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                       Crumly Cogwheels Tortilla Soup
 
 Recipe By     : Crumly Cogwheels & Houston Chronicle, May 1997
 Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Mexican/Tex-Mex                  Soups & Stews
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      bunch         cilantro -- washed well
                         -- (leaves only)
    4                    garlic cloves
    1      small         onion -- chopped
    2                    fresh serrano peppers
    1      can           (10-ounce) tomatoes with green chilies
    3      quarts        chicken stock
    1      can           tomato sauce (8 oz)
    2      teaspoons     ground cumin (cominos) -- (2 to 3)
    1      teaspoon      salt -- (up to 2)
    2      tablespoons   cornstarch dissolved in a small amount of
                         -- water
                         corn tortillas (about 20) -- cut into thin
                         -- strips
                         vegetable oil
    2      cups          shredded grilled or poached chicken
                         -- breasts (about 2 ounces per serving)
    1      1/2 cups      shredded monterey jack cheese -- (up to 1)
                         -- (about 1 ounce per serving)
    2                    avocados -- peeled, pitted and
                         -- sliced
 
 Purée cilantro, garlic, onion, peppers and tomatoes with green chilies in a
 blender or food processor. Heat stock and add puréed mixture with tomato
 sauce, cumin and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 1
 hour. Stir dissolved cornstarch into stock. Fry tortillas strips in oil
 until crisp; drain well. Divide tortilla strips among 10 to 12 bowls. Top
 with chicken and ladle the stock over top. Garnish with shredded cheese and
 2 or 3 avocado slices. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
  “After the recipe for Crumly Cogwheels Cheesecake appeared in the Food
 section April 2, several loyal fans of the former restaurant at 1200 Milam
 wrote to ask for other favorite recipes, including the Tortilla Soup. It is
 their most-requested recipe, said owner Paul Helm, who now operates Crumly
 Cogwheels as a full-service catering company. Helm suggests adjusting the
 amounts of tortillas, chicken, cheese and avocado to your personal taste.”
 Houston Chronicle, May, 1997
 
 By Lou Parris <lbparris@earthlink.net> on May 13, 1997
 
 
 
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