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Thai Yellow Curry

On our vacation to Thailand a few years ago, we spent one of our days in Chiang Mai at the Thai Farm Cooking School. Some of the dishes we made were really delicious and frankly quite easy (if somewhat challenging to find all of the ingredients in the DC metro area).

Thai Yellow Curry Paste
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Blistered Padrón Peppers

1/2 pound fresh padron, shishito, seranno, small Hatch, or hot banana peppers, washed and thoroughly dried
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse sea salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon

Place the peppers in a medium bowl, add the olive oil, and toss to coat; set aside.

Heat an indoor sautee pan or outdoor grill to medium high.

When the grill is ready, place the peppers on the grill in a single layer, making sure they’re not touching; reserve the bowl they were in. Grill the peppers uncovered, turning them occasionally, until they start to char and blister, about 6 to 8 minutes total.

Charred Peppers
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Moroccan Carrot Salad

Adapted from The Bitten Word, adapted from Food & Wine.  We didn't have any Harissa handy, so we improvised.  This salad provides a great, bright and spicy contrast to a tagine dish.

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  • 2 cups carrots, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
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    Posole

    We modified a recipe from Bon Appetit to spice it up and re-balance this posole.

    Roasted Pork

    • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt)
    • ½ red onion, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • Dash smoked salt

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  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
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    Valreas Cuvee Prestige Cotes du Rhone

    Trader Joe's: 
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    A great, cheap Cotes du Rhone with a lavish mouthfeel. Strong tannins and black pepper, really needs a food pairing. Opens up well.

    http://www.firstpourwine.com/2011/08/06/2009-valreas-cuvee-prest...

    Pepper Slaw

    1/4 lb. shredded green cabbage
    2/3 red bell pepper, cut into slivers
    1/3 green bell pepper, cut into slivers
    1/3 poblano pepper (or similar moderate heat pepper), cut into slivers
    1/2 c. apple cider, rice, or red wine vinegar (or a mix of all three!)
    2 Tbsp sugar
    Salt and celery seed (or celery salt) to taste
    Pepper

    Pepper Slaw
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    Jalapeno Jelly

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    p>Audrey's homemade jalapeno jelly is always a huge hit at parties. The fact that Jon grows the hot peppers that go into the jelly impresses people even more. The secret is that this is actually one of the easiest canning recipes I have. Even though this is made with hot peppers (and trust me, the ones coming out of our garden are very spicy), its actually very mild when finished. To kick it up a notch, substitute a few habaneros or other spicy chilis. Three to four habaneros will make a medium heat jelly.

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    Blackened Red Snapper

    4 (6 ounce) fillets red snapper
    1 cup butter, melted
    4 Tablespoons cajun seasoning

    Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat for 10 minutes, or until extremely hot.

    Dip fish into melted butter, and crust each fillet generously with the seasoning mixture. Place the fish fillets in the hot skillet.

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    Jon's Chili

    There is no "real" recipe to Jon's chili beyond the base set of ingredients and improvisation with spices and available ingredients. If there are fresh peppers, they go in. If there's homemade salsa, it definitely goes in. Beer (Shiner Bock I find is best) cuts the spice level nicely without removing the flavor.

    I sautee the onion/garlic/jalapenos until tender, then add the meat and brown it. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, then add whole habaneros and the first spices (salt, pepper, first group of spices). Add 4 cups of water and some beer and bring to a boil.

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    Stuffed Cherry Peppers

    Roasted cherry peppers stuffed with Serrano ham, basil, and goat cheese. From Epicurious : http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/STUFFED-CHERRY-PEPPERS-12...

    Ingredients
    12 hot cherry peppers
    5 ounces fresh goat cheese
    12 paper-thin slices of Serrano Ham (jámon Serrano) or Prosciutto - anchovies are also tasty, and consider olives as a stufffer as well
    12 medium-sized fresh basil leaves
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 T Sherry Vinegar
    1/2 t salt
    6 basil leaves, coarsely chopped

    Preparation
    Crush the garlic and add it to the olive oil. Set aside.

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    Jon's Garden Salsa

    I began making my own hot sauce during Peace Corps - peppers were plentiful, but good, non-tabasco-style sauces were hard to find (and generally bad). It's always a big hit, but actually really easy to make.

    You can also see this recipe in a much more amusing flowchart form (PDF)

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    Salsa Verde

    A good, staple salsa verde recipe that balances the tartness of the tomatillo with a nice char and some spice. Makes about 2 cups.

    • 8 medium tomatillos, husked, rinsed
    • 3-4 fresh chiles (a mixture of jalapenos and poblanos creates a nice flavor)
    • 8 unpeeled garlic cloves
    • 1 cup (packed) fresh cilantro
    • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
    • Juice of 1 lime
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    Chinese Long Beans

    1 1/2 lb Chinese long beans*
    1/2 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (2 1/2 oz; not cocktail peanuts)
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    2 to 3 small fresh Thai chiles** (to taste), finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
    1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    Add shrimp to make a full meal

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