Sausage mix

A great substitute for anything that involves pulling sausages out of their casing. Make sure you get fresh ground meat, not made from previously frozen parts.

Ingredients :
3-4 lb of ground pork
2 table spoon red chili flakes
2 table spoon coriander seeds
2 table spoon paprika
3-4 table spoon fennel seeds
ingredients

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1. Grind and combine all the spices.
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2. Add about 2 table spoon of the spice mix per pound of ground meat.
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3. Mix to combine and portion off in freezer bags. Throw them in the freezer and pull out as needed.
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Arroz con Pollo

Well, not a traditional version., but close enough. A nice warm and filling casserole of spicy chicken and savory rice. Reheats beautifully for lunches and has enough depth of flavor that you don’t get bored eating it after a few days.

Ingredients:
1 table spoon apple cider vinegar
2 tea spoon red pepper flakes
2 large cloves of garlic
1 tea spoon salt
1/2 tea spoon pepper
6 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on if you want)
1 onion
2 bell peppers
4 cups chicken stock (1 liter)
generous pinch of saffron threads
1 pint diced tomatoes
1 dried yunnan pepper
1/2 tea spoon cumin
2 bay leaves
2 cups rice
ingredients

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1. Combine the apple cider vinegar, pepper flakes, minced garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
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2. Put the chicken in a large ziploc bag.
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3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage to coat the meat. Put in the fridge for 1 hour minimum, up to overnight.
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4. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, chop the onion and bell peppers.
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5. Pour the chicken stock in a large pot and bring to just under a boil.
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6. Warm the oil in a large enamel cast iron pot (Dutch oven or French faitout). Retrieve the marinated chicken and add to pot in a single layer over medium to medium-high heat. Allow to cook for a few minutes, just to get some color.
Don’t breathe in the fumes… vinegar and red pepper flames are hard on sinuses.
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7. Flip and color the other side then set aside.
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8. Your broth should be warm by now. Add the saffron, then turn the heat to low and allow to steep.
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9. Drain excess fat from the pot (especially if you cooked your chicken with the skin on).
Add the vegetables to the pot. use the moisture from the onions to scrape up any tasty stuck bits. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until softened and the onions start turning translucent.
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10. Add the tomatoes.
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11. Once the tomatoes are bubbling, add the ground cumin.
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12. Add the rice.
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13. Stir the rice until it has absorbed the pan juices, about 3-5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot.
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14. Add the saffron broth, bay leaves and crumble in the yunnan pepper.
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15. Bring to a boil. Then lower the heat to a low simmer and cover.
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16. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes. Then turn the heat off and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
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17. Portion out and enjoy!
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Green lentils & Kale

A cheap and easy dish, thrown together with what was lying around in the pantry. And the kale I keep getting from my CSA and needed to use up.

Ingredients :
1 cup green DuPuy lentils
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 large diced tomatoes can
2 cups chicken broth
1 bundle of kale
1/2 tea spoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tea spoon thyme
1/4 team spoon rosemary
2 cloves of garlic
zest and juice of 1 lemon
olive oil
salt and pepper

ingredients

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1. Warm some olive oil in a large soup pot and sweat the onion for a new minutes.
onions

2. Add the carrots and sweat until they start to soften.
carrots

3. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, rosemary and thyme. Take a moment to appreciate how the purple carrot has stained everything else.
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4. Add the lentils and stir to coat.
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5. Add the tomatoes.
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6. Add the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until the lentils are ready (30-40 minutes).
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7. Strip the kale leaves from the stems and tear into bite size.
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8. Shove the entire pile of it into the soup pot.
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9. Within a few minutes it will wilt down into near nothingness. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Taste and adjust seasoning.
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10. Serve warm.
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Berry Beer Baked Beans

A delicious recipe, not too sweet or heavy that I picked up on 101 cookbooks. Go check out the website for the full recipe, only my pictures to see here!

I swapped the vegetable broth for chicken broth since that is what I had on hand. Mine also took forever to cook (2-3 hours) since the beans were really old.

Pepper jelly Marinated Pork Loin

I have several jars of pepper jelly left from the last holiday season, when I had made several for my mother. This is, so far, my favorite way of getting through it.

Ingredients
2 pork tenderloins
1/2 cup pepper jelly
1/2 cup red wine
1 orange, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
olive oil

ingredients

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1. Combine the jelly, wine, orange juice and zest, red wine vinegar, rosemary and red pepper flakes.
marinade

2. Pour into a freezer bag along with the pork tenderloins. Stick in the fridge over night, turning over one or twice.
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3. Heat the oven to 425.
Pour some oil and pan. Take the meat out of the marinade and add a good pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Sear the meat on all sides. The sugar from the jelly will make it smoke a lot as it caramelizes. Once seared on all sides, put in the oven for 30 minutes.
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4. Pour the marinade in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to reduce while the meat cooks.
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5. Take the meat out of the oven. The internal temp should be around 160F. Brush with the reduced marinade and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
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6. Slice the tenderloins.
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7. Assemble your plate and enjoy!
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Bread and Butter Pickles

I eat pickles as a snack, often instead of eating chips. So we made a large batch of these. Like the salsa I’ll list the original recipe, but the pictures will reflect the many fold recipe we made. The recipe is originally from”Tart and Sweet” by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler.

Ingredients
2 cups white wine vinegar
2 cups rice vinegar
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
1/3 cup kosher salt
6 lbs cucumber, ends trimmed
2 white onions, thinly sliced

Per jar:
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed
1/2 tablespoon brown mustard seed
2 teaspoons chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed

*Makes approximately 6 quarts*
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1. Cut the cucumbers into 1/4 inch rounds.
cucumbers

2. Bring the vinegars, sugar, water, and salt to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

3. Place the garlic and spices into each hot jar.
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4.Pack the cucumbers and onions in as tightly as possible without crushing.
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5.Pour in the boiling brine, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Make sure the cucumbers and onions are submerged in brine, and check for air bubbles.

6. Process for 10 minutes in boiling hot water.
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Lentil Soup

A staple of my lunches. I make a big batch of this and freeze it in individual portions, to bring to work. By the time noon roll around the soup is mostly unfrozen and ready to be re-heated.

This makes for a very thick, gruel like soup. If you like your soups less solid, add water.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 leeks, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 boxes of vegetable stock
1 1/3 cup red lentils, rinsed
1/2 cup rice
1 pinch of saffron
slivered almonds, toasted

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1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add the leeks, onion and pepper flakes.

2. Cook over medium-low heat for a while, until they begin to gain some color and have lost at least half of their original volume.

3. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Spoon some of the boiling stock into a separate bowl and add the saffron to that bowl to infuse.

4. Add the lentils and rice and simmer until the rice is cooked. Then stir in the saffron infusion.

5. While the soup is simmering, put your slivered almonds in an oven safe dish (I use a cake mold).

6. Put in the oven at broil until just beginning to turn brown. Keep an eye on them, they burn really fast.

7. Serve the soup topped with the toasted almonds.