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Slow Cooker Stout Chicken Stew #SundaySupper

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Rumor has it that spring is just around the corner, but with snow in the forecast yet again it’s hard to keep the faith. If, like me, you’re starting to tire of heavy stews for Sunday supper, this one is made with chicken for a lighter feel. The bright green peas also add a welcome hint of spring. It’s officially a St. Patrick’s Day dish, as an Irish stout (i.e. Guinness) flavors the sauce.

This stew is easy to prepare — after browning the chicken and cooking the bacon, it all goes into the slow cooker to braise for 4 hours on high or about 7 on low. The peas are added at the end to keep them bright and crisp — no mushy peas here.

While it’s cooking, I set out a green vegetable crudite to snack on. A selection of Irish cheeses, of course. Serve the stew with some Irish soda bread and, naturally, a glass of stout. (Maybe a root beer for the kids, though.) And follow it all with a not-too-sweet Guinness chocolate cake. You’ll be well-fueled to deal with shoveling more snow…. or whatever your St. Patrick’s Day brings.

Slow-Cooker Stout Chicken Stew |

Recipe: Slow Cooker Stout Chicken Stew

Adapted from Eating Well
Makes 6-8 servings


  • 6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can Guinness beer or other stout
  • 4 large carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine 6 tablespoons flour with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dredge chicken thighs in the flour and set aside on a plate.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side. (May need to do this in two batches.) Remove chicken and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup flour over the bacon and cook, stirring, for two minutes. Add beer and cook, stirring, until flour is dissolved into a sauce. Pour over the chicken in slow cooker. Add carrots, potato, onion, garlic and thyme, spreading over chicken. Pour chicken broth over.
  4. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
  5. 10 minutes before end of cooking time, stir in peas. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

St. Patrick's Day #SundaySupper tablescape |


For many more ways to Eat Your Greens this St. Paddy’s Day (or all spring long!), check out these other recipes from the #SundaySupper bloggers:

Green Light Appetizers and Sides

Getting Greens Through Salads

Entreés That Will Leave You Green With Envy

Desserts and Beverages That Will Make Others Turn Green

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FRESHFARM Week: Me(a)t Smith Meadows Farm

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The capital’s own FRESHFARM Markets is celebrating their 15th anniversary this weekend. Led by co-founders Ann Yonkers and Bernadine Prince, the now 11-market network in the metro Washington area (DC, Maryland and Virginia) has been promoting “local food with a face, a place and a name” throughout the Chesapeake foodshed since July 4, 1997. Alice Waters herself shops the original Dupont Circle FRESHFARM market when she’s in town, and local chefs proudly feature FRESHFARM farmers on their menus all across town. There will be an official celebration Sunday, July 15, at Dupont. Leading up to the big day, we here at FoodieTots are going to introduce just a few of our favorite FRESHFARM producers — the farmers we know by name and whose products grace our table every week.

Up first is Smith Meadows of Berryville, Va. You see, I believe in meat. I support Meatless Monday not because I’m anti-meat, but because I believe we should think before we consume it. And when we do, it should be healthful meat raised with care by farmers who are dedicated to the environment. Grassfed meat is richer in nutrients, leaner, and free of GMO feed and other bad things that come from feedlot meat.

smith meadows short ribs

Smith Meadows is an eighth-generation family farm that converted from conventional farming to natural methods in 1989. Farmer Forrest Pritchard practices rotational grazing of the farm’s cows, lambs, pigs, turkeys and chickens on pasture that is never treated with chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

Nancy Pritchard makes fresh pasta each week from their free range eggs, organic flour and herbs, produce and cheese either from their own or other local farms {lemon verbena pasta pictured below}. Smith Meadows’ eggs are often the first to sell out at the market. We’ve enjoyed their brisket, pork, turkey, lamb and much more over the years.

smith meadows pasta

You can find Smith Meadows each week at FRESHFARM Dupont Circle — and at the Del Ray Farmers Market in Alexandria, Arlington and Falls Church markets.

(You can learn more about what it takes to run a farm like Smith Meadows on Farmer Forrest’s blog or find them on Facebook. You know we’re on Facebook, too, right? Get all our latest posts, and more, right in your news feed.)

Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Now, a confession: I’ve had a life-long fear of slow cookers. We never had one growing up, and the thought of something cooking while I was out of the house for the day made me nervous. Plus, so many recipes I’d seen relied heavily on processed foods — a bottle of this, can of that, packet of something else. But with two kids and an ever increasing number of after-school activities, it was well past time to conquer my fears and embrace the slow cooker. Then, I saw Aviva of The Scramble mention that she’d bought her first slow cooker, and had formed a “slow cooker support group” with another local blogger, Laura of Mother Would Know. They let me tag along (via Twitter) and we first made a slow cooker pot roast that was easy and delicious. The second recipe was for a whole chicken, simply rubbed with spices and cooked with onion — no liquids or anything else.

slow cooker paprika chicken

Like Laura, I made many tweaks to the original recipe. My five-year-old is sensitive to pepper, and the recipe called for black, white and cayenne. I omitted them all and upped the paprika instead. (And used a smoked Spanish paprika.) And then I added a lemon, quartered, with the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. It infused the chicken with even more flavor and the meat was remarkably juicy when the chicken was finished.

