Monday, May 2, 2011

Gail's Stew

The Fujimotos welcome a new little one into the family!

Eugene and Maria are the proud parents of a baby boy!

This week I will be posting some dishes I'm going to be making to take over so they won't have to think about making dinner.

My friend Gail makes this simple, hearty stew. She calls it Poor Man's Stew, but it's known around here as Gail's Stew.

Gail's Stew


1 lb. ground turkey or other ground meat
6 russet potatoes
2 14 oz. cans of stewed tomatoes
1 bag frozen green beans

1 small onion
2 cloves garlic

I've learned that when making a dinner to give to another family, the dinner doesn't need to be super fancy.

The recipient is always so appreciative and happy to be thought of, so don't worry the dish isn't--gourmet enough.

When my children were in nursery school, I was on the receiving end of a week's worth of food when I was sick.

How grateful I was for the thoughtfulness of my friends!

Start by browning the meat.

Drain any fat.

While the meat's browning, chop 1 small onion and mince 2 cloves garlic.

Add the chopped small onion and minced garlic to the meat.

Slice the potatoes and add them to the pot.

Then add 2 cans of stewed tomatoes.

Give the tomatoes a rough chop with a spoon, right there in the pot.

Add salt and pepper to taste, cover and simmer over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

I like to add a cup or two of water--I like it on the soupy side.

You can also add some herbs.

After 15 minutes, stir in the frozen green beans and cook for 5 minutes more, or until the beans are hot and the potatoes are tender.

It's fast, simple, and delicious!



This afternoon I visited the new baby!

He doesn't have a name yet, but his parents have it narrowed down to two choices for first names and two choices for middle names.

And combinations of thereof.

He's got his hand open!

Mostly it's fisted.

We had to check to see if he had lint in there.

Mine always did.

O-Baachan is celebrating her 88th birthday this week.

I loved their hands together.

We're so happy he's here!

No printable recipe for Gail's Stew yet.


  1. Congratulations to all! Cute baby!

    Thanks for the recipe, Karolyn! 2011 is a BIG baby year for our family and friends. This will be an excellent dinner to take to the new families! LOL, and I'll have to make extra to keep at home, too!

  2. Congratulations to Eugene and Maria!!!! Baby is so cute and sweet! :)

    I have just returned from walking 5 miles at the park. I could use a delicious bowl of Gail's Stew.

  3. Congratulations to the entire Fujimoto family. Can't wait to meet the new baby! Thank you for posting this Karolyn. Can't wait to show your blog to Vaughn's bachan next time we go up to SF.

  4. Congratulations on the addition to your family! I just started reading your blog. I love reading your entries. :)