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Halloween Hash, Redux

Halloween Hash, Redux
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Halloween Hash, Redux
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  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the sweet potatoes. Allow to cook undisturbed for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Turn the potatoes and add the onions. Cook undisturbed for another 3 - 4 minutes. Continue to cook 5 minutes more, gently stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the peppers, garlic, and spices and cook a few minutes. If things seem to be getting too dry, add a little chicken stock as needed.
  4. Add the cranberries, salad dressing, and a bit more chicken stock (if needed). Cook until everything is tender and nicely browned. Stirring occassionally
  5. Stir in the drained beans and cook until they are heated through.
  6. Divide between two or three shallow bowls. Top with the crumbled goat cheese and serve.
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Chicken and Poblano Chili

Chicken and Poblano Chili
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This takes time, but it is worth the effort. Use different chilies to adjust the heat. It would be great with pork and black beans or what ever ingredients you love.
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Chicken and Poblano Chili
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This takes time, but it is worth the effort. Use different chilies to adjust the heat. It would be great with pork and black beans or what ever ingredients you love.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
Sauce
Chili
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To Make The Sauce
  1. Use kitchen shears to cut open the peppers. Remove the stem and the seeds. Place the peppers in a large roasting pan. Place in a 300 degree oven and roast for a few minutes. This is to warm the peppers slightly and begin to release their oils.
  2. Heat the water to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chilies. To keep the chilies submerged in the water, place another pot into the chili pot and weight it down. Allow the chilies to soak for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Check to see if the chilies are soft. If they aren't let them soak a few more minutes. Once they are soft, remove them to a strainer and allow to cool.
  4. Working in batches, blend or process the chilies with fresh water. (1 cup chilies to 2 cups water) the mixture should be fairly smooth, but there will be bits of skin.
  5. When all of the chilies have been processed, pour the mixture through a fine sieve. Use a spoon to press as much of the liquid chili through the sieve. Discard the pulp in the sieve.
  6. Add a pinch of salt and a bit of agave syrup to taste. This makes a good 4 cups of sauce. Use in the chili recipe. Freeze the extra.
Chili
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until the bacon is browned. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Pour off the drippings, leaving any browned bits. Add the olive oil to the pot.
  2. Add the chicken bits to the pan and cook until lightly browned. Cook in batches if necessary. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave the drippings in the pan. Work on roasting the poblano peppers while the chicken cooks.
  3. Use a broiler to roast 2 of the Poblano peppers. Place the peppers on the broiler rack and position the rack about 3 inches from the heat source. Broil turning frequently until the peppers are blistered and blackened all over. This may take up to 10 minutes depending on your broiler
  4. Place the roasted peppers in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to sit for 5 - 8 minutes. The skin should come off easily. Remove the stems and seeds and chop and set aside
  5. Chop the remaining poblano pepper and add it along with the onions, garlic, and jalapeno to the soup pot. Cook for about 5 minutes until the peppers and onion are softened and the garlic is fragrant.
  6. Add the cumin and chili powder to the pan and cook for 3 minutes more. Return the chicken and bacon to the pot and stir to combine. Add the beer to the pot stirring to loosen any brown bits. Cook for a minute or so.
  7. Add the chili sauce, drained tomatoes, roasted poblanos, and the chicken stock. Bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
  8. Add the pinto beans and continue to cook 15 minutes more. This can be served immediately, but it is better after a day or two in the refrigerator.
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Spicy Turkey Sausage Soup

