Philly Cheesesteak Stew and Owl Update

SONY DSCI see signs that spring might be coming around the corner. Our favorite owl has been sitting on her nest since the end of January. The last few days she has been sitting up taller in the nest, making me think the eggs may have hatched. I can’t wait to see those cute babies! I wonder what she thinks as she sits and sits and sits on those eggs throughout January, February, and into March. I pass by her tree twice a day, going to work and coming home, and her head and ears are always there, poking up just above the nest. That’s a long, cold session of nest-sitting. No wonder she always looks so tired in her photos in May. Paul has taken pictures of the owls and their babies each spring that we have been here. You can see their photos from 2012, 2013, and posts one and two from 2014. I’ll update you on this year’s batch when we get some fun pictures to share. Owls are so cool, aren’t they?

Even though the weather is beginning to turn, our family still enjoys plenty of soups and stews for dinner. Today’s recipe came from Pinterest (which is where all of my recipes seem to come from) and it’s a delicious, hearty stew.


Philly Cheesesteak Stew

1 1/2 pounds very thinly sliced beef sirloin
Cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
4 Tbl flour
olive oil
2 onions, quartered and thinly sliced
10 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 cloves garlic (pressed through garlic press)
4 cups beef stock, hot
4 sourdough bread bowls
4 slices provolone cheese

Add beef for a large bowl and season with salt and pepper and onion powder. Toss to coat. Sprinkle over 2 Tbl flour and toss to coat.

Sear the meat in 3-4 Tbl hot oil. Toss/stir to brown/sear all sides. Remove to a plate.

Add a little more oil to the pot if needed, and add in sliced onions plus a bit of salt and pepper. Allos onions to carmalize for roughly 6 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning them. Add in mushrooms and allow them to continue sauteing with the onions for another 6 minutes or so, stirring frequently.

Add in dried thyme and garlic. Stir.

Sprinkle in 2 Tbl flour and stire well to blend. Slowly add in the hot beef stock, stirring to avoid flour clumps.

Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.

Ladle into hollowed-out bread bowls and top with a slice of provolone. Place bowls onto baking sheet and stick under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese.

Have a great weekend!

Sheri whomighthavestewonthemenu 


    1. I would love to have owl pictures on cards in the shop! The only problem is, even though the pictures look good on the blog, they are actually taken with a really long lens (because the owls are high up in the tree). That makes them a little fuzzy for reproducing. But one of the owl spots is a bit closer to the ground, so if Paul can get closer photos this year, we’ll definitely keep the cards in mind.

  1. I love your photos, but I love the sense of loving family that shines through in your recipe posts. I guess I’m old school, but I’ve tried to express my love for my family through cooking for them and sitting down with them to eat. (Maybe it’s all in my mind and they don’t even pick up the signal…)

    1. Aww – thanks, MK! I do a lot less cooking now than I did when the kids were still living at home, but having the whole family together for dinner is still one of my very favorite things!

  2. I love the owl photos and I think that cheese steak stew will be on our menu next week! I also love Sophia’s suggestion that you add some owl photo cards to the shop. I will need some more alpaca cards in the near future and I’d love to order some owls also (along with a few skeins of yarn as protective packing material!)

  3. Love the owl pictures you post every year– the babies are so cute — but this picture of mom — well she has that look that says “don’t mess with me — and don’t even think about messing with my babies”!!!
    Can’t wait to try the recipe— wonder where I can find bread bowls——-

  4. Ah the owls! I love them! Mr. B did a great job as usual!
    The stew sounds very good. I get almost all of my recipes from Pinterest also! Such good ones!

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