Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Secret Almond Butter Cups & Almond Butter Frosting


I've said it before but I'll happily admit to it again: I have always had a sweet tooth and I still do. Candy, chocolate and any other sugar are my weakness, no doubt about it. Since I know all too well what happens when I have even a little too much (dentist visits and elevated numbers on the scale), I try to avoid bringing it into the house at all during the week. I always indulge with a little something over the weekends though to calm the craving and avoid spinning out of control. This has always worked really well for me and when the weekend food planning rolls around I get excited to bake up some new and interesting deserts as a treat.



The company Manischewitz recently debuted an array of new products, expanding on their gluten-free line as well! I think it is fantastic that they are committed to creating some healthy and delicious products that have a good source of fiber, are low in sodium and do not contain sulfites, msg or artificial preservatives. I was pleasantly surprised when they offered to send me some samples of their products to try for myself and I was pretty impressed with almost every item I recieved, two of which I am featuring in this recipe today.




If you like chocolate ( who doesn't? ) then you have to bake up a batch of these- after all they aren't just any ordinary cupcakes- these ones have chocolate almond butter cups hidden inside and the perfect creamy frosting to to top it all off. They can be eaten warm for that runny chocolate inside when cut open or once they have cooled the chocolate becomes whole once again and it's just as good that way so there are lots of yummy options. I had also planned to sprinkle the tops with some broken up chocolate cups but completely forgot since I was short on time. Feel free to add that extra touch to yours if you'd like! Here's the recipe:


Chocolate Cupcakes with Secret Almond Butter Cups & Almond Butter Frosting: 

Cupcake:

3 1/2 Cups White Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Baking Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Water
2 Eggs
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Package Manischewitz Milk Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Frosting:

6 Ounces Dark Semisweet Baking Chocolate
2/3 of a Cup Sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Jar 10 Oz  Manischewitz Roasted Almond Spread

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

2. In a separate bowl combine the water, eggs and vegetable oil and then add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir very well to combine it all into a thick batter.

3. Fill paper lined muffin tins to about 1/2 full with the batter and place a chocolate almond butter cup in the center. Cover each one with about 1 tablespoon more of batter.

4. Bake them on 350 for about 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving or allow to cool completely for a less runny inside.

5. Prepare the frosting- put the baking chocolate, vanilla almond milk and roasted almond spread into a medium sauce pan and stir over a low-medium flame until they are all completely incorporated and seem like a thick frosting consistency. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes until it is thick enough to spread.

6. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes and then sprinkle with additional broken up chocolate almond butter cups if you would like. Let them stand until the frosting sets and serve.

Enjoy!

What do you like to indulge in when you do? Chocolate? Candy? Cake?

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February's Kitchen of The Month


I still don't have a kitchen of my own to design quite yet but dreaming and planning ahead of time can never hurt. In the meantime, I do so by gathering as many of pieces of inspiration as I can in a folder on my computer, on my pinterest kitchens board and in an actual binder where I keep inspirational magazine tearouts. You never know when something beautiful will pop up and catch your eye so you gotta be prepared right? ;) When I finally do get my dream kitchen (hopefully some day soon) I will take some key elements  from each one and incorporate them to make that one beautiful kitchen of my own. The kitchen is the room I spend most of my time in between cooking and cleaning and all else so I want it to be the one that is the done most perfectly to suit me. I want it to be both pretty and functional at the same time if you know what I mean.

Now for the details I am crazy for from this months kitchen (from pinterest- linked back to bhg.com) . The detail that stands out most to me is the massive furniture-style island cloaked in a soft robin's-egg blue shade which is what makes this kitchen unique and impressive! I really like the crisp white cabinets and gleaming chrome pendant lights which really pop against the blue island, providing a light atmosphere. Brown and blue work so well together in many aspects and this is no exception- the brown stools stand out beautifully against the blue island. That shelf above the oven with some of the main cooking essentials makes a great addition as it's super handy and the springy blue cafe curtains on the window above the sink really add polish to this room and complete the look.

