Comforts of Home


I have been working like crazy, so when I finally sit down in my house on the weekend it can be a bit shocking. Everywhere I look seems slightly disheveled, as if items began to move themselves to their proper hiding place but couldn't quite get there. Doesn't it seem like a faint scent of 'neglect' hangs in the air as well? I desperately need to light a candle....and drag that mop across the floor. That done, next on the list is cooking something that will taste absolutely delicious, but without the labor. I settle for a chicken in the crockpot with as many veggies as I have on hand. The mouthwatering aromas are going to fill the room very shortly and I can't wait!


For those of you who appreciate the happy place that an easy slow-cooker meal provides, the following recipe is certain to take you there!

Old-Fashioned Stewed Chicken

Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

3-4 lb. chicken, cut up 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme

1 small onion, cut into wedges (1 tsp dried)

1 rib celery 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

1 carrot, sliced (1 tsp dried)

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 3 tsp salt

(1 tsp dried) 1/4 tsp pepper

3-4 cups hot water

Place chicken in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Cover. Cook on low 8 hours.


Use broth as a base to make gravy. Debone chicken and set aside. Thicken broth with flour water paste. When bubbly and thickened, stir chicken pieces into gravy.


Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles and green beans or salad.



Good, Phyllis and Ranck, Dawn. "Old-Fashioned Stewed Chicken." Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining. Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2002. 100. Print.

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