The chicken falls off the bone, and the mushrooms, tomato and squash are fork-tender. Nestled atop creamy white cheddar grits the braised chicken and veg is enriched with a ladle of braising juices.

DSCF0001-4A putzy preparation. I chopped a 4# chicken into eight pieces, sanitized the entire kitchen and threw the rug and dish towels in the wash – naturally, then completed all the steps up to “cook in the slow cooker for three hours” on the stovetop to expedite the process. [Our cooker’s insert has the diameter of a dessert plate; it would’ve taken ages to brown the chicken and braise the onions and garlic.]

This combination of crisp-skinned chicken, summer vegetables and cheesy grits creates a hearty and homey meal. A steaming bowl of comfort.