When I walked into Sallie's kitchen the other day, I was drawn to the warmth and comfort coming from the three large pots simmering on her stove.She was making a beef stew, which after simmering for a long while, was thickening up nicely. Every once in a while, Sal would replenish the lost liquid with the beef stock (bones with marrow, shiitake stems and salt) she had going in another pot. Her beef stew looked so substantial- like a full meal on its own- beef cubes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, parsnips, sweet potatoes and red wine. And, don't forget that nourishing broth.
The third pot held the beginnings of chicken broth- chicken pieces, fennel and salt- to be frozen and used later for healing soups during cold season, or flavoring base for risotto.