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This is a great way to eat your vegetables—even the kids will love this. Use your choice of vegetables. Please try the Brussels sprouts, because roasted Brussels sprouts are nearly irresistible, I promise you. The reduced balsamic vinegar lends a sweetness that is unexpected and delicious. Prep time: about 15 minutes Cook time: about 25 minutes Serves: 4 1 eggplant 2 small green zucchini 2 carrots 1 red onion 1 red bell pepper 2 cups Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Microplane Box Grater ($34.95) If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know how I love my microplane grater—it makes every list of kitchen must-haves that I’ve ever written. Well, I just got word that Microplane is making a box grater. I cannot justify replacing the sturdy box grater currently in my drawer, but if I ever DO have to replace a box grater? Or if I want to help my kids stock their kitchens with great … continued…

Barb Freda

Steak is always our holiday meal, and I am always looking for new ways to make it great and a little bit decadent while not letting it be too, too indulgent. This dish includes some of our favorite flavors and flavor combinations. Steak, mushrooms, thyme, spinach, red wine … what more could you ask? I like to serve this with simple roasted red potatoes and plenty of green salad. Prep time: About 15 minutesCook time: About 20 minutes (time to … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

In our house, we love the classic Pennsylvania Dutch style dumpling, which is more of a noodle. If you order chicken pot pie in Pennsylvania Dutch country, in fact, you’ll get chicken in a thick broth with this style of noodle NOT chicken in a pastry crust. This is hearty and filling and satisfying. Don’t be intimidated by making the dumplings/noodles—it really takes only minutes. DO pay attention to the instruction about adding the dumplings one by one or you’ll … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

This is just a rich beef almost soup. Serve it over some boiled potatoes in a bowl, because you will want to get every saucy drop of this paprika-rich broth. Browning the beef with the onions and spices before putting them into the slow-cooker adds a depth of flavor that makes this step worth it. Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours in Slow Cooker Serves: 8 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 slice bacon, chopped 2 … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Laura’s Lean Beef Instead of Turkey? Of course. Yes, of course, turkey is tradition. It is what the history books say was served up on that first Thanksgiving, after all, and according to historical records, including a letter written by William Bradford, who was there, it’s true. There was turkey. But apparently, there was also venison. And we like to think, if there had been some cattle around? There would have been beef, as well. So who are we to … continued…

Barb Freda Holiday Cooking Tips, Tools & Techniques

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