Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday suppers

Celebrating Sundays has slowed down a lot in the last year and I'm sorry- 9 months of not cooking plus summer will do that. Here in New England we've had our first snowfall of the season, and my crockpot has been busy on Sunday evenings.

The latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens featured an article about a beautiful website, Sunday Suppers, "class-cooking-dining experiences, pairing friends and food." Check out the recipes here.

One of the silent promises I made myself on having children was to provide a home that mad a reassuring, all-comers-welcome tradition of Sunday lunch... I love the solidity of it all: I don't mean by that the robust nature of food alone so much as the weighty texture of hospitality, of plain food warmly given. (Nigella Lawson, How to Eat)

Octoberfest Pork Stew
1 onion, minced
1 t caraway seeds
1 t vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb pork shoulder, cubed
1/4 c flour
1 t kosher salt
1 t pepper
1 bottle beer
4 cups chicken broth
1 turnip, peeled and diced
2 apples, peeled and diced

Sautee onion and caraway seeds in oil in a large frying pan. Dredge pork in flour, salt, and pepper. Add to onion mixture and brown, adding more oil if needed. Transfer meat to crock and deglaze pan with beer; pour into crock. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6 hours. Serves 6.

About Celebrating Sunday

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