Boeuf Bourguignon, a.k.a., Wine Stew!
This is not a low-cal dish. Can you handle it? Look. Here’s what you’re gonna do. You’re going to have a small breakfast, a moderate lunch, walk a bit when you can today (run if you have time), and enjoy this meal. Because it’s good. What is life for, if not pleasure?? Okay, yes, and helping people less fortunate than you. That, too. Pleasure and helping others. I think I’ve just found the meaning of life, in a bowl of Boeuf Bourguignon from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home. The fact that it requires an entire bottle of wine is probably not unrelated to my new-found enlightenment.
An entire bottle of wine, plus a package of bacon. Ina Garten is my people!
You think she’s asking you to add a lot of pepper. It works.
Do exactly what she says about the bread: toast, rub with a raw clove of garlic, and serve underneath the soup. Eat with a fork and knife. And a spoon, and a ladle, and, well, just tip the whole bowl into your mouth and let the juices run down your chin.