Chef John’s Irish Pork Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle dark beer (such as Guinness®)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 12 Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or to taste
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Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Apple Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded peeled apples
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs. Add oil, sugars and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in zucchini, apples and pecans (batter will be stiff). Spoon into three greased 8×4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cauliflower-Cashew Soup with Crispy Buckwheat

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cored, cut into small florets, stem chopped, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp. cashews
  • 6 cups (or more) vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons buckwheat groats
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon paprika

Fresh Pear Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups finely chopped peeled ripe pears (about 4 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Chicken and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 heads baby bok choy, quartered lengthwise
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup store-bought barbecue sauce
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced

Marinated Tofu with Peanuts and Charred Bean Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 2 14-oz. packages firm tofu, drained, sliced ½” thick
  • 1 jalapeño, with seeds, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups bean sprouts, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Steamed white rice (for serving)
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal
  • ½ cup chopped salted, roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • Lime wedges (for serving)