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Bad News Baboon
07-28-2003, 07:21 AM
Usually I love to cook. Lately, being pregnant and all, I find I don't have the energy to devote hours or tedious attention to cooking.

I am looking for recipes that are easy to make. I also find myself craving 'comfort' foods. Having grown up in a Mexican household, I have no idea where to begin Casserole wise.

I only have three requests:

No Tuna or Fish (Mr Babs is not fond of these, sadly).
Little or no tomatoes (see above, except he doesn't mind if they are in small bits)
No Mexican type food. I have loads of these recipes, obviously!

Let's see what you dopers can come up with!

Breezy
07-28-2003, 10:53 AM
I am a big fan of "Impossible Cheeseburger Pie." It's a bisquick recipe, and I really do make it a lot. It's filling, and easy. My husband and I both really like it. It also fits more into the comfort food category. :)

1 pound ground beef
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/2 cup Bisquick
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Heat oven to 400°. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Cook beef and onion until beef is brown; drain. Spread in pie plate; sprinkle with salt and cheese. Stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Bake 45-50 min.

Zenster
07-28-2003, 12:53 PM
What about a nice Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage? Meatloaf is always a perennial favorite and makes a great sandwich the following day. Here's the meatloaf recipe:

Meat Loaf (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?postid=1217063#post1217063)
Main Course


You might want to try this simple recipe sometime:

Bistek (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?postid=1137773#post1137773)
Philippine Beef Stir Fry

Or this one: (a great way to use leftover rice)

Shrimp Fried Rice (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?postid=1195972#post1195972)
Chinese Rice Side Dish

lene
07-28-2003, 11:22 PM
CALICO BEANS


½ lb diced bacon

1 lb. ground meat

1 c. diced onion

1 ts. salt

2 Tb. cider vinegar

½ c. ketchup

¾ c. brown sugar

30 oz. (approx.) canned baked beans

32 oz. (approx.) canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained

30 oz. (approx.) canned butter beans, rinsed and drained

1 can lima beans, rinsed and drained


Brown the meats in a little olive oil. Mix everything and bake 1 ½ hours at 350*. Let cool 20 minutes before serving. Very easy, very tasty. I think you could do this with a crockpot if you wanted to.

lene
07-28-2003, 11:34 PM
CALICO BEANS

½ lb diced bacon
1 lb. ground meat
1 c. diced onion
1 ts. salt
2 Tb. cider vinegar
½ c. ketchup
¾ c. brown sugar
30 oz. (approx.) canned baked beans
32 oz. (approx.) canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
30 oz. (approx.) canned butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 can lima beans, rinsed and drained


Brown the meats in a little olive oil. Mix everything and bake 1 ½ hours at 350*. Let cool 20 minutes before serving. Very easy, very tasty. I think you could do this with a crockpot if you wanted to.
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SPICE SOUP

1/2 of a green cabbage
1 medium onion
1 large bell pepper
1 carton fresh mushrooms
2 or 3 potatoes
4 or 5 cloves garlic
brick of frozen chopped spinach
bag of frozen crinkle cut carrots
box of frozen lima beans
2 cans herbed chopped tomatoes
olive oil
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. turkey polish sausage
basil, cracked black pepper, cumin, nutmeg, cayenne,ground thyme, bay leaf
Louisiana Hot sauce

Chop the fresh veggies. Chop the sausage. Cook onion and garlic in the soup
pot in some olive oil, then add the sausage and cook a little while. Then add
the mushrooms and cook til they release thier juice. Add the rest of the
fresh or frozen veggies, the canned tomatoes,and enough water to cover. Bring
to a boil, lower heat, simmer an hour or so. Add the spices in generous
amounts, and let simmer for at least another hour, adding a little more water
as needed.
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GOOD LENTILS

2 c. tiny French dark green lentils (Le Puy, I think they are called)
6 c. water or broth
5 - 6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 box (8 oz.) fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 boxes frozen chopped spinach
salt and pepper
2 onions, finely chopped
4 Tb. olive oil, more to taste
juice of one lemon

Sort, wash and rinse lentils. Put in next-to-biggest pot along with the water
or broth, garlic, bay leaf, mushrooms, spinach, salt and pepper. Cook 'til
the lentils are tender, about an hour. Remove from heat. Now chop the onions
and fry them in the olive oil and juice of half the lemon 'til they are
browned, stirring frequently. When nicely browned, dump this mixture into the
pot of lentils and mix. Then squeeze in the juice of the other half of the
lemon and stir to blend. This is delicious!
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Enjoy!

Lene'

Zenster
07-29-2003, 12:29 AM
Welcome aboard(s), lene. It's nice to have another cook around here. That lentil recipe looks very tasty.

