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Recipe of the Week

Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes



Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes


A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.


Irish Soup

Another recipe that is just too good to save for St. Patrick's Day, this soup is hearty, flavorful, and addictive. It even gets better when you reheat it and eat it the next day! It stores well and can be made up to 48 hours in advance before serving. If making the soup in advance, add the cabbage and turn off the heat immediately. The heat in the soup combined with the reheating will thoroughly cook the cabbage and prevent it from being overcooked. For a simple vegetarian and vegan soup, skip the bacon and use a little olive oil in place of the bacon fat and swap vegetable stock or broth for the chicken stock. Irish bacon is thicker and leaner than standard American bacon, but any bacon can be used. Other greens, such as spinach or Swiss chard can be used in place of the cabbage. Kale is another traditional ingredient in Irish dishes, but has a much longer cooking time so add it to the pan with the onions and leeks.

8 slices chopped Irish bacon (about 1/2 pound)
1 medium chopped onion
2 well-cleaned and sliced leeks
6 medium diced red potatoes
2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded green cabbage
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large, heavy soup pot over medium high heat. Add the bacon to the hot pan and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until the bacon is browned. Add the onions and leeks and saute until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the potatoes and saute for a few minutes just to lightly brown the potatoes. Add the stock and tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the leeks and potatoes are tender, but not mushy. Add the cabbage, season to taste with the salt and pepper, and simmer for five minutes more. Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes







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