Archive for the ‘soups and stews’ Category

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watercress and buttermilk soup

July 22, 2014

cook the white and light green parts of 2 sliced leeks in 2 T unsalted butter in a medium pot over medium heat, stirring until tender, 4-6 mins.

add one chopped russet potato, 2 cups chicken broth, and 4 cups water.

simmer until potato is tender, 8 – 10 mins. add 2 bunches watercress (thick stems removed) and 1 T fresh tarragon leaves.

cook until watercress is bright green, about 1 minute.

puree, stir in 1/2 c buttermilk, season with salt. serve warm or room temperature topped with tarragon.

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from a clipping in a magazine (not sure which magazine!)

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it’s more of a watercress vichyssoise, or cold potato and leek soup, than a buttermilk soup. it doesn’t taste like buttermilk – it has a lot of flavor for being so simple. my mom hates tarragon, so i substituted dill. i figured, you can’t go wrong with potatoes and dill. i also added garlic. it came out well. if you are craving a cold potato soup, this is a good one. not my favorite soup, but definitely a good, solid way to use an abundance of cress. i liked sipping it cold out of a mug on a hot morning.

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jamaican oxtail stew

July 10, 2014

this is the other recipe i’m excited about from lobel’s meat bible by stanley, evan, david, and mark lobel.

1/2 medium red onion, chopped
8 scallions, 6 chopped and two thinly sliced for garnish
8 large cloves garlic, sliced
3 scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, halved, stemmed, and seeded
one 1 1/2 in knob fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
5 medium celery ribs
2 T ground allspice
2 t black pepper
2 T fresh thyme leaves
1/4 c soy sauce
starch, like corn or potato (for dredging – optional)
salt
oil
5 lb oxtail, cut crosswise into 1 in thick pieces
4 oz thick country-style bacon
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 lb dried or 2 15-oz cans prepared butter beans, lima beans, fava beans, or pigeon peas
2 T unsalted butter

in a food processor, combine red onion, scallions, garlic, peppers, ginger, 1 rib celery, allspice, pepper, thyme, soy sauce, 1 T of salt, and 2 T oil. process 20 – 30 seconds.

dredge oxtail in corn starch. shake off excess. heat 1/4 c oil over medium-high and brown oxtail 12-15 minutes per batch. watch for burning.

pour paste over oxtail and leave to marinate overnight.

let oxtail come to room temp > 1 h. cook bacon in a little oil on low heat. raise heat to medium and add onion. cook 8 – 10 mins. add oxtail and all of the marinade, stir in 6 1/2 c water, and bring to a simmer over high heat, skimming fat but not spice paste. reduce heat to low, cover, and cook at the barest possible simmer until meat is tender, about 3 1/2 h.

turn off heat and rest stew for 5 m, uncovered. skim fat. add carrots and celery. simmer on medium-low for 1 h.

stir in beans and continue simmering 15 – 30 m or until slightly thickened.

turn off heat, add butter and salt.

serve with white rice, scallions to garnish, and lime wedges

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from lobel’s meat bible by stanley, evan, david, and mark lobel.

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new england clam chowder

April 26, 2014

my very first clam chowder.

watch out – this is not a cheap dish unless you went clamming this morning. (if you did, please invite me over so i can help you make this.)

in a soup pot, saute an onion in lard until translucent
add 2T flour, saute a few minutes
add clam juice from 3 small cans clams (not the meat) + 1 bottle clam juice
simmer 10 mins
add 1 bay leaf, around 1t dried thyme, a few cups of veg (or fish) stock, a few cloves roasted garlic, and a few red potatoes, cut small
simmer until potatoes are cooked through
separately, in a saucepan, add a pint of half and half to the clam meat and simmer until clams are cooked, 5-10 minutes
combine everything with a dash of sherry, worcestershire, salt and pepper, and tabasco, and serve.

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modified from this

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i am a sucker for cream, so i can’t imagine a better way to put clams in my face. clams are not my favorite, but cream is, and this soup is ideal for a rainy spring day craving for potatoes and cream. dip sourdough in the broth – it’s great.

