Monday, October 31, 2011

Another Day, Another Fall Stew

With temperatures in the 30s tonight I wanted to take full advantage of the chilly temperatures and make another fall stew.

Fall Stew with Chicken, Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Sage

I rendered some pancetta then cooked up some garlic in the fat with a little extra olive oil, toasted some red pepper flakes, and added in some butternut squash and carrot. When all the vegetables were tender I tossed in some cubed chicken breast, leftover broccoli rabe, and fresh chopped sage leaves.

Westmalle Dubbel

For beer I decided to go the trappist route (as I often like to do) and have this dubbel from Abdij der Trappisten van Westmalle.

Jack-o'-Lantern Sticking Out His Tongue

Last night we had carved this pumpkin. My attempt was to make it look like he was sticking out his tongue. I'm not sure if that comes across but one thing is for sure: he is terrifying.

The leaves are still on the trees and there's snow on the ground but even with this confusing set of factors we tried to stay on topic and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, a movie I hadn't seen since I saw it in the theater in 1993. Jen generally does not like watching movies so I was surprised she'd made this suggestion.

I think it might just be that she wanted to distract me for as long as possible to avoid my normal Halloween routine of talking like the crypt keeper all day.

Crypt Keeper

Make no bones about it! We had a great fright!



Vanessa said...

Gotta say, I am a little jealous of your weather. It's still in the 80s here. I want stew weather too!

Unknown said...

Yeah, I try to make stews when it's in the 80s and it's kinda like celebrating Christmas in August.