Beef Burgundy in Puff Pastry #SundaySupper #HBTurns50

by Anne Papina on February 16, 2014

Beef Burgundy in Puff Pastry #SundaySupper #HBTurns50 | Webicurean

Some of the best meals start with wine. I should know–our family cooks just about everything in wine–chicken, pork, beef, you name it–if it’s going in the oven, it’s getting cozy in a bath of wine. So imagine how thrilled I was to learn that Gallo Family Vineyards was teaming with #SundaySupper to celebrate the 50th birthday of its Hearty Burgundy wine. Immediately thoughts of boeuf Bourguignon started swirling around in my head. Should I go traditional and make the stew? Or was that too obvious? Then it hit me–stuff it in puff pastry! Crazy talk, I know. If I could just capture the flavors of boeuf Bourguignon in a filling more suitable for a turnover, I could make something exceptional. And that’s how these turnovers–beef burgundy in puff pastry–came to be.

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Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

by Anne Papina on February 11, 2014

Stuffed Cornish Game Hens | Webicurean

It might surprise you to learn I’m not one to have a “signature” dish. Sure, I have my favorites, and certainly I have a number of specialties, but nothing you could call “Anne on a plate.” At one time, though, these stuffed Cornish game hens might have fit that bill. This is a dish my mother would make for special occasions, and I continued that tradition for some time. What could be better than being served your own little bird packed with a savory wild rice mixture? Not much. For whatever reason, though, I haven’t made them in several years. Poor Morgan, he never knew what he was missing. So, when I saw my local butcher had fresh, organic game hens, I snapped them up.

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Quick and Easy Broccoli Beef Stir Fry

by Anne Papina on February 1, 2014

Quick and Easy Broccoli Beef Stir Fry | Webicurean

It all started with a nagging cough. Oh, that doggone flu! Finally, we’re coming up for air. I think the highlight was going to the doctor after running a 101 fever for five days straight only to be told that the fever needs to be at least 104 to be considered the flu. If ever there was a WTF moment, that was it. Apparently we had some other random virus that mimics flu symptoms, but she wasn’t sure what it could be. Huh?!

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Kahlua-Toffee Ice Cream Cake #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on January 12, 2014

Kahlua-Toffee Ice Cream Cake #SundaySupper | Webicurean

It’s hard to believe, but the Sunday Supper Movement is turning two–proof that time does fly when you’re having fun! In honor of this milestone, Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake is hosting a virtual birthday party for the group, and I’m bringing my most often requested dessert–Kahlua Toffee Ice Cream Cake. Of course, there’s a little something for everyone here–the line-up from the rest of the crew ranges from cocktails and appetizers to entrees and desserts (all the recipes are listed below), so get ready to dig in.

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Webicurean’s Top 13 of 2013

by Anne Papina on December 30, 2013

Webicurean's top 13 of 2013

It’s hard to believe the New Year is almost here! As 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for  your support and all the wonderful comments throughout the year. Webicurean is a labor of love, but it wouldn’t be possible without the loyal readers who visit here each day. So, thank you, and I wish you all the best for 2014.

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies #TwelveDaysofSanta | Webicurean

It was in the wee hours of Christmas morning that my mother awoke to a stirring in the living room, followed by the exclamation, “Oh, Marvel! You did come!” The year was 1969, and at four, I was thoroughly obsessed with horses already. Of course, in San Francisco, you can’t actually keep a horse in your yard, so I lobbied for the next best thing–Marvel the Galloping Mustang. And as requested, Santa delivered. It’s a story my mom loves telling to this day. Funny what sticks with us, and while that particular Christmas is a little fuzzy to me, what I do recall is the annual ritual of leaving Santa a plate of fresh cookies accompanied by a well chilled martini. Only in San Francisco. This year Santa’s getting a special treat with his martini–Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies.

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Double Chocolate Sablés #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on December 17, 2013

Double Chocolate Sablés #TwelveDaysofSanta | Webicurean

Looks can sometimes be deceiving. Take, for instance, these cookies. At first glance, they might seem a bit, oh I don’t know, simple. But they’re chocolate, so you take one. Then with that first bite, you’re hit with a burst of chocolate so intense, you wonder how all that flavor got packed into such a tiny package. It’s simple, really. Two forms of chocolate are mixed into the dough, making this traditional French cookie simply irresistible. For this seventh installment of #TwelveDaysofSanta let’s nosh on some Double Chocolate Sablés while we explore Santa stories from France.

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Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Moscato Gravy #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on December 15, 2013

Baked Stuffed Pork Chops #SundaySupper | Webicurean
As you might imagine, my Swiss-Italian family is quite large and spread out, yet back in the day, we always seemed to find time to get together. Some of my most cherished childhood memories stem from the gatherings at Nona Mary’s house. That was the family home, a place where there was always a spot at the table, even if you dropped in unannounced. A place where the kitchen table had so many layers of vinyl table cloths piled on, no one remembered what the original table underneath looked like. The old regulator clock mounted on the kitchen wall, a clock whose pendulum had frozen long ago, hinted that it was a place where time simply stood still.  A place where old family traditions took center stage. Some of the best meals came out of that kitchen, always prepared with love and often with a healthy dose of vino. What can I say? Italians love their wine, so I was excited to learn that Gallo Family Vineyards was sponsoring this week’s #SundaySupper. These Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Moscato Gravy are my contribution to the table.

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Frosted Ricotta Cookies #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on December 5, 2013

Frosted Ricotta Cookies #TwelveDaysofSanta | Webicurean

With all the kneading, shaping, rolling, cutting of the last few weeks, these Ricotta Cookies are a nice change of pace. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a drop cookie. Sure, the frosting is an extra step, but guess what? They’re good without the frosting too! If you’re looking for something a little different this year, this sixth installment of #TwelveDaysofSanta has just the cookie for you–Frosted Ricotta Cookies (aka Italian Christmas Cookies)–straight from an Italian-American grandmother somewhere in Northern California.

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Viennese Crescents (Kipfel) #TwelveDaysofSanta

by Anne Papina on December 1, 2013

Viennese Crescents (Kipfel) #TwelveDaysofSanta | Webicurean

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. That means baking. Lots of baking. As you know, I’ve been pretty busy in the kitchen these last couple of weeks. First there were the Spritz Cookies, then the Pepparkakor (ginger snaps), followed by the Cinnamon Stars (zimtsterne), and of course the oh-so-delectable Russian Tea Cakes. In this fifth installment of #TwelveDaysofSanta, we’re traveling to Austria and whipping up some Viennese Crescents (kipfel).

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