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I love this flavor combination–beef with spinach and mushrooms–and I’m always dreaming up new ways to use it in recipes. This is easy to put together. You can make it up to the point of baking for a “make ahead meal” or you can bake it and freeze it for a dinner later in the month. Or, of course, you can eat it tonight. Which is exactly what we did. Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 to 30 … continued…

Beef Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
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If you haven’t eaten Chicken Marbella, then you weren’t around when the Silver Palate cookbooks were so hot. They are still classics in my book. I recently had Chicken Marbella and thought I should try the same technique on flank steak. I modified the recipe, of course, using raisins instead of prunes and some balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar. The acid really tenderizes the steak, and the sweetness of the fruit and bit of molasses complement each … continued…

Beef Marbella
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I thought I’d avoid a resolution type post, but I couldn’t help myself. We all just think this way as the New Year begins, don’t we? So I thought I’d resolve some things about what I will EAT this year. Here are five things I resolve to eat more of:   1. Kale. I resisted kale salad because I was sure it was crazy! In fact I was so late to the salad bowl, that other food writers were calling … continued…

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Pozole is a hearty soup from Mexico. Its most prominent ingredient is hominy, which gives the soup a really filling, satisfying flair. It’s a great soup for a cold winter’s night, and it comes together quickly. Don’t get hung up on the toppings–if you don’t have all of them, this soup is still great. Just don’t miss out on the hominy! (Easy to find in any grocery store.) Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 hours in Slow Cooker Serves … continued…

Pozole
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Arancini is the best way I know to use up leftover risotto. No one can resist these, fried to crisp golden brown with hot bolognese and mozzarella inside. These make a substantial and satisfying appetizer. The name? It means “little oranges,” which is what these look like after frying.   Prep time: 25 minutes (using leftover cooked risotto and Bolognese Sauce) Cook time: About 2 minutes per batch Makes 16 Arancini   2 cups prepared (or leftover) risotto 1 egg … continued…

arancini
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

I confess to wanting an excuse to use this cheese, a mild cheese infused with sage, pretty easy to find in the cheese cases of the big supermarkets in any town. The sage marbles the cheese with flavor and a sage green color. It is beautiful and delicious and seems so right for a holiday burger. I couldn’t resist making a red pepper spread (I bought roasted red peppers and blended them up to make this spread)–no one will miss … continued…

Derby Cheese Burger with Sage
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Frico are the crispy “cookies” of Parmesan cheese, baked 10 minutes until they are golden brown. They really elevate a dish and are simple to make. Filet is always celebratory, and this recipe is no exception. We celebrate even more with homemade fries. Dig in–it’s a celebration! Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook time: About 25 minutes Serves 4   For the frico: 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 tablespoon flour   1 teaspoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for … continued…

Filet with Parmesan Frico
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I love pearl onions. They seem more festive and in this recipe, they are easy. Frozen pearl onions mean I don’t stand around peeling a big batch of tiny onions one-by-one. Who doesn’t love that? The red wine is a key ingredient in the hearty, comfort-food stew, so don’t skimp! If you want to make this even easier on yourself, add the potatoes when you put the pot into the oven for the first time–they might overcook a little, but … continued…

Winter Stew with Pearl Onions and Red Wine
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This is a leftover hit in my house (where I am typically the only one who loves leftovers). It is comfort food for me–reminds me of open faced beef sandwiches slathered with brown gravy. Make sure you’ve got leftover stuffing, leftover gravy and leftover cooked burger patties. Serve it with leftover veggies or a green salad. Prep time: 5 minutes (gather up the leftovers!) Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves: 4   2 cups prepared stuffing 4 cooked burgers made … continued…

Stuffing Burgers with Gravy
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This is a one-skillet dish, which is always a plus in my book. As the steaks brown, slice the onions and mushrooms. Be gentle about adding the liquids and vegetables to the skillet–it’s important to keep the cracker crumbs high and dry so they are nice and crispy when you slice into the steaks.   Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves 4   1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 4 (4-ounce) Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steaks 2 … continued…

Loaded Sirloin Steak
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