So it is Christmas night and the family is gone and the house straightened up. I have to say that the beef bourguignon turned out quite well. Everyone seemed to like it and they ate a lot of it, so I take that as a good sign. I did get hung up a few times with the recipe but, overall, I found the whole thing fun. I am still not sure what we supposed to be done with the bacon lardons and I ended up tossing a bunch of strips of fat because it just seemed wrong to keep them in the stew. I also had to play with the amounts of burgundy and beef stock, but, in the end, the whole thing was pretty tasty.
Will I tackle another Julia recipe anytime soon? No. But I do think I could possibly find it in myself to try another fairly complicated recipe some day, maybe (how’s that for non-committal?). Perhaps for next years cookie exchange — another event that causes me to break out in a cold sweat.
Merry Christmas all!