There was one other change I made that I probably wouldn’t do again. I had a half can of Great Northern beans leftover from something else, so I dumped them in thirty minutes before the end of the cooking time. There was a lot of liquid in the bottom that I figured they’d cook in …. but it didn’t occur to me that that liquid was largely grease. The lemon juice helped, but I probably wouldn’t include the beans again. Aside from that misstep, both kids ate the chicken without complaints, so that’s a definite win in my book. We had this for Valentine’s dinner, so I served it with sweet potato tots and strawberry-watermelon salad for an all-red meal. In the future I’ll add a little green to the menu.

slow cooker paprika chicken 2

Recipe: Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken
Makes 4-6 servings.


  • 1 (3.5-4-pound) roasting chicken
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme


Mix together salt, paprika and thyme in a small bowl. Remove giblets from chicken, if included, and pat chicken dry. Rub spice mixture into skin, and inside cavity. (Optional: place chicken in a large plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.)

When ready to start the slow cooker, arrange onion slices and lemon quarters across bottom. Place chicken on top, cover, and set slow cooker on low. Cook for 5 to 6 hours, until juices run clear when you cut into the leg. (Mine took 5 1/2 hours.) Remove chicken to paper-towel lined platter to absorb some of the grease from cooking and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

If you’re a slow cooker fan, please tell me your favorite things to cook. More ideas are definitely welcome!

Beer Can Chicken + Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

This is a favorite fall meal, when we’re in the mood for roast chicken but it’s still nice enough outside to grill. The only problem is that we rarely have cans of beer in the house, but I improvised by pouring beer into an empty coke can instead. The beer steams the chicken from within resulting in an incredibly moist chicken. I also stuff the can with fresh herbs (green onions, parsley and garlic chives here) to add even more flavor. And, as with an oven-roasted chicken, the leftovers and bones can be used for several more meals during the week.

Recipe: Beer Can Chicken


  • 1 can beer
  • several stems green onions
  • fresh parsley
  • ¼ c butter
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 whole chicken, 3-4 lbs.

Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium (350*). Open the beer can and pour out (drink) about half. Poke several holes around the top, and stick herbs in the can’s mouth. Place on a large plate or stand. (If you don’t have a stand, you can balance the chicken on the grill using the can and its legs to form a tripod.) Soften the butter and stir in the sugar and seasonings. Rub the mixture under the chicken’s skin and all over the exterior. Place the chicken over the can and carefully transfer onto the grill. Grill over indirect medium heat for 1 hr. to 1 ¼ hrs. Remove from grill (very carefully!) and let stand for 5 minutes before carving. Serves 4.

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 T butter, softened
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1/2 t cumin

Instructions: Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Spread butter over cut sides, sprinkle sugar and cumin over the top. Wrap in foil and place on grill, away from the flame, for 40 minutes. Serves 2-4. Enjoy!

Farms of Origin

Virginia Market Week

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Last week was Virginia’s Farmers Market Week, so we celebrated by heading to three local markets last weekend. The toddler and I visited the McLean Market Friday morning, which is located in a shady corner of a park and had a nice mix of vendors, many familiar and a few new. The Middleburg ice cream truck was a fun touch. Westmoreland Berry Farm had giant blackberries and sweet raspberries – the toddler instructed me to keep them coming, one color in each hand. They also had one box of wilted squash blossoms (we were there shortly before closing time) that she threw in free since they were rather sad-looking. Mount Olympus Berry Farm had a rainbow of beautiful peppers (I picked purple and orange), tomatillos and purple and white cream peas. We got our favorite sweet potato bread from Grace’s Pastries, to eat along with the berries, cheese and watermelon for our picnic lunch. (At Clemyjontri, awesome playground a few minutes away.)

Saturday morning the toddler and I headed down to Old Town Alexandria. There were still a few dubious produce stands, including one with lemons and avocados, but I was pleased to see some well-known vendors, like Bigg Riggs, J&W Valley View and Twin Springs. I still have to dock them points on the lay-out though, with so many vendors smushed together in the front and wide open patches in the back, it made for tough going to get through to Bigg Riggs. But, peaches were everywhere. One vendor had a bin of squash blossoms and some small gooseberries still. We hit up the meat/dairy stands, with sweet Italian sausage from Babes in the Woods, Calhoun’s Country Ham, and Blue Ridge Dairy ricotta.

For brunch that day I stuffed my squash blossoms with the ricotta, fresh oregano and a bit of prosciutto, then coated in corn meal and fried. The corn meal was a little heavy – I might mix it into a batter next time instead of dipping in milk/egg and corn meal separately – but they were oh so good. (And that was my local corn meal, too!)

Sunday was a quick stop at the West End Market, where Norma’s had these lovely purple tomatillos. Since I already had the green ones from Friday, I had to pass them up. We picked up Hilldale’s organic chicken which isn’t cheap, but was far and away the juiciest chicken we’ve ever had.

I was sick all week so we stuck to simple meals and I really slacked off in the photo department.

Dinner #1: Grilled Tomatillo Chicken — We marinated the Hilldale chicken (breasts and legs) in a tomatillo-pepper salsa and grilled it, along with some corn on the cob from our CSA bag. Simple and so good!

Dinner # 2: Italian grill — Babes’s Italian sausages, peppers, pattypan squash and golden zucchini, all brushed with olive oil, fresh oregano, sea salt and pepper and thrown on the grill. The toddler is rejecting squash lately (last year he ate the golden zucchini straight from the market table) but loved the sausage. Served with watermelon agua fresca to drink, made from the final remnants of our Eastern Shore melon.

Note to DC-area bloggers: This is the week for the August Farm Fresh Recipe Round-up. Email me at foodietots at gmail dot com by midnight Weds. Aug. 13 if you have a favorite recipe to share!