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Green Bean Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot and Garlic Dressing

Green Bean Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot and Garlic Dressing
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Green Bean Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot and Garlic Dressing
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  1. In a large pot, bring a good amount of salted water to boil. Add the green beans and cook for 3 - 4 minutes (they should be just barely tender and quite crisp).
  2. Drain the beans and place in a bowl of ice water. Stir to cool as quickly as possible. Drain well and store in the refrigerator while you make the dressing.
  3. Chop the bacon and cook it in a small skillet until it is crisp. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Pour off all of the drippings but leave the browned bits.
  4. Add the olive oil to the pan and let it get hot. Add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes or so until they begin to turn golden.
  5. Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Add the vinegar and reduce the heat to low. Let the dressing simmer for a few minutes. Check the flavor and add salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Put the beans in a serving bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle the reserved bacon on the top and serve.
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Skillet Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Skillet Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
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This is an easy side dish that combines a vegetable and starch in one pan. The bacon and onions make this a fabulous side dish for any protein.
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4
Servings
4
Skillet Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
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This is an easy side dish that combines a vegetable and starch in one pan. The bacon and onions make this a fabulous side dish for any protein.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Heat a large fry pan over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook stirring occasionally until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings out of the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the potatoes, sprouts and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally until everything is tender and lightly browned. This should take about 15 -20 minutes, but let your eyes and taste be the judge.
  3. Add the freshly ground pepper and serve.
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Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder
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Summer Corn Chowder
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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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Roasted Cauliflower, Leek, Potato, and Garlic Soup

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This is a wonderful soup. It’s rich and creamy and loaded with vegetables. Leeks, potatoes and cauliflower are roasted to bring out their sweetness. Combined with chicken stock, half & half and the unique flavor of roasted garlic, it’s a winter harvest of deliciousness.DIGITAL CAMERA

Roasted Cauliflower, Leek, Potato, and Garlic Soup
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Roasted Cauliflower, Leek, Potato, and Garlic Soup
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the cauliflower, potatoes, and leeks with 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and toss again.
  2. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with foil. Lightly spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the vegetables between the two prepared sheets making sure they are in a single layer. Place in oven
  3. Cut a small slice off the top of the garlic head so the the tops of the individual cloves are visible. Set the garlic on a square of foil. Carefully pour the remaining olive oil on the garlic head. Wrap tightly in the foil and place in oven.
  4. Roast the vegetables for 20 -25 minutes stirring once. Everything should be lightly browned and fork tender. Roast the garlic for 25 - 30 minutes until it is very fragrant and feels soft to the touch. Allow to cool slightly before handling.
  5. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the bacon in a soup pot until it is crisp. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but a scant tablespoon of the bacon drippings.
  6. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skins. Mash them in a small bowl with 1/2 cup of the chicken stock. It won't be smooth, but the garlic should be well incorporated into the stock. Set aside.
  7. Add the roasted cauliflower, potatoes, and leeks to the soup pot. Scrape any browned bits in as well. Toss the vegetables so they are coated with the drippings. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and stir to to loosen the brown bits in the pot.
  8. Add the rest of the stock to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the eat to simmer and cook, covered for 25 minutes. add the garlic/stock mixture and cook another 10 minutes. the vegetables should be very soft at this point.
  9. Remove from heat and blend until smooth using an immersion blender. Return the mixture to the stove. Over low heat, add the half and half and the herbs. Cook until soup is heated through. Serve garnished with the bacon and grated cheese
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Italian Beef Stew

DIGITAL CAMERABeef Stew warms the heart and fills the stomach. It’s a comfort food that that can even be romantic when shared with the one you love. This takes a bit of time, but it is worth every minute and step.

 

Italian Beef Stew
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An Italian-ized version of classic Beef Stew. Make it your own with wine, vegetable, and aromatics choices.
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8
Servings
8
Italian Beef Stew
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An Italian-ized version of classic Beef Stew. Make it your own with wine, vegetable, and aromatics choices.
Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Before you begin cooking, put your cooking vessel in the oven. Adjust the rack so that the covered pot will fit and slide in and out easily. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Heat a 5 -6 quart dutch oven. Add the bacon pieces and cook until the bacon is brown, but not crisp. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Leave the drippings in the pan and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  3. Cut the meat in 1-1/2 inch to 2 inch pieces. Dry on paper towels for at least 10 minutes (this helps the meat brown). Season the meat with salt and pepper just before browning.
  4. Brown the meat in batches turning to brown all sides. Put the browned meat into a bowl. If the pot is becoming dry, add additional olive oil. Set the bowl of browned meat aside.
  5. Add the chopped onions, garlic, and carrots to the pot and begin to cook over medium low heat. Add the bay leaf, rosemary, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and tomato paste. Cook, stirring often for 3 or 4 minutes. Return the bacon to the pot.
  6. Add the cup of red wine and stir to loosen the browned bits and de-glaze the pan. Continue to cook for a few minutes until things are smelling beautiful. Add the beef stock and water, (and a little more wine if you want). Bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Add the beef and any accumulated juices to the pot. Cook until the mixture returns to a simmer. Once it is gently simmering, cover it and place in the oven. Cook covered for one hour.
  8. Remove the pot from the oven and add the onion wedges and sliced garlic. Mix gently, cover and return to the oven for another 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and add the mushrooms. Stir to gently combine. Cover and return to the oven.
  10. Check the meat after 45 minutes or so. The meat should be fork tender, but not falling apart. When the meat is perfect, remove the pot from the oven.
  11. Add the lemon juice and olives. Stir to incorporate. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl or ladle into individual dishes. Sprinkle with the parsley.
  12. This can be served as is with crusty bread or on top of your starch of choice; pasta, polenta, farro, etc.
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