My last post about our passion for supporting our local ranchers and the value of grassfed meat made me hungry. Mr. Hensongs said it made him REALLY, REALLY HUNGRY and reminded him of my mom’s yummy recipes. Now, for Mom, “recipe” was a loosely used term. She was a farm girl, single mom (my dad died when I was young) and a flat-out magician at making food fit for royalty from whatever was in the pantry and fridge.
In the days before slow cookers, my mom was a master at putting a stew on to cook in the morning so it would be ready for dinner that evening. That’s what I want to share with you today – more of a set of instructions than a recipe, so put aside your panic and just let creativity take over. It’s not a fancy recipe; it’s a family dinner.
All you need is some sort of protein, some sort of liquid, some basic vegetables, whatever other vegetables are in the refrigerator, and a bit of herbs, salt and pepper. Here is my mom’s basic set of instructions.
If I have some wilting celery, I’ll lay it on top of the stew – just for flavor.
You can also add other vegetables you have that make sense in stew. Cut them large enough that they don’t melt away while cooking. We like to add a big handful of green peas during the 30 minutes of cooking. If you’re coming home from work, toss them in the pot the minute you walk in the door.
Here are the ingredients I always use.Hey! The wine is for the stew. I just didn’t want to show the brand I am using today. Really!
About 30 minutes before you want to dive into dinner, throw the peas into the pot. Leave the lid off for the last bit of cooking.
I did go all “California” on you today and added a loaf of Artichoke Garlic Herb Bread from one of our favorite markets. It goes in the oven for 10 minutes to warm up. I do believe you can order it via mail….sorry in advance for starting the addiction in your family.
We rounded out tonight’s dinner with a couple of little apple crisps made from 4 windfall apples from the backyard. Those stay in the oven at 350 degrees while we eat dinner.
Here it is; our simple family dinner. Put this on your menu and try it out on your family – let me know how it goes!