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       Title: SUNDAY BLACK-BEAN SOUP (NEW YORK TIMES)
  Categories: Soups
       Yield: 6 servings
  
       1 lb Dried black beans
       2    Smoked ham hocks
       3 c  Chicken stock
       4    Coarsely chopped carrots
       3    Coarsely chopped onions
       3    Coarsely chopped celery
       1 T  Chopped jalepeno pepper
       3    Garlic cloves
       1 t  Cumin
       1 c  Dry sherry
       1    Lime (juice)
  
   To soak beans quickly, cover them with generous amount
   of water, cover pot, bring water to boil and boil 2
   minutes.  Remove cover and allow beans to sit in the
   liquid for one hour.  Drain. In hot oil (1-2 Tb.),
   saute carrots, onions, celery, and garlic until onions
   are golden.  Add cumin and jalepenos. When beans are
   ready to cook, add ham hocks to beans along with
   sauted vegetables, and chicken broth and enough water
   to cover.  Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until tender.
   Drain the bean mixture and reserve cooking liquid.
    Puree beans and vegetables.  Add sherry and lime
   juice and enough of the reserved liquid to make a
   thick soup. Can be served with chopped corriander or
   sour cream or lemon slice.
  
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