Soup & Stew

Slow Cooker Creamy Red Lentil Soup

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This post is brought to you by Redwood Hill Farm. I know we have yet to hit the New Year, but has anyone started their post-holiday detox yet?  I’ve been craving fresh fruits and vegetables (especially the mandarin oranges from my parents’ trees here in California) and not really wanting to even look at any [...]

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Turkey Tom Kha Gai, a Twist on Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

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Last week I pulled out the turkey carcass left over from our Thanksgiving feast and stuck it in a large stock pot, along with some yellow onion, carrots, kombu, celery, peppercorns, salt, ground black pepper, and water and let everything simmer for a good part of the day until the entire house smelled of Thanksgiving dinner [...]

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Fuji Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

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Mother Nature is flat out fickle here in Utah.  When we arrived the weather wasn’t much different than the weather we left behind in southern California—warm and sunny—still summer weather.

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Passover-friendly Tori Tsukune Nabe

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When my friend Tori, the genius behind The Shiksa in the Kitchen, asked if I would be willing to contribute to her Passover Potluck 2013, I knew I wanted to bring something Japanese to the table.  This is easier said than done, however, due to the special rules for preparing food that is kosher for [...]

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Endive Rice Soup

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I had planned on sharing a recipe for a fabulous endive salad with you as my next OnDiva post, but then this Endive Rice Soup happened, and all thoughts of salad sharing flew out the window, and it’s all because of a virus.  The dreaded “junk” has been traveling through our community this past month. [...]

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Red Lentil Dal Comfort

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Red lentil dal—a thick stew made from red lentils, tomatoes, herbs, and spices—is one of my favorite comfort foods for more than one reason.  First off, red lentil dal tastes darn good.  Then if you add in the fact that it is easy to make and uses lentils and tomatoes (two of my favorite things) [...]

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Turkey Meatball and Endive Coconut Curry

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Turkey Meatball and Endive Coconut Curry Makes 4 servings For the Turkey Meatballs: 2 cans (14-ounces each) light coconut milk, divided 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey 1/2 cup panko 2 eggs 4 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 2 tablespoon cilantro, finely minced 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil For [...]

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Garden Vegetable Chowder

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Garden Vegetable Chowder Makes 3 to 4 servings For the mushroom stock: 3 1/2 cups water 1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms 1 piece kombu (approximately 6-square inches in size) For the chowder: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium-size carrot, sliced 1/4 cup diced onions 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 tablespoons [...]

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Nanakusa-Gayu (Seven-Herb Rice Soup)

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Nanakusa-Gayu (Seven-Herb Rice Soup) Makes 6 servings 4 cups water 4-inch piece dried kombu (kelp) 1 1/2 cups steamed Japanese rice 1 teaspoon sea salt 6 pieces mochi 3/4 cup boiling water 1/2 cup herbs, rinsed and minced 1. Make the kombu dashi: The best way to make this stock is to soak the kombu [...]

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Toshikoshi Soba

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Toshikoshi Soba Makes 5 to 6 servings 6 cups dashi 3 tablespoons mirin 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/3 cup soy sauce 9 to 10 ounces soba noodles, cooked according to package directions Shredded nori (seaweed) Additional toppings as desired 1. Mix the dashi, mirin, and sugar together in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil [...]

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