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    Recipe for Catalonian seafood soup

    Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

    Serves 4

    Picada, a specialty of Catalonia, is a little like a nut pesto; this one is based on almonds and parsley. The mixture is added to the pot near the end of cooking.

    PICADA

    ¼cup blanched, slivered almonds
    2tablespoons parsley, chopped
    1clove garlic, chopped
    3tablespoons olive oil

    1. In a food processor, combine the almonds, parsley, and garlic. Work until finely chopped.

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    2. With the motor running, add the oil in a thin steady stream; set aside.

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    STEW

    1tablespoon olive oil
    1large onion, thinly sliced
    1bay leaf
    1large tomato, diced
    ½teaspoon saffron
    1cup clam cooking liquid
    3cups fish or chicken stock
    2medium cooked potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
    1pound skinless boneless monkfish, hake, or haddock, cut into 1-inch pieces
    12cooked clams
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and bay leaf and cook, stirring often, for about 6 minutes.

    2. Add the tomato and saffron. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add the cooking liquid and stock. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

    3. Add the potatoes and fish to the pot. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

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    4. Add the clams and cook 2 minutes more or until they are hot. Remove bay leaf. Stir in picada. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Molly Kravitz