What do you think of this kitchen? Can you imagine yourself cooking in it, cutting up vegetables on that very large workspace, looking out the window as you enjoy a snack on those perfect brown stools? I definitely can! 

Leave me a comment below letting me know what your favorite detail is in this months kitchen- I love to hear from you!

What do you think of this kitchen? Can you imagine yourself cooking in it, cutting up vegetables on that very large workspace, looking out the window as you enjoy a snack on those perfect brown stools? I definitely can! 

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Beauty Tip of The Week: Tweezing and Upkeeping Your Brows



My last beauty tip of the week was all about figuring out where your brows should begin, arch and finish. If you haven't seen it yet then go check it out here. I think it is pretty essential information that everyone needs to know before beginning to trim or tweeze at all. I myself have yet to get it all down perfectly so I try to get my brows waxed every little while and then I just follow the shape that has been mapped out for me by tweezing the hairs as they appear and trimming a little with scizzors as they grow in.  

Now for this weeks beauty tip and a bit of a continuation of that previous post are my tips for tweezing and upkeeping your brows. These are the things that actually really help me and may help you for keeping your brows looking nice and shaped at all times from home or anywhere you are.  

Tools needed:

1) a brow comb 
2) small pair of scizzors (nail)
3) a white pencil 
4)  a  pair of very sharp tweezers ( I like the tweezerman ones best)
 5) a brow pencil or angled brow brush and brown powder  
6) a mirror
7) good lighting (natural is best)
8) Brow set gel (I like the one by covergirl)

How to:

1) Trim the brows- brush the brows upwards with a brow comb and trim any hairs that seem extra long with some tiny scizzors just ever so slightly.

2) Once you have figured out where your arch should be you will want to mark any stray hairs that fall outside of the lines using a white pencil. Before going ahead to tweeze, look in the mirror and see how it will look when you finish.

3) Remove hairs from that already marked white area grabbing them one at a time in the direction they grow pulling them out from the root as it will take the hairs a bit longer to grow in this way. Pointy tweezers are best for the more stubborn hairs.Those hairs can take a long time to grow back in so be careful not to pluck out the ones that define the actual shape but just those that have grown in around.  Have a proffessional wax or thread them every little while to set a 'blueprint' and then all you need to do is clean up around the area imbetween the brows and underneath the brows where the hairs grow in. That will be the best way ecspecially for those of you who are new at trimming and perfecting.                                                                

4) To give even more definition to eyebrows you can fill them in with an eyebrow pencil (my favorite are the mac twist up ones). For a more natural look use an angled eyebrow brush and a little brown powder which is about the same shade as your brows. Using short feathery strokes fill in any sparse areas.

5) Brow gel  is a good tool to keep your brows in place all day. It comes with a mascara like wand that can be brushed through the brows with ease. The gel like product holds the hairs in place. This should be the final step.

Hope these tips are helpful to you when you are grooming your eyebrows!

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Friday Fashion: Spring Shopping Online- My Forever 21 Picks


With NYFW just having passed, all of the beautiful items arriving in the stores and all of the Spring buzz on fashion blogs everywhere, I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about Spring shopping! I have even managed a few little purchases to prepare for the lovely warm season ahead of us. I have definitely have mentioned it before but I don't really love shopping that much. If I do need to go out to the stores instead of shopping online then I try to get it all done in one day so that I don't have to go back again for a little while. So shopping online can sometimes become very useful. Here is my shopping strategy in general:

1) I like to start early to avoid unwanted stress and slowly find the pieces I surely love from my favorite stores. After browsing through online shops I create wish lists (like the one below) of all the items I like and can see as good additions for the seasons wardrobe. I then choose some pieces from each store that I must have and add them to my cart. I love opening all of the boxes as they arrive!

3) I investigate the trends and see which ones I would like to include and which are just not going to happen. I then pick up a couple of pieces from each of those trends whether it be a dress, a skirt, a top, a necklace or a purse. 

