A late bloomer, I just saw the movie "Julie & Julia" on the telly. Although I've made Beef Bourguignon before, I've always found it too "winey", but that could be because I used the wrong/cheap wine or didn't cook it well or long enough. It's been okay, but nothing to write home about.
Inspired by the movie to give it another go -- in the hope of making something that will knock the socks off my hubby -- I did an internet search for Julia's recipe and was amazed to see so many recipes adapted from her original. This may be a silly question, but as the original goddess of French cooking, isn't Julia's version perfect as-is? Also, as it is called Beef Bourguignon, why does the receipe call for Beujolias, Côtes du Rhône, Bordeau- Saint-Émilion, Chianti **OR**Burgundy?
I have also seen comments from on-line posters who say they found the original recipe bland, and recommend using Pinot Noir and substituting dark chicken stock in lieu of brown beef stock.
Speaking of brown beef stock, short of making it from scratch (marrow bones are hard to come by), is fresh beef stock from the grocery store okay and/or would a bit of More Than Gourmet demi-glace give a better finish?
In case it matters, I'll be using a combination of aged beef shin and beef cheeks for the meat.
Any thoughts, hints and tips will be most welcome!