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Bruschette Carrabba1 loaf Italian-style or French bread
1 stick butter, softened
3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ tspn garlic powder
3 slices Fontina cheese, thinly sliced and trimmed to fit bread slices
3 slices mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced and trimmed to fit bread slices
3 oz mushrooms, sliced, and sauteed in butter
3 slices Roma tomato, sliced ¼" thick
1½ tbsp pesto sauce (use the classic Pesto containing basil and pine nuts )
pinch of extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of fresh basil, cut into fine strips (julienne strips)
- Bake loaf of Italian bread in oven until lightly browned.
- Slice the bread into ½" slices and discard end pieces.
- Cut larger middle slices into equal halves.
- Mix softened butter with chopped garlic and garlic powder.
- Spread garlic butter over six of the smaller pieces of bread.
- Place fontina slices on 3 buttered slices of bread.
- Place mozzarella on the three remaining pieces of buttered bread.
- Place sauteed mushrooms on top of the fontina cheese.
- Top the mozzarella cheese with the tomato slices and Pesto.
- Place all six slices on a baking pan.
- Bake in a preheated 500ºF oven for 4 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
- Remove from oven and top fontina-mushroom bruschette with a drizzle of olive oil.
Do not add olive oil to the tomato-pesto bruschette. Sprinkle all bruschette with the thinly sliced basil leaves.
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Ribs AgrodolceOlive oil
4 pounds meaty beef short ribs
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 heads of Blue Moon Farm Organic garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Prairie Fruits Farm honey
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
4 cups beef or chicken broth
1/2 750-ml bottle dry red wine
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Heat a good splash of olive oil in heavy large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat.
- Season ribs liberally with salt and pepper.
- Working in batches, add ribs to pot and brown well, turning often, about 8 minutes per batch.
- Using tongs, transfer ribs to large bowl.
- Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from pot or add oil as necessary to measure 2 tablespoons.
- Add onion, chopped carrot, and celery .
- Cook over medium-low heat until vegetables are soft.
- Stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
- Add garlic and flour, and stir 1 minute.
- Add honey, vinegar, wine and broth.
- Bring to boil over high heat, scraping up browned bits.
- Add bay leaf.
- Return ribs and any accumulated juices to pot.
- If necessary, add enough water to pot to barely cover ribs.
- Bring to boil.
- Cover pot tightly and transfer to oven.
- Bake until ribs are very tender.
- Stirring occasionally, about 2 hours 15 minutes.
- Carefully remove ribs from pot with tongs.
- Reduce cooking liquid until slightly thickened.
- Stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in ribs and chopped parsley.
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Chicken Bryan6 large chicken breasts
1 to 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ tspn salt
½ tspn black pepper
8 oz goat cheese, softened to room temperature
Sun-Dried Tomato sauce
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
½ cup dry white wine
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
10 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 ½ cups finely sliced sun-dried tomatoes
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
½ tspn kosher salt
½ tspn white pepper
Prepare the Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce:
- Place butter, garlic, and onion in a large skillet over medium heat .
- Saute until garlic and onion are tender and transparent.
- Add white wine and lemon juice.
- Increase heat to medium-high and simmer to reduce by half.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Add cold butter one piece at a time.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper .
- Stir to blend ingredients.
- Set aside.
Prepare the Chicken:
- Reduce charcoal briquettes to white-hot coals.
- Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill chicken over hot coals 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
- Divide goat cheese evenly between chicken breasts, placing some on each breast for the last two minutes of cooking.
- Place cooked chicken on serving platter and spoon Sun-Dried Tomato
- Sauce over chicken.
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Chicken Marsala1 chicken breast, grilled
1 cup dry Marsala wine
½ cup (1 stick) butter
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
½ cup mushrooms, sauteed
- Add Marsala wine, salt and pepper to a hot pan; reduce wine by 70%.
- Several tbsp at a time.
- Stir in butter until sauce is creamy.
- Add hot sauteed mushrooms.
- Pour sauce over grilled chicken before serving.
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Chocolate Dream1 box dark fudge brownie mix
¼ cup Kahlua
2 cups prepared chocolate mousse
2 cups real whipped cream
1 oz semi-sweet chocolate shavings
- Prepare brownie mix according to box instructions, using the two egg-recipe and substituting milk for the water.
- Line two 9" square baking pans with either parchment paper or wax paper.
- Spray bottoms with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour equal amounts of batter into each pan.
- Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Set one brownie pan aside.
- Invert other pan and remove brownie in one piece.
- Return to pan upside down.
- Remove parchment paper.
- Brush the brownie evenly with ½ of the Kahlua.
- Then top with ½ of the mousse, spreading it evenly over the brownie.
- Spread ½ of the whipped cream over the mousse.
- Remove second brownie from pan.
- Brush with remaining Kahlua.
- Place it on top of other brownie.
- Spread remaining mousse evenly over the top.
- Spread remaining whipped cream over the mousse.
- Sprinkle top evenly with chocolate shavings.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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