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Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Spaghetti Carbonara (fixed)

don’t let the steps fool you, this is an easy recipe to make, but like all cream-sauces requires a few minutes of frantic movement

Blend milk, eggs, yolks, salt, pepper in a bowl or large mixing cup.

set aside so it can come close to room-temperature (this is your “Chegg”, Cheese + Egg)

Saute bacon until crispy (or cook in oven at 400° for 15-20 minutes)..

reserve at least 2 tbsp bacon drippings / grease

Season water for spaghetti with salted water, chunks of onion, cloves of peeled garlic to taste.

Boil Spaghetti according to package directions.

Just before draining pasta RESERVE 1 CUP PASTA WATER in a glass measuring cup (scoop out / reserve).

IMPORTANT PREP STEP: From this point forward, everything has to be done quickly so that the cheese / egg mixture gets all the heat and comes to a safe temperature and the cheese melts.

Put on the counter, in order, all in the same area:

Drain and set spaghetti aside in serving / mixing bowl.

In the same pot you cooked the spaghetti, heat bacon drippings and whisk in flour. Cook 1 minute, whisking rapidly.

this is basically a roux, it should begin to darken and turn brown

Remove pot from heat and quickly perform the following steps.

Dump in Drained Spaghetti, Toss with the bacon drippings mixture.

Dump in Cheese / Egg mixture, Stir.

Dump in Bacon, Stir.

Slowly add some reserved pasta water, Stir.

you want to go from sticky and cheesy here to slightly creamy by adding hot water

Cover the pot with a lid for ~5 minutes (to let egg come to temperature and cheese melt).

Transfer pasta to serving bowl or serve from the pot.

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014

Sangria, Red

Starting from this recipe as a base, basically add fruity stuff to red wine until it tastes good / different / better.

Mix liquid ingredients.

Chop fruit.

Mix fruit with liquid and let sit in fridge.

To make simple syrup, add 1 cup white sugar to one cup boiling water, and continue heat until clear.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014

Summer Slaw

These are rough guidelines.

Taste and season to your liking.

Mix, chill, drain, serve alone or on top of tacos.

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014

Banana Nut Bread

Cream shortening and sugar.

Add eggs one at a time and beat well.

Sift dry ingredients.

Alternate adding flour mixture and mashed banana to shortening mixture.

Fold in walnuts.

Bake at 350 in a greased loaf-pan.

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Mon, 06 Jan 2014

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

original recipe here

Mix together the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika in a small bowl.

Rub the spice mix into the beef, covering each side evenly.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat skillet and sear beef until browned on all sides.

Transfer beef to the slow cooker and top with diced onion and minced garlic.

Leave the pan on the heat, and add in the beef stock to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add the tomato paste and minced chipotle and whisk into the pan sauce.

Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a 3-5 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.

Pour the pan sauce down over the onions, garlic, and beef in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Shred the beef and onions with two forks. Serve the beef in the flour tortillas, topped with your favorite taco toppings.

Top with…

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Tue, 31 Dec 2013

Nuts and Bolts

Preheat oven to 250.

Mix all ingredients in a wide pan (not deep).

Place in oven for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

Store in airtight container with paper towels around bottom / edges.

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Sun, 01 Dec 2013

Yorkshire Pudding

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Sift flour and salt.

Break eggs into flour mixture, beat until smooth.

Add milk slowly, beating until smooth.

Cover 9x12” glass baking dish with ~3 tbsp grease or drippings.

Place just greased pan in oven until the grease melts and is sizzling hot.

Remove pan, pour in batter, return to oven.

Cook at 425 for 20 minutes, then pour off fat.

For an advanced version, try this:

(courtesy Mr. Alan Cox)

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Sat, 09 Nov 2013


Dice tomatoes and place in a bowl.

Mince garlic, chop basil.

Drain any excess liquid / water from the tomatoes the add the garlic / basil.

Add salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, mix by had and let the mixture rest in the fridge.

Toast bread then serve mixture spooned on top.

Usually I’ll use fresh basil with a little dried oregano added for some extra flavor.

Be very careful to use only a little bit of vinegar if you are not used to cooking with it.

If you add too much salt, the mix will be overly salty and unpleasant.

Let the mixture rest before tasting (so flavors combine), and try a little bit immediately before serving.

If more salt is needed, you can easily sprinkle some over the prepared toast or add a little more to the mix.

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Wed, 06 Nov 2013

Spaghetti Carbonara (simple)

Boil Spaghetti according to directions (salted water), reserve 1 cup pasta water.

Saute bacon until crispy, reserve 2 tbsp bacon drippings.

Blend milk, eggs, yolks, and salt.

Heat bacon drippings and whisk in flour. Cook 1 minute.

Rapidly whisk in egg mixture. Continuously whisk so the mixture doesn’t scramble!

Cook mixture 2-3 minutes so it thickens.

Remove from heat and mix in ~1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Toss with pasta, bacon, reserved cheese, reserved water, and pepper.

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Sat, 27 Jul 2013

Cowboy Cookies

Cream shortening and sugars.

Mix eggs into shortening one at a time, trying to get the mixture fluffy.

Mix vanilla into shortening and egg.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking soda.

Mix (slowly) flour into shortening mixture.

Mix (slowly) oats and chocolate chips into mixture.

Drop approximately 1 tbsp onto greased cookie sheet (do not form into balls).

Bake ~15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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