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Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili

Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
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6
Servings
6
Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
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Servings
6
Servings
6
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Spray a 6 quart Slow Cooker lightly with non-stick spray. Add the squash, peppers, onion, garlic, hominy, chilies, and black beans to the cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Combine the pureed beans, chicken stock, and red chili sauce in a bowl. Add the masa harina and stir or whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, and oregano to the liquid ingredients and stir once more. Pour the liquids into the cooker and stir to combine everything well.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Lay the chicken pieces on top of the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 - 8 hours (the heat on every slow cooker is different so adjust the time according to how yours cooks).
  5. At the 6/8 hour point, stir the chicken into the other ingredients. Give things a taste and add more of any seasoning you think it needs.
  6. Tilt the lid slightly and turn the heat setting to High. Allow the chili to cook until it is the thickness that you like.
  7. While the chili is cooking on High, mix the sour cream, salsa, and cilantro together. Set aside.
  8. When you are ready to serve, ladle into bowls. Pass the sour cream mixture, lime, and cheese at the table.
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Overstuffed Poblano Peppers

Overstuffed Poblano Peppers
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4
Servings
4
Overstuffed Poblano Peppers
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Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Slice off one side of each poblano to create a boat like vessel. Chop the removed pepper pieces and add to the other peppers. Place the pepper boats in a baking pan that has been coated with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. If you don't have cooked rice, cook 1/2 cup of brown rice in 1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock or water that is seasoned with half of each the cumin and chili powder. This should take 30 - 40 minutes. You can do this earlier in the day or even the night before.
  3. In a large fry pan heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onions, peppers, and garlic, tossing to coat everything. Cook over medium heat until everything begins to soften.
  4. Add the remaining cumin and chili powder and let them cook and get fragrant for a couple of minutes. Stir in the rice and toss until well combined with the vegetables. Cook a couple of minutes more.
  5. Add the chili or tomato sauce, stirring it in well. Allow to cook a few more minutes. If the mixture seems dry add some of the vegetable stock as the mixture cooks. Stir in the drained beans and toss to combine.
  6. Divide the filling between the pepper boats. They will be filled to overflowing which is perfectly fine. Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes. The boats should be soft and the filling hot.
  7. Remove the foil and sprinkle some of the shredded cheese on top of each pepper. Broil for 3 minutes or so until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Pass your hot sauce of choice at the table.
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Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder
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4
Servings
4
Summer Corn Chowder
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Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
Corn Broth
Chowder
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Corn Broth
  1. Put the bare corn cobs and chopped onion in a soup pot. Add 5 cups water (or enough to cover) and a pinch of salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for 1 hour. Turn off heat and allow to steep covered for another hour. Remove the cobs and onions and use in soup.
Chowder
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon, let it drain on paper towels and reserve. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pot.
  2. Add the onions, celery, jalapeno, and peppers to the pot and cook about 5 minutes stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften. Add the corn kernels and cook another 2 - 3 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add the half and half and corn broth to the pot. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add the shredded potatoes, green onions and thyme. cook 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender and everything is happy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved bacon and grated cheddar.
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Coffee Rub

Coffee Rub
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This rub works on any pork cut, especially ribs. It would also be great on steak.
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1 Cup
Servings
1 Cup
Coffee Rub
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This rub works on any pork cut, especially ribs. It would also be great on steak.
Servings
1 Cup
Servings
1 Cup
Ingredients
Servings: Cup
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.Use as a rub on pork, beef or chicken. Leftover can be stored in an airtight container.
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Winter Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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Salsa is an easy and inexpensive appetizer. There are lots of varieties and it never hurts to have a few choices in you recipe arsenal.  I used canned fire roasted tomatoes in this recipe because it’s winter and they actually have more flavor than what you would probably get in the store.

Winter Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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This salsa uses canned tomatoes and corn, Great during the winter when fresh veggies are at their low point. Use the recipe any time of year since you'll probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry
Servings
3 Cups
Servings
3 Cups
Winter Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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This salsa uses canned tomatoes and corn, Great during the winter when fresh veggies are at their low point. Use the recipe any time of year since you'll probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry
Servings
3 Cups
Servings
3 Cups
Ingredients
Servings: Cups
Instructions
  1. Combine the tomatoes, beans, corn and chilies in a medium bowl
  2. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro to the bowl, stirring to combine.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and taste. Adjust The seasonings until it's just the way you want it.
  4. Chill for several hours or overnight. Give it another taste before you serve it to see if it got happy enough.
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