Blonde
07-29-2003, 01:02 AM
Here's a very easy recipe!!

Hamburger Corn Casserole:

Brown 1 pound of ground meat with onion flakes, salt and pepper. At the same time, cook 1/2 pound of elbow macaroni. After ground beef and pasta are ready, combine them with 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of mushroom soup, and one cup of sour cream. Add 1 cup of drained whole kernel corn. Crumble bread over top of casserole, pour melted butter on top.
Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Bad News Baboon
07-29-2003, 05:56 AM
These are great!

Here's one for you guys:

Lentils, Mexican style.

Make (brown) lentils in your usual fashion.
Mom sometimes adds bacon to the pot, but this step can be omitted.

In the meantime:

Saute diced onions. add diced tomatoes. add cilantro. Add jalapeños if you'd like.
There is no set measurement for the ingredients: add in proportions that you like. I, for example, like mine with loads of tomatoes.

Finish sauteeing.

add mixture to almost done lentils.
<fin>

Bad News Baboon
07-29-2003, 06:08 AM
Zen, Here is what I usually make with left over rice. I appologize again for lack of definative measurements. Mom just never cooked that way... her measurements are usually "a handful of this...", etc. As you are a cook,however, I am sure you can make do with my description!

Albondigas
(Mexican Meatball soup)

Take about a pound of ground beef.
add minced onion, salt, pepper, garlic and 1 egg. We sometimes add grated carrot, too.
Add a scoopful of rice. I used the pre-cooked rice as its quicker. Mom uses raw rice.

mix up and make mini meat balls, about 1- 1.5" across.

in a stock pot add stock. Place meatballs in stock. Add diced tomatoes and onions. add Jalapeños or green chili if you'd like. season to taste. Just before serving, add cilantro.

When serving, we sqeeze lime juice into the soup. Also, believe it or not, we squirt ketchup on the meatballs just before eating. I can't eat them any other way, but Mr Baboon thinks that it is a horrible addition.

lene
07-29-2003, 08:36 AM
CALICO BEANS

½ lb diced bacon
1 lb. ground meat
1 c. diced onion
1 ts. salt
2 Tb. cider vinegar
½ c. ketchup
¾ c. brown sugar
30 oz. (approx.) canned baked beans
32 oz. (approx.) canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
30 oz. (approx.) canned butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 can lima beans, rinsed and drained


Brown the meats in a little olive oil. Mix everything and bake 1 ½ hours at 350*. Let cool 20 minutes before serving. Very easy, very tasty. I think you could do this with a crockpot if you wanted to.
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SPICE SOUP

1/2 of a green cabbage
1 medium onion
1 large bell pepper
1 carton fresh mushrooms
2 or 3 potatoes
4 or 5 cloves garlic
brick of frozen chopped spinach
bag of frozen crinkle cut carrots
box of frozen lima beans
2 cans herbed chopped tomatoes
olive oil
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. turkey polish sausage
basil, cracked black pepper, cumin, nutmeg, cayenne,ground thyme, bay leaf
Louisiana Hot sauce

Chop the fresh veggies. Chop the sausage. Cook onion and garlic in the soup
pot in some olive oil, then add the sausage and cook a little while. Then add
the mushrooms and cook til they release thier juice. Add the rest of the
fresh or frozen veggies, the canned tomatoes,and enough water to cover. Bring
to a boil, lower heat, simmer an hour or so. Add the spices in generous
amounts, and let simmer for at least another hour, adding a little more water
as needed.
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GOOD LENTILS

2 c. tiny French dark green lentils (Le Puy, I think they are called)
6 c. water or broth
5 - 6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 box (8 oz.) fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 boxes frozen chopped spinach
salt and pepper
2 onions, finely chopped
4 Tb. olive oil, more to taste
juice of one lemon

Sort, wash and rinse lentils. Put in next-to-biggest pot along with the water
or broth, garlic, bay leaf, mushrooms, spinach, salt and pepper. Cook 'til
the lentils are tender, about an hour. Remove from heat. Now chop the onions
and fry them in the olive oil and juice of half the lemon 'til they are
browned, stirring frequently. When nicely browned, dump this mixture into the
pot of lentils and mix. Then squeeze in the juice of the other half of the
lemon and stir to blend. This is delicious!
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Enjoy!

Lene'

lene
07-29-2003, 08:44 AM
Well, heck, sorry for double posting -- I tried and tried to get a message through last night, but it looked like my connection to the board had gone wonky, so I left it on screen and tried to send it this morning. Looks like it did go through last night, 'though I hadn't known it. I apologize for that.

