Sugo con Costolette di Manzo Recipe-Short Ribs-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

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Sugo con Costolette (koh-stoh-LEHT-tah) di manzo is Italian for Sauce with Beef Ribs, a popular Sunday comfort food in Italy. Many people refer to it as simply Sunday Gravy. We like our sugo served over pasta or Goat Cheese Gnocchi. If there happen to be any leftovers, we gently reheat the sauce in a covered saucepan on the stove. Comfort food, indeed!

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Hoppin John Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

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Hoppin John is a Southern tradition. The peas represent coins, and the greens represent dollars… and serving with cornbread symbolizes gold. Eating it on New Year’s Day is believed to ensure luck and prosperity for the whole new year. This year Mark and I officially became Southerners with our first batch of Hoppin John! We made it the night before to enjoy it first thing in the morning.

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Zucchini Bread Muffins Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

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Zucchini Bread is a tradition in the Midwest. Zucchini is a summer squash and easy to grow, and the plants are prolific producers. When the first zucchini of the season is ready, be sure to check daily and harvest at 8-10 inches while the flesh is still firm and the seeds are still tiny. Too many times, I have discovered sneaky ones hiding under big leaves, having already made the jump to jumbo. That’s when you make zucchini bread.

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Peanut Brittle Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

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This recipe makes enough peanut brittle to share with family, friends, and coworkers. I have been tweaking this recipe ever since I thoroughly failed my first attempt in 1995. I was at my sister Jaque’s house for our annual Christmas Cookie Day, and neither of us realized that her candy thermometer was broken. As I waited and waited for the magic 300°F hard crack stage, the concoction suddenly turned into a solid mass of charred sugar.

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