Category Archives: Barb Freda

Somehow I let the holiday season roll by without giving you an idea of what I’m reading these days in the cookbook category. I am all over the place, but there are some new titles here and a perennial favorite or two that I keep pushing.   Tartine Book No.3 by Chad Robertson. Believe it or not, I cooked with Chad when he was still a student at CIA (that’s Culinary Institute of America). I’ve watched the great things that … continued…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the combination of steak and eggs, but wanted to put a spin on it. The Steak and Egg Omelet was born (although, as one tester points out, isn’t that like saying steak and eggs and eggs? We like semantics in this house…). This is one of the best ways to use up leftover steak (we had leftover filet: even better) and made a great midnight snack for one hungry visiting son.   Prep time: 2 minutes Cook Time: … continued…

Steak and Eggs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love sweet chocolate–and all kinds of chocolate, not just the bittersweet chocolate that is supposedly good for you. In fact, I like milk chocolate best of all. But that’s a treat. What doesn’t have to be a treat is chocolate in your savory dishes. You get all those antioxidant benefits and none of the “bad” stuff from a bar of chocolate.   Here are five sites to check out with ways to incorporate chocolate into your savory dishes:   … continued…

Barb Freda Holidays Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love beef and gravy. I love pot pie even more, but I don’t always have the patience to make a pie crust. Here is the beef pot pie I love topped with quick drop biscuits flavored with herbs and onion. Simple comfort food.   Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves 4 (with extra biscuits)   1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin cut into 1-inch cubes 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch … continued…

Skillet Beef Pot Pie
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Beef and mushrooms are natural partners for my taste. The dill and the lemon add bright notes to what might otherwise seem rich, so don’t eliminate either one. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Serves: 4   1 tablespoon butter 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef 1 large onion, chopped 10 ounces white mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup 2% Milk 4 cups beef stock or bouillon* 1 teaspoon dried dill 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce … continued…

Beefy mushroom soup
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I’ve taken some “artistic” license because I wanted “chopped steak” (lean ground beef) with the flavors of Jarlsberg and ham. For this recipe, I make the patties, pan sear them, make a sauce to gently simmer the patties in (the sauce has the ham in it), then finish each portion with just a touch of cheese. The trick is keeping the patties gently simmering in this sauce. Boiling it too hard will just make the them tough. There is just … continued…

salisbury steak cordon bleu
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

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
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

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
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

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…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits

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
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes