We live a bit outside of town, where farmland regularly intersects with a scattering of houses and small neighborhoods. It’s peaceful here. Open. Quiet. Plenty of land to meander through with the pup. This winter, it’s been especially still, with occasional falling snow and misty, foggy days.
When the weather grows chilly, I turn to a handful of my favorite comfort recipes; tried-and-true soups and stews, warming roasts and a few other cozy dishes, including this hearty Turkey Chili. Not only is this flavorful chili a perfect cold-weather antidote, I love that it mostly cooks itself, simmering away all day in the Slow Cooker, awaiting our return from a late-afternoon walk in the fields.
The key to any delicious soup, but particularly an incredibly simple soup like this one, is all in the broth. Whether vegetable or meat-based, success begins with really good, preferably homemade, stock.
I don’t always have the time – or honestly patience – to make my own stock/broth from scratch, but if you happen to have a slow cooker or sturdy Dutch oven and a day at home to keep a (barely) watchful eye on something bubbling away in the background, it’s a wonderful thing to keep on hand in the freezer for when soup cravings arise.
I had exactly that sort of chilly Sunday recently, and hauled out a couple of icy, gallon ziplocs worth of chicken bones, buried in the bottom of the freezer, that I’d stashed away months before. It’s those most inglorious hunks of bone – backs and necks and feet – still with bits of good meat on them, that produce the most flavorful stock.
Happy Sunday, friends! I’m sure most of you are probably gearing up for the Super Bowl today, or maybe the Puppy Bowl? What’s on your menu?
This first week of February was a long one for me, with more recipe fails than I can remember in quite a while. But that didn’t stop me from ogling lots of recipes, and I hope you enjoy a few of my faves from around the web this week!
An oldie but a goodie (and not just for mamas). I needed this this week.
Just started watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix and looove it.
For bloggers: what happens when you ask non-creative professionals to work for free. (Let’s not either)