a taste of home: chicken, sausage and vegetable stew

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I wish I could tell you about the most awesome meal I made this past weekend. Or about the fantastic supper I had last night. But I can’t. I’m in the middle of what I like to call the “craft fair crazies” and for the past 2 weeks and for another week more I’m up to my ears in prepping and selling and smiling like a mad woman. For a person who works from home and doesn’t really get a whole lot of public face-to-face time, working the craft show circuit is a bit of a stressful time. Not that I’m not loving it, because I am meeting so many people who read this blog and try my recipes and tell me how they gave their friend a card that I made and it made their day. Wow, it’s an amazing amazing thing. But there’s not a lot of cooking going on. Take out? Oh yes! More than once, even. Cold cereal for dinner? Often. So instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’m going to look back on a meal that was a total standout but for one reason or another never made it to this blog. Next week I’ll be back to normal and I’m sure to be cooking something seasonal and delicious. By normal I mean I’ll whip myself into a baking & candy-making frenzy since I love giving out homemade treats for Christmas. So stay tuned, but in the meantime, I give you this…

chicken, sausage & vegetable stew

Oh, that stew that stands before you was such a glorious dish. And it was easy, once all the vegetables were chopped up and the chicken thighs (which are buried underneath) were dredged and browned. But I think that’s not why I loved this meal so much. I made this way back in August the night my husband was to return home from his 2 week bicycle adventure up in the East Kooteney’s (that’s in beautiful British Columbia for those not in the know). I missed him terribly and I wanted him to come home to a really good homemade meal. I had a ton of vegetables from our abundant CSA, some thyme from our garden, along with some chicken thighs and farmer’s sausage. A stew brimming with local flavour seemed perfect and homey. It’s the kind of meal made from the heart. No exact measurements required. Just go with your guts and you’ll be fine.

Chunks of summer squash, baby eggplant, onion, mushrooms, purple potatoes, red-skinned potatoes, carrots and tomatoes mingled with a good glug of riesling for a perfect summer supper. It’s simplicity and it was the perfect welcome home meal made with lots of love. Honestly I don’t know why I didn’t post this recipe until now, but I’m glad I’m mentioning it now. While I took a summer approach to this meal back in August, I think it would do nicely for the fall and winter. Root vegetables and red wine would create a hearty and winter warming dish.

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And if you’ll be in Vancouver, please stop by the new Vancouver Convention Centre from Thursday to Sunday this week for the One of a Kind Show & Sale. I’ll be there with my Hob Snobs pals selling up a storm (or so we hope!). I’d love for you to stop by!

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26 comments to “a taste of home: chicken, sausage and vegetable stew”

  1. 1
    Briana   December 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    pretty colors!

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    Dana   December 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    OK, you know I don’t eat chicken, but the color here! WOW! I just had to comment. And love the blue toenails!

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    Joanne   December 8, 2010 at 3:15 am

    The wonders of back-up photos! Life does sound crazy for you right now, but in a good way! This stew looks delicious. Dana’s right – all that color is amazing. You don’t often get that in stews.

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    Laural   December 8, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Those colours are great, just the kind of thing that would be perfect for cold, grey winter days like these. Good luck with all the shows!

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    Meredith   December 8, 2010 at 5:27 am

    This looks fantastic and inspires me to make a big stew too — but I also love that your toenail polish matches your countertop in the top photo. Coincidence probably, but well done!

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    Alicia   December 8, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Yum! Stews are such a great comfort food. I love that there are chilis in this — nothing warms the belly faster than some spice!

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    Tracy   December 8, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for all of the links and inspiration!

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    bonniebonnielass   December 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

    This looks beautiful and I love that your toe nails seem to match the counter top.

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)   December 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Wow, what stunning colors. Does it keep any of those vibrant hues once it’s cooked? (it’s worth making even if it doesn’t, just for the gorgeous colors before cooking, but I’m just wondering!)

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    Nicole   December 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    It’s not often I think a stew is “pretty” but the colors here are just…pretty! I’m sure your husband appreciated a nice warm meal after his bike trip :)

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    Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe   December 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    The stew certainly looks and sounds delicious, but also adding that I love the toenails!

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    Natasha   December 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I wish I were in the area, I would totally stop by the show and sale. This stew looks delicious, a perfect winter dish yes, i think i’ll be making your stew this weekend! Nice toes ;)

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    Elizabeth   December 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

    And wouldn’t you know–we have chicken thighs languishing in the freezer. It’s officially freeeeezzzing in NYC, so this will be just the thing.

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    Eva   December 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Hope your having fun crafting! Sure sounds like it :) Love this recipe looks delish and is making me rather hungry! Take care of yourself!!
    xo e

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    Bijoux   December 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Sounds like a perfect meal for this time of year. The colours of the stew and the orange pot together are so captivating…and the blue toes are the cherry on top :) Good luck with all the craft shows!

    p.s. I made your chicken in riesling dish for my in-laws and it turned out so delicious!

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    kickpleat   December 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Briana!

    Dana, the colours are pretty amazing. And thanks for the nail colour props :)

    I know, Joanne, great to have something handy when it gets all to crazy.

    Thanks Laurel!

    Meredith, def a coincidence, but a happy one, obvs.

    Alicia, I’m all for a good bite of spice!

    Thanks Tracy.

    Ha, bonnie, yes!

    Rivki, no the colours do fade after cooking but it’s still a good hearty looking dish once it’s ready. Just not as vibrant.

    Thanks Nicole, it’s definitely the before photo which lends it to the vibrancy.

    Yay, thanks Melynda!

    Natasha, I wish you could too!

    Elizabeth, thanks – perfect for a cold day.

    Eva, hmmm, is fun the right word??? It’s stressful, but it’s true, it’s a good thing. Thanks for your kind words :)

    Thanks Bijoux! Glad that chicken dish worked out for you. This one isn’t as fancy tasting, but it’s warming and delicous.

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    redmenace   December 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    This looks hearty and delicious! It’s perfect nesting food! I wish I could come by your craft shows in Vancouver, but no traveling for a bit. Sounds like a lot of fun for you even if it’s sort of a circus too! xo

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    Lynn   December 13, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Wow, that looks like a rainbow in a pot. Beautiful! And the toenails are really pretty, too.

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    CookiePie   December 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Gorgeous – loving that stew, want a bowl right now!!!

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    retro sweets   December 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Geez you’re still not back to write a new post kickpleat. Anyway, my eyes are so filled with the lovely colors of this stew can’t wait to end the day and pick up the ingredients.

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    SixBalloons   December 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Wow, I love that thrifted Le Creuset as I’m a collector of vintage stuff and love to cook too! I’m really glad to have discovered your blog. :)

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    Genie   December 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I really do love a good one pot wonder. This dish looks really pretty and I love your orange cooker. I have a beetroot red cooker that I adore. I wish my thyme plant flourished enough for me to use. I will try to be a better gardener in the new year!

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    Maddie   December 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Jeannette, I hope you’re making it through this time with grace (and with your sanity intact)! Cold cereal is completely legitimate…I’ve done that myself many an evening, too. :) But this soup is certainly something to strive for when the craziness is all over!

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    kickpleat   December 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Good luck with your own circus – I can’t wait to hear more!!

    Thanks Lynn, it really was a rainbow in a pot.

    Cookiepie, I’ve got a bowl coming right up.

    Thanks retrosweet.

    SixBalloons, I know, I was so lucky to find it. I really must start thrifting again, it’s been ages. Thanks!

    Genie, for some reason, my thyme plant did really well. Good luck with the gardening!

    Maddie, thanks so much for your kind words. Sanity now.

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