Kaki dofujiru (oyster and bean curd miso)

Ingredients

1 1/3 pints first soup stock
1 tbsp red miso
4 tbsp white miso
1 piece fried bean curd (aburage)
8 oz bean curd (momen tofu), cut into 1″ cubes
16 oysters, rinsed in salted water, shelled
1 oz cilantro, chopped
1″ piece ginger root, peeled, grated
Japanese pepper (sansho)

How to prepare

Heat soup stock, add miso pastes, mix until smooth. Cut fried bean cure into strips (1/4″) and add to soup with the cubed tofu and oysters, and simmer until oysters are just plump, less than one minute. Remove from heat; add parsley and pour soup into 4 bowls. Garnish with grated ginger and sansho.

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Split green pea and potato soup

Ingredients

8 oz split peas, washed and drained
2 med potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp chopped onion
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp parmesan cheese, freshly grated

How to prepare

Cook the peas and potatoes in half the stock until soft. Puree with the cooking liquid, return to a clean pot and add the rest of the stock.
Meanwhile, fry the onion with the oil and butter at a high temperature until a rich golden color. Add to the pot, bring back to the boil and stir to dissolve the oil and butter. Just before turned off the heat, stir in the cheese, and check seasoning. Serve with additional cheese and croutons. Serving size : 6

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Baked Barbecued Pork Buns

Ingredients

Barbecued Pork Filling
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) water
2 teaspoons cornstarch (cornflour)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon peanut oil or corn oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 green (spring) onions, chopped
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 lb (500 g) Cantonese barbecued pork, diced
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

Bread Dough
1 package (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup (2 fl oz/60 ml) warm water (110

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Tortilla soup

Ingredients

1 cup minced onion
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 serrano peppers, seeds removed and minced
1/2 cup minced poblano pepper
2 cups chopped tomato pulp

1 quart rich chicken stock
4 dried chile rojos
1 avocado, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
2 day-old tortillas, cut into 1/2″ strips

1/4 cup crumbled fresh or farmer’s cheese
2 limes quartered coarse salt

How to prepare

Put the onion and oil in a kettle and put over a low flame. Cook and stir for a minute and add the garlic, serrano and poblano peppers. Cook and stir for another five minutes and add the tomato pulp. Cook and stir for another five minutes and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Let cook for an hour and divide among large bowls. Add the chiles rojos, avocados, tortilla strips and cheese. Serve piping hot with the limes on the side for further seasoning. Advise diners to leave dried chile in the soup until it has reached desired degree of spiciness. Servings: four.

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New england seafood chowder

Ingredients

3 lb mixed fresh fish (a choice of cod, halibut, haddock and/or scrod), cut into 3/4″ pieces
8 bacon slices, chopped
2 lg onions, chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
32 oz clam juice
4 cups 1/2″ dice peeled white potatoes (about 3 pounds)
4 cups 1/2″ dice peeled butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
2 bay leaves
4 cups chopped kale leaves
5 cups milk

1 cup half and half
2 tbsp minced fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried, crumbled

How to prepare

To render fat, cook chopped bacon in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add chopped onions and saut

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Cucumber papaya salsa

Ingredients

1 med cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
1 med papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
3/4 cups finely chopped fresh pineapple
2 tbsp chopped shallot

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 tbsp minced fresh mint
juice of medium lime
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Combine ingredients, cover, and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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Chicken broth

Ingredients

1 medium stewing chicken, or backs, necks, and 6 chicken wings
3 quarts water
1 onion, peeled & cut into quarters
2 carrots, peeled & coarsely chopped

2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves pinch of dried thyme leaves
freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Place the chicken and all the other ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, skimming off the scum that rises to the top. When there is no more scum, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 2 hours. Strain the broth and refrigerate for later use. When the fat congeals on top of the cold broth, carefully lift it off and discard. Makes 1//2 quarts.

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Clear creek salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 small onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped coarse
1 fresh ancho chile, seeded and minced

1 yellow bell pepper minced
4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp dried cilantro

How to prepare

Saut

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Salsa picante

Ingredients

4 medium-size ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded
8 scallions, including some green part, minced
5 pickled jalapenos, minced
4 sprigs cilantro, minced
salt & pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until they form a thick sauce. Chill and serve. Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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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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