For those of us who don't measure well, who don't make fancy or fussy food, or who don't like to cook every single day, there is stew. Whether it's vegetable based, or built around meat and potatoes like this gorgeous Irish stew from Recipe Girl, a well-constructed stew never fails to satisfy. It's almost a requirement that when you cook stew, you make a big pot of it, either on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Most stews taste even better on the second day as the flavors have a chance to meld, so you can prepare a stew today, have some for dinner tonight, enjoy the rest tomorrow, or portion it out for easy worknight dinners after a quick reheat.
Continue reading "The Saturday Simmer: Stew recipes for stovetop or slow cooker" »
Beans, beans, good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you... want to lick the bowl clean! Whether you start with dried beans or canned, you can build a healthy, hearty, economical soup around any variety of beans. Add little bits of vegetables, leftover meats, a rich broth or even plain water, and you have the makings of a satisfying soup pot. Cook bean soups until the beans fall apart on their own, or coax them into submission with an immersion blender. Or leave them whole, like they are in this sopa de frijoles, a Peruvian bean soup from Provecho Peru. Although nothing makes your kitchen smell and sound more welcoming than a pot of soup burbling away on the stove, don't forget your slow cooker, which makes wonderful bean soups with no stove-tending required.
Continue reading "The Saturday Simmer: Budget-friendly bean soup recipes" »
By the time next weekend rolls around, we'll be knee deep in leftover turkey (and leftover everything else) from the Thanksgiving feast. For some people, leftovers are the best part of the meal! In our house, we reheat the T-day meal on the next day, but by the day after that, someone will have stripped the turkey carcass, and left a container of turkey meat waiting for creative repurposing. What's more inspiring -- and easier -- than chopping or shredding the turkey and magically transforming it into soup, stew or chili, like this leftover turkey and pinto bean white chili with lime and cilantro, from Kalyn's Kitchen?
Continue reading "The Saturday Simmer: Soup, stew and chili recipes for leftover turkey" »