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This week's recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

February 23, 2013|By Noelle Carter
  • Chicken and andouille smoked sausage gumbo served over white rice.
Chicken and andouille smoked sausage gumbo served over white rice. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles…)

Have a little time to spare this weekend? In this week's section, I talk about the simple pleasures of a slow-simmered stew:

"Unlike a typical weeknight dinner rushed to the table after a long day, stews are patient, as much about the sheer pleasure of cooking as the finished dish itself. It's the simple alchemy of time and ingredients layered in a pot to form something lush and rich, with a depth of flavor that cannot be duplicated with a shortcut."

While I'd argue that a good stew demands patience, not all of them require a lot of time. One of the recipes -- for a richly-flavored butternut squash stew -- comes together in about an hour.

This week's recipes include:

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