My kids found this app and have been playing it relentlessly for the past week. Beat the Boss (as well as Beat the Boss 2 and Beat the Boss 3) is just that, a game where the tables are turned and you get to torture your boss. The app starts with your cartoon boss berating you...then you take out your aggression. You can throw him around the office or choose a weapon to inflict damage. The weapons range from office supplies like pencils or thumbtacks to water guns and boxing gloves on a spring to grenades, swords and artillery.
Makes two 8 inch crusts (for one cherry pie)
3 cups all purpose flour
4 oz. (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 large egg
1/3 cup very cold water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
3 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 lbs. frozen sour cherries, thawed and liquid drained
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, cherries, and vanilla & almond extract. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
In a food processor pulse together the flour, butter, and shortening until it resembles course corn meal. Place flour mixture into a large mixing bowl.
Add egg, water, salt, zest, and vinegar to flour mixture and mix by hand just until mixture forms a dough.
Cut dough into two pieces and wrap each piece in plastic wrap, flattening each piece into a disk. Chill in refrigerator for 45-60 minutes.
Once chilled remove one disk from refrigerator and on a lightly floured surface roll out dough into a round shape. Place dough lightly into pie pan. Fill pie with cherry filling and remove second disk from refrigerator.
Roll out second disk of dough until it is about 1 inch wider around than the pie plate. Cut dough into strips. Take each strip of dough and weave over and under each other strip to create a lattice top. Carefully brush top with egg wash being very careful not to get egg wash in the cherry filling.
Bake pie at 350° F until crust is a golden brown. Serve cooled.
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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
½ cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
4 cups warm chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
½ lb. Asparagus, blanch & cut up
1 cup frozen baby green peas
1 lb. raw shrimp, shelled
½ tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, minced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
In a pot of boiling water, blanch asparagus and peas. Set aside
Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large sauté pan with sides. Add onions and cook until transparent. Add garlic and dry rice. Cook until rice is coated and begins to become fragrant about 2-3 minutes.
Add wine 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until it evaporates.
Slowly add 1/2 cup of warmed stock while stirring. Continually add stock in stages until it evaporates while constantly stirring rice for 23 minutes over medium heat. Add shrimp and allow to cook in risotto.
At the end of the cooking time, when risotto is "al dente", stir in remaining butter, asparagus, peas, zest, salt and pepper.
Add cheese and parsley, serve immediately.
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2 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking powderd
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, grated
1/4 tsp. cloves, ground
3 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temp.
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups pears, peeled, cored and small diced
Powdered sugar as desired
Sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Reserve for later use. In a kitchen stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time annd beat mixture until it is light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture one-third at a time and beat on low speed until smooth.
Add the egg yolks and the vanilla to the batter and continue mixing until fully incorporated. Fold in cranberries and pear pieces. Pour batter into a buttered floured pan and smooth surface. Place on the middle rack of a 325 degree oven and bake until done, about 35 minutes.
When cake is done, remove from oven and cool. Allow cake to cool, dust with powdered sugar and serve as desired.
Caramel Sauce (makes 1 cup):
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream
Use a larger pan then you think you will need as the mixture will bubble up when the cream is added. In a non-reactive saucepan, heat sugar, water and lemon juice. Allow mixture to melt and as cooking, turn a golden caramel color. Pull sugar mixture off the heat and add heavy cream. Be careful as mixture will bubble violently. Mix in cream then add mixture back to the stove and allow to thicken slightly.
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1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
8 oz. lean ground turkey
1 sm. onion, minced
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
8 cups chicken stock
1 lb. spinach, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
To make the meatballs: Mix egg whites, bread crumbs, parmesan, ground turkey, onion, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl to blend. Using 1 teaspoon for each, shape the meat mixture into meatballs. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350°.
To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the boiling broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin strands of egg. Add the meatballs and Swiss chard and simmer for 10 minutes. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls to serve.
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Yields: 20 truffles
10 oz. 72% dark chocolate, chopped small
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. Irish Cream Liquor
¼ cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup raw sugar
Blend cocoa powder and raw sugar together in a food processor
Heat cream in a small saucepan. Pour cream into chocolate in a medium sized metal bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until chocolate is melted. Add liquor and incorporate. Pour chocolate mixture onto parchment-lined baking sheet or a large plate. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least one hour.
Scoop cold chocolate mixture into truffles using a #100 ice cream scoop or small teaspoons. Roll truffles into round shape – cool again if necessary then roll in finishing powders.
Store truffles in airtight containers, in single layers, between sheets of parchment or waxed paper. These truffles can be refrigerated for up to a week; frozen for up to a month.
About 24 small cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
¾ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate, do not use chips
6 Tbsp. water
8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
4 lg. eggs, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the filling:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
3 lg. egg yolks
3 oz. butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut, toasted
For the chocolate icing:
8 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 oz. unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
Line 2 muffin tins with liners. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Melt chocolate together with the 6 Tbsp. of water. Stir until smoothallow to cool to room temperature.
In a kitchen mixer, cream together butter and 1 1/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add in the melted chocolate and egg yolks. Mix together.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Mix in half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then the buttermilk and the vanilla extract, then the rest of the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until frothy then add in a 1/4 cup of sugar until they form soft peaks.
Fold about one-third of the egg whites into the cake batter to lighten it, then fold in the remaining egg whites just until there's no trace of egg white visible.
Divide the batter into the muffin cups about 2/3 full and bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely.
While the cakes are baking and cooling, make the filling and icing.
To make the filling:
Mix the cream, sugar, and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Put the 3 oz. butter, salt, toasted coconut, and pecan pieces in a large bowl.
Heat the cream mixture and cook, stirring constantly (scraping the bottom as you stir) until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the spoon (an instant-read thermometer will read 170°F.)
Pour the hot custard immediately into the pecan-coconut mixture and stir until the butter is melted. Cool completely to room temperature. (It will thicken.)
To make the icing:
Heat the cream, chocolate and butter stirring until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let sit until room temperature.
To assemble the cupcakes:
Once the cupcakes have cooled, use a tool to push down the center of the cupcake creating a small hole. Place a small amount of filling inside each cupcake. Top with chocolate icing and serve.