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A stew is usually a dish I consider for the cold depths of winter, however, this Chilean Seafood Stew is light and fresh enough to be enjoyed in the fall, when the weather is fluctuating between warm and cool, and sometimes both in one day.


3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 orange bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno
1 cup white wine
1 cup clam juice
1 (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes in juice
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup lime juice, plus 2 limes quartered
2 pounds white fish, cut into pieces
1 pound shrimp, peeled
1 cup whole cilantro leaves, chopped
4 scallions, chopped

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. Saute the onions until they begin turning brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Toss in the bell peppers and cook an additional 3 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeno, wine, clam juice, tomatoes, bay leaf and lime juice.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the fish and the shrimp and continue cooking 5 minutes, utnil the shrimp are opaque. Remove from heat, discard the bay leaf and stir in the cilantro and scallions. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe adapted from Oprah Magazine, April 2004