I had this revelation. I mean, maybe it wasn’t so revolutionary as I think, but, ahem, It occurred to me that maybe the wrong approach is making recipes in the crock pot. So far I have been displeased by my crock pot efforts. They have consisted of artichokes, mac & cheese and chili. The chili was the best thing so far. Not that the artichokes were bad, but I grilled them once, and I don’t think I’ll ever come up with a satisfactory alternative to the artichoke grilling. Grilled Artichokes is boss. Anyway–I’ve been thinking lately that the crock pot could make my life easier in some ways, and cheaper, too, so I should consider learning to use it more adequately.
So I invented a fall stew this morning that is crock potting on low as I type this.
It contains the following:
(more or less) 1 lb of left over steak, cubed
2/3 of a small peeled acorn squash, also cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, sliced & halved
3 ribs of celery, chopped
1/3 c. frozen peas
small handful of wheat berries
2 giant garlic cloves chopped coarsely
shake of cayenne pepper
bit of clove and nutmeg
2 T (+/-) tomato paste
I want it to be fragrant and wonderful. It looked like it would be. It was also quite pretty. I considered putting potatoes in it. I also considered carrots, but decided against b/c of the acorn squash. Anyway, I’m totally stoked. If it is tasty, I’m calling it “Election Stew” and going to make it every election year on Election day. This evening, Pearl and I are going to my folks’ house for some nice Election Partying. We’ll sit around being coy about our politics and bitching loudly about how partisan it all is.