4) Lots of basics are a must- i:e lots of colored shells from Kiki Riki (those are my favorites) which can make a look instantly. A really fantastic black pencil skirt, a neutral colored purse, a pair of black flats. These are pieces that will go with almost anything and don't have to be super expensive or thought out to make a outfit perfect so those are must haves for sure!

This week I am going to share some of my picks with you from Forever 21's online store. Each item will be linked below so if you like something it's just a click away to shop. I'm looking forward to adding quite a bit of color- both neon and pastel to my every day Spring looks and I found quite a few beautifully colored items to do that with there. 

Shop! 

Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments form below! I would really like to know..

I think #2, #9 and #10 are going to be must haves!

On a totally different note, I would like to add that I have chosen a winner for the Smashbox giveaway I had going on here all week. Thank you to everyone that entered it mean so much to me to be able to give back to you- my readers! The winner is: MaeveBe! Please contact me with your address so I can ship your items. Thanks! And for the rest of you not to worry I have quite a few more exciting giveaways planned that will be coming soon!

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Makeup Product Review: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer


The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer .23 fl oz $4.99-$6.49 is described as " Concealer that goes beyond matching to fresh natural coverage allowing the skin to breathe. 

I've known about what a great concealer this one is ever since Maybelline first released it over a year ago. I remember the details of this purchase vividly though like it was yesterday. It's no secret that Wal Mart has some of the best prices in their makeup department. It's so sad that the closest one is about an hour away from me- close to my parents house. So anyways we had spent a good amount of time at my parents house over that weekend and on our way out we stopped at Wal Mart for a bit. Of course I made a beeline for the makeup area. My previous concealer was on it's last leg and so that was the first thing I searched for. I had never been too impressed with the face products I tried from the Maybelline line and so I almost skipped right over this one. I think the real reason I even got sucked into buying it was because of the mind blowing price. Either way I am happy I decided on it because it's one of my favorite concealers until today. After running out of it that first time I went on to try others from different companies but always kept this one in the back of my mind. Recently I was on the search for a good concealer again and decided to get myself another tube while at the drugstore for some vitamins. I can't believe I have never mentioned this product on the blog before, if you haven't tried it yet then I definitely recommend as I think it's a good buy.

Here's some more details:


Coverage and Finish: It's characterized with a nice medium coverage and a satin finish which is pretty fantastic for a liquid concealer.

Formulation: It has a super creamy consistency which blends wonderfully into the skin and doesn't cake or sit in fine lines at all even after using a setting powder over top of it which makes it great for use in the under eye area and inner corners of the eye. It covers any dark areas and helps highlight my under eyes so that they appear brighter making me seem more awake. I have also used it on the areas where I have hyper pigmentation- on my cheeks, chin and around the corners of my nose when I'm not wearing a full coverage foundation. And if the rare spot shows up I use it for that area as well. It reminds me quite a bit of Mac Moisture Cover Concealer in it's feel.

Color Variations: with just 6 different shade options available it's a very limited range especially when it comes to catering the darker skin tones which is sort of disappointing. I'm glad that the one I have in the Shade 15 Fair really does match me perfectly though.


Lasting Power: It holds up pretty well throughout the day lasting about 6-7 hours on my under eye area depending what base I'm wearing whether or not I use a primer underneath and if I set with powder. The product itself will last in your collection for a couple of months easily since you literally just need a dot under each eye to get the basic coverage needed. I think mine lasted about 2 months even with using it every day and that's pretty decent.

Packaging- The packaging is nothing special with it's simple standard design. The doe-foot applicator makes it easy to get into tiny corners and conceal blemishes as it only applies a small amount of product and then you can build it up if you need to. The tube itself is thin and  light so it doesn't take up too much space and it's easy to travel with. 

Price- $4-$6 which is pretty amazing- what more can I say?

Scent? I've heard about it having a slight chemical smell but I haven't noticed it at all 

Sensitivity: It's supposed to be non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested and fragrance-free. I didn't notice any weird reactions but then again I'm not highly sensitive either.



Application Tip: Dot concealer onto imperfections or under eyes and pat with a finger or brush to blend into place.

