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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.

 

Carbonnade


soups, beef, pork

3 lb chuck roast
1 smoked ham hock; (optional)
1/2 cup oil
2 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large onion; thinly sliced
3 tablespoon flour
1 beer
1 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 pinch marjoram
1 pinch thyme
1 cl garlic; chopped fine
4 carrots; cut into 1 pieces
3/4 cup walnuts; (optional)
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar; or red win
2 tablespoon scotch whiskey

Recipe by: Ana Kurland Cut beef into 1 x 2 inch strips. (I cube them, 1 ") Remove ham from bone and cut into cubes. brown beef and ham in oil in large skillet. Lift meat out, sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and set aside. Brown onions in same oil. Li and set aside. Drain and save all but 3 Tbsp oil. Sift flour into oil to light brown roux. Gradually add 1 1/2 cup beef, stirring until mixture boils. Add broth, rest of salt, pepper, sugar, herbs and garlic. Alternate layers of meat, onions and carrots in large casserole. Add sauce and enough beer to cover meat. cover and cook in 300 F oven for 2 1/2 hours (I cook on stove top) Check occassionaly and add beer if needed. Shortly before stew is ready, saute walnuts in reserved oil. It takes only a couple of minutes to get them crisp. do NOT scorch. Add them to stew. Just before serving, add vinegar and scotch.