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Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking
by Lori De Mori
Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.
Recipe - Thai Crockpot Soup
by Angela Peters
This simple make ahead soup is quickly and easily prepared in the crockpot. Submitted by Angela Peters, it uses traditional Thai ingredients and non-Thai cookware to produce a very tasty and authentic soup.
Thai Crockpot Soup
Recipe Submitted by Angela Peters.
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
32 ounces chicken broth
6 carrots, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 inches fresh ginger root, grated
3 minced garlic cloves
2 stalks lemon grass, chopped into large pieces
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
15 ounces coconut milk
1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
8 ounce can straw or button mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/4 cup sliced scallions
Combine chicken, broth, carrots, onion, gingerroot, garlic, lemon grass and crushed red pepper in a crockpot. Cover; cook on low-heat setting 7 hours or high-heat setting 3 1/2 hours. Stir in coconut milk, bell pepper, mushrooms and cilantro. Cover and let stand 5-10 minutes. Remove and discard lemon grass. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle peanuts and scallions over each serving.