Just Two Adults Getting a Stew On

I’m glad last night’s butternut burritos derailed my original dinner plans because it allowed me to completely change what I had in mind before. The result? Pumpkin stew. I had a can of pumpkin open after this afternoon’s spicy pumpkin & soy sausage flatbread lunch [was too lazy to photograph], so into the stew it went.

Why is this pumpkin stew and not pumpkin soup, you ask? Soups are generally cooked in significant amounts of broth or cream, while stews are…stewed… in just enough liquid to cover the vegetables and meats/keep them from burning, but not enough to create a broth.


This results in a chunky bowl of mush more than a liquid with alphabet letters floating it in. Yep, I make it sound so appetizing.


We enjoyed our stew, thank you very mush, with a steamed kale and asparagus salad on the side. Actually, now that I think about it – cauliflower stays really firm, even when stewed in a crock pot. I was impressed. It added a nice texture to the dish. I’d recommend this one for a lazy fall night, but I’ll also let you know how it works out as a pre-workout dinner – due to intramural sports scheduling, our gym time today is 8PM. Hope I don’t fall asleep on a treadmill…

Just for kicks: check below the recipe for some photos of the Chris Greene dog park (by the airport). We took Grady there today in hopes that it would be less dirty, fly-infested, and filled with owners with poor etiquette than Darden Towe. It’s clean, beautiful, and full of friendly pups and their mates. Too bad it took almost 25 minutes to get out there.

Pumpkin Stew (Vegan, Vegetarian)

Prep Time: 4-5 hours

Serves: 4

Tools: Crock Pot


  • 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 friendly cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 10-15 shots liquid smoke
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper


1. Pour everything into the crock pot. Leave on high for 2-3 hours, and low for 1-2, depending on your schedule. Adjust the smoke and cumin as you see fit throughout the day. A sprinkle of cinnamon might be in order, too, to bring out the pumpkin flavor more!

2. Don’t forget to remove the bay leaves before serving.

To the park!

he only went in once, and it was more of a fall.




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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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3 Comments on “Just Two Adults Getting a Stew On”

  1. October 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    So that’s what you ended up doing with your leftover pumpkin! Pumpkin is amazing in so many forms, and this stew is so creative! I love it! I wonder if I could make this without a crock pot? I don’t have one. I know, that’s bad. I need to fix that. 😉

    • October 26, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      I definitely think you could – just simmer it in a big pot all day! Try yard sales… we got our crock pot second-hand. I like to think it’s vintage 😉


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