Monthly Archives: June 2011

There is little better than the smell of summertime grilling, unless it’s summertime grilling and smoking—smoking over fragrant hardwoods, especially. You don’t need a separate smoker grill to turn the grill you already own into a smoker, and there are several easy and super inexpensive ways to do this. Start with tracking down top quality wood chips or wood chunks. Check in with your local grill dealers, who likely have some opinions on great types of wood (each has its … continued…

Barb Freda Summer Grilling

Many of us turn to food when we are in a bad mood which can lead to ongoing problems with emotional eating and excessive calories.  But it’s actually not such a bad idea if we choose the right foods.  Did you know that there are foods that have been shown to boost our mood? I’m not talking about ice cream, cookies or chips, but there are lots of great tasting foods that will do the trick!  Calcium – Researchers have … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

This chutney is all about showcasing one of the fruits of the summer season, dark red cherries. Add the sweet balsamic vinegar to this with a touch of black pepper and star anise and it is a simple way to make an already great steak even…well, even greater. Prep time: About 20 minutes Cooking time: About 20 minutes Serves: 4 4 peppercorns 2 points star anise 1whole cardamom pod 2 cloves 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped onion … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

The tart pomegranate juice and the sweeter pineapple juice lend tenderness in addition to flavor for this grilled flank steak. Serve it with the jicama for a nice refreshing flavor and crunch. Jicama is easily found in the produce section of most grocery stores these days. A case of POM pomegranate juice came to the kitchen to play with recently and I loved the idea of making a steak glaze out of it.     Prep Time: About 15 minutesCooking … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

I love following the Farmers’ Markets, the “You-Pick” Opportunities and what’s in season now in order to get the freshest foods to the table. June is when you really start seeing summer come into its own. Of course, the season varies slightly from region to region, but hopefully this will give you a guide of what to watch for and what you can hope to add to your plate right now and, if you’ve got an abundance of something, what … continued…

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Summer is here and that means cookout season! When we are trying to make healthy eating choices, cookouts can seem like such a temptation. Summer parties are actually great opportunities to make healthy eating choices – take advantage of lean grilled meats and fresh summer produce.  •    The first step is to make your choices wisely – survey all of the food selections before you fill your plate.  Look for grilled veggies, small portions of lean meats, fruit, vegetable salads … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Summer Grilling

You could make this with a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, of course. Or you could up the ante and make the same dish with our homemade barbecue sauce, because that, combined with Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round Roast, of course, is what makes this dish special. Prep Time: about 20 minutesCook time: 6 to 8 hours in a slow-cookerServes 12   2 cups canned plum tomatoes2 tablespoons tomato paste2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar2 tablespoons molasses2 teaspoons … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Nothing like a holiday to send me to the gift guides to pick some great gifts from one food-lover to food-loving dads. With Father’s Day falling in June, it’s natural to have a look at some great grilling gifts for the event. Here are a few things that catch my eye this year. Sleek, cool lighter for the grill. Yes, you could use free matches from the local restaurant (if they are still giving matches out). Or you could buy … continued…

Barb Freda Summer Grilling

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What’s that you say? I’m writing about green eggs and beef? Well, kind of. You’ve probably already heard that Laura’s Lean Beef is giving away 12, count ‘em, 12 Big Green Egg outdoor ceramic cookers as part of the summer grilling sweepstakes. If you know what a Big Green Egg is already, I am sure you’re already entered. If not, here’s a quick primer on all things Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg design is based on the kamado, … continued…

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