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look chin pa (fish balls)

March 22, 2014

This wonderful traditional Thai food blog says these fish balls can go in rice or noodle soups, or in suki-yaki.

They emphasize that we should only use a soft-fleshed (not necessarily white) fish, which is also much cheaper.

Gluten-free, very healthy, and extremely affordable!

250 gms (8.8 oz) Soft Fish Meat
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
4 Garlic Cloves
2 Tablespoons Chopped Spring Onions
2 Tablespoons Cassava Starch (Tapioca Starch)
50 gms (1.8 oz) Crushed Ice

1. Clean & gut the fish and remove the backbone, on soft meat fish you should be able to open the fish and pull out the backbone with the small bones attached. You can then scrape the meat off the skin with a knife.
2. Put the fish meat into the blender with the garlic, salt, pepper, spring onions, and cassava starch.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Put a pan of water onto boil, and a bowl of cold water next to it.
5. Crush the ice, if you don’t have an ice crusher, place the cubes in a plastic bag, wrap it in a towel and bash it with a rolling pin.
6. Add the crushed ice to the blender and blend it into the mixture.
7. Using two teaspoons, scoop out spoonfuls of the fish mixture and shape into balls, then drop them into the boiling water.
8. Cook for 1 minute, the ball will float to the surface.
9. Scoop out the balls and drop into the cold water to cool quickly.
10. If you want to freeze them, keep them separate on a tray until frozen, then transfer them to a freezer bag. That way they won’t stick together.

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from appon’s thai food

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Drop into homemade stock for a quick soup!

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chipotle-chocolate chili

January 25, 2014

Do you like smokey, dark, thick, savory, rich chili?

You just found your new favorite recipe.

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Cook four slices of bacon in large stockpot. (optional – just add coconut oil or butter if you don’t eat bacon.)

While it cooks, slice a huge sweet onion or two-three small onions.

Put a head of garlic and a sweet bell pepper in your toaster oven and roast it until they’re caramelized.

Remove bacon when done. Add onion to hot grease.

Cook onions over a low heat until caramelized.

When done, add stock (any kind) or water, chipotle salsa, a large can of fire-roasted tomatoes, a bay leaf or two, and your choice of cooked beans. (I like some combination of red kidney beans, butter beans, and pinto beans, but you can’t go wrong with any beans in chili. Black lentils or even cannelini beans are great.)

Add bouillon or any kind of fat. Coconut oil is great. So is schmaltz from leftover chicken (I save mine for this purpose!) or even grease from last night’s hamburgers.

Season with tons of paprika, oregano, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, a little pumpkin pie spice, and a lot of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Seed & peel the black skin off the pepper. Add the pepper and roasted garlic.

Simmer >1hr, or until it tastes amazing.

Salt and pepper to taste.

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green pea soup

April 30, 2013

i realized the other day when a friend brought up pea soup that i’ve never made it myself.

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1 Tbsp oil or bacon grease, or more to coat bottom of pan
1 medium leek, whites and light green parts only, halved and sliced thin
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large potato, peeled, cut into small cubes
16 oz frozen peas
4 cups vegetable stock
a couple sprigs of fresh lemon thyme, tied in a bundle (or chervil, sorrel, and/or savory) (i used fines herbs)
1/3 cup sour cream, plus more for serving (or plain greek yogurt, or coconut milk)
additional lemon thyme for serving (or other herbs)

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Heat large heavy bottomed stockpot. Add oil. Once oil is warm, add garlic and onions. Cook over medium-high heat for 30-45 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add leeks and cook until leeks and onions have softened, about 3 minutes.
Add potatoes and peas. Cook for about 2 minutes until frozen peas start to defrost. Add vegetable stock and lemon thyme bundle. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until potatoes can be easily smashed with a fork. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Remove lemon thyme bundle.
Puree soup using an immersion blender, or transfer soup in batches to a blender. Blend soup until smooth. Stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve soup warm or chilled with additional sour cream and fresh lemon thyme leaves.

