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Boeuf Bourguignon

From: Virgina 
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:16 PM

  I would like to have the recipe for Bouef Bourguignon (can't spell it) that I got out of a Good Housekeeping magazine many years ago. 
It had three different kinds of liquor in it and was really delicious. If you can help, I'd appreciate it! Many thanks for all your 
previous helps.


Hi Virginia,

What were the three liquors?


  From: Virgina 
  Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:27 AM
  To: Phaedrus 
  Subject: Re: 

  Hi Phaed,

  I can't remember for sure, but I think two of the three were bourbon and gin, plus the red burgundy. thank you so much.


Hi Virginia,

I can’t find a recipe with multiple liquors that gives any connection to Good Housekeeping. Below are a couple of recipes without that connection that do have multiple liquors.

The combination of burgundy plus gin and bourbon sounds unlikely to me. When alcohol in addition to the red wine is added to this dish, it is usually Cognac or brandy or another wine.

I’ll post this on the site.


  Beef Bourguignon

  Butter or margarine
  2 1/2 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  3 tbsp. brandy
  1/2 lb. small white onions, peeled(about 12)
  1/2 lb. small fresh mushrooms
  2 1/2 tbsp. potato flour
  2 to 2 1/2 tsp. meat - extract paste
  2 tbsp. tomato paste
  1 1/2 c. Burgundy
  3/4 c. dry sherry
  3/4 c. ruby port
  1 c. (10 1/2 oz.) condensed beef bouillon, undiluted
  1/8 tsp. pepper
  1 bay leaf

    Slowly heat a 4-quart Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid.  Add 2 tablespoons butter; heat, don't burn.  
In hot butter, over high heat, brown beef cubes well all over (about a fourth at a time - just enough to 
cover bottom of Dutch oven). Lift out beef as it browns.  Continue until all beef is browned adding more 
butter as needed.  Then return beef to Dutch oven.  In small saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons brandy just until 
vapor rises.  Ignite, and pour over beef.  As flame dies, remove beef cubes; set aside.  Add 2 tablespoons 
butter to Dutch oven; heat slightly.  Add onions; cook over low heat, covered, until onions brown slightly.  
Then add mushrooms; cook, stirring 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in flour, meat-extract paste and 
tomato paste until well blended.  Stir in burgundy, sherry, port and bouillon.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
Bring wine mixture just to boiling, stirring; remove from heat.  Add beef, pepper and bay leaf; mix well.  
Bake, covered and stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender, adding remaining brandy, 
little by little.  Makes 6 servings.  *This dish is better if made the day before, refrigerated, and 
reheated gently for serving.  If necessary, add a little more wine to thin the sauce.  
  Beef Bourguignon

  3 lbs. cubed stew beef
  1 1/2 c. brandy
  2 1/2 c. red wine
  1/2 c. butter
  1/2 lb. whole mushroom
  1/2 lb. pearl onion
  1 tbsp. tomato paste
  2 cloves garlic chopped
  1 bay leaf
  1/2 tsp. thyme
  1 (10 1/2 oz.) can beef stock
  1/4 c. flour

    Marinate beef in 1/3 of brandy and red wine for at least 1 hour.  Turn occasionally.  In large skillet heat 
half the butter until foamy.  Mix together flour with salt and pepper to taste.  Roll beef cubes in flour, place 
in hot butter and brown, removing cubes as they are done. In separate skillet, heat remaining butter; add onions; 
stir, cover and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms, turn up heat and saute 3 minutes.  Remove from 
heat; add tomato paste, garlic and 1 tablespoon flour. Mix until smooth. Add remaining brandy, red wine, beef stock, 
bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.  Boil, reduce heat.  Simmer 15 minutes, add beef and simmer 1 1/2 hours. 
 I think you nailed it again!!! The first recipe you sent to me sounds like the one I want. You are a wonder! 
I don't know how you do it so quickly! Thank you so much.

Drostes Cocoa Chocolate Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kathy 
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:24 PM
Subject: Another Drostes chocolate cake recipe request

This came. From a long time ago friend. There was sour cream in the cake, 
the cocoa was stirred into a 3/4 cup of coffee. Whipping cream and Drostes 
cocoa in the frosting.
Thanks very much for your help,

Hi Kathy,

Sorry, I had no success finding a recipe in which Droste cocoa was mixed with the coffee as you describe. I'll post this on the site.


Em Le's French Toast

From: Holly
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 6:37 PM
Subject: recipe

Hi there!
I have been wondering if anyone has a recipe for the crinkly french toast and syrup served at Em Le's restaurant 
in Carmel,Ca? It's kind of a cross between french toast and a funnel cake.There are all these crispy bits all over 
it,so it is definitely cooked in hot oil with some kind of batter.They put almonds on it and a great syrup that has 
caramel and spices.

This is what the menu description says.. Unique, BATTER COOKED, thick egg bread and beautifully finished with white 
powdered sugar, cinnamon, and crushed almonds, and Em Le’s homemade secret syrup. 

It would be so wonderful if I could make some at home.


Hi Holly,

Sorry, I had no success finding a recipe for this batter-fried egg bread French Toast and “secret syrup”. Em Le's has held onto the recipe since 1955 and no one has created a copycat. I couldn’t even find a “tastes-like”. There are other battered French Toast recipes, but they don't appear to be similar.

Em Le's Website

Menu with photo of the dish


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