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Pea Soup with Tahini Sauce and Crispy Onions

Do you ever try to challenge yourself by creating a recipe based on the seemingly random ingredients sitting around in your fridge/freezer/pantry?  I usually end up scratching my head and making an omelette or pasta with olive oil and garlic.  Inspired by the Food Network’s Chopped, when challengers are forced to make dishes in a short time frame with completely random ingredients in a basket, I decided to push myself–to make do with what I had on hand–no matter how crazy it seemed. It was a Saturday afternoon, one of the chilliest early days of Fall yet, and I found myself with a craving for split pea soup.  I usually make it with dried split peas and smoked ham hocks–and had neither on hand.  But I did have a bag of beautiful peas in the freezer.  Any pea soup, in my mind, needs some sort of flavor enhancer–usually the smokiness of ham or bacon.  Then I spied the tahini sauce in the fridge.  I knew this would add an extra tang/nuttiness to the bowl.  And …