Place beans in a large soup pot. Add enough water to cover beans by 2". Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Drain beans; return to same pot. Add 8 cups cold water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until beans are soft, making sure to cover beans, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain beans again and set aside.
Over medium heat, heat the same pot adding the chorizo and bacon. Cook meat until chorizo is browned and bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Add onion, garlic, oregano, chili powder and cumin cooking until onion is translucent—about 5 minutes. Add 4 c. broth, tomatoes, and beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, simmering for 20 minutes.
Either in batches in a food processor or with a hand-held mixer, coarsely puree the soup. Add more broth as needed to reach desired consistency. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled until ready to heat again and serve.
To prepare to serve, bring soup to a boil. Add sherry; reducing heat to medium and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 c. chopped cilantro. Season to taste and add preferred toppings. Enjoy!
Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter and add until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time until pastry is moist enough to hold together. Form dough into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough, shaping it into a circle and place on the cookie sheet,
For the filling
In a pan, fry the bacon until crispy. Chop into slices about two inches long.
Sprinkle top of the dough with the sugar.
On the rolled out pastry, spread 3 tablespoons of the goat cheese, leaving about an inch and a half from the edge.
Arrange the bacon on top of the goat cheese.
In a circular formation, start placing the fig discs on top, overlapping if needed.
Fold the edges over the filling, leaving the center open.
In the center, sprinkle the remaining goat cheese.
Prepare the Kung Pao sauce by stirring all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Set aside.
Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. When hot enough, add bacon and cook until crisp on the outside and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from the wok or skillet. Add chilis and stir-fry for about 30 seconds, until the oil becomes fragrant and the chilis have begun to blacken.
Add scallion whites, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add the red bell pepper and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Add bacon back to the wok or skillet. Pour in the Kung Pao sauce and mix to coat the other ingredients. Stir in peanuts then transfer to serving plate and garnish with scallion greens on top.
This dish is delicious served over a bowl of steaming rice.
Weave bacon onto wooden skewers; arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
Bake, turning once, for 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp.
Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; let cool completely.
In microwavable bowl, combine chocolate and shortening; microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until smooth. Stir in chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne until well combined.
Position bacon skewers over melted chocolate mixture; drizzle chocolate mixture over bacon, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl.
Transfer to parchment paper-lined tray. Sprinkle with pepitas. Let stand until set.
If desired, you can garnish with a variety of items, such as chopped dried apricots, candied ginger, toasted coconut, chopped pecans or crushed peanuts.
Season pork slivers with ¾ teaspoon of salt and the pepper and set aside.
Set a large pot over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil.
Once oil starts to shimmer, add the slivers of pork tenderloin. Cook until the pork is browned, 1½ to 2 minutes. Use tongs to turn the pork over and brown the other side, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
To the pot, add the sliced scallion whites and cook, stirring often, until soft, for 1 to 1½ minutes. Stir in the garlic, and once fragrant, after about 30 seconds, stir in the gochujang, gochugaru and tofu.
Add the kimchi, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce and remaining 1½ teaspoons of salt, bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to medium-low.
Simmer 20 minutes, return the pork to the pot and simmer for 1 minute more. Serve the soup in bowls sprinkled with the sliced green scallions with a heaping addition of steamed white rice.
Kimchi, gochujang and gochugaru are available in many supermarkets' international sections or at a local Korean or Asian grocer.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup and soy sauce.
Pour half into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Set remaining marinade aside.
After 30 minutes, drain and discard marinade from pork. In a large skillet, cook pork in oil for 3 minutes. Add the onion, carrots, green pepper, garlic and ginger; saute until pork is tender. Add reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Stir in the pineapple. Serve with rice if desired. Freeze option: Cool pork mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve over rice.
In a large skillet, cook pork in oil for 3 minutes. Add the onion, carrots, green pepper, garlic and ginger; saute until pork is tender. Add reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Stir in the pineapple. Serve with rice if desired. Freeze option: Cool pork mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve over rice.
Add reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Stir in the pineapple. Serve with rice if desired.