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I was looking all over for a recipe. It was one my Mother called "Veal Cassoulet". It was pretty fancy for her style, or the style she ended up displaying for my meat and potatoes Irish father. I used to know it by heart, we always found it easy, and a bit elegant. I really love veal, but you can't tell that it's the meat being used. You could easily substitute pork or chicken.

This recipe was not in my 4000+ file on the big computer, it was not in the binder of recipes my mom made for my brother and I when we went off to college, but worst of all, it was not in my head. Since she's gone and I'm an orphan now, I feel strong pressure to know these things. I knew enough to buy what I needed at the grocery store, but still, what a dummy! I was worried I could not make it correctly. I was getting panicky and the 'net was not helping one bit. Of all times to be let down by Google, my stalwart friend! As a last ditch effort, I pulled out the three sections of Joy of Cooking from the cabinet. It was closing in on 5:30 and not just the cats were getting restless. Three sections of the book because it was my mother's soft-cover copy, it's spine is broken, and three sections is what I have to work with. No missing pages, mind you, although both the covers are long gone.

No real cook could be surprised by what I say next: the recipe was in Joy of Cooking. Right there on page whatever. It was not called Veal Cassoulet, it is named under the section of recipes collected by main ingredient (veal) and cooking method (braising) and then called veal with sour cream sauce. I will write it out roughly here:

1-2 lbs. veal stew meat (I use shoulder and cut as I please)

1/2-1 chopped onion

1/2-1lb. sliced mushrooms

2 tbsp. flour

1 c. broth

salt, pepper & nutmeg to taste

1 c. sour cream

Lightly brown veal cubes in butter in large skillet. Remove to casserole dish. Saute onion and mushroom well in liquid leftover in skillet. Sprinkle in flour, scrape or whisk 2-3 min., whisk in stock, and juices collected in bottom of casserole. Simmer til thick about 5 min, remove from heat, add salt, pepper, nutmeg. Stir in sour cream. Add to casserole with meat, stir to combine, cover, bake in 300' oven 1 hour. Stir & serve over egg noodles, or your favorite starch.

Yum yum yum. I forgot how much I loved this one. Wait til Easter dinner is over, I'll rave to you about the ham we are bringing (to the in-laws) from Burger's Smokehouse. We got one gifted to us for the winter holidays, and if I didn't rave about it then, I'll be sure to make up for it next week! Whoo-weee! Plus I'm making an extra flourless chocolate cake; the one that I do for the The Chocolate Moose candy shop on Main Street (Chatham, NY). I think the guests will be happy, or filled with the JOY of eating!



Kristy said:

Sounds wonderful! I wish you could stop by here and whip us up something for Easter (we're lucky if we remember to pick up a ham at Costco). NOT elegant. The kids will be bloated with candy by dinner time anyway, so not a big loss, I guess...

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