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The Crisper Whisperer: Suddenly Stew

Last Thursday was one of those days. I didn't even make it food shopping, which, if you know me at all by now (or if you hang out around Serious Eats and you know yourself) is the ultimate indicator of dire straits. I love going food shopping.


Suddenly it was 6 p.m., and I in my kerchief wanted nothing more than to settle down for a long winter's nap. Like, immediately. I would have, too, had it not been for the minor realities of a hungry family and a near-empty fridge.

I don't know what it was, then—a Christmas miracle, perhaps, or a Druid Solstice one—but suddenly, as I peered into the pantry, a stew came together before my eyes. The ingredients just sort of danced in my head the way visions of sugarplums sometimes do (or so I've heard).

In the end, it wasn't just any old stew, either. It was, if I do say so, a pretty terrific one. This recipe makes a lot of food. You could halve it for a single dinner for four, but I'd recommend making the whole lot and inviting friends over for a stew-and-gingerbread-house-building party instead.

Merry Christmas, folks, and happy Druid Solstice, and all that.

About the author: You may know Carolyn Cope as Umami Girl. She stops by on Tuesdays with ideas on preparing the abundance of fruits and vegetables you might get from your CSA or the market.

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