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Hanger Steak with Mushrooms & Red Wine Sauce

Hanger Steak with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 12 ounces assorted mushrooms, torn or cut into large pieces
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2-pound hanger steak, trimmed, pounded to 1/2″ thickness
  • Coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
  • 1 6″ sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup low-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon


  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
  • Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in same skillet over medium heat. Season steak with salt and cracked pepper. Add steak, garlic, and rosemary to skillet. Cook about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board. Let rest while preparing sauce.
  • Discard garlic and rosemary from skillet. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. fat. Add wine; cook, stirring up bits, until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 3 minutes. Strain; return liquid to skillet. Stir in stock; bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; Whisk in 3 Tbsp. butter. Stir in mushrooms and 1 Tbsp. tarragon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon mushroom mixture onto plates. Thinly slice steak; serve over mushrooms. Garnish with remaining 1 Tbsp. tarragon.
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  • nutritional information

    One serving contains:
    Calories (kcal) 511.9
    %Calories from Fat 72.7
    Fat (g) 41.4
    Saturated Fat (g) 16.6
    Cholesterol (mg) 97.8
    Carbohydrates (g) 3.9
    Dietary Fiber (g) 0.9
    Total Sugars (g) 1.9
    Net Carbs (g) 3.0
    Protein (g) 30.3
    Sodium (mg) 135.5


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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Food & Health


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I got Schweddy Balls!

Found it!


Sorry it’s sideways!  I was excited to find Schweddy Balls ice cream here!  Of course, I had to buy it.  It’s quite good!  Those little malted milk rum balls are tasty.  I’ve only had a couple spoons of it so far and there is more vanilla ice cream than rum balls, but I’m not complaining.  Im always up for a new ice cream flavor.  I should start a series!  The best ice cream flavors!

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized



Dirty Pirates



Dirty Pirate Popsicles

Posted by on September 14 2011 in Desserts, Featured

 Dirty Pirate Popsicles

  • 2 1/2 cups Coke
  • 1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua


  1. Place all ingredients in a large glass and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
  2.  Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

*Slightly flat Coke will produce a popsicle that stays frozen longer. To quickly and manually flatten out the carbonation, empty out enough Coke from a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from top of bottle to top of coke. Place cap back on and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Set aside to leave bubbles to subside.


Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Cheats, Mabon


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I found this recipe at (there’s a picture there!) It’s a healthier take on traditional lasagna.  I hope my family will eat it.  Otherwise I know what I’ll be taking in my lunch next week.
IT IS NOT MY RECIPE NOR MY IDEA. It belongs to and I think it’s cool enough to share.
1 lb. (about 3 medium-sized) zucchini; ends removed and sliced lengthwise into wide, flat strips
1 large portabella mushroom; sliced into strips
1 large eggplant; ends removed and sliced lengthwise into wide, flat strips
15 oz. frozen chopped spinach; thawed, thoroughly drained and patted dry
16 oz. canned tomato sauce with garlic flavoring
1 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles
1 egg white

1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp. reduced-fat parmesan-style grated topping
1 tbsp. chopped basil
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch nutmeg


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat soy crumbles in the
microwave for 30 seconds, and set aside. Set out a row of several paper towels (as you cook the veggies, transfer them to the paper towels to drain excess moisture). Spritz a large pan evenly with nonstick spray, and bring to high heat. Once hot, lay as many zucchini and mushroom slices as you can fit flat in the pan, and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Continue until all slices are cooked, removing the pan from heat and re-spraying it between batches. Cook eggplant slices for about 3 minutes per side, continuing to work in batches (removing and re-spraying pan each time). Next, in a large bowl, mix the spinach, egg white, ricotta cheese, basil, salt and nutmeg. Stir well and set aside. Spray a deep 8″ X 8″ pan with nonstick spray. Pour half (8 oz.) of the tomato sauce into the bottom of the pan. Then, layer half of the veggie slices on top in assorted order. Spread half of the spinach mixture on top. Next, sprinkle the soy crumbles evenly into the pan. Layer with remaining veggies, and then spread the rest of the spinach mixture on top. Cover with the remaining tomato sauce. Then, evenly top the lasagna with the mozzarella and grated cheese. Finally, bake uncovered for 30 minutes (or until the cheese on top starts to brown). Let cool, cut into 4 pieces, and dig in!

Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (1 SUPER-LARGE portion)
Calories: 238
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 1,218mg
Carbs: 33g
Fiber: 11g
Sugars: 14g
Protein: 25g
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Food & Health


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Cute Coffee Cupcakes

This is not my recipe nor my idea.  Please visit this link to get the tutorial and full recipe. it’s so amazing!!

To make your own Coffee Creations Cupcakes, you’ll need the following:
12 chocolate cupcakes baked in brown paper liners
1 cup dark cocoa candy melts
1 cup chocolate frosting
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup chocolate jimmies
1 cup whipped vanilla frosting
Ground cinnamon
Small lemon slice candies
Chocolate coated wheat sticks

Here are Karen and Alan’s easy decorating steps:
1. Place the dark cocoa candy melts in a resealable plastic bag and melt in the microwave, massaging the bag every 15 seconds until smooth. Draw the coffee cup handles on a sheet of paper and place it on a cookie tray. Layer a sheet of wax paper on top of the paper featuring the drawings. Snip a small corner from the bag and pipe a thick outline of the handles by tracing the drawings with melted chocolate. Repeat to make 12 handles. Refrigerate until set for about 5 minutes.

2. Place the chocolate frosting in a microwave-safe bowl, and add the espresso powder. Heat this bowl for about 10 seconds in the microwave, and stir it until achieving the desired texture — slightly runny, but still with body. Gently dip the cupcakes into the frosting just up to the paper liner. Allow the excess frosting to drip off into the bowl, pat them on the bottom to shake off the final drips, then turn upright.

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Cheats


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Spaghetti Cupcakes

To make your own On Top of Spaghetti cupcakes, you’ll need the following:
12 vanilla cupcakes
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Yellow food coloring
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
3/4 cup low sugar strawberry jam
12 to 16 chocolate doughnut holes
1 piece white chocolate

Here are Karen and Alan’s easy decorating steps:
1. Tint the vanilla frosting a semolina yellow with the yellow frosting and cocoa powder. Spoon the tinted frosting into a resealable bag.

2. Arrange the cupcakes close together on a serving platter. Snip a very small corner from the bag with the frosting. Pipe the frosting all over the cupcakes to cover completely, allowing the frosting to hang over the edge and look like spaghetti.

3. Spoon the strawberry jam in a medium bowl and stir to break up. Toss the doughnut holes with the strawberry jam. Spoon a doughnut hole and some of the jam on top of the spaghetti-covered cupcakes. Add some extra sauce and allow a doughnut hole to land on the serving platter.


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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Cheats, Uncategorized


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S’More Cobbler (FROM Createdby-Diane)


I just subscribed to this blog, too!  I couldn’t resist this recipe. Its so easy.  I would find a way to add peanut butter, though!  Go sign up for this blog!


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup  whole milk
  • 1 5oz chocolate pudding (cook&serve)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 whole graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 40 large marshmallows

Combine milk and pudding mix and place into greased 13×9 baking dish

  • place graham crackers (broken in half) on top of pudding mixture with space in between each one
  • add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • spread DRY cake mix over top and place the butter by tablespoons on top of dry mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Mix slightly so there isn’t large areas of dry ingredients.
  • add marshmallows and bake for 8-10 minutes and if needed 1-2 minutes undner a high broiler to brown.
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Cheats


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