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Wednesday, December 21

Apple, garlic, & sage roasted chicken

Chicken, whole, rinsed, fat trimmed
Butter, room temperature
¼ cup
Garlic bulb,
½ cloves minced, ½ cloves crushed
Lemon zest
1 lemon
Apple, Granny Smith,
cored, chunked
Sage, fresh, rubbed and torn
10 leaves

Pepper, freshly ground

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine butter, minced garlic, and lemon zest.
  3. In another small bowl, combine apples, sage, and crushed garlic.
  4. Place rinsed chicken in roasting pan.
  5. Cut slits in skin on both sides of the chicken, and insert fingers to loosen the skin from the meat.
  6. Divide and stuff butter mixture under skin through the holes, rub any remaining on surface of skin.
  7. Stuff apple mixture inside the chicken.
  8. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  9. Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  10. Remove foil, continue baking, basting occasional with juices, until meat registers 165°F.

Tuesday, December 20

Slow-cooker wild mushroom soup

Mushrooms, wild (morels, ceps, porcini), dried
½ cup
Chicken or vegetable stock, hot
2 ½ cups
2 tablespoons
Onion, finely chopped
Garlic cloves, crushed
Mushrooms, trimmed, sliced
1 pound
Flour, all-purpose
1 tablespoon
Nutmeg, freshly ground

Thyme, dried
¼ teaspoon
Madeira or dry sherry
4 tablespoons
Black peppers, freshly ground


Crème fraîche or sour cream
4 tablespoons
Chives, fresh, chopped
  1. Strain dried mushrooms with cold running water to remove any grit, and then place in your slow-cooker.
  2. Pour half of the hot stock over the mushrooms, and cover with the lid; set to HIGH.
  3. Melt butter in large pan over medium heat.
  4. Add onions, and cook 7 minutes, until soft and golden.
  5. Add garlic and fresh mushrooms, and cook 5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle flour over the mixture, grate some nutmeg, and add the thyme.
  7. Cook 3 minutes more, stirring continuously.
  8. Stir in Madeira or sherry and the remaining stock, and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Bring to a boil, and then transfer to the slow-cooker.
  10. Cook for 1 hour, and then switch the cooker to LOW; cook for 3 to 4 hours more, or until the mushrooms are tender.
  11. Ladle the soup into a food processor or blender, and process until smooth.
  12. Reheat the soup until hot, and then stir in half of the crème fraîche or sour cream.

Thursday, December 15


Olive oil
¼ cup
Onions, yellow, chopped
Bell peppers, red, chopped
Garlic cloves, minced
Bay leaves, broken in half
Tomatoes, diced
29 ounces
Wine, dry red
¾ cup
Wine, dry white
½ cup
Oregano, fresh, chopped
2 tablespoons
Thyme, fresh, chopped
2 tablespoons
Fish fillets (halibut or monkfish),
cut into 1-inch chunks
¾ pound
Clams, small, scrubbed
1 pound
Crab claws,
or other lump crabmeat
1 pound claws
½ pound lump
Shrimp, large, peeled, deveined
Tabasco hot sauce
½ teaspoon

Black pepper, freshly ground

  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the olive oil.
  2. Add the onions and bell peppers; sauté until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic; sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the bay leaves, tomatoes, and red and white wines; bring to a simmer.
  5. Partially cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
  7. Add the oregano, thyme, fish, and clams. Discard any clams that do not close to the touch.
  8. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the crab and shrimp, cover, and cook until the shrimp and fish are opaque throughout and the clams have opened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  10. Discard any clams that failed to open.
  11. Stir in the hot sauce, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe from William-Sonoma's Essentials of Slow Cooking.

Sunday, December 4

Thai curry seafood stew

Curry powder
1 tablespoon
Coconut milk, unsweetened
13.5 ounces
Ginger root, peeled, grated
3 tablespoon
Limes, large, rolled, juiced
½ cup
Carrots, shredded
1 ½ cups
Purple cabbage, shredded
1 ½ cups
Vidalia onion, coarsely chopped
Thai basil
1 bunch
Oyster sauce
2 tablespoons
Sea scallops
1 pound
Butter, unsalted
¼ cup
Olive oil
4 tablespoons
Garlic cloves,
peeled, coarsely chopped
Clams, littleneck or mahogany, rinsed in salt water until runs clean
1 ½ pounds
Shrimp, large, cleaned, deveined
1 pound
  1. Preheat slow cooker for at least 20 minutes on High.
  2. Add curry powder and coconut milk; whisk to combine.
  3. Stir in ginger, juice of 1 lime, and water.
  4. Stir in carrots, cabbage, and onion.
  5. Cook for 3 hours on High (6 hours on Low).
  6. During last half hour of cooking, add remaining lime juice, oyster sauce, salt, and basil.
  7. In a heavy sauce pan with a lid, melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic over medium heat.
  8. Add clams and garlic, and cook, covered, until opened. Discard any that do not open. Add to slow cooker.
  9. Melt remaining butter over medium-high heat in sauce pan.
  10. Sauté shrimp and scallops until just cooked, turning as shrimp turn pink and scallops turn golden brown. Add to slow cooker.
  11. Season to taste, and garnish with more freshly torn basil. Serve over rice.