• 4 pieces of bacon cup up into small pieces (you can of course just use olive oil.
  • half a chicken cut up (there is more then enough stew to use a smallish whole chicken)
  • flour to coat the chicken seasoned with some salt and pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 2 tbl of fresh parsley and basil
  • 1 28oz can of tomatoes, whole or diced will work
  • 14oz of chicken stock (i fill the tomato can up half way)
  • salt and pepper to season at the end

another snow day…might i add, there is no snow on the ground or ice for that matter. i’m not complaining. we had a good day at home putting on plays, building forts, and cooking. see that up there? that’s our no-knead bread. for those of you who have been following my bread drama on fb, it worked! and so worth making.

i found this bread recipe a couple days ago. i looked at it and closed the link. i don’t bake. i don’t bake bread. things change…i baked, especially since it was a no fuss no-knead bread. i mean you mix flour, yeast, salt and water together. how hard can that be. i will admit however, i did have a couple moments of panic. ok, more then a couple, i panicked a lot. it turned out better then i thought. a new staple in my house? totally. i found the recipe here: anna’s table. if you like good bakery bread, try it. i promise you, you will be happy, very happy.

i do have a recipe tonight too :-) our whole meal was based around this bread. i wanted a stew because i needed something to dunk this bread into. i didn’t have any of the ingredients for a beef stew (i went out to get them today). i did however have chicken…chicken, cannellini beans, tomatoes, and onions. we ended up throwing some meatballs in that we had frozen and the kid’s had some pasta on the side. a good hearty meal that we all enjoyed.

my chicken cassoulet

  1. fry your bacon or heat up your oil in a pan. in the meantime dredge your chicken in the flour, i like to season the flour with a little salt and pepper. brown your chicken in the bacon fat/oil, you don’t have to take the bacon out, i did not. 
  2. after the chicken is browned remove it for the meantime and add your onion and garlic to the pot, saute for about 5 minutes till onions start to get transparent and then add your wine to de-glaze pan. scrape the bottom of your pot to make sure that you get all that yummy goodness up and into the mix. 
  3. after about 2 min, add your herbs. cook for another 2 min and then add your beans, tomatoes, and stock. bring it to a boil and add your chicken back into the pot. turn your flame down to a simmer and let it cook for about a good 2 hours or until the chicken starts to fall of the bone. 
  4. we added turkey meatballs after the first hour, j found them in the freezer and begged for them. it actually added a nice flavor and just brought the dish together. 

happy eating! stay warm.



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