Overall: This is the best concealer I've ever tried from the drugstore and I've tried many. I like how smoothly it goes on and the way it covers and highlights what I would like it to while lasting me throughout the day. It's too bad that there isn't a larger shade range available! But I will definitely repurchase again like I've already done. 



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Recipe + How To: Sushi Hamantashen (Onigiri)


I look forward to the Purim holiday every year. It's so beloved to me because of how much I enjoy the act of giving. Plus all of the creative Mishloach Manos (gift basket) ideas and themes other people come up with are so cool to see. The children with their huge smiles and cute costumes has to be the best part of it all though. I am relieved to be finished with all of the planning, shopping, ordering and wrapping involved in the preparation of this fun filled Holiday ahead of us. I also greatly anticipate spending some good quality time with my family as we do every holiday.

So anyways, to get into the whole Purim spirit I decided I would bake some Hamantashen (traditional Jewish triangle shaped pastry delights with delicious fillings of all sorts) last night. If you haven't tasted one you are missing out big time since they are just  so delicious. I hadn't baked hamantashen since I was 12 mind you. But I thought that if I was able to do it then with ease it couldn't be too difficult now. I even followed a fantastic guide with a great recipe included but unfortunately I was very wrong about the whole thing. I baked 3 different batches but they were all epic fails! And just so you know, they were perfectly tasty, they just didn't look very pretty. I won't give up though-there's always next year. I'm pretty sure that by the time Sunday has come and gone I will have my fill of more appealing hamantashen. 


Have no fear I still have an awesome recipe/diy idea to adorn your Purim tables with or perhaps for a last minute addition to your mishloach manos baskets. Around this time last year I stumbled across this adorable idea on the Busy in Brooklyn site for sushi hamantashen/Japanese originated onigiri. You've most likely seen it too. It's been mentioned by almost every Jewish Foodie and it's one pin that I'm pretty sure everyone has on their Pinterest Purim board. Sushi is one of my favorite foods and I love cute DIY projects so this was a must try for me. I was really excited to finally put together this fun project over the past weekend with the help of my husband who makes the best sushi rice ever  just btw.

Go check out her original post here to see how she did it along with her recipe and tips- the whole thing was super easy to follow and although I used our sushi rice recipe and the fillings of our choice it's all thanks to her that I was inspired to cook it up altogether! I've decided to share this little project/recipe with you today. Enjoy! 

Also, if you would like to do this project as well, I have linked to the Onigiri rice molds that I ordered from amazon right here.  



      And finally here is the recipe + how to instructions

Sushi Rice Ingredients:

3 cups of short grain Japanese sushi rice
  • 3 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Sushi Rice Method:

1. Place the 3 cups of rice in a large bowl and fill about halfway with cold water to lightly rinse. Whatever quantity you choose to cook have in mind that you should always have 10% more water then rice.  Swirl the water around the rice with your fingers and you will notice it becoming significantly cloudy. Repeat this a few times until the water is almost clear looking which can take 3-4 attempts.

2. Transfer the rinsed rice into a large saucepan. Pour in 3 1/3 cups of water and leave it to soak for about 30 minutes. 

3. While the rice is soaking prepare the rice vinegar sauce that gets added later. Combine 1/2 cup of rice vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt in a small sauce pan. Heat over a low flame stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt not allowing it to come to a full boil just heat long enough to allow the ingredients to come together. Then shut the heat and leave it to cool while you finish with the rice prep.

4. Take the large saucepan with the rice in it and place it on the stove top. Heat a high flame underneath it. And cover it with the lid. Avoid the temptation to lift the lid at all during the time it's cooking as it'll allow for the steam to escape and that steam is what gives the rice that desired fluffy texture. When the rice begins to come to a boil lower the heat quite a bit and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. Once 15 minutes has passed turn off the heat and allow it to sit for another 15 minutes with the lid on still. 

5. Transfer the rice to a large non metallic bowl and fold  the rice vinegar sauce into the rice using a flat wooden spatula in short cutting motions which will separate the grains of rice without crushing them. While doing so use a paper plate with your other hand to fan at the rice to cool it which gives it a glossy look. Do this for about 10 minutes or until the rice has reached room temperature. Use the rice immediately.



