Autumn Weather and Comfort Food by Gerri Brousseau

With the cooler temperatures and all the signs that autumn is approaching we, as New Englander’s, begin to think about all things fall.  As a native of Connecticut, I am accustomed to winterizing my home, pulling in the garden hose, turning the outside water spouts off and putting up new weather stripping on the doors and windows.  As this colorful and cooler season arrives, we eagerly attend county fairs, the BIG E, craft shows and, dare I say it, Christmas Bazaars.  As these cooler temperatures arrive and the leaves begin to change color, we go apple picking, bake pies, we make chili, soups and stews, our comfort foods.  Over the course of my Thursday blogs, I would like to share with you some of my favorite recipes for the hearty fare of the cooler months, some of my favorite comfort foods.  So, grab a loaf of crusty bread and enjoy.

Autumn Vegetable Crock Pot Beef Stew

1 to 1 ½ pounds lean stewing beef cut into 1 inch cubes*

1 slice of bacon*

1 cup chopped onion

2 cups beef broth*

1 cup apple cider

1 ½ pounds potatoes (about 5 or 6 medium size) diced

2 medium carrots peeled and thinly sliced

2 ribs of celery, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups diced rutabaga

1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons cold water

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

*  (Vegetarians
replace beef and bacon with flavored tofu and beef broth with vegetable broth)


Cook bacon, beef and onions in a large skillet over medium heat until
the beef is browned and bacon is cooked.
Put the beef and onions in the slow cooker with the bacon, beef broth,
apple cider, potatoes, carrots, celery, rutabaga, bay leaf, rosemary and
pepper.  Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9
hours.  Combine flour and cold water to
form a smooth mixture.  Stir into the
beef mixture, turn to HIGH, and continue cooking for 15 minutes longer.

Serves 4 to 6.

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10 Responses to Autumn Weather and Comfort Food by Gerri Brousseau

  1. Gail Ingis says:

    Of course your delicious recipe rose right off the page into my recipe box, leaving rosemary behind, I cannot adjust to her flavor. But also rising from the page was your marvelous, magical fall activities. Here’s another little adventure you might enjoy. This Sunday, October 2nd, Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum is having their 2nd successful “Flea Market.” Mostly upscale, perhaps you would discover your dreams, what you always wanted, but could never find anywhere. If you want to see a familiar face, I have booth 24, and would love to have some special visitors. My Steampunk man Bruce will be showing some of his wares in my booth. All this at Lockwood, 295 West Ave. Norwalk, CT right off 95 exit 15 and keep right, first right turn, 203-838-9799. I suppose I should post this on the bulletin board.

    • Gerri Brousseau says:

      Thanks Gail. I hope you enjoy the stew. It’s quite flavorful. I also love Flea Markets and will try to make it if I can squeeze it in. Thanks for stopping by Nights of Passion (and commenting) and I hope you will stop by again soon.

  2. Jennifer Fusco says:

    I wish I could cook.

  3. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Oh dear … I bet you can cook better than you think. This is a crock pot stew and really easy. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back again … oh wait, you will be GUEST BLOGGING ON SATURDAY!!!! (no cooking involved)

  4. I really enjoy fresh fruit and veggies in the sunny season but, OMG, I love the homemade chilis, soups, and stews. Yum. I getting hungry.

  5. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Hi Kathye,
    Over the next few weeks, I am going to be posting some recipes, one of them is chili. I think it’s only 2 more recipies. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it, and really love the comments.

  6. Sounds yummy! I think I’m going to try this on Saturday!

  7. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Hi Jamie,
    I sure hope you enjoy it. I found it delicious. I will be posting a few more. Thanks for stopping by and even more for commenting.

  8. Casey Wyatt says:

    This sounds delish. It has bacon so my hubby will like it automatically!! I love the fall. I whip out my crock pot as soon as I can. And this will make a fine addition to my recipe collection. Thanks Gerri!

  9. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Hi Casey,
    I hope you enjoy the stew. Thanks for stopping by and especially for commenting.

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