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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.

 

Easy Beef Burgundy


beef

4 slice bacon
1 cup onion; chopped
2 lb round steak; cut into bite size pieces
1 pinch salt; to taste
1 pinch pepper; to taste
2 cup whole fresh mushrooms, or 1 cup can; or 1 cup canned
1 teaspoon garlic; chopped
1 cup burgundy wine
1 cup water
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon dried celery flakes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoon flour

My old Sunset "Favorite Recipes" cookbook has a "Beef Burgundy" recipe which I've made for years. Over time, I've adapted the recipe to take advantage of a few shortcuts without sacrificing the great flavor. The following is my version: In a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan cook the onion and bacon until onion is soft, but not browned. With a slotted spoon, remove onion and bacon and set aside. Add the round steak to the pan drippings and cook until browned on all sides. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper, then add the mushrooms, garlic, wine, water, parsley, celery, thyme, and bay leaf. Return the onion and bacon to the pan and stir well, then cover and cook over low heat for 1-1/2 hours, or until meat is tender. Keep an eye on the liquid in the pan and add water and reduce heat if it seems to be boiling away quickly. When tender, with a slotted spoon, remove meat mixture from the liquid to a serving bowl. Discard the bay leaf. In a cup, mix some of the hot liquid with the flour, then stir into the liquid remaining in the pan. Cook stirring constantly until thickened (should only take about 1 minute). Pour the thickened liquid over the meat mixture in the serving bowl, stir to mix, and serve immediately over rice.