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Dealing with the proverbial 'they'
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Beef Burgundy

1 / 2 pound bacon, chopped
1 onion chopped
1 / 2 Cup all purpose flour
2 lbs. boneless beef for stew, cubed
1 / 2 teaspoon each salt and pepper ( more if you need)
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic salt
1-teaspoon onion powder
1 / 2 teaspoon tarragon (dry)
1 / 2 teaspoon marjoram (dry)
1 teaspoon Thyme (dry)
1 cup vegetable stock
1 cup dry red wine
8 small onions peeled and sliced in half
1/2 lb. Mushrooms, sliced


In large sauté pan (which you have a lid for) cook bacon 5 to 7 minutes until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain. Sauté chopped onion in bacon drippings 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until golden. Remove to drain as you did with bacon. Sautee mushrooms and set aside.

Combine flour with salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Add meat and toss to coat. Sauté meat in bacon drippings 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until browned.

Add garlic salt, onion powder, herbs and the broth. Cook on high heat about 2 to 3 minutes before adding wine. Bring to boil and add cooked bacon and onions. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer one and a hours. Add uncooked halved onions, cover and simmer 25 minutes more. Add sautéed mushrooms, cover and simmer another 10 minutes, or until onions are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed.

Serves 6 to 8

"They," that infamous "they." One would guess that "they" are the experts of all subjects to which "they" refer. Wow, still with me? To paraphrase many of the "they," which have crossed my path during this life and career, "To reach your goals or fulfill your potential you have to evaluate and reevaluate self. If you find you have veered in the slightest from the positive course to reach your positive goals, you have to do whatever is needed to get back on course. First by restate your personal mission then get back to it."

Lately I feel a bit off course. There is conflict in this life. Yes, there are always things that do not go the way we want, but that is not real conflict. I am at odds with people I have known for years, people I feel love for. To me, that is real conflict.

Conflict can arrive from very simple events. Two people can be in a room, viewing the same painting and see something totally opposite. At a party, family gathering or maybe some other social event, you and others are having what you feel is good healthy fun. Later you fined someone felt lines were crossed. You ask, "Was this person at the same party?" That disagreement leads to conflict, long time relationships are strained, sometimes sadly ended.

I am going back to what "they" have advised, but in addition to self evaluate, it will be extended to those with whom I find myself in conflict. My therapist once said some people love living in chaos and they thrive on conflict but don't realize it. She said "Curtis, if you find those people in your path, you have to ease around them. Then hope those people find help."

My personal mission is to be a positive role model for my boys, their friends, my family, my friends, my self, my community and, most importantly, my God.

Remember you, the readers of The Rockdale News, are the motivation and inspiration for most of my columns. To my friends with whom I have had personal conversations about the conflicts in your and my life as well as others in our community that are in similar situations I hope the way I plan to deal with my personal dilemma helps you.

This week's recipe is Beef Burgundy. A book I read by W.E.B. Griffin inspires it. One of the main carters a "Bad Guy," but one great cook prepared this dish, well he accuracy grilled and beef tenderloin then made a Burgundy sauce to serve with it.