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Jerk seasoning is widely known in Caribbean cooking, and it’s widely known as hot-hot-hot! I made this recipe milder, giving you the option of adding 1 to 2 hot peppers. You can buy plenty of prepared versions, but as with so many things, this is far better when made at home with fresh herbs and spices.   Note: For party appetizers, skewer one or two cubes of marinated beef onto shorter bamboo skewers and pass as small bites. Prep time: … continued…

Jerk Beef Skewers
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The flavors of a sizzling fajita come together with enormous success in this burger. Four tortillas make a nice substitute for a traditional burger bun to let these flavors really pop.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons oil 1 large onion, sliced 1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch Salt 2 teaspoons chili powder Juice of 1 … continued…

Fajita Burger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Homegating Summer Grilling

This recipe is for traditional tacos with a mild homemade seasoning. Making your own seasoning allows for better control of heat, salt, freshness and more. You can play around with substitutions to make it your own – Sub celery seed for celery salt (or eliminate altogether). masa harina, which has a “corn-y,” tangy flavor is also a thickener – cornstarch would be the substitute. To punch it up, feel free to add a hefty dose of straight-up ancho chile powder … continued…

Classic Tacos
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You’ve been there, right? Back from a great vacation, open the door to your house, head into the kitchen, and you are hit by a wall of “someone-forgot-to-take-out-the-trash-before-we-left” smell.   I think it’s far better to be organized about your kitchen as well as your packing ahead of time, when it really counts, whether you are heading away for a week or just a weekend. No one wants to come home to work, right? Here’s a checklist that might be … continued…

clean stove
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Sweet, some heat, the tang of orange and the taste of rich lean beef, all served with a lovely sauce that really satisfies. This dish will likely end up in the LLB Hall of Fame in our house, it was that good.   Prep time: 20 minutes plus 1 hour marinating time. Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves 4   1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin steak, sliced thin For the Marinade: Zest of 2 oranges 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy … continued…

Orange Honey Beef Stir-Fry
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This recipe uses zucchini in place of traditional lasagna noodles — using a mandolin to slice the zucchini as thin as possible, lengthwise. I love the results and didn’t miss the pasta, which is saying a lot for me. Note: Because I used uncooked vegetables for the most part, this exuded a good bit of liquid. But in the summer, when I want to throw something together quickly, roasting or grilling the vegetables ahead of time defeated the purpose—instead, I … continued…

Summer Lasagna
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I love food. Even the hot dog. Just make it a good hot dog! That said, sometimes, it’s all about the garnishes. I used the famous Chicago hot dog as a jumping off point to season and top this dish. I even shaped the ground beef to fit into hot dog bun. And if you can find the poppy seed buns, that would be another great way to honor the Windy City!   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: … continued…

Red Hots
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

It’s hard to resist the lure of a patty melt, with its sweet cooked onions and melting cheese on rye bread.   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Serves 4   1 teaspoon butter plus 2 teaspoons butter for grilling 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef 8 slices dark rye bread (70 calories per slice) 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated 2 teaspoons mustard … continued…

Patty Melt
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You know what a hack is, right? Something that makes your life easier. You’ll see a lot of short pieces floating around on the internet—life hacks, food hacks, kitchen hacks. I find them irresistible, and here are a few favorites (not all may be hacks, but there are some new ways to make life in the kitchen easier!).   1. Slicing cherry tomatoes (or any other seedless, small round objects in the kitchen such as grapes). This one made the … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I won’t make any claims to authenticity on this dish, but it has a certain combination of flavors and textures that are winning. It is also a surprisingly refreshing summer soup—light, full of crunchy vegetables and just enough noodles to really satisfy everyone. The chopped herbs really make this dish shine so try not to skimp on the cilantro or basil. Prep Time: About 10 minutes (using cooked steak; add more time if you need to prepare steak) Cook time: … continued…

Thai Noodle Bowl with Beef
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