Category Archives: Barb Freda

You read the five rules I think you can break, right? Now here are five rules I really do NOT break in the kitchen. 1. Put food away after cooking. Yes, pretty quickly—meat spoils quickly, even on your kitchen counter in the dead of winter (more quickly, of course, outside in summer heat). Here’s my story: I was pretty cavalier about food safety until I made myself sick. I had some barbecue one night and must have delayed in putting … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I get questions periodically that surprise me. The answers to these questions are so much part of my cooking approach that I have forgotten that not everyone is as comfortable in the kitchen as I am. And lest you think I am saying I never make mistakes, jump back from THAT conclusion right away. I turn out some … well, if not inedible, certainly at times pallid-flavored dishes. But enough about my dark secrets. Here are five rules you can … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I made this when I was absolutely craving vegetables, especially the winter squash that is in abundance right now. This recipe streamlines perfectly with my goal of using up leftovers—planned-overs, now—in inventive ways. Use any meat you’ve got: roast, pot roast, ground beef, even hamburgers—just chop or crumble them up to use here. Prep Time: About 20 minutesCook Time: 14 minutes for the pie crust (while doing prep work) and 25 minutes for quicheServes 6 1 9-inch, deep-dish pie crust … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

The stuffing in this meatloaf melds with the beef itself, making everything moist and savory. The lean beef doesn’t make enough pan drippings for gravy, but if you are lucky enough to have gravy from some other meal, it’s a great accompaniment to this dish. Prep time: about 15 minutesCook time: about 25 minutesServes: 4 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef  92% Lean Ground Beef1/2 cup finely chopped onion1 clove garlic, minced1 egg2 slices bread, softened in 1/4 cup skim milk1 … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Let’s admit one thing right up front: It’s Halloween. Candy is everywhere you turn. We all want it. That is to say, it’s not just the kids who want some of those treats. I want the treats, too. With that in mind, here are some tips to keep healthy eating part of your overall plan for the day. •    It’s just one day. Remember that. It is not Halloween WEEK. It is October 31. If you are buying candy ahead … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Holiday Cooking Tips, Tools & Techniques

Soups suit the weather. My inspiration for this soup, a meal in itself, is a minestrone soup my mother used to make us, but with autumn’s arrival and butternut squash and other winter vegetables filling the shelves of farmers’ markets and grocery stores, I couldn’t resist this version with squash and cabbage. Don’t be shy about using what you find in your own market. I was thinking Swiss chard would go every bit as well in this soup as the … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I am the first to admit that oven-fried is not fried at all, and, well, you just don’t get quite the same thing. That said, this oven baked version does a good job of getting me that bread crumb coating I want without being fried. In addition to seasoned bread crumbs, use either panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or corn flakes for added crunch (that’s the trick). Pound the steaks well for tenderness. Use a meat pounder, and place the slices … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Recently, an online group of writers started talking about how to decide what’s for dinner. This group is diverse, not just food writers, and it struck me as such a universal problem as I read through the notes. One writer works until 5 p.m., calls her husband and asks what sounds good as she heads to the market. That way she doesn’t plan and cook something only to find out her husband has already had that once that week or … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

This burger was born out of my love of pimento cheese, which I came to late. I didn’t grow up in the South, and had no idea, I tell you! Of course, I needed to find a way to lighten it up (it is still only an occasional indulgence), and Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin was the way to go. And, as it happened, I had about 1/2 pound of that and 1/2 pound of lean ground turkey … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Okay, maybe downscaling isn’t really a word. But my recent post on wasting food led me to turn a critical eye to my cupboards. As with the food, I’ve been known to buy too many tools … tools that ultimately sat in my cupboards taking up precious space. And, if I wasn’t using one of those tools, it meant I had wasted money buying it in the first place. I once had a large kitchen … a kitchen I got … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques