Monthly Archives: January 2012

I feel slightly as if I am cheating here, because I am “lightening up” a recipe that traditionally calls for a pretty fatty cut of ground beef and whole milk. That richness really comes out in a traditional Bolognese. But when I substituted lean ground beef and skim milk, these tweaks resulted in a sauce that was still rich and satisfying. Good Bolognese takes time—a slow, low simmer for several hours is best. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

When my oldest first went to school, I soon realized there were tons of papers that I needed to keep around since they held a multitude of useful information. You know … the list of classmates, the daily class schedule and the monthly lunch schedule, project information sheets, book orders, permission slips, etc. I couldn’t believe it; the list was endless. And, many of these papers had to be kept all year! At heart, I consider myself an organized soul. … continued…

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Back to School DIY Pam Freeman

I am one of many who loves to read the predictions of food trends. These predictions are usually published around year’s end, and I’ve had fun reading them. Here are some that resonate with me. James Oseland, editor in chief at Saveur magazine, sees meatloaf as an up and comer. Comfort food, nostalgia and adaptability, all things that make meatloaf almost a blank slate for us to play with. We did that delicious stuffed meatloaf back in October. We also … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Stick with me on this one—the cheese spices the burger up like a firecracker, but the sweetness of the chutney keeps the heat from overwhelming you. The avocado? Well, I like it because it also adds a cool, creamy texture to the whole shebang. Just another way to celebrate the way some like it hot. Prep time: about 5 minutes Cook time: about 8 minutes Serves: 4 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 92% lean ground beef 2 tablespoons mango chutney … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

We recently received this question in a blog comment from Joy S: I had pretty much eliminated fast food from my diet until I began “team driving” on the road with my husband. It’s extremely difficult to find healthy food in truck stops. I’d appreciate some tips for eating healthy while traveling. Happy New Year, Joy S. Well, Joy, we know that we live in a fast-paced world, and it is not always realistic to completely cut restaurant eating/eating on … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks

I found out that today is International Hot & Spicy Food Day. And, it just so happens I worked up this flank steak recipe that includes a generous rub of red pepper flakes tempered by an ever so slightly sweet glaze and a fruity couscous salad.  Spice up your day today with our recipe. Prep time: 15 minutes to prepare marinade; 6 hours to overnight for resting; Couscous prep time about 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes for Flank steak, … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Did you know that today is “Make Your Dream Come True Day”? Here are some common exercise-related dreams and what you need to do to make them come true for you! YOU DREAM OF … Being healthier overall, reducing your risk of chronic diseases, being around for your kids/grandkids and/or increasing your energy level. • AEROBIC/CARDIO EXERCISE: (Examples: walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics) How much do you really need? At least 150 minutes/week of moderate intensity (i.e., working hard enough … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

Here are five ways I cook lighter everyday without a second thought—that is to say, I don’t even worry about using these things in my cooking when I know I want to eat lean. 1. Always use skim milk. Whatever I do, I reach for skim milk, mostly because it is all I ever have in the house. Be warned, skim milk does NOT take the place of cream in cream sauces—but I think if you are eating lean, you … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love leftovers because I can always think of something to do with them, and I am certainly not above serving leftovers to guests. These little bites use up any leftover beef you have, whether from a roast or a steak. In this instance, I purposefully cooked an extra strip steak just so I could have these treats when friends came over to visit. The rounds were a bonus find, but you could also use mini pitas or even a … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

If you’re like me, you probably got a potted Rosemary plant during the holidays. Now, what do you do with it? Honestly, I’m happy to get Rosemary any time of the year. I use it for cooking and crafting. Plus, I find it makes great hostess and teacher gifts. Even Rosemary that’s shaped like a Christmas tree can easily be incorporated into everyday decorating and gardening. I often use mine as a centerpiece, and in the spring, I plant it … continued…

Decorating Tips DIY Gardening Holidays Pam Freeman