Beef Stew

Beef stew has a very special memory in my mind. My mother-in-law introduced beef stew to me when I first moved to United States many years ago. I loved it right away, and still love the combination of tender beef cubes, chunky potatoes, carrots, and celery in a gravy.

Continue reading Beef Stew

Black Bean Pork Stew

We’re currently going through winter and I’ve been craving something hearty like a soup or stew. I checked my pantry and found lots of beans and lentils that I need to use up. The result is the stew you see before you.

Continue reading Black Bean Pork Stew

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is dish I like to make often. It’s flavorful, filling, and very popular with everyone in our family. I can make a big batch and freeze a portion to be used later on. Gumbo is a popular soup in the south, especially in the state of Louisiana. Gumbo is made of flavored stock from meat or shellfish, and vegetables likes celery, bell peppers, and onions. To make it hearty and satisfying, gumbo uses thickeners such as roux (cooked flour and butter) and filé powder.

Continue reading Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice were introduced to me by a close friend who used to live in New Orleans some years ago. She served this dish to us a number of years back but I still get a craving for it now and then. I like any dish that goes over rice, but this one is really special and unique.

Continue reading Red Beans and Rice

Ají de Cerdo (Pork Chili)

A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a friend. She mentioned a stew she used to have — and loved — in Ecuador. The name of the stew was Aji de Carne (beef chili). This chili was made with onion, tomato, beef, plantain, peanut, milk, and other ingredients. Just listening to her description of this flavor-packed stew made my mouth water. I immediately set out to figure out how to make this recipe in my kitchen.

Continue reading Ají de Cerdo (Pork Chili)

Vegetable Gumbo

Gumbo is a soup popular in the state of Louisiana. Creole and Cajun gumbos are served with rice. Any dish served with rice, I tend to love! I first learned about gumbo when a friend (who used to live in New Orleans) served this at a dinner party once. It had very interesting flavors which were new to me. She made it with chicken and sausage. Since then our friend has hosted Mardi Gras parties every year and has served her special gumbo dish. I look forward to this every year.

Continue reading Vegetable Gumbo

Chicken Tagine

For the past few weeks I have been harvesting quite a bit of zucchini from our garden. Let me tell you it was a battle to grow these zucchini! First we were fighting off deer. We put up a fence. Then came rabbits. We had to add a layer of chicken wiring to keep those critters away. Now we have mole problem. I think we have called truce with the mole.

Continue reading Chicken Tagine