Just as a kitchen failure can transform my mood from great to very stinky, so can a kitchen success turn my frown upside down.  The day I made this, I was feeling quite cranky.  It was Sunday after a very long, hard week at work and a big party at our house on Saturday evening.  I was kicking myself for planning what seemed like such an involved meal for Sunday dinner when I felt as though I only really had the energy to pick up my phone and order a pizza.  But, because of all the ingredients already in our fridge that I did not want to go to waste, I powered through.  With much grumbling I prepped the components and started cooking.  After the roux was made I was even slightly more perturbed because I had never made roux with oil before and well, it just didn’t smell magical like a roux made with butter.  Then I added the vegetables to the pan and everything changed.  The kitchen smelled fantastic.  The dish was clearly going to turn out, but more than that, it was going to be amazing.

Sometimes you just know that about a meal and in this case, I knew.  It does take a bit of work initially but then simmers for a few hours, making your house smell incredible and possibly making you drool in anticipation.  I was not expecting to love this as much as I did, but in fact I loved it so much that I it now ranks above chili on my list of favorite foods.  Yeah, I said it.  I’m happy to report that this freezes very well.  One full batch makes a ton of food, but if you’re already investing the time to make it, go ahead and make the full batch.  I froze half and it made for a blessedly quick and satisfying meal after an extremely long work day.  We’re looking forward to enjoying this many more times as the weather gets colder and we make the most of our time inside, at home, together.  Fall, we are glad you’re here.