Spicy Turkey Sausage Soup
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Spicy Turkey Sausage Soup
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  1. Spray a small baking pan with cooking spray and add the sweet potato cubes. Spray the cubes lightly with cooking spray and roast in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes, until the cubes are lightly browned and tender. Set aside.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, cut the sausage in half lengthwise then slice into 1/2 inch half moons. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add the sausage moons and toss to coat. Cook for 7 minutes or so until the sausage begins to brown. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon leaving the drippings in the pan.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and stir to coat with the drippings. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion begins to soften and brown.
  5. Add the peppers and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes or so. The peppers should begin to soften and the garlic should be fragrant. Use a very small amount of the stock if things get too dry.
  6. Return the sausage to the pan. Add the cumin and chili powder. Cook and stir for 2 - 3 minutes. Pour in the stock. Bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes or so.
  7. Add the reserved sweet potato and the drained beans to the pot and cook over low heat another 10 minutes. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the soup. Stir and taste to adjust the seasonings.
  8. Ladle into four soup bowls. Top with a few tortilla chips and some avocado cubes and serve.
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Gazpacho

DIGITAL CAMERAIf I invited you to dinner and told you we were having cold soup, you’d probably think I had lost my mind. But if the cold soup was Gazpacho, you’d be quite happy, indeed. This Andalusian transplant is the consumate summer soup. Garden fresh vegetables are blended into a chunky soup that is hearty yet light, satisfying enough to fill you up, but light enough so you have room for dessert.

Traditionally this is made with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, but fruits and other vegetables can be included. Gazpacho can be chunky enough to eat with a spoon or smooth enough to drink as a remarkable Bloody Mary mixer.Chicago Open House 2013 130We had these at Mercat a la Planxa, a Spanish restaurant that has one of the most impressive Bloody Mary Bars I’ve ever seen. This is about my gazpacho, so if you want to learn more about the restaurant click here.

My gazpacho included the above mentioned ingredients along with some grilled corn. I used vegetable juice to keep things moving as well as sherry vinegar for a little tang.DIGITAL CAMERAThis is one of those dishes that I make differently every time. It’s usually based on what’s in season and what looks the most beautiful. Sometime I give it some spice with jalapenos and a plethora of peppers. Other times it’s a cucumber extravaganza. It all depends…

This recipe is a guideline that includes the techniques needed to make gazpacho. As I always say, make it you own. Add or subtract at your whim. Fruit gazpacho is quite tasty, so feel free to go there. ┬áDon’t let the summer go by without trying this recipe.

Gazpacho
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Gazpacho
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  1. Peel the cucumber and chop into pieces about 1 inch. Quarter the tomatoes. Core and seed them and chop into pieces about the same size as the cucumber. Put both in a large bowl.
  2. Chop the onion into one inch chunks. Do the same with the bell pepper. Add them to the bowl.
  3. Roughly chop the garlic, parsley, and cilantro and toss them in with the other vegetables. Mix everything together.
  4. Cut the corn kernels off the cobs and set aside
  5. Place a manageable amount of the vegetable mixture into the processor bowl. Add some of the vegetable juice and process until the mixture is slightly chunky. ( make this as smooth or chunky as you like) Put the processed vegetables back in the bowl.
  6. Continue to process the vegetables with the vegetable juice until they are all the consistency you want. Add the corn to the bowl of vegetables and stir to mix everything well.
  7. Add the juice of the lemon half, the vinegar, paprika, and cumin. Stir well and taste for seasoning. Add a little salt and any more of the flavorings that you want.
  8. Cover and chill for several hours. Serve in soup bowls or goblets and garnish with cilantro or whatever you would like.
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Sort of Southwestern Minestrone

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Sort of Southwestern Minestrone
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A hearty soup that isn't too heavy. A little like minestrone, but with a definite Southwestern flavor.
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Sort of Southwestern Minestrone
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A hearty soup that isn't too heavy. A little like minestrone, but with a definite Southwestern flavor.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
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  1. If you are using the chicken sausages, grill or broil them until they are nicely browned. When cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise then slice. Set aside.
  2. Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, jalapenos, cumin, and carrots and cook until the veggies begin to soften, 5 minutes or so.
  3. Add the corn, sausage (if using), and sun dried tomatoes and cook for a minute or two. Add the stock. Bring to a boil, add the oregano, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the rinsed and drained beans and the lime juice and simmer for 5 - 7 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls. Serve with a lime wedge if you'd like.
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