Lene'

lene
07-29-2003, 08:45 AM
Thanks for the welcome, btw, and I am copying down the other recipe ideas happily. Love to have other cooks' minds to pick! <g>

Lene'

An Arky
07-29-2003, 08:58 AM
Sausage Casserole

1 lb. of bulk sausage (I prefer Jimmy Dean Hot), browned and drained.
cooked rice (1c rice, 2c water)
1 can Campbell's Vegetable Beef Soup + 1 can of water

mix ingredients together and put in a casserole dish, bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Not gourmet, but surprisingly good...

An Arky
07-29-2003, 09:04 AM
Oops, forgot to add this:

Hobos

1.5-2 lb of hamburger shaped into 4 thick patties and browned, but not cooked through (use high heat)
3-4 potatoes cut up into chunks
1 onion sliced

put patties on bottom of a deep casserole dish, then onion slices then potatoes

mix together 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, a dash of worcesterchire sauce and salt and pepper. Pour over the top of the potatoes.

Cover and bake at 400 for an hour.

Again, nothing fancy, but surprisingly good and cheap to boot!

Politzania
07-29-2003, 10:58 AM
A good summer casserole - adjust the tomatoes to tastes for Mr Babs

Tomatoes - 2 or 3 depending on size
Onions - 1/2 an onion or more
Summer squash or zucchini - 1 or 2 depending on size
Stale breadcrumbs or croutons - about a cup
Cheese - 2-3 slices or about a cup shredded. (have tried with cheddar, mozarrella & colby)

Chunk up the veggies - mix with bread/crouts.
Put in casserole pan - sprinkle/lay cheese on top

Bake at 350 for about 45 min. The bread soaks up the veggie juices & the cheese melts all over everything.... mmmmm


PS: Glad to hear the pregnancy is going well - you hadn't said anything about it lately...

katie1341
07-29-2003, 12:00 PM
Incredibly easy curry chicken (Indian food purists will scoff, but I like it!)

1/2 c honey

1/2 c Dijon mustard

1/2 c (1 stick) melted butter

4 tsp curry powder

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 350. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a buttered casserole dish. Mix together honey, mustard, butter and curry. Pour over chicken. Bake for 40 minutes, basting often.

We love to have this with brown rice.

The_Peyote_Coyote
07-29-2003, 12:54 PM
Small salmon casserole

Drain can of salmon (your cats, if you have any, will love you if you give them the juice) and place in small casserole dish. Use a fork to smash it up.
Saute a large green onion and a couple of peppers, both preferably fresh from the garden, and add these to dish. Hot peppers, such as Hungarian Wax or jalapenos, mean you don't have to add a lot of spices
Break three eggs and place these in dish.
Grate one large carrot into dish.
Crumble up two pieces of stale bread into dish.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of some liquid to keep the casserole moist. Milk works best, IMO, but I have used homemade pickle juice, iced tea, and Worcestershire sauce.
Salt to taste
Use fork to mix ingredients well and level mush in the dish. Cover the mush with strips of Provolone or Mozzarella cheese.
Place into pre-heated oven. Last time, I made this I baked the casserole at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. This seemed a trifle long, and I believe I might try 350 degrees for 20 minutes next time.

dangermom
07-29-2003, 12:55 PM
Chicken Pot Pie

Saute some chunks of chicken with onion in a large pan with some butter.
Add a little water, and throw in whatever veggies you like (I use carrots, broccoli, frozen corn, frozen peas, or whatever is in the fridge).
When veggies are steamed, add some milk and stir.
Put it into a casserole dish and pour Bisquik batter on top (follow the pot pie measurements on the box). Bake until nicely done.

Does Enchilada Lasagne count as Mexican?

Cook 2 cups rice.
Saute some chicken or beef (about 1 lb or less) with onion and some enchilada sauce. Throw in a can of black beans, a medium can of olives, a can of corn, and anything else you want. Mix the rice in, and add some more sauce.
In a 9x13" pan, layer tortillas,* mixture, and shredded cheese twice. Lay tortillas on top and pour the rest of the sauce on. Top with more cheese, and bake at 350 till warmed through.

*Corn tortillas will disintegrate into the stuff, while flour tortillas will stay firm. I like both.

dangermom
07-29-2003, 04:02 PM
Two easy things to do with meatballs* in about 20 minutes.

Fake Beef Stroganoff

Cook a pot of egg noodles.
Chop several mushrooms and an onion, saute in some butter. Put in several meatballs.
Put in about 2/3 - 3/4 of a can of cream of mushroom soup. Add some Worcesterchire sauce and a little ground mustard. Add milk until it's a nice saucy consistency. Warm through and serve on noodles.

