Posole Verde
For those from the Southwest and Texas, posole needs no introduction. It's a long-simmered, heart-warming, traditional pre-Columbian soup from Mexico that's traditionally made with pig's head, nixtamalized cacahuazintle corn, chile peppers, and meat — usually pork. Filling, flavorful, hearty — posole would seem to be a soup that should be more renowned. But the cooking time associated with traditional posole recipes often deters home cooks; between preparing hominy and boiling the pig's head, many are inclined to put off making the soup. Which is why not so long ago, it was interesting to note one attempt to bottle the soup. Featured Interview: Sharon Ely, founder of Holy Posole It's also why this homemade, largely healthy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe for posole verde with chicken is a godsend. Light, flavorful, bright and colorful, it's a delicious bowl of soup to brace against the elements with. Just don't forget the accoutrements. They're the difference between a good bowl of soup, and a great one.
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If you're near an Asian specialty market or find red miso paste in the store, this is the perfect accompaniment to make for any white fish that you're serving.
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The additional accoutrements that I serve with my Kobe Bad Ass Dog is what makes it so special. My onion jam adds a great depth flavor to a usually boring ketchup-and-mustard hot dog, and my angry onions are the perfect crunch.
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Homemade Beef Stock
I adore this recipe, even though it takes two days to make. Yep! That is right, two days. You could hurry things along and do it in a day, if you don’t have the time, but it is worth making the time for this recipe. What takes so long is that there is roasting and simmering that takes place... The longer I do each step, the more intense this recipe gets. And how it smells while cooking is insanely good. Usually when I am planning a "stock making" weekend, I plan to do other things around the house that need to be done, so I don’t feel like it was a wasted weekend. Or, I indulge, by making stock and enjoying a few good movies or a book. Head to the butcher and pick up your ingredients and then kick back and enjoy yourself; as soon as you pour yourself a bowl of soup made with this stock you will be thanking yourself (and me).   Click here to see The Principles of Making Stock.
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You won't miss the meat in this dish, and that's because it's packed with three different types of beans, corn, and bell pepper to make it extra hearty. A hint of super-dark chocolate gives it the depth it would lose from the lack of meat. 
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What makes this Bloody Mary stand out from the others? Honey and pineapple juice gives the cocktail a sweet and savory combination. 
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You don't have to sacrifice a rich Bolognese sauce just because you're on a vegan diet. This recipe packs in a ton of flavor components to create something as good as the real thing. 
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Red Wine Poached Pears with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
This dessert is easy, flavorful, and gluten-free. The red wine is reduced to a delicious, lovely syrup flavored with vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf, and a bit of mascarpone cream on top of each pear adds an extra touch of sweetness to each serving. See all pear recipes.  Click here to see A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving.
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The easiest way to add a dash of pink to your dessert is through the icing. This buttercream recipe transforms itself into a beautiful piece of art with a splash of rose water. 
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Pho and Champagne in Bed
When people ask me what my dream date is, I politely reply, "Champagne and pho... in bed!" Whether you're snuggled up with your sweetie, on your own in comfy pajamas, or with some girlfriends, this recipe is a mega-hit (sure, even at the good old dinner table). Enjoy one of my all-time favorites! To save time, use premade chicken stock and a cooked rotisserie chicken. Pair with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine. See all noodle recipes. Click here to see Getting Sexy in the Kitchen, 1 Day at a Time.
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