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Winter Stewps!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Last week, most uncharacteristically for me, I made a carbonnade de boeuf a la flamande. (Beef stew-soup Flemish style with six sweet onions, big chunks of massive carrot, turnip, baby bella mushrooms and a bottle of beer). I "don't eat" beef usually and I "don't drink" beer. But this was delicious, and my recent blood work indicates that I really need to take more seriously the need for iron rich foods (and yup, I get lots of baby kale and veggie iron sources but clearly not enough . . . ). Tucked a couple surplus bowlfuls in the freezer for another go-round later.

This week, the leeks were glorious and inexpensive too. So I bought two huge bunches, that was six giant leeks. When sliced and set to sizzling gently in a little EVOO, they almost filled my massive soup pot! After cooking down the leeks a bit, I added some chicken chunks, chicken broth, grated carrot, cubed potato, white kidney beans, lots of sage, parsley, chili flakes, black pepper, and some Parmesan.

Both of these soups are so dense with veggies they're really more of a stew consistency. Winter stewps!

And just right for the weather: it's cold cold cold here with snow sparkling under a blue sky. (Not enough to ski just yet, however . . . ).


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 11/26/2013 1:54PM

    Sounds yummy! Been so hectic lately I've fallen behind in my stewp creations...gotta get crackin'! :-)


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ONEKIDSMOM 11/26/2013 7:20AM

    Yep, soup weather has definitely arrived. Thanks for sharing. I shamelessly lift good ideas from every time you post!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2013 7:19PM

    I'm dusting off all of my soup recipes as well. We have soup every day for lunch during the cold weather!

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KALIGIRL 11/25/2013 9:14AM

    Here's to stewps!

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KANOE10 11/25/2013 8:10AM

    Both stews sound excellent. Beer adds a nice flavor when cooked. I find hot soups and stews are excellent on these cold days.

Thanks for sharing.

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NANCY- 11/25/2013 7:24AM

    I "don't drink" beer either, but somehow it works very well in my crockpot. thank you for sharing those stewp recipes of your. YUM!

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2013 12:40AM

    I hate to cook. emoticon

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_LINDA 11/24/2013 11:35PM

    Cool new word! Stewps! Something to be expected from a gourmet soup creator! Glad you are finding new ways to enjoy this comfort food on a very cold day!
Keep up the great work!
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DSHONEYC 11/24/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon You are a master Soupologist!


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CRYSTALJEM 11/24/2013 3:45PM

    Stewps. Perfect word. My favourite consistency especially in the cold.

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DALID414 11/24/2013 3:16PM

    I've been having soups for lunch; canned stuff, but the sis got me a lunch sized crock pot to warm them up in! So good emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/24/2013 3:14PM

    that sounds tasty!

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MEADSBAY 11/24/2013 10:09AM

    Dear me- I've just had breakfast and you're making me hungry again!
Guess I'll be making some soup today.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/24/2013 10:03AM

    I want to eat just hearing about these lovely stewps! I have to plan one in the near future.

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PHEBESS 11/24/2013 9:56AM

    YUM - nothing like stewp on a cold evening!

And yeah, getting enough iron when you don't eat a lot of red meat can be difficult - especially for women, despite our age. Raisins in the morning oats, maybe?

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/24/2013 9:49AM

    I can almost smell and taste it. Have a wonderful day.

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SUSANNAH31 11/24/2013 9:42AM

    Sounds yummy!
Stewps are my favorite kind of soups--especially as the weather gets colder.

And here's to keeping those iron levels UP.


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