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mapleporkstew_sm.jpgA warm and hearty stew with German-inspired flavors of beer, mustard, and red wine vinegar, sweetened with a little maple syrup. On the whole a seasonal and satisfying dish, best with served with a rustic-style bread. I would probably add a chopped apple next time for a sweeter variation.

1  tablespoon  olive oil
1  (1 1/2-pound) boned pork loin roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
2  cups  diced onion
1  (8-ounce) package mushrooms, quartered
1 3/4  cups  (1/8-inch) diagonally sliced carrot
3/4  cup  diced red bell pepper
2  tablespoons  maple syrup
1  teaspoon  dried rubbed sage
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
1  (16-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1  (12-ounce) bottle beer
2  tablespoons  cornstarch
1  tablespoon  red wine vinegar
1  tablespoon  country-style Dijon mustard
Sage sprigs (optional)

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of the pork; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Add remaining pork; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Add onion and mushrooms to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Return pork to pan; add carrot and next 7 ingredients (carrot though beer). Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until pork is tender.

Combine cornstarch, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add to pork mixture, and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve with rice. Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired.

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farmer_sandwiches_sm.jpgFancy sandwiches with chicken, cheddar, apples, spicy mustard, and balsamic-apricot-onion jam. Best with a really sharp cheddar to balance the sweetness from the apples and onion jam: I like Vermont white cheddar, sliced fairly thick.

1 loaf crusty baguette or ciabatta
whole grain mustard
sharp cheddar cheese
deli chicken
butter lettuce
2 granny smith apples thinly sliced
2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
Onion Jam
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 medium shallots, peeled and sliced thin
1 yellow onion, quartered and sliced thin
1/2 cup chicken broth
2-3 T balsamic vinegar
2-3 heaping tablespoons apricot jam or preserves
salt and pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium to large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots & onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes, until they begin to get soft and the bottom of the pan begins to brown.

Add the 1/2 cup chicken broth to the shallots, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan while the broth reduces. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add the apricot jam and stir to combine. The sauce will thicken but should still be easily stirred.

Sandwiches:
Slice the bread in half and spread a little whole grain mustard on top half. Smear a layer of onion jam on the bottom half. Toss the apple slices in a little lemon juice, and then add them to the sandwich. Add a few leaves of lettuce and then top with a layer of cheese. Add a layer of chicken. Press the sandwich closed and cut into desired number of pieces.

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chard_tart_sm.jpgAn elegant savory tart full of chard, onion and thyme held together by eggs and Parmesan on an oregano whole wheat crust. Perfect for a tea or brunch. Can made ahead and served warm or cold.

Crust:

1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp dried oregano or thyme
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. cold water (I used less)

Makes enough to line a 28- to 30-cm (11- to 12-inch) tart pan.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the pan lightly if it doesn't have a nonstick coating.

Combine the flour, salt, and herbs in a medium mixing bowl. Add the oil and mix it in with a fork. Add the water, mix with the fork until it is absorbed, then knead lightly (with just one hand, in the bowl) until the dough comes together into a ball.

Turn the dough out on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle a little flour on the ball of dough and on the rolling pin, and roll the dough out into a circle large enough to fit your tart pan. Turn the dough by 45 degrees (a quarter of a circle) every time you roll the pin and back, adding a little more flour underneath and on the dough when it seems on the verge of becoming sticky. The trick is to do this in quick, assertive gestures to avoid overworking the dough.

Transfer the dough carefully into the prepared pan and line it neatly. Trim the excess dough (re-roll it and cut into decorative shapes to top the tart), and place the pan in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

You can then blind-bake the crust (prick with a fork first, cover with foil, and cook at 400°F for 12 minutes), or garnish it straight away, depending on the filling. Either way, it will take 20 to 25 minutes at 200°C (400°F) to bake thoroughly.

Filling:

1 bunch of rainbow chard, stems and leaves chopped
1 onion, diced
1 big garlic clove minced
4 large eggs
2 Tb. half and half or milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp dried thyme
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan
aged balsamic vinegar for garnish

Heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the chard stems (you will add the leaves later) and thyme. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the stems are tender. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Add the chard leaves. Cook until the leaves are wilted and soft and any liquid has evaporated, 7-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool.

