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Classic French Onion Soup

Ingredients
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter
8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup port wine
2 cartons (32 ounces each) beef broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
24 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
3/4 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

Directions
In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil and butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir for 10-13 minutes or until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 30-40 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.

Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add the broth, pepper and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, place baguette slices on a baking sheet; brush both sides with remaining oil. Bake at 400° for 3-5 minutes on each side or until toasted. Rub toasts with halved garlic.

To serve, place twelve 8-oz. broiler-safe bowls or ramekins on baking sheets. Place two toasts in each. Ladle with soup; top with cheese. Broil 4 in. from heat until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Classic French Onion Soup

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Crispy Tempura Battered Shrimp

Ingredients
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled with tails on
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted and divided
2 cups water
1 egg
Tempura Sauce, for dipping, recipe follows

Tempura Sauce:
2 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sweet rice wine
1 tablespoon seafood stock

Directions
In a deep-fryer or large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4-inches. Heat over medium heat until a pea-size drop of batter floats but does not swell, about 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, the water, and the egg. Whisk lightly until ingredients are combined (batter will be slightly lumpy). In a shallow dish, pour remaining flour. Dredge shrimp in flour and then dip into the batter. Fry in batches for 2 to 3 minutes per batch, turning to brown on all sides.

Cook’s Note: When placing shrimp into oil, hold by tail and allow to fan out before starting to fry.

Remove from oil and drain on a cooling rack over a baking sheet. Serve hot with tempura sauce.

Tempura Sauce:
In a small saucepan, combine the water, soy sauce, sweet rice wine, and seafood stock. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Yields: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Recipe found here: Crispy Tempura Battered Shrimp

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southwestern-bean-dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Ingredients
2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a bowl; add the onion. Mash with a fork until crumbly; set aside.

In a blender, process tomato sauce and beans until chunky. Add to beef mixture and mix well. Spoon half into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with chips. Yield: about 9 cups.

Recipe found here: Southwestern Bean Dip

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Hearty Cheese and Vegetable Soup

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup sliced fresh carrots
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

Directions
In a small saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth. Stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese until melted. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Hearty Cheese and Vegetable Soup

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients
2 quarts chicken broth
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 cup dry white wine or additional chicken broth
3 cups cooked wild rice
2 cups cubed cooked chicken

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

In Dutch oven, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in soup and wine. Add rice and chicken; heat through. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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Christmas Tortellini & Spinach Soup

Ingredients
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable broth
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini or tortellini of your choice
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups fresh baby spinach
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Directions
In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add tortellini; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, salt and pepper; return to a simmer. Cook 4-5 minutes longer or until tortellini are tender.

Stir in spinach and basil; cook until spinach is wilted. Top servings with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Christmas Tortellini & Spinach Soup

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Slow Cooker Spiced Mixed Nuts

Ingredients
1 large egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup unblanched almonds
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup shelled walnuts
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until blended; stir in nuts. In a small bowl, mix sugars, spices and salt. Add to nut mixture and toss to coat.

Transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high 1-1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Gradually stir in water. Cook, covered, on low 20 minutes.

Spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Store in airtight containers up to 1 week. Yield: 6 cups.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Spiced Mixed Nuts

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