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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Country-style Bolognese Sauce

meats, vegetables, sauces, beef, italian

1/4 lb bacon -- chopped
1 medium onion -- finely chopped
6 cloves garlic -- finely
1 chopped/crush
1 celery stalk -- finely
1 chopped
1 medium carrot -- finely chopped
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb lean -- ground beef
1 cup chicken or beef broth --
1 (canned consomme is
1 cup dry white wine
4 cup canned peeled italian
1 tomatoes -- roughly cut,
1 undrain
1 small can tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 dash red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg -- freshly grated

In a small skillet or frypan, fry the bacon. Drain off the fat as it accumulates in the pan. Remove from skillet when bacon is leathery but not yet crisp. Distribute bacon on one or two paper towels, roll them up, and give them a good squeeze so the paper absorbs most of the remaining bacon fat. Set aside. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy non-aluminum kettle (an enameled cast iron casserole or large skillet will do) and add the vegetables. Cook, stirring, over low heat until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are softened. Add the beef, using a wooden spoon to break up any lumps. Cook only until the meat loses its raw red color. Do not let it brown. Add the cooked bacon, broth, and wine, raise the heat, and cook until the sauce thickens a little. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, pepper flakes, and nutmeg, and stir well. Taste and adjust the seasonings. When the sauce begins to bubble, lower the heat and simmer very slowly, partly covered, for about 4 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Before serving, taste again for seasoning and adjust. This sauce freezes well and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator. If you cannot find lean ground beef, pick out a round steak or some sirloin and have the butcher trim and grind it for you. Recipe By : "[Julian Manders]"