Chinese Meatballs (from an actual Chinese cookbook from the 40's)

Cook 3 cups of rice.
Put 3 T vegetable oil in a pan, and when it's hot: With a large can of pineapple chunks, pour juice into a measuring cup and add enough water to make 1 cup. Pour that into the oil. Throw in some meatballs. Mix up the following:
6 T water
3 T vinegar
1 T soy sauce (or more, if you like)
1/2 c sugar
3 T cornstarch
Put this into the pan and stir until thickened. Add the pineapple. At the last minute, add one chopped bell pepper. Serve over the rice.

*I make about 100 meatballs at a time and freeze them. If anyone wants the recipe, I'll be glad to post it.

TigoleBitties
07-29-2003, 04:10 PM
Cheetos

1 large bag of Cheetos

Open bag/Serve. Serves 1 - 3 before becoming a fight.

Shayna
07-29-2003, 05:14 PM
Here's one I've always liked that's really easy (and no tuna, no fish, no tomatoes and not Mexican!)...

Chicken Divan

Preheat oven to 350º

In a bowl, mix condensed cream of mushroom soup (you can substitute cream of chicken or cream of celery) with mayo or Miracle Whip. (Use as many cans of soup as you'll need to cover all the chicken breasts you'll be preparing, and add 1/4 - 1/3 cup of mayo for each can of soup, to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Steam broccoli until just slightly cooked (it should still be crunchy!)

Line the bottom of a glass baking dish with broccoli

Lay boneless, skinless chicken breasts on top of broccoli

Pour soup/mayo mixture over the chicken and broccoli to cover.

Bake uncovered for 30 - 40 minutes (until juices from the chicken run clear)

When done, sprinkle the top with seasoned Italian breadcrumbs and put under the broiler for a few minutes until the top is browned and crunchy.

Serve over egg noodles

Enjoy!

teela brown
07-29-2003, 05:23 PM
Here's one that Mr. Pug, the non-cook, even finds easy:

Country French chicken stew

In an oven-proof casserole dish, sear one cut-up chicken in a little butter over medium-high heat until it is browned all over but not cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet. Saute one thinly sliced onion in the same pan over low heat until it is quite soft and a little golden. While the onion is cooking, put one-half cup each of dry white wine and water into a bowl, and whisk into it a big tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Spoon any excess fat out of the pan and put the chicken back in. Add the wine mixture and couple of big pinches of salt. Put the pan into a 375 degree oven and roast for 40 minutes, basting occasionally. You may thicken the pan juices, if you wish, with a little flour and water. If you have access to fresh tarragon, this is the type of dish it was designed to season. Serve with white Burgundy or a fruity chardonnay and lots of crusty bread and a salad.

AuntiePam
07-29-2003, 06:21 PM
Congratulations on the baby! :)

Here's an easy casserole for breakfast or anytime, actually. I've only fixed it with crabmeat, but I think it would work just as well with ham or even sausage.

It makes a 13x9 pan, which is a lot, but it keeps well.

Combine in a big bowl:

8 beaten eggs
2 cups half and half
1 sweet red pepper (chopped)
8 oz. crabmeat, chopped (the imitation stuff is fine)
1 cup soft bread crumbs (I used cracker crumbs and it was okay, if a bit stiff)
4 oz shredded Swiss cheese
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions (or regular onions)
salt and pepper

Transfer to greased 13x9 pan or baking dish and bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let it sit for about ten minutes before cutting into it.

An Arky
08-09-2005, 07:26 PM
I must be old-fashioned; I like a lot of this stuff!

A couple of dishes I still make are made with Campbell's Soup, though I didn't get the recipes from them...

Sausage Casserole (Brown a pound of sausage, combine with 2 C cooked rice and Vegetable Beef Soup/water and bake in a casserole dish at 375 for 30 minutes) and Hobos (Brown 4 thick hamburger patties, place in a casserole, put onion slices, then potato slices, then Cream of Mushroom Soup on top, cover and bake at 400 for an hour).

Both are cheap, filling, and dang it, downright tasty (especially the hobos).

An Arky
08-09-2005, 07:32 PM
Holy flurking crap! This is the most bizarre posting thing that has EVER happened...I was going to post about those two dishes in the thread about old recipes that have gone by the wayside., but it shows up here, and I'm pretty sure I hadn't even opened this thread. WTF????

nonacetone
08-09-2005, 07:47 PM
Here's one that we enjoy at our house:

Sour Cream Chicken

2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons paprika
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons pepper
3 whole chicken breasts, split and skinned
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter

*Combine sour cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, poultry seasoning, paprika, garlic and pepper until well mixed.
*Add chicken pieces and coat thoroughly.
*Allow to marinate in the sour cream mixture, covered, overnight, in the refrigerator.
*Remove pieces of chicken from the sauce and roll in the crumbs.
*Arrange in a large, greased, baking dish and dot with butter.
*Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 minutes, or until done.
*Serves 6.

