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Brussels Sprouts Zeytinyagli

The vegetables in this Turkish dish are nearly identical to the ones in Winter Hodge Podge, but the effect is surprisingly different as they are presented in a tart and zingy sauce. And of course that combination of vegetables is still very delicious. I didn’t have a red pepper but a number of the versions I saw of this did …

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Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli, Shiitakes & Oyster Sauce

A popular and classic take-out dish, made in about the same time it would take for your order to arrive and probably cheaper and better too. Dirty dishes though; but you can’t have everything. That was the last red pepper from our garden, which had been sitting on the counter for a while and required some trimming. Hopefully you can …

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Beans & Sausage with Peppers & Onions

This is not chili! No, really; it isn’t. Yes, it is full of beans and meat and peppers but it is still not chili.  However, like chili, it is excellent piled on buttered toast. You can use whatever kind of sausage you like for this, although I suggest something with garlic and without sweetness, so not honey-garlic, for instance. But …

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Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peppers & Shallots

Stir fried cabbage is not exactly a novel idea but I was surprised to see that I haven’t combined it with red peppers before. Along with shallots and garlic, the result is rustic and assertive; a good companion for robust roast or grilled meats such as beef, lamb, or pork. It’s not too much for chicken or fish though. Otherwise, …

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Basque Chicken Terrine

Yes, it’s basically a chicken meatloaf!  It did not work out quite as I hoped, but the problem was mainly one of texture; I don’t believe I chopped my chicken enough. So, be sure to chop the chicken fairly finely. It was certainly very flavourful and we enjoyed it very much. We have arrived at a pivot in the seasons. …

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Pollo alla Romana

An easy, classic, Italian dish for early fall. How is it different from Pollo alla Cacciatora, you may ask? The answer to which is, not very. Pollo alla Cacciatora, at least as I make it, has a more blended set of vegetables; Pollo alla Romana brings the peppers strongly to the fore. Roasting and peeling the peppers adds a fair …

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Black Bean, Corn, & Tomatillo Soup

Things seem to be taking a turn towards the Mexican around here at the moment; I guess you can thank those Poblano peppers. Tomatillos too. Mr. Ferdzy always wants to grow some and I have so few ideas of what to do with them. However, here’s one, and it went over very well. Gotta admit I just used a can …

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Alambre de Chuleta

As I looked around for recipes to use our Poblano peppers, alambres kept coming up. What, you may ask – I did –  is an “alambre“? My conclusion (as Google translate was less than helpful) is that it is a kind of stir-fried hash. Google persisted in wanting to translate alambre de chuleta as “wire chop”, which I guess is …

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Thai Basil Chicken

Last year I had a hankering for some Thai Basil Chicken, and since I can’t imagine where I might buy the Thai basil around here, I decided the easiest thing was to grow my own. So we ordered some seeds, planted it out, and now it is large enough to harvest. Conveniently, we are also growing a plant of Thai …

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Cheesy Corn & Poblano Chile Pudding

And here they are! The first of the Poblano chiles, along with corn, cheese, and eggs. The cheese, milk, and eggs make this a main dish; all it needs is a green salad or steamed green vegetable to keep it company and dinner is ready. Actually, a nice selection of sliced heirloom tomatoes sounds like a good plan too. You …

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