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Posts from February 2013


MANIC MONDAY MENU (UPDATE)
My "MANIC MONDAY MENU" feature in this blog will RETURN on Monday, March 4th!
I've been extremely busy with some things, as well as planning a surprise birthday party for my mom, which went off without a hitch last night! :)
So check back on Monday, March 4th for a brand new recipe/tip!

If you have a recipe and/or tip you'd like me to feature in a future "Manic Monday Menu" or you have any questions you can email them to me at:
manicmarc@entercom.com
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~Manic Marc
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Manic Monday Menu (#3)

It's Just Another Manic Monday and that could only mean one thing, another "Manic Monday Menu"!
This weeks "Manic Monday Menu" is Valentine Themed and geared toward impressing your sweetie AND their sweet tooth.

So here is my exclusive recipe for:

MANIC’S MINI DRUNKEN UPSIDEDOWN CHOCOLATE CHERRY CAKES

 

Ingredients you will need:

-1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon of Flour

-1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons of Sugar

-3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

-1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

-1/8 Teaspoon of Salt

-1/4 cup of Water

-4 Tablespoons of Amaretto (Disaronno) Add More if Desired, I did! ;) I don't measure...I just pour! hehe

-2 Tablespoons of Oil

-1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar

-1 can of Cherry Pie Filling

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix till incorporated. Then combine all the wet ingredients in another bowl and mix till incorporated. Then add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix till combined.

Then take a Large 6 Count Muffin Tin and lightly grease or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each muffin well with the cherry filling and divide it all evenly. Then spoon the batter into each muffin tin evenly.

Bake on 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes and then invert the muffin tin on a plate and tap on the tin and turn out the little cakes. When serving I pop them in the microwave to warm them slightly, but this is a preference.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe for MANIC’S MINI DRUNKEN UPSIDEDOWN CHOCOLATE CHERRY CAKES!

Try them this Valentine's Day and impress your sweetie and their sweet tooth!

If you have a recipe and/or tip you'd like me to feature in a future "Manic Monday Menu" or you have any questions you can email them to me at:
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~Manic Marc

 

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Manic Monday Menu (#2)

MANIC’S MOST AMAZING BEEF STEW THAT WILL EVER HIT YOUR MOUTH

 

Ingredients you will need:


2 lbs good quality chuck beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
Blackberry Wine, roughly a half a bottle, you may use more…I did ;)
5 whole garlic cloves, smashed
2 bay leaves
2 cups all-purpose flour
Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch coins
4 stalks of celery, coarsely chopped
1 pound small potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 can of beef stock and 1 can of chicken stock
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Place the beef in a bowl with the blackberry wine, garlic, and bay leaves. Place in the refrigerator and marinate overnight.
When you are ready to start preparing the next day…preheat your oven to 300 degrees and then combine the flour, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper.
Lift the beef out of the marinade with a slotted spoon and discard the bay leaves and garlic, saving the marinade. In batches, dredge the cubes of beef in the flour mixture and then shake off the excess.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot and brown half the beef over medium heat turning to brown evenly.
Place the beef in a large oven-proof Dutch oven and continue to brown the remaining beef, adding oil as necessary. Place all the beef in the Dutch oven.
Heat another 2 tablespoons of oil to the large pot and add the onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally till they start to get tender. Then add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.
Place all the vegetables in the Dutch oven over the beef. Add 2 1/2 cups of the reserved marinade to the empty pot and cook over high heat to deglaze the bottom of the pan, scraping up all the brown bits with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken stock, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon salt, 2 teaspoons pepper.
Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables in the Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over medium heat on top of the stove. Cover the pot and place it in the oven to bake it for at least 2 hours, I let it go for about 4 hours, the longer you cook it the more tender the meat and vegetables will be. I suggest checking it half way through the cooking process and stirring it/check it.
Then there is only one more thing left to do…EAT! But there is more…

BONUS RECIPE
 
BEER BISCUITS (They go perfect with this stew)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose baking mix, recipe below
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup beer

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients with a whisk until just combined. Form into a large ball and roll out to thickness desired and use a biscuit cutter of your choice. Cut them and place on a nonstick sheet tray or use parchment paper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.

ALL PURPOSE BAKING MIX
6 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup shortening
In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry knife or fork until the mixture is well blended.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe for MANIC’S MOST AMAZING BEEF STEW THAT WILL EVER HIT YOUR MOUTH, Plus the BONUS RECIPE of BEER BISCUITS that go great with it.

If you have a recipe and/or tip you'd like me to feature in a future "Manic Monday Menu" or you have any questions you can email them to me at:
manicmarc@entercom.com
or
Contact me on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/manicmarconair

~Manic Marc
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