Join me on my adventures!
Join me on my adventures!
A Covid Hunker down cooking tip I will absolutely be adopting when things return to normal is
Crock Pot Stock. It's very inexpensive since you are using leftover chicken bones, water and other items you have on hand. Stock can be a healthy substitution for butter in many items and also can make so many items taste richer. Since I like to make soups, It's great to freeze this stock so I can defrost when I have items on hand to make soup and a much better one using this fine stock as a base. What a food win, for all of us hunkering down or not, rich tasting, healthy and thrifty!
Leftover chicken bones/skin
I used bones and skin from 1 store bought cooked chicken
Salt after cooking to taste
Dried Herbs on hand I used thyme and for a different batch dried tarragon
fresh garlic -7 cloves or a few teaspoons of garlic powder
1/2 to 2 Onions or what you have
Take leftover chicken bones/skin put in crock pot
add optional herbs on hand I like to pick just a couple
add optional vegetables on hand ( garlic, onions)
fill water 1/2 to 3/4 of crock pot, less water for larger crock pot
Cook on low for at least 24 hours,
I prefer to go the extra mile and cook for 2 days as I like the richer taste that develops
after 48 hours.
Strain I used a spoon to remove bones, I left the garlic and onions and items I wanted in the stock.
I made a version using garlic, onions and dried tarragon and even enjoyed
eating it as is. I like to salt/season to taste afterward so the stock can be used for other recipes.
My mother made a version and used red peppers, celery and onions, she cooked for 48 hours
and used the stock for a gumbo base, it turned out wonderful and rich!
I hope you like this stock recipe as much as I do!
Some of my first road trip memories as a kid were of visiting with family and grandparents in small towns in the Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana area and eating sublimely tender round steak with rice & gravy, super fresh caught gulf fried shrimp and magnificent drip pot cafe au lait. my grandmother would bring to us to wake us up. The wonderful smell of her coffee usually did. Other early road trip memories include a very exciting trip and dining in New Orleans for the Worlds Fair, as well as well as visiting gracious, hospitable Louisiana relatives who are wonderful cooks, now living in Ardmore Oklahoma. In addition to new scenery, great food was found.
Some past roadtrips in this blog voyage to Miami, Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Hawaii, Niagra Falls Toronto, Tulum, Monaco, St Lucia, Exuma, Paris, Italy, Nice, St Tropez, St Raphael, and Monaco.....while others can be found in our South Louisiana roads, Capital City or just down the road in New Orleans. I'm looking forward to whatever new experiences my next road trip brings and am grateful for my past travel experiences.