This past weekend was our annual ski trip to Vermont. This year we went to Mt. Snow, and we were pretty lucky that there was snow on Mt. Snow with the weather we’ve been having. It was 80F by us two days in a row last week so we weren’t even sure we would be skiing, but luckily there was still snow – enough for 2 days of skiing.
It was a gorgeous weekend of skiing with beautiful sunny warm weather. The conditions were surprisingly good – there was lots of fluffy – though slightly wet – snow, but there were no huge ice patches like we get in the Poconos so we had an awesome time skiing. We rented a lodge just a short drive from the mountain with a bunch of our friends using airbnb. We all skied on Saturday and then everyone except for Aldo and I headed home on Sunday morning. The two of us stayed for another day of skiing and took off work on Monday so we can relax before heading back to work.
After skiing on Sunday we had an epic dinner at the Madison Brewing Company – fish ‘n chips and an amazing steak with caramelized shallots and mushrooms. It was the perfect way to end the ski season.
When we got home on Monday I was too lazy to cook or do any errands, so I did what all
lazy smart people do: made dinner in a slow cooker! I made this amazing Slow Cooker Cassoulet recipe that I created for Randall Beans. This is seriously the most delicious and gourmet stew you can make. It even sounds all fancy – ”cah-soo-lay.” Ooh la la.
A Cassoulet is a French stew with white beans and smoked meats, and it is traditionally cooked on the stove top for hours to let all the flavors blend to perfection… but ain’t nobody got time for that! At least not on days that we come back from a weekend getaway! And that’s where the slow cooker part comes in. This recipe takes about 10-15 minutes of prep work and then the slow cooker does the rest. And let me tell you, this comes out delicious. The smoked sausages infuse the whole dish with an amazing smoky flavor with lots of depth, and you get a really yummy, hearty stew with minimal work. That’s my kind of recipe.
Randall Beans recently launched their organic line of beans. The organic line contains great northern, pinto, black, black-eyed peas, navy, garbanzo and dark red kidney beans – so basically all the beans you could ever want in this world! Read about the organic beans on their website, and look for them in store or order directly online. (Please note, this post is not at all sponsored by Randall Beans, I just wanted to share the exciting news with you!)
Check out more yummy recipes I’ve created for Randall Beans: