Slow Cooker Meatball Stew is a tasty stew that is perfect for budget minded family that is fulfilling. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
So I did something different, I went to the Fabulous Food Show here in Cleveland. This show is 10 years old and I have always wanted to go. I either wasn’t allowed (ex husband the first few years), had to work, or just simply did not have the money. This year, I actually forgot about it till I was at Giant Eagle, it is a grocery store here. I was buying a gift card there and I saw the sign about the show at the service center. Giant Eagle is a sponsor of this event, I realized I was off this weekend and I actually had money, and I really wanted to go. So I went over to desk and bought my ticket.
This is the first time I gone to a food expo like this. I took my biggest purse, for the goodies, packed it with my business cards for connecting with the vendors, and I went to my first food expo. I got to say from a food blogger point of view it was interesting.
Why I say that, as I was going from booth to booth trying the samples and talking to the vendors, I noticed how it interesting the way they acted to the words: “I have a food blog and I love creating recipes using products like yours and love to showcase them, here is my card I love to connect with you.” Some were very excited when I gave them my card and they talk to me and had a good time. Others I would give my card and it was like talking to a wall. You see that glazed look in the eye, I’m not sure they even knew what a food blog really is. One vendor, who had pears, I could just tell he did not have a clue of what was saying to him. Of course he was also next to main stage and Buddy from the Cake Boss had just taken the stage, so possible he just could not hear.
Then there was a few love to socialize, but not about their product. I had a few vendors I would talk to their staff and they say, this the owner there, you should talk to him. Then I would wait, and wait, and wait. The owner was deep in conversation about say football with another person. Then when they finally came over to me, I felt like the employee was more excited than owner about the product and the owner would rather go back to talking about football.
Over all, I really did enjoyed myself and got some nice goodies too! I did post photos on Instagram and Facebook here is some of the highlights:
So the stage photos, the top one is Buddy from the Cake Boss doing a demonstration there. The other is Cleveland native Michael Symon. Funny think about Chef Symon, right there he is admitting his mom and dad are from Pittsburgh, his whole family roots for Pittsburgh because they are native Pittsburghers like me. He was raised in Cleveland so he is die-hard Cleveland fan, and he is only fan of Cleveland in his Pittsburgh family. I thought that was interesting, his dirty secret, he got Pittsburgh blood in him.
I really needed this outing, as I said it perked me up out my funk. It revived me. Funny how it literally only took food to do that. I’m excited I got goodies to play around with to create recipes with. One I’m going to do today is with that Chai Syrup, thinking Banana Cupcakes with Chai Buttercream.
So since this has been good stew weather lately, I love-making it in my slow cooker. I admit I have a tiny obsession with frozen meatballs. They are perfect budget friendly item I think.
I first heard of a meatball stew on a show I like to watch called Arranged on FYI network. My favorite couple is the young couple Christian and Maria, who are Romani Gypsy. They are fascinating to watch. Maria was making a meatball stew for family and it really intrigued me. So I decided I wanted to create a meatball stew in the slow cooker. It is perfect you put on low and go about your day, like me going to the Fabulous Food Show. Come home stew is done. The flavor a in this came out so nice, I’m glad I made it.
- 1 bag of frozen home style meatballs
- 1 cup of baby carrots
- 3 red potatoes cut up
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 6 oz sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 10 oz jar Bistro Au Jus gravy
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- Green onions chopped for garnish
- In a slow cooker, put everything in it.
- Give it a nice stir and put it on low.
- Let cook for about 6-8 hours
- Ladle some the stew into a bowl, garnish with the green onions and ENJOY!
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