Food for Friday

We’re enjoying fall in the mountains, with chilly nights that come on early and call for crackling fires and warm socks.  (Okay, nevermind that it feels like it got to about 80 degrees today in the valley…it’s going to be cold and rainy overnight, and chilly again tomorrow….work with me…)  It’s time for a nice crock pot stew, simmering slowly and filling the house with aromas that say comfort and home.

Our good friends at Gooseberry Patch have the perfect cook book to take us through fall in good taste ~ Harvest Kitchen, Savor autumn’s best family recipes, a bushel of tips and gifts from the kitchen…all to warm your home this season.  I knew I would find the perfect recipe for my weekend here.  As722020 Harvest Kitchen Cookbook with all Gooseberry Patch publications, this volume is filled not only with a variety of delicious, tried-and-true recipes, but also with cooking tips, easy decorating ideas, and gift giving suggestions for fall.  Chapters include Fireside Favorites, Touchdown!, Halloween Tricks & Treats, and Thanksgiving on a Bun (sounds like a great resource for turkey leftovers…).

I picked a stew from the Slowly-Simmered Suppers chapter:

Nancy’s Winter Stew, Nancy Fagan, Warminster, PA

10-3/4 oz can tomato soup
1/2 C dry red wine or beef broth
1-1/3 C water
1/2 C onion, chopped
1/4 t Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
14-1/2 oz can green beans, drained
1 dozen frozen meatballs

Mix together in a slow cooker soup, wine or broth and water.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 9 hours.  Makes 4 servings.

Those prep and cooking instructions are just the easiest.  Add a loaf of artisan bread, a few slices of your favorite cheese, and some tangy olives ~ and call me for dinner!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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