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adapted from here

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fantastic. highly recommended. i threw a few pieces of ham in with the onions. wonderful.

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sick broth

March 7, 2013

boil water or homemade stock
add roasted or minced raw garlic, minced ginger, bouillon, oregano, a small drop of schmaltz, and cayenne or chili-garlic sauce
remove from heat
pour into a mug
add lemon juice and a little miso

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if it tastes like the best thing in the world, chances are i’m coming down with a cold.

medicinal in a number of ways:
– cayenne has more vitamin c than lemon, and the two of them build the immune system!
– garlic, ginger, and oregano are anti-microbial, and beat out the invading microbes before they have a chance to turn you into their playground!
– miso is probiotic, which means that it is living food (the opposite of antibiotic!) and the microbes in it help strengthen your microbial defense against the invading cold or flu!

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this is a hearty and tough winter version of sick-tea.

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cajun french onion broccoli jambalaya

February 4, 2013

this came out of a craving for broccoli cheese soup, french onion soup, and jambalaya. it’s all of them at the same time. easy to make vegetarian, too – just leave out the sausage and chicken, and replace with whatever veggies you have in the house that taste great in soup!

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fry two onions in a soup pot.

add stock, or water and bouillon.

add a head of peeled roasted garlic, two bay leaves, and a hot chili pepper or two. (i added potatoes, too, since i have a surplus.)

boil together a half-hour or so until soup base tastes wonderful.

add cajun seasoning blend (make your own with thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, onion and garlic, salt and pepper,) cut-up raw chicken, chunked broccoli stems, and slices of andouille sausage.

cook about another half-hour.

add broccoli florets 3 – 5 minutes before soup is done.

top with a little cheddar.

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highly recommended! hearty, rich, filling, and easy.

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broccoli-pistachio soup

January 18, 2013

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 cups broccoli florets, roughly chopped

4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled

2/3 cup coconut milk (+ more for drizzling)

In a skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, until onions have softened. Add broccoli florets, sea salt and water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer until broccoli is cooked, about 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the pistachios in a dry pan over low heat for 5-7 minutes. Shake the pan a few times for even toasting and to avoid burning the nuts. Set aside.

Take off the heat. Stir in the spinach and let wilt in the hot mixture. Add the toasted pistachios (keep 2-3 tablespoons aside) and the coconut milk to the broccoli spinach mixture. Then blend with a hand blender or transfer to food processor and blend until smooth.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Chop up the remaining pistachios. Transfer the soup to serving bowls and garnish with chopped pistachios and a drizzle of coconut milk.

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from anja

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avgolemono (lemon chicken soup)

January 14, 2013

fantastic winter soup!

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STOCK

1 cut-up chicken (free range and local if you can get it; this makes up a good part of the flavor of the soup)
a giant pot filled with water
2 bay leaves
whatever you like in your chicken stock, like fennel bulb, carrot, celery, bundles of whatever herbs you like, or anything you have in the house. (fresh dill is great with lemon!)

simmer this all together on low until chicken is cooked through. remove chicken meat, keep large bones in. continue simmering and add soup ingredients.

SOUP

in separate pan, saute onions, garlic, leeks, or whatever combination you like in olive oil. add whatever veggies you like in soup (potatoes, carrots, leeks, whatever) and simmer in the stock for an hour.

add a cup of rice (any kind) and continue simmering until done.

add the meat again.

in a medium bowl, whisk two eggs and a half-cup freshly squeezed lemon juice. pour two cups of hot stock into the bowl and continue whisking. add the mixture to the soup.

season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

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inspired by avgolemono (but from what i understand, traditional greek avgolemono has five ingredients! go purist if you prefer.)

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just a few ingredients, and it turned out delicious! a huge pot barely lasted two days. definitely a fantastic recipe. amazing how something as simple as lemon and fresh dill can add so much flavor.

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