Hot Buttered Rum drink

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Hot buttered rum drink is a beverage that is usually drunk around the holidays. The mixed drink often contains rum, butter, hot water or cider, a sweetener, and some spices which may include cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.

These kinds of drinks are popular during cold months especially during winter. The drink is made by blending the rum batter with dark rum.

To make the hot buttered rum you will need 1 cup dark brown sugar, 4 oz unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 12 teaspoon nutmeg or mace, 14 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

To prepare, blend all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Then refrigerate in a sealed air-tight container for up to two months. To make the cocktail you will need 2 tablespoons refrigerated Hot Buttered Rum batter, 6 oz boiling water, 1 12 oz dark rum, 1 tablespoons light cream, and nutmeg, to garnish.

When ready, spoon the batter into a hot beverage mug, add boiling water and stir well until dissolved. Add rum and cream (if using) and stir and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

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Beef Bourgogne, Burgundy beef

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Beef Bourgogne is a specialty dish from the French region of Burgundy.

To make this meal you will need 3 cups dry red wine, 2 cups beef stock, 2 tablespoons brandy, plus 1/4 cup brandy, 1 large onion, peeled and cut in quarters, 2 carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks, 4garlic cloves, peeled and sliced, 12 parsley stems, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon driedrosemary, 10 black peppercorns, 4 whole cloves, 4 allspice berries, 1 bay leaf, 3 pounds well-marbled beef chuck, cut into 2-inch pieces, 1/2 pound slab bacon, 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoons tomato paste.

In a large bowl combine the wine, stock, brandy, onion, carrots, garlic, parsley, thyme, rosemary, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, and bay leaf, stirring well. Add the beef and continue to sir. Refrigerate overnight.

Next day drain the beef and reserve the marinade and vegetables. Dry the beef with towels, and season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Cut the bacon the long way into slices and then slice them 1/2-inch long. Cover with cold water and boil. Lower the heat and simmer. Remove the bacon.

In a large pot use butter and olive oil over a medium heat and fry the bacon until golden. In the same pot , over high flame brown the beef in the bacon fat. Once done pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat and return the browned beef to the pot. Add the vegetable and herbs and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the marinade and tomato paste and boil. Cook in the oven covered for 3 hours. After 3 hours. Remove meat and strain the sauce and remove the fat.

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Zucchini stuffing casserole, fresh vegetable

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The zucchini or courgette as it is known in French and is a summer vegetable which can be prepared in a variety of ways including grilled, baked, steamed, boiled, stuffed, barbequed, and fried. The zucchini in Italy can also be breaded and then pan-fried or prepared in other ways.

To make the stuffed zucchini casserole you will need 4 ounces herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix, 1/3 cup melted butter, 4 cups cubed zucchini, 2 carrots, grated, 1 small onion, chopped, 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, and 1/2 cup sour cream.

To make the casserole first preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Next, in a bowl mix together the stuffing and butter. In another bowl mix together the zucchini, carrots, onion, soup, and sour cream. Mix half of the stuffing mixture and spread it into the bottom of a casserole dish. Sprinkle the stuffing on top.

Once done, cover the dish with foil and bake the oven for about 60 minutes or until done.

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Penne with Chicken and Pesto, pasta ready

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Penne is one of the most popular varieties of pasta in the world and pesto one it’s most popular accompaniments.

Penne, because of its practical shape and size makes it easy for use in a variety of meals. Pesto, the grounded sauce of basil, garlic, and pine nuts, originated in the Italian port city of Genoa.

To prepare the Penne with Chicken and Pesto, you will need 1 package penne pasta, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into strips, 2 cloves garlic, minced, salt, pepper, 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, 1/4 cup pesto, and 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.

In a large pot of lightly salted water, boil the penne pasta. You may add a few drops of olive oil to the water to prevent past a sticking together. Cook until firm to the bite.

In a skillet heat the butter and olive oil over a medium flame and sauté the chicken and garlic until the chicken is almost cooked. Turn down the fire and add the salt, pepper, cream, and pesto as well as Parmesan cheese.

Continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink. Add the pasta.

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No-cream Pasta Primavera

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Pasta Primavera as the name suggests in a fresh take on pasta served with vegetables of the season. Some recipes call for a creamy sauce but the Primavera may also be prepared without.

To do a No-cream Pasta Primavera you will need 1 package penne pasta, 1 yellow squash, chopped 1 zucchini, chopped 1 carrot, julienned 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into pieces, 5 spears asparagus, cut into pieces, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, coarsely ground black pepper, and lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, butter, 1 large yellow onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese.

To prepare, cook the pasta in a pot of lightly salted water. Add a few drops of olive oil to the water to prevent sticking.

In a bowl, toss the squash, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes until tender.

Use the remaining oil and butter and cook with the onions and garlic in a large skillet until hot. Remove from the fire and place in a large bowl. Toss with eh vegetables and add Romano cheese to taste.

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Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

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Nothing says Italy like biscotti. These long, oval, crunchy, flavoured biscuits can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee, tea, or on their own. Biscotti, also known as cantuccini are twice baked biscuits that originated in the Italian city of Prato.

To make the cinnamon hazelnut biscotti take 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup hazelnuts.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy and beat in the eggs and vanilla. Sift in flour cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and mix it into the egg mixture. Add the hazelnuts.

Next shape the dough into logs and place on the baking sheet and flatten to about a ½ inch. Bake for 30 minutes until the edges are brown and the centre is firm. Remove from the oven and when cool enough to handle, slice into long ovals. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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Torta Rustica, ethnic treat

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The Torta Rustica is an easy Cuban, Greek, or Italian dish that can be eaten for breakfast or lunch. The dish which is a complete meal consisting of carbohydrates, vegetables, and food from animals, is a fairly heavy meal and best eaten before late hours.

Gather together 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup cornmeal, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup butter, diced 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons cold water, 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese, 4 ounces feta cheese, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 egg 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 pound ham slices, chopped frozen chopped spinach, roasted red peppers, and 1 egg.

To prepare add flour, cornmeal, and salt and cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Beat in eggs and cold water and mix it into the flour mixture until the dough forms. Shape2/3 of the mixture into a flattened round and repeat the process with the remaining 1/3 and place in the refrigerator.

In a separate bowl, mix the cheese, 1 egg, parsley, basil, and oregano until blended. In an 8 inch round baking dish rollout the dough mixture and place the flattened portion in the bottom of the pan. Use the remaining 1/3 to wrap in the round section of the dish and add the cheese mixture. Add the peppers in single layer and top with the mozzarella and press down. Cover with the remaining dough and seal the edges. Use the remaining egg to top the mixture and bake in an oven at 375 degrees F or until the crust is golden brown. Once done, cool, cut into wedges and serve.

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