Odinoneeye
08-09-2005, 08:15 PM
You want easy comfort food, nothing beats Shepherd's pie.

Start by sauteing a small onion in olive oil, then brown about a pound of ground beef. When brown, sprinking in about a tablespoon of flour and mix into a gravy, put the whole thing in a baking dish, cover with mashed potatoes (I prefer fresh, but instant is easier), then top off with slices of american cheese.

Bake until the cheese is melted to your taste. I prefer it a bit on the brown side.

Missy2U
08-10-2005, 09:58 AM
Real Simple Real Easy Beef

Missy2U
08-10-2005, 10:01 AM
Well shoot - hit the wrong thing on my keyboard.

TO CONTINUE THE BEEF THING

1 pound sirloin, cut in 1/2" or so chunks
1 jar Heinz Savory Beef Gravy
2 T Soy Sauce
1/2 Green Onions sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper, julienned
1 Red Bell Pepper, julienned
1 T or so butter

Melt butter in the skillet, and brown sirloin. Brown it good - it will taste better this way. Add the gravy, and soy sauce, and simmer covered till meet is tender. Add the vegetables, and simmer an additional 10 or so minutes. Serve over rice.





It's just plain old comfort food, and Mr2U wants it at least once a week.

C K Dexter Haven
08-10-2005, 11:36 AM
I just want to point out that this thread is about two years old. It is possible (even likely) that a number of the previous posters are no longer members of the Message Boards, so "discussion" is probably pointless. In fact, the person asking for recipes who started this thread isn't with us any longer.

This is one reason we aren't thrilled with resurrecting old threads.

Hey, It's That Guy!
08-10-2005, 11:58 AM
To be fair, I forgot the thread existed (if I ever noticed it the first time around), but I'm seeing all kinds of recipes I want to try. I'm glad it got bumped back up, so I could get some use from it.

sj2
08-10-2005, 12:24 PM
Another way to do a quick pot pie...and loaded with fat (err...comfort) is to:

take a frozen pie crust
fill with frozen veggies or canned
and frozen chicken or turkey tenders
Add 2 eggs and a cup of half/half mixed together
tons of nutmeg
bit of garlic powder

Sprinkle with Cheese

and throw in the oven for an hour

I like to top with sour cream

PapSett
08-10-2005, 12:37 PM
To be fair, I forgot the thread existed (if I ever noticed it the first time around), but I'm seeing all kinds of recipes I want to try. I'm glad it got bumped back up, so I could get some use from it.

You & me both , Lou ! I have now saved this thread to my favorites list , and will pluck me out a recipe when I want something new & easy ! Thanks y'all !!

Baker
08-10-2005, 04:27 PM
Easy Chili(this recipe isn't a classic chili but it's simple, fast, and relatively cheap)

1-1/2 pounds hamburger
chopped onion
Campbell's Tomato Soup-two large or five small cans,(don't add the water)
Kidney beans-two cans
Chili powder( or other seasonings as you like them)

Brown hamburger with as much chopped onion as you like. Stir in the soup and the beans. Don't bother draining the beans. Simmer at low temperature until soup isn't brightly colored any longer, and all ingredients are hot. Add chili powder(or other seasonings) to taste, and simmer a little longer until flavors are blended.

Serve as desired.

Baker
08-10-2005, 04:32 PM
Me too, I didn't see until my recipe was up that this was a zombie thread. But as has already been said, I like it!

quiltguy154
08-10-2005, 04:38 PM
3 Ingredient Meatloaf:
-24 ounces ground beef[fairly good stuff]
-1 envelope dry onion soup mix
-1 small can evaporated milk[approx. 5 fl oz]

Mix well, shape, and let sit for 15 minutes. Bake for about an hour at 350F. It's a bit salty, bear that in mind as you prepare your go-withs.

Dolores Reborn
08-10-2005, 04:43 PM
Chicken Noodle Stuff

1 large can chicken (or cubed cooked chicken)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can mushrooms
1 box frozen peas and carrots
½ lb Velveeta
½ soup can milk
cooked noodles (about a 12 oz bag)

Put all ingredients into a large skillet. Simmer, stirring often, until peas and carrots are done and cheese is melted. Add the noodles and mix together.

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