Chicken in Marinara with Mushrooms

Ingredients:

3 cups marinara (either homemade or from a jar)
6 large fresh basil leaves, torn in half
Goodly shake of ground black pepper
1 T olive oil
1 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast
1 T olive oil
8 small cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and destemmed, then cut into chunks
1/2 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 oz angel hair pasta
Condiments: pecorino Romano cheese, chopped flat Italian parsley or sliced (from a jar) Calabrian chiles
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Mama’s Marinara

Ingredients:

1 (28 oz) can peeled Italian plum tomatoes, well crushed by hand, shoulders removed
2 T good quality extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup of finely chopped carrots
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/8 t salt
8 large basil leaves, rinsed, dried, and torn in half

Optional: hot red pepper flakes or a little oil from the Calabrian chile jar. Be judicious. You can always add more later but you can’t take it out! Read More



Anasazi Beans in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

1 lb dried Anasazi beans
5 cups water
2 T olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 t New Mexican Chili Powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t Mexican oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 pinch of either ground Guajillo (mild to medium heat) or Cayenne (spicy) pepper (optional)
Pinch sugar
12 oz smoked sausage, sliced
2 t chicken base
1 large jalapeno, cleaned, but left whole Read More


Mayocoba Bean and Sausage Stew

Mayocoba beans sausageMayocoba canary beans

Ingredients:

1 crockpot
1 lb dry Mayocoba beans
5 cups water
1 T olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t cumin
1 t Mexican oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/4 t annatto
1 bay leaf
1 t chicken base
1 t olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage, cut into pieces
Additional water if needed
Optional: 1 large jalapeno stem shortened, but left intact, or 2 tablespoons chopped Hatch peppers (hot or mild), or 2 serrano peppers, chopped

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Spicy Ropa Vieja

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil, preferably a fruity oil
1/2 of one large sweet onion, sliced into 3 inch lengths about 1/2 inch thick
1 green bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and sliced as you did the onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped or smashed
1 1/2 T tomato paste
3/4 t cumin
3/4 t Mexican oregano (please do not use Mediterranean oregano)
Ground black pepper, at least 1/4 teaspoon
1 good splash of white wine
1 T soy sauce
1 bay leaf
1 large whole jalapeno, rinsed and dried
1 lb flank steak cut across the grain into four pieces
Several red jalapenos, left whole, rinsed and dried
1/2 t white vinegar Read More


Chicken Mushroom Wild Rice Soup for Four

Ingredients:

1 T butter
8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
2 thick sliced meaty bacon, cut into large chunks
1 (8oz) package cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and thickly sliced
1/2 medium sweet onion, sliced into large chunks
1 celery stick with leaves, sliced on the diagonal
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
1 small shallot, minced
1 T garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup of white wine such as Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc
1/3 cup wild and brown rice
3/4 t thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
2.5 oz baby spinach
1 dash of Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup cream Read More



Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Rosemary Gretton

Join writer and editor Rosemary Gretton as she prepares this comforting Vegan soup.

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, rinsed and cut into florets (remove any leaves and base)
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into large cubes
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 head garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 white onion, finely chopped
4 cups vegetable stock (or 4 cups water and 1 package/cube vegetable bouillon)
1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or dried thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dried chives
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
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Small Batch Corn and Potato Chowder

Ingredients:

3 thick strips meaty Applewood smoked bacon, cut to 1 inch lengths, trim off some of the larger sections of fat
1 t olive oil
1 1/2 cups medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 (15 oz) cans creamed corn
1 (11 oz) can sweet corn, drained
2 1/2 cups red potatoes, skin on, chopped to fit on the spoon size chunks
1 cup whole or 2% milk
1 cup chicken stock, unsalted is always good, add salt later if you need to
1 T fresh parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1/4 t thyme
6 drops Tabasco sauce
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
2 T butter
2 scant T flour
3 T heavy cream
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