It’s cold and rainy outside, which to me, means stew weather! I live in Southern California, so my outdoor dining room is pretty wonderful most of the year, but when the weather is bad, I love to set a table right in front of our cozy fireplace. And what could be more perfect on a cold night than a stew with a crusty baguette?
A stew is really just a combination of meat/fish/veggies cooked in a broth on top of the stove for a long time, and sometimes thickened with flour, which results in a gravy-like sauce. Some of my favorite stews are Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy), Daube de Provence (a beef stew with orange strips and olives), Coq Au Vin (Chicken in Wine Sauce) and Moroccan Chicken Stew.
A stew is a great meal to make with your whole family. Your little sister or brother can season it or maybe snip herbs… mom and dad can supervise and help with chopping. You may even be able to talk them into playing a board game with you in front of the fire while the stew simmers away… Enjoy!
Check the RECIPES page on this site for some delicious (and adventurous) stew recipes!