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Bulgar, black bean and squash chili w/ charred bok choy

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When I think of chili, I think of two things — pro sports on tv and a dish with heat, not just spice. Well Super Bowl Sunday took care of the former. My goal in the latter was a deep and smoky vegetarian dish that did not induce tears or bring to mind the hot pepper scene from Dumb and Dumber. It came out pretty good — plenty deep and smoky thanks to smoked paprika, caramelized poblanos and a topping of charred greens. Bring on that cold weather!

Serves 4

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Chick pea and bulgar stew w/ poached egg

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I don’t know what to call this one-pot meal — hearty breakfast? Quick dinner? I tend to make something like this stew after a morning run on weekends, especially on a freezing day like today.  And I would definitely order it on a brunch menu. So there you have it — chick pea, bulgar and vegetable stew topped with an egg that poaches in the stew’s broth.  Bulgar is an awesome ingredient — a fairly whole grain that is pre-cooked and dried.  You can reconstitute bulgar in 15 minutes of soaking in boiling water, or even overnight in cold water — I use it all the time to thicken soups and stews.

Serves 2

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Borscht (hearty or as a shooter)

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As you may tell, I love blended soups.  So pure and simple, based on one good ingredient.  Beets are the absolute star here — a perfect, concentrated fall soup.  Bulgar and blended white beans make this a filling and complete meal.  Or you can skip both and serve cold in tea candle glasses, as a shooter.

Serves 4

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