Beef Pot Roast with Cider Gravy and Maple Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 beef Shoulder Roast Boneless (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup unsalted beef broth
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, cut crosswise into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons brandy or water
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Cauliflower Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil

Directions

  1. In the microwave, cook the cauliflower in a covered dish with two tablespoon of water until soft.
  2. Drain the cauliflower and mash with the back of a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add the egg, salt and pepper, and enough flour until you can form patties; about 1/4 cup.
  4. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a skillet. Over medium high heat, brown the caulflower patties. Eat!

Starbucks’ Black And White Mocha Collection Is Back In Stores For A Limited Time

Everybody knows that calories simply do not count between Christmas and New Year’s. Really, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but that’s another story. Given that (not-so) scientific fact, if you find yourself at Starbucks in the next few days, you may want to forego your usual drip coffee in favor of something off Starbucks’ Black and White Mocha Collection menu.

Back in stores for a very limited time—starting December 26 and running through the New Year or while supplies last—the collection brings together two delicious flavors: white chocolate and dark mocha.

You can order three different drinks off the menu. There’s the Black and White Mocha, if you need some caffeine. Baristas pour espresso over white chocolate and dark mocha, then add in steamed milk and top it with whipped cream and a stripe of chocolate “sequins” that are meant to resemble a black tie.

If you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, there’s also a Black and White Hot Cocoa that’s made by melting dark and white chocolate mocha sauce with steamed milk. This one comes with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, too.

Last but not least, there’s a Black and White Frappuccino, which blends the two sauces with Frappuccino roast coffee, milk, and ice to make a creamy coffee-meets-milkshake. Don’t worry, it also comes with whipped cream and chocolate on top. Try them out while you can!

Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef Short Ribs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) double-strength beef broth or beef consommé
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 small onions, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup dry red wine

Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives

Ingredients

  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup multicolored cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons oil and vinegar dressing, divided
  • 20 olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Keep warm. Combine tomatoes, 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing, and olives in a medium skillet over medium heat, and cook for 2 minutes or until tomatoes soften slightly and mixture is thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.
  3. Brush chicken with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing.
  4. Cut each chicken breast half into 3/4-inch slices.
  5. Top each chicken breast half with 1/4 cup tomato mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese and torn basil leaves, if desired.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 200g (about 14 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (175g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (165g) white (granulated) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups (300g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 300g dark chocolate, chopped