Tale as Old as Time…
“Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents – your dinner!”
I’ve been waiting for this week for what seems like forever. My favorite Disney movie of all time, Beauty and the Beast, is coming out as a live action feature and I can not wait. It takes place in France, they sing a song about food, and the castle is enchanted. Growing up I really thought I was Belle. In 6th grade choir, I did the monologue for the Be Our Guest song at the beginning of a dinner theatre performance because I was the only one who could do a French accent.
I will be first in line to see the new movie on Friday but while I’m waiting, I figure we’re waiting – you can Beauty and the Beast inspired feast and you can “Be My Guest” and make some classic Beauty and the Beast dishes for your family too!
Go On, Unfold Your Menu
Okay, so here’s what I have planned for this week.
- Monday – Instant Pot Beef Ragout
- Tuesday – Cheese Souffle
- Wednesday – Vanilla Poached Pear Tarte en Flambe
- Thursday – Try-the-Grey-Stuff (It’s Delicious) Cheesecake
Beef Ragout is the Ultimate Comfort Food
Beef Ragout basically is a cross between a thick stew and a pasta sauce. Sometimes I’ll shred my meat, sometimes I’ll leave it really chunky, but it is just a food I always can feel like everything is going to be alright. I prefer to use tougher cuts that take a long slow cooking (without an Instant Pot) to make them tender. Those cuts bring more flavor to the party and I think they are more enjoyable. You really don’t want to make a ragout with Filet Mignon.
If you’re stressed It’s fine dining we suggest.
Now hopefully none of us are locked in tower in an enchanted castle. Or maybe it sucks that we aren’t, I mean who doesn’t want that library? But really – life is hard enough. With quick prepared meals in the Instant Pot, fine dining is a much shorter wait. Instead of having to braise your short ribs for 8-12 hours, you get tender, flavorful meat in 35 minutes. Just because it is a Monday and you worked a long day doesn’t mean you can’t eat a fantastic meal at the end of the day.
This morning I was up at 6. I work from home, but that means that I crawl out of bed and start work before the sun has come out. I love programming. It is a combination of problem solving puzzles and design. I really love the work. But sometimes… it is tedious and today was a tedious day. Lots of searching for the missing semi-colon through hundreds of lines of code. A real needle in a haystack situation. I changed the spark plugs on my husband’s truck, made a doctor’s appointment, got a chiropractor’s adjustment, and did laundry. I like to eat dinner no later than 5:30 pm, and suddenly it was 5:30 and I hadn’t even started basic prep work.
The Instant Pot came to my rescue and it was delicious. And just like I can always count on – I was comforted and the ragout was fantastic. My children helped themselves to two servings and went right to bed when the night was over. And the leftovers will be even better tomorrow.
Please, Be Our Guest!
I really hope you enjoy this recipe and the others that follow it as much as you enjoy the new Beauty and the Beast, if you plan on seeing it.