Onigiri/Hamantashen Sushi Ingredients: 

Already Cooked Sushi Rice
2 Sheets of Nori
Mixed Toasted Sesame Seeds
Fillings of Choice

The Fillings I Chose:

A) Simple Guacamole: 2 Avocados, 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice, 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Mash the avocado with the lemon juice and salt to prepare this filling.

B) Kani (Mock Crab)- in Stick form which can be purchased in the frozen section of many groceries. 
Chop the kani up into proffered sized pieces. 

Method:

1. Using some handy triangle rice molds lay down a nice layer of rice packing it down a bit with a flat wooden spatula. 

2. Drop a tablespoon or so of the filling in the center and then lay down a second layer of rice on top of it. 

3. Push the "lid like piece" down into it to bring everything together. Mine had a  little indent which I found handy as a mark for the sesame seeds.

4. In the back it should have a spring of sorts to push on to relieve the rice from the molds. Do so slowly and carefully about an inch away from a flat hard surface. If yours has the little indent in one side turn the molded rice over to have that face upwards. 

5.Sprinkle a little bit of  toasted sesame seeds into that crevice carefully using a cup or funnel. Push them down slightly with your fingers to stick them onto the rice a bit. 

6. Cut the nori into strips that can be wrapped around the outer edges of the molded rice and then wrap them. Moisten the end  piece and seal it where it finishes. 



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My Tips For Bold Lipstick Application+A Mini Tutorial

I think a beautiful bold lip is really glamorous and makes for the perfect accessory to any look especially around this time of year. I believe it can look absolutely amazing on anyone as well but it's just about finding the right texture and shade to suit you specifically. Bold lip shades can be great for casual days when all else is toned down or for those special occasions for that glam factor. I pinpointed my 5 favorite bold lipsticks a little while back along with some tips for getting comfortable wearing them so if you'd like to learn more about that check it out here. There are so many gorgeous lipsticks available but applying them can be a little more difficult then it looks sometimes. Like many other things, it can take alot of practice to get it right. So today I want to share a couple of my tips and tricks for applying darker lip colors that are helpful to me and may therefore be helpful to you as well with a mini tutorial to go along with it.


My Tips: 

#1 A Lip Brush is your best friend. It can help smooth the lipstick on perfectly getting the little corners just right. I also find that using a lip brush helps the lipstick last alot longer. If you prefer applying straight from the tube then you can definitely just do what works best for you.

#2 If your lips are very dehydrated (like mine are all winter long) then a lip exfoliater should be used. Then with a toothbrush or q-tip roll over the product to remove any dead skin that will just get in the way of that perfectly smooth lip look. 

#3 Keep your lips hydrated and smooth all of the time by applying a lip balm of some sort in the morning when you wake up and at night before going to sleep. I like to apply it first thing in the morning and then let it soak in while I apply the rest of my makeup that way by the time I get around to putting on my lipstick it has sunk in and my lips aren't too glossy or balmy but smooth and ready.

#4 If you are choosing a red shade like I did below you will want to conceal any areas of redness around the nose mouth and chin area before applying the lipstick as it will only highlight areas of redness in the face.

The Tutorial:


Products & Tools Used:

 Small Sized Lip Brush (No name- From My Makeup School Set)  

1. Apply quite a bit of lip balm to lips and let it sit for a while to allow the lips to suck up the moisture and make them super smooth so that any other product applied will go on fairly easily.

2. Outline the lips with a lip liner to have the lipstick last longest. I like to either use a pink-nude shade to neutralize the lips or one that matches the lipstick of choice exactly. 

3.  Fill the lips in with that same lip liner. This doesn't have to be perfect as it gets completely covered with lipstick anyways. 

4. With a lip brush start applying the first layer of lipstick to the lips. Begin with very little product on the brush really working it in to get into all the nooks and crannies of the lips not really thinking about the shape at first but on getting the color right down onto the base of the lips following the natural shape and line. Then take the brush without any product on it and just do some adjustments where they are needed by smoothing it all out and smile to see where you need to fill in color a bit.

5. If you are working with a long lasting formulation you can just leave it at that but otherwise you will want to blot the lips with a tissue and apply a second layer of lipstick to increase the intensity a fraction. 

6. Clean up around the edges with either a) a little concealer on a small detail brush or b) a q-tip with some makeup remover.

Please keep in mind that this is just the way I like to do it. There are certainly plenty of ways to apply lipsticks and I am still practicing on getting it perfect myself as I learn new things every day!

Just as a side fact I find that a bold lip shade can be a real pick me up  for me on a gloomy day...do you find that to be true as well?

Do you often wear lipstick or do you prefer lip gloss? Do you wear bold lip shades or do you go for the lighter shades more often?

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Recipe: Individual Beef Wellingtons with Mushroom Sauce


Wow your guests this Purim holiday with this dish- a beautifully golden puff pastry that encases tender meat draped with a savory mushroom wine sauce. With Purim arriving in less then a week mishloach manos are getting packed and meals are being planned. This might just be the perfect dish to serve at your meal. 

I feel like I've mastered quite a few difficult dishes in the process of figuring out how to cook and with my food blogging but meat is something I've always felt I've had trouble with. A well cooked piece of meat usually has a nice sear on the outside and a perfect soft moist flavorful inside. I've cooked many meat dishes over the years and I have to say they were never really horrible they just weren't amazing like this one which was just so unbelievably good. I've mentioned it before but ever since having my gall bladder removed when I was 18 I haven't been such a fan of meat as it just doesn't settle well with my stomach. So I just avoid eating it all together besides for a taste here and there. This dish was one I just couldn't avoid- it was that good! I think with each time I cook a piece of meat the better I get at it. Through reading and following recipes I have finally learnt some fairly simple techniques. If you are like that as well ta good shortcut  is to use a slow cooker until you get the hang of it (which is what I did) and then reading and practicing will be the next best step to getting perfectly cooked meat.


I served this with a side of spicy roasted green beans which worked quite well.  

Individual Beef Wellingtons with Mushroom Sauce

6 Pieces of Club Steak 
Salt and Pepper
4 Tablespoons of Margarine Divided
6 Frozen Squares of Puff Pastry Dough, Thawed
1 Egg Lightly Beaten
1 Package Fresh White Mushrooms
1-2 Shallots Chopped Small
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
1 Cup Water Mixed with 1 Teaspoon Beef Consomme
3 Tablespoons Red Cooking Wine
1 Teaspoon Dry Parsley Spice or 2 Teaspoons Fresh Parsley

1. In a large skillet melt down 3 tablespoons of margarine. Generously season with salt and pepper and then drop in a piece of steak at a time and brown for 2-3 minutes on each side. Then remove to a dish and keep warm. 

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each puff pastry sheet into a 7 inch square. Place a piece of steak in the center of each square. Lightly brush the pastry edges with water and bring the opposite corners up over the steak, pinching seams to seal tightly. Then cut four small slits in  the top of the pastry with a sharp knife sinking into the meat a little as well. 

3.Place each piece of dough wrapped meat into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with a non stick oil spray or is lined with parchment paper and brush each piece with egg wash.
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4. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and meat has reached desired doneness ( for medium-rare a meat thermometer should read 145 degrees, for medium it should read 160 degrees, for well done it should read 170 degrees)

5. Meanwhile, prepare the mushroom sauce in the same skillet. Saute' the mushrooms and shallots in the last two tablespoons of margarine for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Combine the beef consomme mix with the water and stir to dissolve. Add the corn starch to the beef consomme mixture and stir till smooth. Then add that mixture to the mushrooms in the pan. Bring it to a boil and cook stirring for 2 minutes or until  the sauce has thickened.  Now add the wine and parsley and cook 2-3 minutes longer. 

6. Remove the wellingtons from the oven and allow them to cool for a moment before slicing them down the middle. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the top and serve.

Hope your Purim planning is going very smoothly! 

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