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There’s something about the combination of mint and bourbon that can only mean a Kentucky Derby tie-in. I love the combination. The mint and bourbon both come through on this one, and the brown sugar and bourbon both help make a nice crust on this grilled flank steak. Of course it doesn’t have to be served just on Derby Day…Mint (grow your own—even I can get mint to grow) is just a nice, surprising addition to a lot of savory … continued…

Derby Flank Steak sliced
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals Summer Grilling

Stir-fries are among the simplest and quickest meals to put together. All the ingredients are cut to sizes that cook quickly. You can substitute hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce for the black bean sauce. Quick cooking means the stove is on only briefly (this took about 8 minutes to cook). If you want to serve this with rice, start the rice before you start working on the ingredients for the stir-fry. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: About 8 … continued…

Stir-fried-steak
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

I admit to being a tech geek. I love using my iPad, even in the kitchen. But I still also love a great new cookbook filled with lovely photos and great notes or even essays, a book I can page through and mark up with post-it notes to remind me of recipes I want to try. So even while I aim for a paperless office, I’ll never give up on my cookbooks!   Here are (relatively) new releases worth a … continued…

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Barb Freda Foodie Gift Ideas Holiday Cooking Tips, Tools & Techniques

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
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Homegating Summer Grilling

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
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

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…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

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
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

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
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

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