The Shrimp Bisque That Changed My Life

1/2 lb. shrimp
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. dry sherry

1 can tomato soup
1 can green pea soup
1 can consomme (or beef broth)
1 soup can half and half

Put shrimp through food processor to shred it. Add Worcestershire and sherry. Allow to marinate for 6 hours.

Combine 3 soups in blender or food processor, being sure that there are no pea soup lumps left. Heat 3 soups gently. Meanwhile, heat shrimp mixture in oven or microwave. Add shrimp mixture and one soup can of half and half. Heat through and serve. Makes six 7 oz. servings.

African Pineapple Peanut Stew

---from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

1 cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 bunch kale or Swiss chard (4 cups sliced)
2 cups undrained canned crushed pineapple (20-oz can)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste
crushed skinless peanuts
chopped scallions
In a covered saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic in the oil for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are lightly browned. While the onions sauté, wash the kale or Swiss chard. Remove and discard the large stems and an blemished leaves. Stack the leaves on a cutting surface and slice crosswise into 1-in-thick slices.

Add the pineapple and its juice to the onions and bring to a simmer. Stir in the kale or chard, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until just tender. Mix in the peanut butter, Tabasco, and cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste, and serve.

Serve on rice, millet, or couscous, topped with crushed peanuts and chopped scallions.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

from Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver

1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. honey
1 TBSP vanilla extract

Combine in large bowl.

1 c. white flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg (I like to substitute garam masala.)

Combine in a separate, small bowl. Blend into liquid mixture.

1 c. finely shredded zucchini
12 oz. chocolate chips

Stir these into other ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet, and flatten with back of a spoon. Bake at 350 degrees, 10 minutes.