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A Nice Day For a One Pot Dinner and Other Such Things

October 1, 2010

It rained yesterday. Hard. All day long. The kind that you can hear everywhere that lulls everyone into a sort of calm that only happens otherwise when there’s a peaceful, quiet first snowfall. I had a little one to take to preschool. Errands to run. Work.

So, when I sat this post on the kitchn, I knew it was the perfect meal for a fall evening. Especially when I realized how little I’ve really been talking about food and cooking recently in this space. Mostly because the summer was filled with so many meals that involved either quick grilling or sauté or fresh ingredients thrown together without a recipe(and without the heat of the oven.) But I’m starting to feel that pull to the kitchen a bit more. Muffins and breads baking. Chicken and veggies roasted together in a pan. More soups while we still have fresh, local veggies to make them and freeze for colder days.

So, Simplified Cassoulet – modified a good bit.


-1 can cannelini beans(or 1 cup soaked overnight in water with a squeeze of lemon juice then simmered for 2 hours)

-1/2 lb. sausage

-1 lb chicken legs or thighs with skin

-a few slices of bacon or pancetta

-1 medium onion

-1 medium carrot

-2 garlic cloves

-1 t each thyme, sage, oregano, salt and pepper (give or take – adjust to what you like)

-1 8 oz. can of whole tomatoes

1. Brown the pancetta/bacon and remove from pan(leave the fat.)

2. Brown the sausage and remove from pan(leave the fat – this isn’t a low fat dish by any stretch;)

3. Brown the chicken and remove from pan.

4. Chop the onion, carrot and garlic while the meats are cooking. After removing the chicken, cook the carrots, onion garlic and spices in the bottom of the pan where the fat is still sizzling. When the onions are clear, add the cooked beans.

5. On top of the vegetable and bean mixture, layer the cooked pancetta, sausage and chicken.

6. Pour the can of whole tomatoes over the top.

7. Bake in the over for 1 hour on 350 degrees.

And, after all of that, I forgot to take a picture of the dish.How’s that for great blogging?? Blame it on my frazzled mind? Running out the door to work with mine in a container and my family eating without me in the evening rain?

So. It’s October. OCTOBER. My absolute favorite month. Changing weather, cooler weather. My birthday. Halloween and starting to prep for upcoming holidays. Saying goodbye to the craziness that was September around here and working on continuing to settle into our routine.

We spent last weekend with friends and with kids at home and it was some of the best, very needed time we’ve spent in a long time. It went quickly, but it’s amazing how much fun and love you can cram in when you need to get it all in with friends.

One month in and this “little” 365 Days of Life Project is keeping me on my toes. I am loving it up one side and down the other. It’s opening my eyes to a creativity that I’ve been seeking for such a long time. I’m seeing things and learning things in completely new ways. I’m spending time on something that’s just for me. I’m already looking back through my days and smiling. I’m staying up entirely too late researching photography and soaking in all of the knowledge I can gather. I’ve read my camera manual front to back finally. I’ve tried some of my shots completely in manual(though my solitary lens and it’s broken auto focus are making that a bit more difficult than normal). I have a 35mm SLR on standby thanks to my father-in-law and I’m buying film this weekend to really focus on thinking about my shots before snapping away and to just try something new. I’m saving my pennies for the new lens that I’ve been wanting for entirely too long. I’m getting more bold in my willingness to ask people if I may take their picture or pictures of what they have. I took some of my favorite portraits ever.

Not too shabby for the first month of the project combined with preschool starting and walking the tightrope balance of going back to work 30 hours a week in September.

I’m ready, October! Throw me what you have!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2010 5:32 pm

    love the portraits! i especially love seeing YOU in a picture.

  2. Ondrea permalink
    October 3, 2010 1:40 pm

    L – It has been way too long since I “saw” you! you’re looking great and I love the glasses! hope you found some film!

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