Sorry for the late post guys! Between moving and just general life craziness it’s been difficult to find the time. This chicken stew is great though. It takes a fraction of the time of traditional beef stew and it is a little bit lighter as well. The bacon and sage give it some of the traditional richness and flavor.
I love this simple celadon plate I picked up from Bunny McBride right before I left Iowa; the celadon really sets off whatever you place on it. It is a bit difficult to find his pieces because he doesn’t have a large online presence. You can check or contact AKAR if you were looking to buy or if you we looking to check out a few more of his pieces click here.
1 tsp garlic oil
1 chicken breast diced
2 slices of bacon, sliced
4 medium carrots sliced
2 medium-small potatoes or 1 large, diced small
1/4-1/2 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
1/2c red wine
fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste
1 and 1/2c water or chicken broth
1 tbsp cornstarch
rice to serve with (about 1c dry)
- Heat oil on med-high and brown the chicken. Add in bacon and carrots and cook until bacon is cooked.
- Add in seasonings and wine. Cook 3-4 min then add in 1c of water/broth. Stir the 1 tbsp of cornstarch into the 1/2c water/broth and add in until the broth thickens until your happy with the consistency.
- Add in the potatoes and cook until done (about 15 min, also start your rice now). Adjust seasoning and serve!
This was such a delicious kitchen experiment. I ended up buying way too many carrots from the local co-op and was putting them in EVERYTHING and this was one of the best discoveries in the week of all-things-carrot.
I recently picked up this lovely Michael Connelly plate at NCECA at the Art-Stream trailer. Totally worth the splurge! The imagery on the plate (there is a yellow house hidden under all that food) is subtle enough to add interest but not detract from the food, and its a sturdy sucker so I’ll be sure to be using it for years to come.
Not so Nachos
3 medium potatoes
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 ½ tsp Mexican hot chili powder (or chili power plus cayenne pepper)
1 tbsp garlic oil
Vegetable oil for greasing pan
½ lb ground beef
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 lemon juiced
Salt and pepper
3 corn tortillas per person
Your favorite salsa and whatever else you wanna serve this with like rice, lettuce or whatnot
- Turn your oven to 350 degrees and oil/grease a pan/cookie sheet. Dice up the potato and carrots and toss with the garlic oil, cumin, chili powder and ½ tsp of salt. Roast for 30-45 min flipping/stirring halfway through until deeply browned.
- During the last 15 min of the vegetables roasting, cook the beef with salt and pepper in a small skillet. Toss the tortillas on top of the roasting vegetables or on another rack to crisp up (check on them every few min or they might burn!). Once cooked through add in the chopped cilantro and lemon juice and remove from the heat.
- Use the crisped corn tortillas as giant tortilla chips and serve with whatever else you want besides salsa.
NOTES: If you want to do your tortillas at the end crank up the oven to 425 degrees and cook on a wire rack (or the oven grates if your lazy) for 1-5 min until desired crispiness is achieved.