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Hi everyone! I’m Tux from Brooklyn Homemaker!

I’m a food blogger, photographer, dog lover, husband, and avid baker living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I hope you’ll love my recipes and much as I love sharing them. If you want to learn more about me or my blog, please visit Brooklyn Homemaker and take a look around!

The internet is a seriously amazing place when you stop and think about it.

It’s hard to even remember what life was like before we had the world wide web, before smart phones, and before free public wifi. Back when you’d have to wait until you got home to look up the useless bar trivia we now have answers to at the click of a button. Way back when you had to consult actual cook books to find recipes, rather than finding pages and pages of search results for even the most obscure cuisines.

I have shelves sagging with cookbooks, but most of them spend more time collecting dust than helping me cook. These days I rely on the internet to provide me with drool-worthy recipes and endless culinary inspiration. Most of the time, even when a recipe sounds mind-blowingly delicious, I like to make a few changes here and there to suit my taste. Increase this, substitute that, omit the other. You know. I’m sure you do the same, at least some of the time.

In my ceaseless internet exploration I recently stumbled across a recipe for pork and apple stew from Better Homes and Gardens that I just HAD to try.

I absolutely love pork, but have never really considered pork as a meat to use for making stew. Once I’d seen this recipe though, something clicked in my brain and I knew it wouldn’t be long before a big pot of it would be bubbling away in my oven. I mean, pork and apples are a match made in heaven, and stew is pretty much all I want to eat this time of year, so what’s not to love?

I made the original recipe first, as written here, because I wanted to see exactly how it would come out before making any changes. It was really delicious, but I wanted so see what I could do to make it just a little less sweet, and to add a bit more substance. The result is an insanely tasty stew with tender pieces of pork and hearty chunky vegetables, all tied together with earthy savory herbs and fresh bright apples and cider.

Here is the original recipe for Cider Pork and Apple Stew,
and below are the changes I made for my version of the recipe:

reduce to 2 apples
add 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed small
add 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
add 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
reduce cider to 1/2 cup

Add the sweet potato and one of the chopped apples along with the onions, carrots, & parsnips in the recipe; and sauté until they begin to brown. This may take a few minutes more than the original recipe states because of the additional ingredients. Remove and set aside with pork as stated in the recipe.

Add chopped thyme leaves along with the sage, ginger, & garlic. After one minute add remaining apple and all of the cubed russet potatoes along with stock, vinegar and the reduced amount of cider.

Continue recipe as written.

 


We couldn’t choose just one! That’s why we took the best of both jambalaya and gumbo worlds and brought them together to create one strong comprising of southern style eats.

Yumm! Gimme Some Oven‘s Jambalaya takes comfort food to a whole new level.

 

With spicy sausage, chicken, and shrimp, The Cozy Apron‘s “Gumbo-laya” Stew is difficult to pass up.

 

One of the perks about making jambalaya is its flexibility. The southern style dish pairs well with almost any carbohydrate you have available in your pantry—whether it be quinoa, lentils, rice, bread, or pasta. If you’ve got extra boxes of pasta laying around, then consider using up the groceries you already have with Creole Contessa‘s Cajun Jambalaya Pasta recipe.

 

This Vegetarian Gumbo from Spicy Southern Kitchen is so loaded with flavor (not to mention it’s extremely filling) that you won’t even miss the meat!

 

Cooking great food doesn’t have to mean dirtying every pan in your kitchen. For a five-star meal with little to no mess, check out Food Faith Fitness‘s One-Pot Gluten Free Jambalaya recipe.

 

How delightful does Local Kitchen‘s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo look? Simply scrumptious!

 

With seafood and spice, Baker by Nature‘s Shrimp & Chorizo Cajun Jambalaya recipe has the famous New Orleans dish down to a ‘T’.

M’mm M’mm Good. Running with TweezersSeafood Gumbo is every fish enthusiast’s dream.

 

What better to come home to after a long day at the office than a warm bowl of Add A Pinch‘s Gumbo?

Happy “gumbo-laya” making!

xxmadison


Hi it’s Beth again. It seems that every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my schedule gets jam-packed and I barely have time eat dinner. And since the weather has finally reached bone-chilling temps, I find myself craving soup, stew, chili…anything I can throw into a slow cooker for a warm, satisfying meal. So I was delighted when I came across this recipe for Mediterranean Kale & Cannelini Stew with Farro. Not just because it’s a healthy option, but also because I’ve been meaning to try cooking with kale. And farro is supposed to be the hottest grain on the scene since quinoa.

While I didn’t have any farro on hand, my regular grocery store had it stocked in their health food section. They even had kamut, another ancient grain that you could use in the recipe, but I opted for farro. Kale was also readily available, and pretty cheap! Since I’m a kale newbie, I double checked how to prepare kale before using it in the recipe.

The most surprising part of this stew was how easy it was to throw together. The bag of farro said to let it soak for 8 hours. Since I’m normally not one to adhere strictly to directions, I let it soak for about an hour, drained it, and threw it in with my chopped veggies and totally delicious fire-roasted tomatoes (Did you guys know about fire-roasted tomatoes?! They are amazing and come canned and should be put in everything as far as I’m concerned.) But anyway, the farro still turned out great, despite the fact that I didn’t soak it for a day. And after de-stemming my kale, I ripped it into small pieces and threw it into my stew with the lemon juice, and let the stew simmer another hour.

As for the final dish? Seriously tasty and filling. I even forgot it was a vegetarian stew thanks to the hearty beans and kale. I would also recommend not skimping on the fresh basil and feta. I know basil can get spendy this time of year, but it’s definitely worth it because it was totally delicious and fresh as a topper and played off of the lemon juice and salty kale. So splurge on the basil, I say. It was so good, in fact, that’s I’m actually looking forward to freezing it so I can heat it up later whenever I need a quick and tasty dinner. Oh and don’t forget to serve it with crusty dippable bread! Because everything tastes better with a thick slice of crusty bread. Get the recipe here.

 


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