Stifado – greek stew

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck – cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
12 sm. White boiling onions
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano *
1 bay leaf; crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cup dry red wine

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

* 1 tsp dried herbs may be used instead of fresh.
Preheat over to 350 f. Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart dutch oven over medium high heat. Toss beef with flour in large bowl. Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer browned beef to bowl. Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan.
Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm to 350 f oven before continuing.) Stir feta into stew. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Servings: 4

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New mexico chili soup

Ingredients

2 tbsp oil
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp flour
16 oz canned tomatoes
1/2 tsp garlic, minced

4 green chiles, peeled, seeded & chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
1 pinch cumin
salt
water

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a skillet. Brown the meat and onion. Stir in the flour. Add the tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a fork. Stir in the garlic, chile peppers, chili powder and cumin. Season with salt. Add enough water to moisten the mixture. Simmer for several hours. Yields 4 servings

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Brown beef stock, by julia child

Ingredients

3-4 lbs meaty raw beef bones
2 each: large carrots, onions, and celery ribs, chopped
6 or more quarts cold water
a large size herb bouquet plus 4 allspice berries and 6 peppercorns
2 large cloves unpeeled garlic, smashed

1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed later

How to prepare

The bones to choose: raw beef bones, some of them meaty, are what you want here, such as shank, the neck, the knuckle; leg bones. An oxtail will give extra flavor and pleasantly slightly gelatinous texture. Preheat the oven to 450 f. Arrange the bones and 1/2 cup each of the chopped vegetables in the roasting pan and brown, turning and basting with accumulated fat several times until they are walnut brown. Put bones and vegetables into the pot (an 8 qt. Or so ); pour out and discard accumulated fat. Pour 2 cups of the water into the pan and bring to the boil over moderately high heat; and de glaze, then pour the liquid over the browned bones in the pot. Add the herb bouquet to the kettle and the rest of the vegetables listed with enough of the water to cover the ingredients by 2″. Bring to the simmer on top of the stove; skim off and discard gray scum that will collect on the surface for several minutes. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cover loosely, and maintain at the slow simmer, skimming off fat and scum occasionally, and adding a little boiling water if the liquid has evaporated below the surface of the ingredients. Simmer until you feel the bones have given their all. Strain the stock through a colander into a bowl, pressing juices out of the ingredients. Degrease the stock and season lightly to taste. Strain again, this time through a fine meshed sieve into a clean pan or container. May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then cover and refrigerate or freeze.

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Chicken stock, by julia child.

Ingredients

2 qt or so raw and/or cooked chicken bones and scraps
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup celery
1 medium imported bay leaf

8 parsley stems
5 peppercorns

How to prepare

Chop the bones and scraps into 1″ pieces and bring to the simmer in a saucepan (3 qt stainless steel suggested) with water to cover by 1″ and salt. As a simmer is reached, gray scum will rise to the surface for several minutes; skim it off occasionally until it most ceases to rise. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover the pan loosely and simmer 1 1/2 hrs., Adding a little water if the liquid evaporates to expose the ingredients. Strain through the sieve into a bowl, an degrease. To yield about 2 quarts

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Julia’s favorite stew

Ingredients

5 lb boneless chuck steak, cut into 1″ cubes
1 large onion, sliced
6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
6 bay leaves
a few springs fresh thyme
1 large carrot, sliced

1 large tomato, chunked
1/2 bottle red wine
olive oil
chicken or beef stock
one cup red wine

How to prepare

In a large flat container, marinate the beef with the onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, carrot, tomato and wine with a big dollop of olive oil for a”morning”. Remove the beef from the marinade, dry the beef with paper towels, salt and pepper the beef and brown it, a few pieces at a time over high heat in a film of olive oil. When all the beef is nicely browned, place in a large oven proof casserole and bring to a simmer with a cup of red wine and enough stock to just cover the meat. Place in a 325 oven to simmer for three hours, basting occasionally with the juices until tender. Drain the liquid, degrease the juice, and then stir it back into the casserole along with a bouquet of steamed carrots, turnips, and potatoes. Serve with a loaf of country bread and several bottles of excellent red wine. You can, of course, vary the ingredients of the stew to include mushrooms, tomatoes, whatever, but the basic technique of marinating the meat makes for a tender, well flavored beef.

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Cheddar chowder

Ingredients

6 bacon slices, thick
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup flour
1 qt milk
2 cup half and half
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp garlic juice

1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp parsley
3/4 cup croutons

How to prepare

In a 4 qt pot over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Set aside. Pour out bacon grease reserving 3 tbsp saut

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Cream Of Artichoke Soup

Ingredients

1 can artichoke hearts
1 cup juice from artichokes
water (add if necessary)
10 oz can chicken broth
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 cup light cream

How to prepare

Simmer artichoke hearts, broth, lemon juice, onion, green onion, thyme and pepper with one cup fluid from artichokes, approx. 20 min. Blend in cream and correct seasonings if necessary. Serves 4 to 6

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Yucatan chicken lime soup

Ingredients

2 cups cooked, dice, skinless chicken breasts
4 corn tortillas, cut into matchstick slivers
1 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, thinly sliced
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 – 4 fresh serrano or jalapeno chiles, thinly sliced
5 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 lb ripe tomato, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

How to prepare

Dry chicken breasts and thinly slice or dice; set aside. Toast tortilla strips on nonstick baking sheet or foil at 400 degrees f until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer tortilla strips to plate and cool. Heat olive oil in lg saucepan. Add onion, garlic, and chile slices and cook over med heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, lime juice, chicken, and tomato. Gently simmer soup until chicken is cooked, about 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and extra lime juice if desired (soup should be highly seasoned). Stir in cilantro. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with toasted tortilla strips. Makes 4-6 servings.

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Greek chick-pea soup

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried chick-peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp baking soda
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cups water
2 med onions finely chopped
Strained fresh juice of 1 lemon
3 lb tomatoes chopped
1 lb bay leaf

How to prepare

Wash and soak chick-peas according to package directions. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 15 minutes.Remove husks by rubbing chick-peas between thumb and forefinger. Rinse well and drain. In a large pot,heat the oil and saute onions and peas stirring with a wooden spoon,until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf,garlic,salt and pepper, and 6 cups of water to start. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer, stirring occassionally for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer until peas are tender. Add more water it necessary. Remove from heat discard bay leaf and stir in lemon juice.

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Portuguese potato & kale soup

Ingredients

2 oz chorizo sausage, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cup chicken stock
4 potatoes (1 1/2 lb total), peeled & sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb kale, trimmed, washed & thinly sliced
Salt & pepper to taste

How to prepare

Heat sm non-stick skillet over med heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring until browned, about 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. In heavy stockpot, heat oil over med. Heat. Add onions and saut

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