I'm doing this whole "I've got a guest post up, go see" thing completely wrong. Instead of just directing you to Kristy's blog today and calling it good, in fact I'm sharing the second installment (but first post) of my Food Bloggers Change My Life series. Confusing? Yes, sorry--I shared Rebecca at Foodie With Family's Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala previously, but I started the series because of Alanna of Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture. She is my friend and Food Blogging Mentor (and I'm so grateful last year that she didn't laugh at my email of 'I'm thinking of starting a food blog').
Chicken Cider Stew is a savory stovetop dish that comes together quickly and uses the great stuff I'm getting from my CSA and my garden right now: sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and apples.
|We like this served with a hunk of sharp cheddar cheese.|
Every time I read a food blog, I get inspired to try all sorts of new flavor combinations, and sometimes I actually follow through with my ideas. Rarely, though, does a recipe--exactly as written--become part of my regular menu rotation.
I'll digress at this point and say by 'menu rotation' that would imply that I actually have a menu plan. Ha! During the CSA farm share season (mid-May to Thanksgiving-ish for me) I never know what I'm going to get in the farm share crate. And other than the cow in the freezer I never know what protein I'll have on hand. So I just kind of wing it on a daily/weekly basis. However, there are some meals that, when the right elements collide, I already know what I'm making for supper.This recipe is one of those. I read it when Alanna put it up on Kitchen Parade in 2007, had almost all the ingredients--still don't have savory--and made it. Loved it. The following Fall when it cooled off and my thoughts turned to stew, my farm share box had sweet potatoes, apple cider appeared in the farmer's market and the stores, I craved it again. The next year, again.
And so it goes. Reading that recipe six years ago made a permanent change in my Fall menu rotation. See, food bloggers are making a difference!
I'm not going to provide the recipe here. I've linked to it here. If you found me (thanks!), you can find Alanna!
I'll just walk you through it via my photos, and show what I did differently (subbed caramelized onions since I had some on hand, thanks to this recipe):
|You'll need chicken, carrots, celery, apples, bacon, onions, ketchup, apple cider, and herbs.|
|Have a minion peel the sweet potatoes.|
|Chop the bacon and set aside. Brown the chicken chunks in a large skillet. Set aside.|
|Finely dice the carrots, celery, and onions--caramelized were delicious in this--don't forget the soup pack or composting pigs for the carrot tops and tips, and the celery leaves!|
|While the carrots and celery are sautéing, chop the apple and sweet potato.|
|Add the chicken back to the skillet, stir to combine.|
|Add in the sweet potatoes, apples, caramelized onions. Don't add in the bacon yet. I was in a cleaning frenzy and tossed the whole cutting board worth into the skillet. My bad. It goes in at the end.|
|Add cider, ketchup, and seasonings. Simmer.|
|At this point you'd add in the bacon and call it done. Fall in a skillet!|
|Try this for yourself!|
And if you've ever wanted to get plenty of garlic and pesto for your kitchen's cooking needs, I've got a neat trick to use one garden space over the course of a year to do just that. Head over to Gastronomical Sovereignty (I spelled it right!) and check this out:
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