Friday, January 30, 2009


When my husband was in the Navy from the late 60's to the early 70's I purchased some cookbooks that the Officers' Wives Club sold. They had some really good recipes. At that time the wives did a lot of cooking and entertaining and no one did it better. I don't think the wives clubs exist anymore. They've been replaced with the spouses clubs. Anyway, my recipe books were falling apart after so many years and I was thrilled to find replacements on eBay. I also found some others that I didn't even know existed.

Here's a good recipe for a cold winter's night.


· 1 lb. stew beef
· 2 medium onions, sliced
· ¼ t. dry mustard
· 1 ¼ t. paprika
· 3 T. brown sugar
· 1 ¼ t. salt (I omit)
· 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
· ¾ t. cider vinegar
· 6 T. catsup
· 1 ½ c. water
· 3 T. flour

Brown meat with onion. Combine mustard, paprika, brown sugar and salt; add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, catsup and one cup of water. Add to meat and onions. Cover and cook slowly for two hours and 30 minutes. (I find two hours is usually enough and I add additional water while it’s simmering.) Blend flour with ½ cup of water; add to meat mixture. Stir until thickened. Serve over noodles. Yield: 4 servings.


  1. Mmm...sounds delicious, and sounds a lot like my Mom's beef stew, which I make about once per month. I add potatoes and a bay leaf to the stew, too. Mmm...nothing like a hearty stew!

  2. That sounds warming and lovely. I never thought of looking for out-of-print cookery books on ebay but I will try it now. Thanks for the idea.


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