In a large stock pot, brown these chopped veggies in olive oil: 1 small red onion, 2 zucchinis, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper, couple jalapeño peppers. Add 3 small cans each black beans, kidney beans. Stir. Add 1 large can whole tomatoes, stir. Add 1 pint hot salsa, chunky with corn is best. Season with 2-4 tsps. cumin, 1-2+ tsps. cayenne. Adjust as you like.
Bring to boil, stir, then simmer uncovered until thickens. Stir occasionally. Simmer covered until ready to eat. Serves 8 ish. Joan’s fave.
Stroganoff on steroids. Spicy version of the Russian classic. Great for a sub-zero weekend freeze. Another one-pot recipe.
Chop the following into medium chunks: 2 onions, 1 orange, yellow or red bell pepper, 2 small hot peppers, 1 large zucchini. Cut 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into quarters. Drain 1 large can whole tomatoes.
In a large stock pot, brown the onions in olive oil. Dredge the chicken in flour and black pepper and brown in the pot with the onions. Remove the chicken and brown the zucchini and peppers. Add the chicken back in and deglaze with 1/2 cup dry white wine. Add the drained tomatoes. Season with 1/2 tsp. coriander, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1-2 tsp. cayenne to taste, 1 tbs. garlic powder or paste to taste.
Stir and bring to boil covered and then simmer for an hour. Stir in 1 cup sour cream and simmer another 30 minutes. Serve over rice.
Best of 2012
Gramercy Tavern. Everything is perfection. But, my true test of a great restaurant is the Quail. Medium rare and succulent to the bone. Best dinner of the year soup to nuts.
ABC Kitchen. No better way to celebrate a birthday than lunch on a warm March day with a dear friend and sweet Maine lobster. Just a few tables away, Meryl Streep was enjoying her husband’s fries.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts~ Café Adam. Long Island oysters for lunch, soft-shell crab BLT in season. Wonderfully creative and fresh.
Bernardston, Massachusetts~ Farm Table. Atmosphere is a bit staid in the colonial interior rooms. But, on a balmy Indian Summer day in October, burgers and crabcakes outdoors taste best.
Lenox, Massachusetts~ Bistro Zinc. A touch of Paris in the Berkshires. Moules frites, omelettes, soupe à l’oignon. Authentic consistent fare.
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