Stuffed French Toast (Betty's Variation)

Here is my recipe for Stuffed French Toast.


For the French toast:


8 small slices brioche, or other egg bread
1/4 cup Nutella
1 egg beaten with a little milk
2 tablespoons butter
Raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries to serve.


Spread half of bread slices with Nutella, top with remaining bread.
Dip in egg mixture, heat butter in skillet and fry sandwiches until lightly browned, turn and cook on other side.


Raspberry sauce:

Whiz a cup of raspberries in a processor with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and confectioner's sugar to taste.  Strain to remove seeds.

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Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch (Scottish cookie)


This recipe is said to have come from an Irish cook who worked at Skibo Castle.  I have adapted the recipe from the original, changing the size of the pan and adding some finely chopped crystallized ginger to bump up the finer flavor.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line an 8" square pan with foil and lightly butter the foil.

For the shortbread base:
1 1/4 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon very finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes


For the topping:

3 ounces unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Lyle's
Golden Syrup (substitute light corn syrup)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
SKIBO CASTLE


Make the base:
Sift together dry ingredients and blend in butter with your fingertips until the mixture just comes together.  Press evenly on bottom of pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned.

As soon as you take the shortbread out of the oven, make the topping.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 seconds.
Pour over base, tilting pan to cover evenly.  Cool and cut into small squares.

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Mom's Meatloaf (Quick and Easy)

Mom's Meatloaf-A family favorite for more than 50 years!




1 lb. ground beef or beef and pork mixture
2 slices bread, crusts removed and cut or torn into small pieces
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 teaspoon each: pepper, dry mustard, celery salt and garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Ketchup

Combine milk, egg and seasonings in a small bowl, stir in onion and add bread cubes.  Stir to combine.
Add to meat and mix gently.
Shape into loaf and transfer to a small roasting pan.
If desired, make indentations and fill with ketchup.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Betty on Location at The Corner Bistro Restaurant

Scalloped Potatoes

In our newest video... Betty goes on location to the Corner Bistro in Randolph, New Jersey where chef/owner Harold Vargas shows her how they make their prized scalloped potato dish. Website: www.thecornerbistronj.com.






"Continental cuisine (with a little love for Latin) has come to College Plaza, Randolph. The Vargas family (brothers Harold and Oscar) combine decades of restaurant expertise to present the freshest, healthiest, highest quality selections available. Fine diners in Randolph and beyond appreciate the Vargas family's focus on the food. Warm woods, intimate booths and interesting decor create a welcoming, serene ambiance. A ceramic-tiled waterfall adds soothing sounds and an outdoor patio offers an alternative atmosphere for guests. Diners are welcome to bring their own wine; kept chilled by the table or for reds, within reach of the wait staff.

Continental cuisine (with a little love for Latin) has come to College Plaza, Randolph. The Vargas family (brothers Harold (photo) and Oscar) combine decades of restaurant expertise to present the freshest, healthiest, highest quality selections available. Fine diners in Randolph and beyond appreciate the Vargas family's focus on the food. Warm woods, intimate booths and interesting decor create a welcoming, serene ambiance. A ceramic-tiled waterfall adds soothing sounds and an outdoor patio offers an alternative atmosphere for guests. Diners are welcome to bring their own wine; kept chilled by the table or for reds, within reach of the wait staff.

The menu includes an array of perfectly grilled steaks, fresh seafood, Italian-inspired pastas, interesting appetizers, soups, salads and warm homemade bread. Gluten free, whole wheat and whole grain pastas are available.

Chef Harold tests and creates new recipes that find their way to four daily specials and a changing, but ever-present prixe fixe menu. Burgers and sandwiches are also available, along with a children’s' menu.

In addition to expertly preparing continental and standard American fare, the trio brings the richness and variety of their native Guatemala to the menu. Just south of Mexico in central America and surrounded on both sides by water, Guatemala serves as a cultural backdrop for the Vargas's knowledge and expertise in the flavors and preparation of Latin dishes influenced by the country’s Mayan and Spanish cultures.

Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, The Corner Bistro is ready to serve and delight. 
The menu includes an array of perfectly grilled steaks, fresh seafood, Italian-inspired pastas, interesting appetizers, soups, salads and warm homemade bread. Gluten free, whole wheat and whole grain pastas are available.


Chef Harold tests and creates new recipes that find their way to four daily specials and a changing, but ever-present prixe fixe menu. Burgers and sandwiches are also available, along with a children’s' menu.

In addition to expertly preparing continental and standard American fare, the trio brings the richness and variety of their native Guatemala to the menu. Just south of Mexico in central America and surrounded on both sides by water, Guatemala serves as a cultural backdrop for the Vargas's knowledge and expertise in the flavors and preparation of Latin dishes influenced by the country’s Mayan and Spanish cultures.

Experience Latin dishes like caldos (meat stews), mariscada (an impressive seafood dish) sopas (soups), tamales, and the best nachos you're likely to taste. For dessert: tres leches cake (three milks) and the ever-delicious flan. Special Prixe Fixe Latin evenings with musical entertainment make for a special night out.

Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, The Corner Bistro is ready to serve and delight."The Corner Bistro is ready to serve and delight.
A Special Memory of our Atlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton, England on Queen Mary Two.





Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Our Molly has the great good fortune to be taken care of by Dr. Tack at the Black River Veterinary Hospital in Chester. NJ.

Dr. Tack and his entire staff provide friendly, professional, compassionate caring at a level I have rarely found.

As part of his caring, Dr. Tack publishes a monthly newsletter with lots of information and tips for caring for our pets.

Last month, he printed a recipe for peanut butter dog treats. They are now Molly's official favorite treat.

Easy to make, with ingredients you probably have on hand, they are wonderful for treats or training rewards!



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