Fiery Squash & Three-Corn Stew
yield: ~3 1/2 qts.
1 Tbs. bacon fat
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 ancho chile*, seed, stem & brush clean, then torn into strips
1 morita chile*, seed, stem & brush clean, then torn into strips
~1 lb. squash (pumpkin, butternut or any other hearty orange squash), peel & dice**
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
~1 1/2 qt. chicken stock, divided
1 (15.5 oz.) can white hominy, drain & rinse
1 (15.5 oz.) can yellow hominy, drain & rinse
1 (12-14 oz.) can sweet corn, drain
In a medium pot, heat bacon grease over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft, ~3 minutes. Add chiles and working quickly, cook until they just begin to blister & change shades, ~30 seconds. Once they've changed, quickly add in your squash, thyme, cumin and black pepper. Stir around for ~2 more minutes. Pour in ~ 1 quart of stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook until squash is soft, ~10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree using an immersion blender (or alternately in a blender and add back to pot).
Add all three corns and return to a simmer for another ten minutes or so. Check during simmer, you may need to add some of the reserved stock to loosen if the stew has become too thick.
Spoon into bowls and serve with Anadama Bread on the side.
*When I say fiery, I mean FIERY!! Halve the amount of chiles you use if you don't like so much heat. **alternately, you could use squash pureeAnadama Corn Bread
from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., & Zoe Francois
yield: 4, 1 lb. loaves
1 1/2 c. cornmeal
1/4 c. wheat germ
2 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
3 c. unbleached AP flour
1 1/2 Tbs. granulated yeast (2 packets)
1 Tbs. Kosher salt
1/4 c. vital wheat gluten
3 1/2 c. lukewarm water
1/2 c. molasses
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