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Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
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—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if you don’t.
—Michael Pollan

The Hungry Bookworms

I am not a good relaxer, which is trait I come by honestly.  I get it from my mom, who got it from her mom, who undoubtedly got it from her mom…you can see the pattern.  It’s both a blessing and a curse, because I’d rather be a DO-er than a NON-do-er, but the busybody tendency seeps into areas of my life it’s not welcome, like my sleep, and my weekend.

It takes productively mellow activities to keep me still for long.  For this reason, I find my solace in knitting, reading, writing, and cooking.  Because I rely on these activities to keep me grounded, I do them without urgency.  I will gladly take five minutes to cut an onion, purely because I’m in no hurry to no longer be cutting an onion.  There are many things in my life I hurry through, but cooking is not one of them.

So, when it was my turn to host book club, I relished in the opportunity to prepare food for the lovely ladies who have, in their turn, fed me once a month in their homes.  Book club is a weekday activity.  With a full time job, it took some maneuvering to prepare a hot meal to feed us all, but one of my other life joys is planning.  It’s much less relaxing, but it’s in my blood; I was born planning.

Over the weekend I prepared my favorite soup from my favorite cookbook, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon.  She also has a blog if you’re interested.  To go with my soup, I made the risky move of testing a new recipe for my dinner guests, a slow-cooker chicken dish from the cookbook, Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever by Diane Phillips.  I prepped it in the morning, and when I got home from work, voila!  A dinner that turned out fabulously!

All this to say, if you need to feed a crowd this winter, I highly recommend the following recipes:

Winter Root Soup

Chicken Dijonaise

Have a favorite meal to feed a crowd?  Do share!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 2-4-2018

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All this to say, if you need to feed a crowd this winter, I highly recommend the following recipes:

Winter Root Soup

Chicken Dijonaise

Have a favorite meal to feed a crowd?  Do share!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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8 responses to “The Hungry Bookworms”

  1. I’m checkingn out Chicken Dijonaise which looks so good and recommending Coq au Vin, one from the time-honored cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Another French “in-the-pot” time saver. With a green salad and a baguette you can’t go wrong!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Bronwyn,

      I tried Coq au Vin once, albeit not with the “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” as my guide. My preparation was unremarkable, although it comes with a good story! My family bought chicks for laying, and one grew up to be a rooster. So my dad slaughtered it, and I plucked and butchered it for the dish. Maybe I should try again!

      Take care,
      Corrie

      • Kellie Kutkey says:

        Considering your flirtations with vegetarianism, the fact that you plucked and prepared that rooster is quite a feat!
        🙂

  2. Christine Junkins says:

    This looks so yummy!
    The mustard is an interesting ingredient.

  3. Kellie Kutkey says:

    Hi Corrie,
    Dad made the slow cooker chicken dish and it is YUMMY!
    Thanks for the recipe.
    BTW, do you have a homemade mustard recipe for me to try? How about Mayonnaise?
    Love you!
    Mom

    • Corrie Austin says:

      GREAT!
      I do have recipes for condiments. Also from the “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook – though I have not tested them all, I trust the book 🙂 Will post for you soon!

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