Stew Time For Adventurous Young Chefs

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!

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Adventurous Young Chefs

Kale Chips, Stews and Halloween Salad

I just read a wonderful blog about Crispy Tuscan Kale, and thought to myself, “what a great idea for one of my kids’ cooking classes!”  I know what you are thinking… “You’re insane!!”  You could be right, but still, you’re going to have to trust me on this.  The key to this being something you might like (rather than something really nasty) is in the word CRISPY.  Admit it, you love crunchy food items… think potato chips, tortilla chips… your mom might have even brought home sweet potato chips, which you happily ate. So why not “Kale Chips?”

I have a hunch that if we add a little seasoning, you’ll be making these chips for your younger siblings (at least for the scare factor, if nothing else).  Check out the RECIPES section of this site and if you’re BRAVE ENOUGH, give it a try (if you are under 16, please make sure to ask an adult for supervision).  And when you make it, please let me know what happens.  Did you love it or hate it?  Remember, this is a site for ADVENTUROUS young chefs, so go for it!

KEELY