With the possible exception of chocolate cake, nothing in the world soothes the aching spirit more than chicken stew. And when we need to soothe our aching bodies, too, these are the recipes to do the job. Now that most of the snow has melted off the garden, we're out there on weekends tidying up, pruning and trimming and hauling debris to the compost pile. At the end of a long day of yard work, a nice hot chicken stew is most welcome indeed. Use your slow cooker when you can, as Jeanette did in this Crock Pot Jamaican spiced chicken stew, from Jeanette's Healthy Living, but remember that all of these recipes can be made on the stovetop as well.
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For some, Valentine's Day means a Whitman chocolate sampler in the familiar yellow box, purchased at the local pharmacy. Others present the people they love with chocolate in savory main dishes, like this turkey and white bean chili with chocolate, from Kalyn's Kitchen. Sweet or savory, chocolate adds a bit of romance to any meal, and it should definitely be on the menu for Valentine's Day.
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My husband Ted has never met a beef stew he didn't love. Yet, as I searched the interweb for recipes to share with you this week, I realize how limited my beef stew repertoire has been, and how much Ted is missing, like this stifado, otherwise known as Greek beef stew, from Framed Cooks. One thing I love about beef stew is that it's hard to make a bad one; just keep adding ingredients, and cook the meat long enough, and something wonderful is bound to come out of the pot. I'm looking forward to working my way through this week's recipe ideas, and I think Ted is looking forward to it, too.
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