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Pot Sticker Soup

Pot Sticker Soup
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4
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Pot Sticker Soup
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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes to the pot and cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or so, long enough for everything to get fragrant.
  2. Add the red curry paste and stir it into the onion mixture. Add the chicken stock and stir until the paste is well blended. Bring the mixture up to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook, covered for 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover the pot and add the vegetables. Simmer for a few minutes...about the time it takes to brown the pot stickers.
  4. In a large skillet heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Add the pot stickers and cook until the flatter side is golden brown.Drop the browned pot stickers into the soup and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so.
  5. Divide the pot stickers into 4 soup bowls. Ladle the rest of the soup evenly among the bowls. Garnish with sesame oil, sriracha sauce and the scallions. Serve.
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Italian Tomato Soup with Farro and Cannellini Beans

Italian Tomato Soup with Farro and Cannellini Beans
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Italian Tomato Soup with Farro and Cannellini Beans
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Farro
  1. Toast the farro: Rinse 1/2 cup farro and allow to dry. Place the farro in a dry fry pan. Turn heat on stove to medium and toast the farro, stirring frequently until it is golden and fragrantly nutty, 10 -15 minutes
  2. Bring 2 cups of water (or broth) to a boil. Stir in the toasted farro and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, 30 minutes or so. The farro should be chewy but tender. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside.
Soup
  1. Heat a soup pot over medium high heat. Add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir to coat with the oil and cook for 5 minutes or so until the onion begins to soften.
  2. Stir in the stock, tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, and Marsala. Bring up to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer for 20 - 30 minutes. Use a potato masher to create a chunky soup. Hit it with the immersion blender if you want it smooth.
  3. Stir in the farro and beans. Simmer for a little longer; 15 minutes is about right.
  4. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with the pesto and croutons if desired.
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Porcini Pasta with Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Cream

Porcini Pasta with Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Cream
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Porcini Pasta with Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Cream
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  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, but cut the time by one minute. Drain. While the pasta cooks make the sauce.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium fry pan. Add the mushrooms and shallots, and cook until the shallots are soft and the mushrooms are beginning to brown.
  3. Add about 1/3 of the stock and simmer for a few minutes until the stock is almost absorbed.
  4. Add the remaining stock and rosemary and cook 4 or 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cream and simmer for a few more minutes. The sauce should thicken slightly. Add the porcini salt and taste. If you think it needs more of the salt add a pinch or two. Add some fresh ground pepper and serve.
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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers
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Stuffed Peppers
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  1. Heat the 1-3/4 cups of vegetable stock to boiling in a small sauce pan. Add the rice and stir. Return to boil and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 35 - 45 minutes. Stock should be absorbed and rice should be fairly tender. Cool slightly and place in a large bowl.
  2. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise and slice thinly. Coarsely chop onion and mushrooms. Set aside with the minced garlic.
  3. Heat a medium fry pan and add the olive oil. Swirl to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the onion and cook and stir for about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
  4. Add the zucchini and garlic to the pan and cook for 4 minutes or so. The vegetables should be slightly soft and just beginning to brown. Remove from the heat and add to the rice in the bowl.
  5. Slice the tomatoes into small pieces and add to the bowl.
  6. Roughly chop or crumble the meatloaf and add to the bowl. If you are using another protein, chop it into small bite-sized pieces. Add to the bowl. Stir the ingredients to mix. Add the 1/2 cup of stock and stir once more. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and white membranes. Spray a medium casserole with non-stick spray. Place the pepper halves in the pan cut side up. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Divide the mixture between the 4 pepper halves, packing lightly. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of the marinara on top of each filled pepper. Cover tightly with foil and place in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and remove the foil. Add another tablespoon or so of the marinara to each pepper and sprinkle with the cheese. Spoon any remaining marinara into the pan to coat the bottom,
  10. Return the pan to the oven uncovered and bake for 10 - 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the peppers are a little brown. Serve.
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Chicken (or Turkey) Mole Chili

Chicken (or Turkey) Mole Chili
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This chili has the chocolaty, spicy flavors of Mole and the intense flavor of a chili based sauce. Make it a day ahead for maximum flavor.
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6
Servings
6
Chicken (or Turkey) Mole Chili
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This chili has the chocolaty, spicy flavors of Mole and the intense flavor of a chili based sauce. Make it a day ahead for maximum flavor.
Servings
6
Servings
6
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  1. Remove stems and seeds from the chilies. Place in a large saucepan with the stock. Bring this to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. The chilies should be very soft. Let the mixture cool slightly. Put the chilies in a food processor. Process until it is a somewhat smooth. Press through a sieve to remove the skin and strain into a glass container.
  2. To roast Poblano Chilies: Place chilies on an oiled broiler tray and broil a few inches from heat. Turn until all sides are evenly charred and the skin is beginning to blister. This will take 5-10 minutes depending on the heat of the broiler. Remove the chilies to a heatproof bowl or plate and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the skin peels off easily. Remove stems and seeds and chop in 1/2 inch dice.
  3. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until it is well browned. Add the chicken (turkey) and cook over high heat until it is browned, about 8 minutes.
  4. Lower the heat to medium, and add the onion, garlic, and jalepeno to the pan and cook until they are softened, 5 minutes or so. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a minute or two.
  5. Pour in the chili stock, tomatoes and all of the seasonings, except the Mexican chocolate. Simmer 20 -30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend and get well acquainted with each other.
  6. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until it is melted. Adjust the seasonings and serve. Pass Shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro or minced red onions if desired.
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