Beef & Guinness Pie

Happy St. Patrick’s

The highest PUFF PASTRY of my life, LOL!

Beef & Guinness Pie via E (2 servings)

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 2 T. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 2-3 T. canola oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 T. water
  • 1 T. double concentrate tomato paste
  • 1 c. Guinness
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 1 T. worcestershire
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • puff pastry

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  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, salt, and black pepper in a plate. Very lightly, but thoroughly, coat the cubes of chuck– being sure to shake off any excess flour.
  2. Heat canola oil to almost a smoke, and brown the cubes of chuck in 2-3 batches. Set the browned chuck in a separate bowl on the side.
  3. Add onion, garlic, and water to the same browning pan. Saute for about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another minute.
  4. To the pan, add back the beef and its juices, then the broth, Guinness, worcestershire, and thyme. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Braise in the stew in the oven for at least 1.5 hours.
  6. After the beef has tenderized and the stew has thickened, transfer the stew into ramekins. Brush the edge of a 5″x5″ puff pastry with an egg wash to help adhere the pastry to the ramekin. Also, lightly brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash.
  7. Bake the pie at 450F for 20 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes! 
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Mango Habanero Chicken & Broccoli

Mango Habanero Chicken & Broccoli adapted via MH (servings)

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into medium pieces
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 1 t. corn starch
  • 1/2 T. canola oil
  • 1 T. chopped shallots, white parts only
  • 1 t. grated ginger
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 2 c. broccoli, blanched
  • 1 manila mango, peeled & pitted
  • 1 habanero chili, seeds removed
  • 1 T. chili garlic sauce
  • salt & pepper

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Living Social Deals – 1515 Restaurant

Are we fatties because we ate at two restaurants in a row or is it because the first one was so bad we HAD to have better food? I spent $8 for $16 worth at 1515 Restaurant on Living Social, and my Reuben nor his 1515 Kobe Beef Burger was really not worth any of it. The Prime Beef Carpaccio was tasty and interesting in it’s own way– there was crab stuffed inside a carpaccio roll of beef…but the menu didn’t describe it in such a way. There was most definitely no mentions of crab. I ate my Reuben because it wasn’t that bad, but it certainly wasn’t delicious either. As for his burger, he loves burgers & is no means picky with his burgers just as long as it’s not overcooked or burnt. This one, however, was just plain weird and not worth the calories. The bun…I don’t even want to talk about the bun. We said eff it and got ourselves some xiao long bao’s & pot-stickers. Yum!

happy π day!

Brown Butter Strawberry-Banana Nut Bread

I usually don’t like anything with nuts in them, but I realized that almost everybody does. If I’m going to have other people eat the things I make, I’m going to have to adapt to their taste buds. I mean it’s not bad with nuts…I’d just rather have it with chocolate chips or something! This is for you bby because you’re fruity & nuts, LOL jk, because you love strawberries & nuts ♥

Brown Butter Strawberry-Banana Nut Bread adapted via JTB

  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 6 T. unsalted butter, browned to 4 T.
  • 1 1/4 c. or 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/4 c. plain low-fat yogurt (or buttermilk)
  • 1 t. vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. coarsely chopped pecans, toasted and floured
  • 1 c. diced strawberries + 1 sliced strawberry

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Sriracha Bean Dip

Yay for six miles today! Unfortunately I cannot photograph a nice “dip” picture, they all just look blah. Here’s another dip recipe without a picture anyway… My over excessive use of garlic sorta backfired this time. The dip turned out too garlicky and less beany, which is what I would have preferred. Still dippable though with a mini whole wheat Toufayan pitette. Also delicious mixed with shreds of chicken breast and leafy greens stuffed inside a pita pocket. He loved it & so did Mom— success after all =)

Sriracha Bean Dip via WORC

  • 15 oz. white cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 1-2 t. soy sauce
  • 2 T. sriracha
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1/2 t. madras curry powder
  • 1-2 T. water
  • 1 T. lemon juice or lime juice

Jacques Torres’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

cookie cravings ♠ daylight savings

Jacques Torres’s Chocolate Chip Cookies ever so slightly modified !

  • 8.5 oz. cake flour
  • 8.5 oz. unbleached bread flour
  • 1 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t. coarse kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz. dark brown sugar
  • 8 oz. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 20 oz. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt, optional

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