mamasita, and Zoey.

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