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Lugene Hudson

November 11, 2011

Culinary Conversation: Cold weather means it’s time for soup

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NEW CASTLE — Brunswick Stew

  • 1 stewing hen, 6 lbs., or 2 broiler fryers (3 lbs. each)
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 cups okra, cut (optional)
  • 4 cups fresh or 2 cans (l lb. each) tomatoes
  • 2 cups lima beans
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 4 cups corn, cut from cob or 2 cans (1 lb. each)
  • 3 tsps. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Place chicken in 3 qts. water for a thin stew or 2 qts. for a thick stew in a large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil; then simmer until meat can easily be removed from bones, about 21⁄4 hours. Drain and reserve broth.

When cool enough to handle, remove and discard skin from chicken. Remove the bones and chop meat into chunks.

Add raw vegetables to broth and simmer, uncovered, until beans and potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.

Add chicken, boned and diced, if desired, and the seasonings.

Note: If canned vegetables are used, include juices and reduce water to 2 qts. for a thin stew and 1 qt. for a thick stew.

Dutch-Style Chowder

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (101⁄2 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can (101⁄2 oz.) condensed chicken vegetable soup
  • 1 soup can of milk
  • 1 soup can of water
  • 1 cup drained, canned, whole kernel corn
  • 2 tbsps. snipped parsley

Cook bacon in pan until crisp. Remove from pan to absorbent paper.

Pour off all except 1 tbsp. fat from pan. Add onion and cook until tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Stir in soups, milk, water and corn. Heat thoroughly, stirring frequently.

Garnish chowder with bacon and parsley.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

  • 1 lb. black beans, washed
  • 2 qts. boiling water
  • 2 tbsps. salt
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 11⁄2 tsps. cumin
  • 11⁄2 tsps. oregano
  • 2 tbsps. white vinegar
  • 10 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 lb. onions, peeled, trimmed and chopped
  • 1⁄2 lb. green peppers, peeled, trimmed and chopped

 Put beans into a large heavy pot or Dutch oven and add boiling water; boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Cover tightly, remove from heat and set aside for one hour. Add salt to beans and liquid; bring to boiling and simmer, covered, until beans are soft.

Put in the garlic, cumin, oregano and vinegar into a mortar and crush to a paste.

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Mix in onions and green pepper and fry until onion is brown, stirring occasionally.

Thoroughly blend in the paste, then stir the skillet mixture into the beans. Cook over low heat until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, mix a small portion of cooked rice, minced onion, olive oil and vinegar in a bowl, and set aside to marinate. Add a soup spoon of rice mixture to each serving of soup.

(Note: The chowder and black bean recipes have not been tested.)

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