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Chocolate Valentine Cake with Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

Cake
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits (1 cup)
1/3 cup boiling water
3/4 cup butter
3 eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

Frosting
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits (1 cup)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla

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Directions

1. To prepare the cake: Preheat oven to 350* (F).
2. Grease and flour a 9x13x2 inch pan; set aside.
3. Melt chocolate in boiling water; cool.
4. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.
5. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well.
6. Stir in cooled chocolate and vanilla.
7. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
8. Add sifted ingredients to cake batter, alternating with milk.
9. Add red food coloring.
10. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry.
11. Fold into batter.
12. Pour into prepared baking dish.
13. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
14. Cool; frost with prepared frosting.
15. For frosting: Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt together.
16. Add sugar mixture to boiling water, stirring constantly over medium heat, until mixture comes to a boil.
17. Boil for one minute then remove from heat.
18. Stir in chocolate bits until smooth.
19. Stir in butter and vanilla.
20. Spread on cake while still warm.

TIme Taken
1.25 hours with 30 minutes of preparation

Number of Servings
12-14 servings

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Simmered Dinner

Ingredients

2 cans condensed beef broth
3 1/2 lbs short rib of beef
4 medium onions, cut in half lengthwise
12 small carrots, whole
4 medium parsnips, cut into 4 " pieces
4 medium potatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven,pour beef broth over the short ribs.
2. If the broth does not completely cover the ribs add water intil the liquid covers them.
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
5. Skim off the foam as you are simmering.
6. Add veggies (except the Parsley) to the pot and cook until tender about 20-25 minutes.
7. Remove meat& veggies arrange on a platter and pour a little of the beef broth over them and sprinkle with the parsley.
8. Put the remaining broth on the table for personal preference.
9. Serve.

TIme Taken
3.25 hours with 15 minutes of preparation

Number of Servings
4 servings

Hashbrown Dinner

Ingredients

2 cups frozen hash browns
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb cooked ground beef
1 cup corn
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup salsa

Directions

1. MIX hash browns with half the cheddar cheese in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
2. LAYER with the remaining cooked beef, corn, green onions and salsa; Top with remaining cheese.
3. BAKE at 400F for 30 minutes.

TIme Taken
45 minutes with 15 minutes of preparation

Number of Servings
6 servings

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