Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate. Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside. Toss the carrots, and onions, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork. Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste. To serve, toast the bread in the toaster or oven. For each serving, spoon the stew over a slice of bread and sprinkle with parsley
Broccoli Cheese Soup
¼ cup butter ½ onion, chopped 1 (16 oz) package frozen chopped broccoli 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1 (1 lb) loaf velveeta, cubed 1 cup milk ½ tbs garlic powder 2/3 cup cornstarch 1 cup water
In a large pot over high heat, combine the chicken with enough water to cover, and boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain some of the water from the pot, reserving 3 cups in the pot. Remove chicken and allow it to cool, then pull it apart into bite size pieces; return to pot. Reduce heat to medium, and add the cans of condensed soup. Season with salt and pepper. Pull the dumpling dough into pieces, and add to the soup. Simmer over medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through.
1 1/2 pounds sweet apples, such as McIntosh (4 apples) 2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups water 1 cups chicken stock
Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot. Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks. Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Process the soup through a food mill fitted with a large blade, or puree it coarsely in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the chicken stock to make the soup the consistency you like; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot.
Chicken and Dumplings
6 boneless chicken thighs Carrots, chopped Celery, chopped “Better than Bouillon” chicken salt and pepper to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp white sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbs margarine 1/2 cup milk
In a large pot over high heat, combine the chicken with enough water to cover, and boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain some of the water from the pot, reserving 3 cups in the pot. Remove chicken and allow it to cool, then pull it apart into bite size pieces Add the chicken bouillon to the water in the pot and simmer the carrots and celery till tender. Add the chicken back to the pot. While the vegetables cook, prepare the dumpling dough. Mix all the ingredients together. Pull the dumpling dough into large pieces and add to the soup. Simmer over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through
3 1/2 tbs lemon juice 1 tsp sea salt 1 tbs toasted sesame oil 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro Alternative to curry paste and fresh ginger: 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp ginger, and 1 tbs curry powder
Boil chicken broth, peel sweet potatoes, cut into chunks, and add to broth. Add chopped onion. Add curry paste and fresh ginger (or alternative recipe) Once potatoes are cooked, puree in blender with lemon juice or add lemon juice to pot and use immersion blender. Add coconut milk, chopped cilantro, and sesame oil Garnish with sour cream
sea salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives 4 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a saucepan, warm the broth over low heat. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over mediumhigh heat. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and their liquid, and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, and stir in the shallots. Cook 1 minute. Add rice, stirring to coat with oil, about 2 minutes. When the rice has taken on a pale, golden color, pour in wine, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup broth to the rice, and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in mushrooms with their liquid, butter, chives, and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2 cups cannellini (or any white bean), drained and rinsed 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbs fresh garlic, chopped 1 tbs fresh rosemary, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 large Yukon gold potato, diced
2 celery ribs, chopped 1 bunch kale, chopped roughly 1 cup canned tomatoes, chopped 2 cups chicken stock 3 slices day-old, crusty white country bread Grated ParmigianoReggiano (optional)
Mash one-cup cannellini beans in a bowl with the back of a fork until smooth. Set aside. Gently cook garlic, rosemary, onions, celery, carrot, and kale in the olive oil for about 20 minutes in a heavybottomed soup pot, stirring occasionally. Add both mashed and whole cannellini beans, chicken stock, potato, and tomatoes. Simmer gently for at least one hour. Add bread and simmer until it's completely dissolved into the soup. Taste. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, top with parmesan to serve
Split Pea Soup
1 16 oz package dried split peas 1 meaty ham bone or 2 cups diced ham 1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp dried parsley 1 tbs seasoned salt ½ tsp fresh ground pepper 1 ½ quarts hot water
Layer ingredients in CrockPot in the given order and add hot water. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Mash peas to thicken soup more.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 potato - peeled and cubed 1 onion, chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups chicken stock 2 1/2 cups milk 1 1/2 pounds watercress, large stems removed (optional: save some leaves for garnish)
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the potato and onion, stirring to coat with the oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium, cover and heat for 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and the milk, bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Stir in the watercress and simmer, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until watercress is just cooked. In small batches, transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, season to taste, and ladle into individual bowls. (Note: Place in refrigerator if not serving at this point.) Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired and garnish with watercress leaves.
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth 3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast 3 (15 oz) cans white beans (1 crushed) 1 can black beans 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly cook and stir the onion until tender. Mix in the garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the chicken broth, chicken and white beans. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the mixture from heat. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve warm.
all ingredients to pot, bring to a boil then simmer till vegetables are cooked
1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage 8 slices bacon 1 large onion, diced 1 tbs minced garlic
5 (13.75 ounce) cans chicken broth or stock 6 potatos, thinly sliced 1 cup milk or heavy cream 1/3 bunch fresh kale
Cook the Italian sausage in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium-high heat until crumbly, browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Cook the bacon in the same Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain, leaving a few tablespoons of drippings with the bacon in the bottom of the Dutch oven. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour the chicken broth into the Dutch oven with the onion mixture; crumble bacon and add to the pot, bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes, and boil until fork tender, about 20 min. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the heavy cream and the cooked sausage; heat through. Mix the spinach into the soup just before serving.