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February 25, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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On Saturday night, we had a laid back party at our house to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday.  Usually we host potlucks, but this time I did all the food preparation.  The menu included brisket, coleslaw, twice baked potato casserole, buffalo chicken dip, and yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  We also had a signature cocktail- Jameson and Ginger.  I’ll be sharing the recipes for all of these great dishes all week!

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Today, I want to talk about the beef.  I followed The Pioneer Woman’s step by step instructions for her delicious braised beef brisket.  She says that a 10 pound brisket feeds 12 people.  I bought roughly 13 pounds of brisket and it easily fed our 17 guests.  We sent a doggie bag home with some friends and still have enough for a few lunches this week.  We did do sandwiches on freshly baked rolls, so I think that helped stretch the meat farther.

The marinade is extremely salty, as it includes beef consommé and soy sauce.  When I tasted it before cooking, I was a little concerned it would overpower the beef.  Though it still packed a punch, after 9 hours in the oven the marinade had transformed the once tough brisket into a meltingly tender main dish.  I served up Stubb’s Original Barbeque Sauce as a condiment and its slight sweetness was a perfect foil to the salty beef.

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Gilligan, our 90 pound labradoodle, was at the party, too.  He spent his time hanging out in Sammy’s room with a Li’l Sebastian look-a-like.  Sammy spent the night at Nana and Papa’s.  9 hours of glorious sleep for mom and dad ensued.

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So here’s to you, my wonderful husband.  After 9 years together, and almost 7 of marriage, I like you and I love you.  I am the luckiest.


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