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When I moved into my apartment, conveniently located across the street from my mother, she placed bets on occasions where I would show up after work with an appetite for some home cooked food. Perhaps 4 years ago, that might have been an instant win but, my, how the tables have turned. I feel incredibly blessed to be so close to home again after having moving out on my own for 4 years. Living on my own in Queens for 4 years taught me a lot about time management and living on a budget. My commute was a complete hour each way and when I got home, I would walk mickey and then when I returned from walking the dog, I would start cooking. Batch cooking was ESSENTIAL then as was utilizing my slow cooker. But now, my commute is a measly 23 minutes and coming home to cook is something I look forward to.
My family had a big renovation in their kitchen last week which meant no use of their stove or sink.
*Phone Rings*
Me: Hello?
Mom: Hi baby! How are you?
Me: Im good, mom.  Just getting in. What are you up to?
Mom: Ugh, this renovation is killing me! Wanted to know what you were doing for dinner tonight?
Me: As a matter of fact, I just turned off the slow cooker. I made some kind of beef dish.
Mom: Do you have enough to share?
***
Yes. The tables definitely have turned now. Make no mistake, I am more than happy to be there for my family. Whenever  I needed them, they were always there and now that I live so close to home I can be there for them- even for something so simple as providing a home cooked meal. That’s what family is.

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Beer Braised Beef

Ingredients:
1 cup onion, chopped
Cooking spray
1 pound boneless top round steak, trimmed
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
1/2 cup light beer
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tbsp flour

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Directions
Place onion in a 3- to 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak; cook 2 minutes on each side to sear.

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Place steak over onions in cooker; pour tomatoes and beer over steak. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

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Shred steak with 2 forks in slow cooker; stir in molasses and salt. Whisk in flour to thicken the sauce.

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Let steak stand 10 minutes before serving. 1 serving is 1 cup of beef. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or polenta.

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I served mine with my favorite polenta (also in the slow cooker) and some glazed Carrots!

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