Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Mar 23, 2011

Last Call Stew

Libations used - 1 cup beer, white wine or red wine
Libations left over - whatever's left in the bottle
Sometimes when I do a lot of cooking, I have a ton of random ingredients/booze left over in the fridge and pantry.  What's a girl to do?  The Lush Chef makes stew!  It's the best way to use up all those veggies, leftover soup stock, an open bottle of wine, or that random bottle of beer.  Plus, it's recession friendly!

The Lush Chef's Last Call Stew - serves however many you want

  • 2-3 cups of soup stock - I used beef
  • Pick your poison - 1 cup beer, white or red wine
  • 1 onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • Random veggies!  I sliced up 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cup leftover canned crushed tomatoes, and half a bag of frozen corn
  • Herbs - Again, use whatever you have.  I tossed in a bay leaf and some fresh minced oregano from my little herb garden.
  • Carbs - great opportunity to use leftover pasta, rice, lentils.  I didn't have any of those, so I whipped up some dumplings with chives (2 cups flour, 4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 Tbs butter, 3/4 cup milk, minced chives - mix all together, spoon into boiling stew and cover & steam for 12 minutes).
  • Crack open a cold one or finish up that bottle of wine, already!