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Farmers Market Stew

Bachelorette party was a success!

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My friends and I traveled down to WinStar casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. That’s a sprawling casino and resort near the Oklahoma-Texas border. I had never gambled before, but I was in the presence of one of the best gamblers (my friend Jordann). My best friend drove up from Austin, and another bestie from Wichita Falls, and we all had a blast.

On our quick 2 hour drive down there from OKC, we found this cute little boutique off the highway near Ardmore. Of course, we had to stop in. We took a ton of pictures with all of the cool retro stuff they had outside, and each one of us bought something from inside.

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Two days, multiple margaritas, and one holy sunburn later and I was back at home. Now, the countdown to the wedding is really on. Today marks just two weeks until the big day. Can you believe it?! I feel like it was just yesterday that I go engaged, not a year and a half ago. Wowzer.

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Can’t go to a casino without going to their buffet…and getting a mess of King Crab legs.

I’ve been so busy preparing for the wedding that I haven’t had much time to blog or cook. You’ll probably see even less of me the next few weeks…but don’t fret! I’ll be back to my near-daily blogging again soon.

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So, this year’s Squash September won’t be nearly as jam-packed as last year, but I still have this recipe and another to share with you. This one was a winner, and the original recipe didn’t even call for squash! I thought butternut would be a nice addition to this incredibly hearty stew.

I’ve never made a stew with two different types of meat before. This worked well, and the pork came out surprisingly tender. I love all the different flavors that were mixed in with the stew: parsnips (sweet), apples, rosemary, thyme, beef…it all went well.

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Farmers Market Stew

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A hearty slow-cooker stew with pork, beef, and fall harvest vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 2 thick cut pork chops, cubed
  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 apples, cored, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 2 TBS. flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp. beef buillon granules
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. rosemary

Directions

  1. Place beef and pork in a large ziploc bag. Add one tablespoon flour. Seal and shake until meat is well coated. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add coated meat and cook until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Place meat in a slow cooker. Add vegetables and apples. Sprinkle remaining flour over the top.
  3. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, apple cider, water, beef bouillon, wine, thyme and rosemary. Stir. Pour over vegetables and meat. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Look at how thick these chops are! Make sure to get some good thick ones like this from your butcher.

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Place beef and pork in a large ziploc bag. Add one tablespoon flour. Seal and shake until meat is well coated. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add coated meat and cook until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes.

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Place meat in a slow cooker. Add vegetables and apples. Sprinkle remaining flour over the top.

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In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, apple cider, water, beef bouillon, wine, thyme and rosemary. Stir. Pour over vegetables and meat. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.

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6 thoughts on “Farmers Market Stew

  1. WinStar is nuts. I’ve only been for a concert, but walking through the casino to get there was like never ending. Glad the party was a success, and I kinda can’t believe your wedding is 2 weeks away!

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