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Beef Bourguignonne / Garlic Cheese Bread / Creamy Mashed Potatoes



For our wedding someone got us a gift certificate for Williams Sonoma with a jar of Beef Bourguignonne Braising Paste. I typically like to make most sauces from scratch but I gave it a try on a wet, cold, long day at work. It was very easy. One of these days I will try the real recipe since I’ve only tried the jar. Recipe below...
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Spicy Brittle

Recipe from Sugar Baby – Sandra Bullock’s Sister is the Author – Gesine Bullock-Prado, their childhood treat that she and her sister Sandra still love…
Makes about 1 1/2 lbs.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups salted, dry-roasted peanuts

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper...

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Cauliflower Chinese Rice

– Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
– 1 head of cauliflower graded to look like rice, I use food processor
– 1 pack of mushrooms chopped (Portabella)
– 1/4 cup red or white onion onion diced
– 2 large eggs
– 1 tablespoon diced garlic
– 1 bunch of leeks finely chopped
– Low Sodium soy sauce
Sriracha – hot chili sauce
– 1 can of baby corn, cut them in thirds (drain out liquid)
– Salt & Pepper to taste
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Super Easy Party Dips

Ingredients for Olive Tapenade:

– 1 x 2.25oz. green ripe olives
– 1 x 2.25oz. black olives
– 1 Tbsp. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
– Red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp.) – Optional
– 2 Garlic cloves

– In a food processor, add drained olives, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon of EVOO

Serve on slices of fresh baguette...

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Twice Baked Potatoes


– 6 Russet Potatoes

– 2 sticks of butter or margarine

– 1/2 cup Sour Cream

– Your favorite blended cheese, I use Costco Mexican Style Blend

– 1 (3oz.) Hormel Real Bacon Bits or fry 6 strips of bacon

– 1/2 cup of Soy Milk


– Kosher Salt

– Chopped chives


– Scrub and rinse potatoes

– Pierce potatoes with a fork a few times on each side

– Preheat oven to 400

– Place a large piece of foil on a ...

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

1 lb. bag of Sol Pacifica Yellow Chilies (12 total) or 12 banana peppers – found at Fresh & Easy or Stater Bros. If you can’t find these, you can always substitute for jalapenos
1 (8oz.) container of Whipped Cream Cheese Spread
1 (16oz.) pack of Fresh & Easy Old Fashioned Applewood Smoked Bacon or your favorite bacon of choice
1 (5.5oz...
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Cucumber Tomato Gazpacho


6 ripe tomatoes

1 small cucumber, peeled, and diced

1 medium green bell pepper, halved, cored, and seeded

1 small red onion peeled, and diced

2 medim garlic cloves, peeled and diced

1 small serrano chile, stemmed and halved lengthwise

2 slices of white sandwich bread, crust removed, sliced into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons of finely chopped ...

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Prosciutto & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

4 chicken breasts thawed (Costco)

4 tsp butter
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 cup chopped green chives
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves (optional)
4 slices of your favorite cheese (we used jalapeno cheddar on 2 breasts and 5 cheese mexican blend on the other 2 breasts)
8 thin slices of imported prosciutto (1/4 pound from Claro’s Italian Deli in Upland)
Ground pepper and kosher...
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Steakhouse Mushrooms

10 ounce can beef broth or 10 ounces of water + beef boullion cube
½ cup minced shallots or diced chives
1 lb. mushrooms (variety)
1/3 cup red wine or marsala

Directions:Place beef broth and shallots in pan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add mushrooms (I added crimini, shiitake, and portabella mushrooms, sliced = 1 carton of each from Trader Joe’s) and wine and simmer for an additional 15 m...

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