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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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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Scampi-style Scallops over Linguine

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Scallops are some of the most highly prized seafood dishes in the world. Its taste is extraordinary and in certain cuisine may be eaten with pasta, fries, or as part of a bigger seafood meal.

The scampi-style scallops served over linguine is a treat and is simple and easy to prepare. All you need is 1 package linguine, 1 can anchovy fillets with oil, 1/2 onion, minced, 3/4 cup chicken stock, 1/4 cup white wine, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/8 teaspoon seafood seasoning , 12 ounces bay scallops, salt, and pepper.

To prepare first bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil and all linguine. You may add a few drops of olive oil to the water to prevent pasta from sticking together.

Cook the pasta for about 10 minutes and once cooked but firm, drain.

In a skillet over a medium flame, cook anchovies in oil until they melt and add the onion and cook until tender. Add the chicken stock, wine, garlic, parsley, and seafood seasoning. Add the scallops to the liquid and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook until the scallops are opaque. Serve over the linguine with a glass of white wine!

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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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Italian Sausage Lasagna, sweet

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There is nothing like tasty Italian lasagna to tickle the taste buds. This is the Italian sausage lasagna (read here other news).

To make you will need 12 lasagna noodles, 1 poundsweet Italian sausage, 2/3 cupchoppedonions, 1/2 tablespoonminced garlic, 2/3 cupchopped parsley, 3 cans tomato paste, 1 cantomato sauce, 2 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoonsItalian seasoning , 1 1/2 teaspoonsdried oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoonsdried basil leaves , 1 poundpart-skim ricotta cheese, 1 packagechopped spinach, 1/2 cupgrated Parmesan cheese , 3eggs , 2 teaspoons garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper , and 3 cupsshredded mozzarella cheese.

First preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Then bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook for about 10 minutes.

In a saucepan over a medium flame, cook the sausages with onions, garlic, and parsley. Then add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, oregano, and basil and mix carefully. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.

In a separate bowl, mix parsley, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, eggs, garlic salt, and pepper. Spread some sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and layer with 4 noodles, 1/2 cheese mix, 1/3 remaining sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella.

Repeat and make last layer noodles, sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

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Mushroom Risotto, creamy mushroom rice

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Risotto (read here other news) that favourite of Italian dishes made into a creamy classic can be served with a variety of accompaniment including meat, vegetable, or fish. This is the Mushroom Risotto.

To make you need 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 small onions, finely chopped , 1 clove garlic, crushed , 1 teaspoonminced fresh parsley, 1 teaspoonminced celerysalt and pepper to taste ,  1/2 cupssliced fresh mushrooms, 1 cup whole milk , 1/4 cup heavy cream , 1 cup rice, 5 cups vegetable stock , 1 teaspoon butter , and 1 cupgrated Parmesan cheese.

To prepare, first heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high flame heat. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is tender and the garlic is lightly browned.

Remove the garlic and add the parsley, celery, salt, and pepper and cook until the celery is tender. Next add the mushrooms and reduce the heat to low, and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft.

Pour in the milk and cream into a saucepan and add the rice. Heat until it simmers and then stir in the vegetable stock into the rice 1 cup at a time, until it is absorbed.

After the rice has been cooked, add the butter and Parmesan cheese, and remove from heat.

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Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto, a dish with a difference

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What could be more eye catching than ring-shaped pasta? Tortellini (read here other news) those little circles of meat or cheese-filled pasta – livens up any plate.

They are sometimes called belly-button pasta and can be an interesting switch from spaghetti and fettuccine and regular shaped pasta choices

To make the tortellini you need salt, 1 pound meat-filled tortellini, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 4 ounces prosciutto, finely chopped, 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 cup peas, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, and ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.

To prepare you first heat a large skillet over a medium flame and heat oil and prosciutto and cook until it’s crisp.

Add 1 cup of pasta water and simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes and add cream continuing to simmer until thickened.

Just before the tortellini is done add the peas to eater and cook until they are tender. Drain the pasta and the peas and place in a skillet and coat with the sauce and add parsley and sprinkle with cheese.

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