Beat together the eggs and season with salt and a pinch of pepper. Add the chard mixture and parmesan. Mix well and scrape the filling into the prepared shell.

Bake for 10-20 minutes, or until set. Let cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and serve warm with a drizzle of balsamic.

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Simple fresh salsa, great on chicken tacos or enchiladas.

4 tomatoes chopped
½ of a large white onion chopped
1 jalapeno or Serrano pepper minced (discard seeds)
¼ cup of cilantro chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
I lime, juiced
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients and let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.

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This recipe was a surprise hit with a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. A great easy use for an abundance of summer squash.

4 medium yellow squash
2 small sweet onions (or one medium)
1 tsp unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

Slice the squash into 1/2-inch rounds, cutting large ones in half. You should end up with roughly 2 cups of cut squash. Cut the onions into similar-sized slices.

Add the butter to a wide sauce pan that has a lid and heat over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the onions and cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add squash, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Stir, then cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until squash is very soft.

Remove the cover and continue to cook for about 8 minutes, just to give the juices a chance to evaporate slightly. There will be some liquid in the pan, but it should be thicker than water, almost like a glaze. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed, and serve immediately.

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creamy_pasta_sm.jpgA simple, hearty, all-in-one pasta dish with main flavors of sausage, garlic, and fresh pepper. Mushrooms, onion, and wilted greens round out the vegetables. Feel free to use whichever dark leafy green you like. Could easily be a good vegetarian meal or side dish if you omit the meat.

1 pound whole wheat pasta, like penne or farfalle
1 large onion, diced
8 ounces button (or portabella) mushrooms, sliced
greens: 1 bunch chard (about 1 pound), stems removed and diced, leaves cut into ribbons
            OR 1 bunch kale, stems removed and discarded, leaves chopped
            OR 1 bunch rapini, stalks removed and discarded, leaves and florets chopped
2 sausage links (8 ounces), sliced, or chopped ham (optional)
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
3 ounces cream cheese, marscapone, or other soft creamy cheese
1/2 cup pasta water, saved from cooking pasta
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper
optional: red pepper flakes

Cook the pasta in a large amount of boiling water with a good palm-ful of salt. Just before draining, use a measuring cup to dip out about a half cup of the starchy pasta water, and set this aside.

If using meat, saute it over medium-high heat until brown and crispy, set aside.

Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat . Add the onion with a pinch of salt and cook until the onion is softened and translucent. Add the mushrooms and another pinch of salt. Cook until the mushrooms have released their liquid, the liquid has boiled away, and the mushrooms are turning golden. Stir in the diced chard stems and the sausage. Cook until the stems are softened and the sausage is warmed through.

Clear a space in the middle of the pan and add the garlic. Cook just until the garlic is fragrant, then stir it into the rest of the vegetables. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the chard leaves. Continue stirring frequently until the leaves are bright green and wilted.

Stir in the cooked pasta and the cream cheese. When the cheese has melted, pour in half of the reserved cooking water to make a creamy sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, pour in the remaining pasta water a little at a time.

Grind the fresh pepper right over the pasta. Don't be shy! Taste as you go to gauge how peppery the pasta has become and how you like it. Season with additional salt, if desired.

Leftovers will keep refrigerated for up to one week.

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In Oregon there is a chain of German restaurants called Gustavs that makes amazing cabbage rolls. These aren't them, but they're still delicious. They are quite a bit of work, though, so allot 1 1/2-2 hours total cooking time.

1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/2 lb. pork sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2/3 c. water
1/3 c. uncooked long grain rice
1/2 tsp dried oregano or thyme, crushed
8 medium to large cabbage leaves
1/4 c. shredded Swiss cheese (1 oz)
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp dried oregano or thyme, crushed
1/4 c. shredded Swiss cheese (1 oz)

In a large skillet cook meat and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, water, uncooked rice, 1/2 tsp. oregano, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Trim veins from cabbage leaves. Immerse leaves, 4 a a time, into boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until just limp.

Stir 1/4 c. Swiss cheese into the meat mixture. Place about 1/3 c. of the meat mixture on each cabbage leaf. Fold in the sides. Starting at an unfolded edge, carefully roll up each leaf, making sure folded sides are included in the roll.

