Fall and Comfort Food

I love the fall! I love the colors, the cooler weather, the holidays but most of all the comfort food that I can make my family on cooler nights. Over the last couple of months I have been able to vacuum pack and freeze several of the vegetables that either were in our baskets or offered as an add-on. With today being a lazy Sunday for me, I raided my deep freeze and pulled out some the vegetables that I had processed and made my family some yummy crockpot beef stew for dinner. To compliment our meal, I made some fresh French bread.
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Beef Stew {it’s good for the soul}

As fall creeps around the corner, so does the craving for hearty soups and stews. At least it does at my house. It’s almost like our stomachs know that the season is changing far before our minds do (or far before our minds want to admit it!). Nothing screams comfort like a cozy day inside with the savory smell of stew on the stove filling the air.
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Sticking to Stew- Adventures in Pressure Canning

PC'd Stew Pack

I often try to get creative with the BB veggie packs- you know, use the juice pack for anything BUT juice, the lunch box pack ALL for desserts. Apparently, I’m just a BB rebel. So all week long I was anticipating my beautiful stew pack and thinking of (i.e. pinning) all the creative things I would do with it. But on distribution day dark clouds and cool temps rolled into the Vegas Valley and thoughts of rebellion floated away. The only thing on my mind was in fact, stew. I decided it would be fun to use my stew pack ingredients to make my first batch of pressure canned stew. I got my stew pack home and started washing, peeling, and chopping. Now, my husband must have a similar rebellious streak because he walked past, looked at my work and said “I don’t think that should be a stew pack. I think it should be a breakfast skillet pack and we should use it up right now”. I quickly informed him that my heart was set on pressure canning stew and he could just go fill up on some of the BB fruit covering the counter. He reluctantly walked off munching blackberries (ok he wasn’t too reluctant about that) and grumbling about too much stew. Believe me a few hours later he changed his tune.
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