I recently reviewed the book Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook. Eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) means you’ll be preparing meals at home most of the time, and using your crockpot can help make meal preparation simple and easy.
With a few simple adaptations, most cookbook recipes can be made using only locally grown ingredients. I converted this recipe from p. 134 of the book.
Spicy and scrumptious!
- 3 lbs. stew meat, cubed (Second Wind Farm, Everson)
- 1 Tbsp hazelnut oil (Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, Lynden)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced (Full Bloom Farm, Lummi Island)
- 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (Acme Farms + Kitchen, Bellingham)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (home garden, Lummi Island)
- 1 tsp fresh oregano (home garden, Lummi Island)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Roma tomato, diced (Terra Verde Farm, Everson)
- 1 smoked dried cayenne pepper, finely crumbled (Rabbit Fields Farm, Everson)
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (BelleWood Acres, Lynden)
- ¼ cup flour (Fairhaven Organic Flour Mills, Burlington)
- 1 cup water
- Fresh dill (home garden, Lummi Island)
- Sour cream (Breckinridge Farm, Everson)
- Place beef in 5-6 quart slow cooker. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic, oregano, salt, diced tomato, and smoked pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
- Mix in apple cider vinegar.
- Stir in flour, mixing well, then whisk in water, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil.
- Pour over beef in slow cooker and stir well.
- Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours, or on high for about 4 hours, until beef is tender.
Serve over steamed or microwaved potatoes, or cooked pasta (Bellingham Pasta, Bellingham). Garnish with a dollop of sour cream mixed with fresh dill to taste.
Acme Farms + Kitchen, Bellingham
BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden
Bellingham Farmers Market, Chestnut and Railroad, Bellingham
Community Food Co-op, Cordata and Westerly, Bellinghamn
Full Bloom Farm, Centerview and Tuttle, Lummi Island
Home garden, Lummi Island
Second Wind Farm, Everson