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Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew - In Her Chucks

After what seemed like a pretty cold winter for us Californians, the temps are finally starting to rise.  The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner.  But I can’t say goodbye to winter without sharing a great stew recipe that is sure to warm you up from the inside out.


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

2 pounds stew beef, cut into 2-inch cubes

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup Marsala wine

1 pound butternut squash, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes

1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

3 to 4 cups beef broth

2 tablespoons fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley


In a large soup pot heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic, rosemary, and thyme and sauté until the onions are tender, about 2 minutes.  Toss the beef cubes in salt and pepper and flour.  Turn up the heat to med-high and add the beef to the pot.  Cook until the beef is browned and golden around the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the Marsala wine.  Using a wooden spoon, gently stir up all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.  Add the butternut squash and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine.  Add enough beef broth to just cover the beef and squash.  Bring the stew to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.  Season the stew with additional salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Recipe from Giada De Leurentiis via FoodNetwork.com

The flavors in this stew are incredible.  You have the sweetness of the squash, the rich smokey flavor of the Marsala wine and of course the fresh aromas of the rosemary and thyme.  And like most soups and stews, this dish is even better the next day once the flavors have had the chance to meld together even more.

As excited as I am to start breaking out my shorts and flip-flops in anticipation for beach weather, I am going to miss the hearty and delicious comfort foods of the colder months.  What are some of your favorite recipes to keep you warm during the winter?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

PS:  Congratulations to Katie of Baking and Swimming for winning the 3 Month Subscription to Conscious Box!  Thank you so everyone who entered.  Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways coming your way soon :)

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #4


Merry Christmas everyone!  Hope you all had a fun and fabulous holiday :)  Ours was pretty low-key.  In fact we stayed in our pajamas the entire day.  Success!!  After opening presents we enjoyed a few slices of The Best French Toast with a side of bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice.  Then we snuggled up on the couch and watched Home Alone while a batch of Turkey Ricotta Meatballs baked in the oven.  Family time, good food and relaxation…the perfect way to celebrate Christmas :)

Due to the holidays, I will not be receiving a box for the next two weeks.  I am most definitely experiencing withdrawal symptoms but I am working through them one fruit at a time.  However, this break in delivery gives me the chance to rant and rave over some delicious recipes that never made it on the blog.

But before we jump into that, let’s take a look at last week’s party.  All 6 links were packed full of festive holiday treats…CSA style.  There was acorn squash bathed in butter, brown sugar and walnuts, Cranberry Apple Pecan Chocolate Chip Bread, a two pound sweet potato and a partridge in a pear tree :)  A big thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their goodies.  Keep ’em coming.

Now it’s time to take a walk down memory lane.  Check out some of my favorite recipes from the last few weeks of CSA deliveries…

What’s in the Box? #53

What's in the Box? #53 - In Her Chucks

Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash:  I love a hearty side dish.  And although I can eat butternut squash simply roasted any day, this recipe has me reconsidering my habits.  There are so many delicious flavors bursting from this dish it’s pretty much a party in your mouth.  You have the brightness of the lemon mixed with the sweetness of the butternut squash rounded out by the nuttiness of the pignolis.  I could eat the entire pot my myself…no joke.

What’s in the Box? #54

What's in the Box? #54

30 Minute Shepherds Pie:  Yeah I went there…Rachel Ray all the way.  And this dish delivers.  I got the recipe from my neighbors who swear by it and it is the perfect solution for a delicious and nutritious weeknight meal.  The potatoes, carrots and lettuce (for a side salad) came in handy.  It was a winner for the husband and baby and even made enough for leftovers.  Score!

What’s in the Box? #55

What's in the Box? #55 - In Her Chucks

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew:  I don’t mean to be a tease here but I can’t help but share my excitement about the stew I made with that lovely butternut squash.  With the busyness of the holidays I haven’t had time to sit down and write the post but the pictures have been taken and all that is left is to add a bit of commentary…stay tuned…your recipe will be here shortly :)

What’s in the Box? #56

What's in the Box? #56 - In Her Chucks

Red Cabbage Juice: So to be honest, I have used up everything from last week’s box except for that monster of a cabbage.  I guess you can say it intimidates me a bit.  I have had my share of cabbage dishes in the past and I really want to do something different.  Enter, Red Cabbage Juice.  Ever since Freddie bought me a juicer for my birthday, I have been having enjoying all types of combinations.  But I have yet to juice cabbage.  I am inspired by this recipe and am looking forward to giving it a whirl.  I’ll let you know how it goes :)

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite CSA recipes?  Feel free to link up some of your CSA inspired meals from 2012 that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)

Linking up for the first time?  Click here for more info…and Welcome!

PS:  Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog.  Thanks!

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