Monday, November 13, 2017

Let's Warm Up

Have you ever tried these, if not please do.
This morning here in Newington CT we received our first snow..while it did not cover the ground it sure looked nice. The last few days have been a bit chilly. The weather while being normal for this time of year the milder temps of late Oct. and early Nov. had us fooled or maybe complacent.

It is on these cold days that a good hot soup or stew makes us feel so good. I have a couple of my favorites I'd like to pass it along to you. Most are fairly simple and require inexpensive ingredients. Try one or both and I think they will be your favorites too.


Beef stew in a cast iron skillet. Beef cubes, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery salt, pepper, soy sauce, and flour or cornstarch just to thicken.


Yankee Bean Soup..some ham cubes, vegetable broth, onions, carrots, small white beans, and pepper. Serve it with crusty bread, or your favorite crackers.


Skillet corn bread. Corn muffin mix, a tad oil, and some fresh corn.










26 comments:

  1. Alan
    Delish!!! Making me hungry!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I'll save you some.

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  2. Alan, those dishes are right up my alley. How I love the bean soup my wife makes with the left over ham after we bake one. Beef stew and corn bread looks great too. Great weather for all of those delicious meals.

    Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam that leftover ham bone is a treasure, so much good can come from it with a creative mind and some simple ingredients. Keep up the good works Mrs. Sam

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  3. Alan, I love everyone of those dishes this time of year. The only difference is my beef stew is venison, usually have one of my friends get a deer during archery season in pa. Or Maryland. That corn bread really looks good. Thanks for the food suggestions.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad venison is king when it comes to a fine stew. Hopefully I or my son will fill a tag and we'll be able to enjoy it. This morning I have a piece of that corn bread and it will be grilled with butter...great way to start the day.

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  4. Your bean soup attracts bears. Watch out. Great food porn. You do need t share that cornbread recipient. I'm eight miles from Jiffy land: a staple of camping trips everywhere. Your cornbread crumb looks perfect. I want to know what mix you endorse.

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    1. spike
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      It may attract bears, but it also repels mosquitoes.
      The corn bread is Jiffy...I add a little oil to it, that makes it a bit moist, a few handfuls of drained can corn, and butter up the black skillet. If I'm the only one eating it I'll put sliced hot peppers.

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  5. Alan,
    Your food blogs are delicious looking and I can only imagine the smells and taste of such wonderful looking dishes! Both dishes you have shown are staples here at our house as well (including venison instead of beef! That's a great substitution)! You need to consider writing a recipe book for all of us who are not too familiar with kitchen duties!
    God Bless you two for bringing us the simplest and the best in life....from cooking to trouting!
    Dougsden

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug, as I mentioned to Brad I prefer venison to beef, just have to locate a deer I guess. A book well perhaps, any body want to kick in?
      Simplicity, oh how I love it.

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  6. Delicious looking tucker, Alan.
    Haven't had real corn bread since we toured through some of the southern states of USA in 1992.
    I make my wife a grainless "bread" made from almond flour, eggs, cheese, parsley, baking powder, dash of macadamia oil and seasoned salt.
    I have a suggestion for Christmas. While all the SSR folk cannot physically sit around a table for the festive season, couldn't we all write what we'd bring to the table if we could? Then write up the "menu". Just a thought!
    Kindest Regards,
    Steve.

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    1. Steve Hynes
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      Steve they can make some wonderful corn bread in the south, ham and bacon too.
      Your idea for a gathering at Christmas, and bringing a favorite food dish is one I like. Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas I'll do a post open to all. We'll have a feast.

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    2. Glad you like the idea, Alan. I'll look forward to that post, as I do all Small Stream Reflections posts.
      Have you come across and tried "Boulder Canyon" potato chips that are made in the US? They are kettle cooked in coconut oil and tick a lot of healthy boxes. Besides that they are also delicious. We always have a couple of packets in the cupboard.
      Cheers,
      Steve.

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    3. Steve, Boulder Canyon, not familiar with them. I'll say that any "kettle cooked" chip is far superior than other chips.

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  7. Soup, chili, and corn bread. Must be Winter. Can't go wrong with any of those "stick to your ribs" dinners.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark winter is closing in, a few more days with some comfort. Plenty of winter nights will feature a supper like those above.

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  8. I'm a big fan of this time of the year, and the warm comfort foods are a huge factor in that. I'm a big big fan of soups, stews, and some corn bread. Those look mighty tasty! Thanks, for the recipes, Alan!

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    1. Justin Carf
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      My mom would say "soup can reach and fill those places a steak can't"...true then and true now.

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  9. You picked out three of my absolute favorites, homemade stew, bean (white of course) soup and cornbread. Excellent for winter meals.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard when you sit down and have one of these it's like getting a great big hug.

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  10. Alan
    Snow already, when do you guys get your first big snow? I love soups of all kinds and those look delicious. I'm up for cornbread at any meal, especially if it is Mexican. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill that big snow can come any time after Thanksgiving. Cold day, hot soup, big smiles.

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  11. I wasn't hungry... then I innocently clicked on a fly fishing blog.

    Looks great!

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    1. Casting Across
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      What would you expect to find on a fly fishing blog.
      We do all sorts of stuff like this. I hope you enjoy.

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