Carrot Ginger Soup

2 Tbsp coconut oil (or other neutral oil)
1 4-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 small shallot, roughly chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Tbsp red curry paste
2¼ cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
1 Tbsp fish sauce
Kosher salt
Zest and juice of half a lime
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Fried shallots (optional)
Chili oil (optional)

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A Chill Winter at Bar Mumbo

A casual tavern vibe and farm-focused homestyle menu with a twist are in store at Wylder Tilghman Island’s Bar Mumbo this winter, with a fresh menu selection for chill winter dining. Tuck into the waterfront dining room with fireside lounge or slide into the cozy, classic Bar Mumbo Thursday through Sunday, with curated specials like burger nights (Thursdays), prime rib nights (Fridays) and whiskey brunches (Sundays).

Chef Chris Mitchell brings to the table his classical French training, Eastern Shore style, a touch of Asian fusion and dedication to from-scratch cooking. Seafood is sourced from local watermen and produce comes from Eastern Shore farmers. Dressings, sauces and stocks are house made from scratch, with au jus requiring 76 full hours of preparation.

Mitchell, who garnered Dorchester/Talbot Counties’ 2023 Best Chef honor by the readers of Coastal Style, says foundation dishes like a 10-hour braised pot roast, steak and frites and lasagna meet Chesapeake favorites with flair, such as crab and bacon hushpuppies and oyster stew.

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White Bean Parmesan Soup

8 cups chicken stock or broth
1 lb dry cannellini beans,
soaked overnight and drained
8 oz Parmesan, hard rinds
cut off and reserved, the rest
grated for serving
1 cup wheat berries
¼ cup olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 fennel bulb, cored and finely chopped,
fronds roughly chopped and reserved
3 celery stalks, sliced ½-inch thick
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp red-pepper flakes
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
½ cup dry white wine
Parsley leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 large lemon
Kosher salt and black pepper

Step 1
Put the soaked, drained beans in a 5- to 8-quart slow cooker, and season them generously with salt and pepper. Add the reserved Parmesan rinds and the wheat berries.
Step 2
Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, season generously with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the fennel. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the fennel is softened, and the onion is lightly browned, about 5 more minutes. Add the celery and garlic, and cook, stirring, until just softened, about 1 minute. Add the fennel seeds and red pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, until combined and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the rosemary and the wine and let the wine bubble until the pan is almost dry, about 2 minutes.
Step 3
Scrape the mixture from the skillet into the slow cooker. Add the stock, and season it: Add ½ tsp of salt, if you are using low-sodium broth, or 1 tsp of salt, if using homemade unsalted stock. (Do not add salt now if you are using fully salted broth.) Stir to combine, and cook on low until the wheat berries are tender and the beans are creamy, about 8 to 10 hours.
Step 4
Before serving, remove and discard the rosemary sprigs. Stir in the parsley, lemon juice (a quarter of a lemon at a time, then taste), and reserved fennel fronds. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary. Serve in bowls topped generously with grated Parmesan.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Toasted Almond Soup

1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds),
stem discarded, florets cut
into 2-inch pieces, leaves reserved
(if available)
2 medium white onions, halved
and thinly sliced
2 cups chicken broth
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2½ tsp ground cumin
2½ tsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp salted butter
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large sweet potato (about 14 oz),
skin on, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tsp ground turmeric
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of garam masala
2 Tbsp sliced almonds
Coarsely chopped fresh parsley
leaves, for serving
Sea salt and ground black pepper

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