For the sauce: in a small bowl stir together tomato sauce, sugar and 1/2 tsp oregano. Pour 1/2 of the tomato mixture into a 2-quart. square baking dish. Arrange cabbage rolls on the tomato mixture. Spoon remaining tomato mixture over cabbage rolls. Bake, covered. in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, bake until cheese is melted.

4 servings: 353 cal, 16 g. fat per serving

From: Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

Carmelized onion, sliced garlic, and soft and tender kale make a wonderful light and flavorful pasta topping, perfect for a fancy side dish with a formal meal or by itself for a light dinner. My hands-down favorite use for fresh kale.

1 pound lacinato kale (about 2 bunches), large center ribs and stems removed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
8 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 pound spaghetti or linguine
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Finely grated Parmesan cheese

Rinse kale. Drain; transfer to bowl with some water still clinging.

Heat 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add sliced garlic and sprinkle with salt; cook until onion is golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add kale and remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and toss until wilted, about 3 minutes. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking until kale is very tender, stirring occasionally and adding water by teaspoonfuls if dry, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in medium pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Add cooked spaghetti to kale mixture in pot. Add lemon juice and 2 tablespoons reserved cooking liquid; toss to combine, adding more liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry. Sprinkle spaghetti with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

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turkey_kale_soup_sm.jpgThis soup was ad-libbed into existence through so many substitutions and tweaks to a recipe that it was completely different at the end. But the final result, I think, is better than the original.  The slightly bitter kale is nicely balanced by the sweet potatoes and red pepper, and the ground turkey pushes it over into the category of comfort food. Ingredient amounts and cooking times are approximate.

1 lb. ground turkey
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 bunch (or more) kale (or other leafy green such as chard), stems and large veins discarded, leaves chopped into bite size pieces
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
4 c. chicken broth (low sodium)
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, and chopped into bite-size cubes
salt, pepper
herbs (suggestions: oregano, basil, sage, rosemary)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes until tender but not mushy.

Saute ground turkey in large soup pot until cooked through. Remove, drain. Heat a little olive oil in the same pot over medium heat, add onion, saute until soft and transparent. Add red pepper and kale, cook until kale is well wilted and pepper is tender. Add turkey, tomatoes, broth, and herbs. Simmer 10 minutes or so to allow flavors to meld. Add sweet potatoes, cook a couple minutes until heated through.
stovetoproastchicken.jpgA rare easy and fairly quick (~30-40 minute) recipe from Cook's Illustrated. True to form, the chicken is cooked in a three step, sear-steam-crisp process, but in happens pretty fast and with only one pan. The pan sauce only takes a few minutes and is well worth it.

Chicken:
3 1/2 lbs bone-in, skin on chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and/or drumsticks)
salt and pepper
1 tbs. vegetable oil, divided
1 c. low sodium chicken broth
Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tsp. oil in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chicken pieces skin-side down and cook without moving until golden brown, 5-8 minutes.
Flip chicken skin-side up. Reduce head to medium-low, add 3/4 c. broth to skillet, cover, and cook until thermometer in thickest part of chicken reads 155 degrees for breasts and 170 degrees for legs and thighs, 10-16 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate, skin-side up.
Pour off liquid from skillet into 2-cup measuring cup and reserve. Using tongs, wipe skillet with paper towels. Add remaining tsp. oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering. Return chicken pieces skin-side down and sook undisturbed until skin is deep golden brown and crisp and it reaches 160 degrees for breasts and 175 degrees for legs and thighs, 4-7 minutes. Transfer to serving platter and tent loosely with foil.

Lemon-Herb Sauce:
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 medium shallot or small onion, minced
1 tsp. flour
1/2 lemon, juiced (~1 tbs.)
1.5 tbs. fresh parsley, minced (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1.2 tbs fresh chives, minced (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves)
1 tbs. butter (optional)
salt and pepper
Skim fat from reserved cooking liquid and add enough broth to measure 3/4 cup.
Heat oil in now-empty skillet over low heat. Add shallot (or onion) and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high, add reserved cooking liquid, and bring to simmer. Simmer rapidly until reduced to 1/2 cup, 2-3 minutes. Stir in any accumulated juices from resting chicken, return to simmer and cook 30 seconds. Off heat, whisk in lemon juice, herbs, and butter (if using). Season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce around chicken and serve.

Derived from Cook's Illustrated, Nov-Dec 2008

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