So. If you’re looking for a reason to cry and feel bitter about your life, read this article and look at the blogs. I am without irony whining drunkenly right now about how badly I want to be a young hip not-Utah Mormon mom.
But. While waiting to become perfect, you still need to eat. So. Cassoulet.
4 pieces of bacon, diced large
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 parsnip, diced
1 carton baby bella mushrooms
1 can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
Large can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup water
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
bouquet garni (I use a t-sac because I’m lazy and have them on hand) with fresh thyme, rosemary, parsley and a dried bay leaf)
Salt and pepper to taste
Seasoned panko breadcrumbs and grated cheese
Put the bacon in a large pot on medium heat on the stove. Drain some of the grease of of the pot. Add onions. Then add the mushrooms and then the garlic. When everything is browned, add the white wine and scrape the bottom of the pot. Add the rest of the ingredients except the breadcrumbs/cheese. Simmer uncovered on low heat for at least an hour. Scoop into bowls and top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese.