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Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay
Ever wondered how anyone has time to make a dish like beef bourguignon, one of Julia Childs’ signature entrees…that just happens to have two pages of ingredients and four pages of directions? Well now you have nothing but time so let out your inner four-star chef and cook something fabulous (if you can get the ingredients – if not, experiment with the ingredients you do have). For extra fun, have a friend or family member “judge” your dish.