As the temperatures go down, I start thinking about fall soups and stews. One of my favorite Southern stews is Brunswick stew, so good that it has been claimed by Brunswick, Ga.; Brunswick County, N.C.; and Brunswick County, Va.

No matter where it originated, it seems to have been a stew for hunters that used whatever game they may have had on hand. Squirrel, rabbit and opossum probably were most common in the earliest Brunswick stews. Though I don’t use any of those meats, I do find that the stew is better with at least two meats. My simplest and favorite combination is chicken and pork.

This is a great way to use leftover pulled pork or barbecue. If you don’t have leftovers, a couple of pork chops simmered with the chicken will do the trick. Other options include chopped ham and diced stew beef.

The vegetable combination of tomatoes, corn and limas (or butter beans) is classic. Some people like to add sliced okra, too.

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Recipe from Michael Hastings

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