Guinness Irish Beef Stew is a comforting pub classic with melt-in-your-mouth beef bathed in a rich and hearty gravy-like sauce lightly flavored with Guinness. We’ve elevated the comfort level even further by placing it in a buttery, flaky crust.
Well guys. . .I survived my first trip to China. There certainly were times when I questioned whether or not I would make it back in one piece. . .but here I am, making plans to return to the Pearl of the Orient faster than you can blink an eye.
In case you’ve never been to this bustling city, it seems like there is a cloud of pollution perpetually looming through the parade of skyscrapers that march off into infinity. I was aware of China’s reputation for having the “dirtiest air on Earth” before I left. My concerned doctor loaded me up with steroids and inhalers for fear that my asthma would flare up into a rage so intense it could not be contained. All the information in the world, even the endless stream of photos from the Mr., could not prepare me for the thick, fluffy, white cloud that, more often than not, made it impossible to see anything but a wall of white every time I peered from my 58th floor window.
Well hello there. Long time no see. I made you this Chocolate Bourbon Pie with Mint & a Brown Sugar Pecan Crust. I had every intentions of sharing this beauty with you right before the Kentucky Derby so that you could be seduced by its rich chocolate-y goodness while you watched the ponies trot around the race track. But that was not meant to be as Shitala, the Indian goddess of sickness, unleashed her fury, leaving me stricken with a case of the flu so mad it seemed my body would never be able to successfully shake it.
I was not happy about this curse because I had set aside my intense fear of needles and braved the dreaded flu shot. Yes. I embarrassed myself by acting like a three year old as I got poked and prodded. . .and all for nothing as it turns out.