Fresh sage leaves, finely sliced, for garnish, optional
1. Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, zucchini, and radishes and fry for 5 minutes. Add broth and coconut milk; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add dried sage and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes more.
2. Let soup cool slightly; puree in a blender (then rewarm on stove), or serve it chunky. Garnish each bowl with finely sliced fresh sage leaves, if desired.
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4 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 pound assorted wild mushrooms (such as portobello, crimini and stemmed shiitake), sliced
2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
1 large onion, thinly sliced into rounds
4 1-inch-thick pork rib chops
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons broth. Cover skillet; cook until mushrooms are beginning to brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Uncover; simmer until any juices evaporate. Transfer to bowl. Add 2 teaspoons oil and onion to same skillet. Cover; cook until onion browns, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes; add to mushrooms.
Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Add to skillet; sauté over medium-high heat until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat. Transfer pork to 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Add 3/4 cup broth, then brandy and herbs to skillet. Place over medium-high heat. Boil until reduced by half, scraping up browned bits, about 6 minutes. Pour over pork. Cover.
Bake pork until tender, about 25 minutes. Spoon mushrooms and onion over. Cover; bake 5 minutes longer. Served with mashed potatoes, roasted green beans and homemade applesauce.