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Everyone should know how to make a good, classic roast. After lots of trial and error with different methods, I’ve adopted the techniques from Cook’s Illustrated, which does most of the cooking at a low temperature and finishes the roast high for a brief period. This produces a moist, cooked-to-medium-rare roast that can’t be beat. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Serves 8 (makes about 3 cups gravy)   1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 2-pound Laura’s Lean … continued…

Roast Beef Eye of Round with Gravy
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This simple wrapped steak is proof positive that simple, delicious ingredients–just a few of them–add up to one delicious dish. Smoked prosciutto, also known as “speck” is easy to find in the deli section of most grocery stores. A little bit of speck goes a long way in this recipe, which shows off the beauty of a Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 10 minutes (to desired degree of doneness) Serves 4   1 … continued…

Prosciutto wrapped Steak
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I love a good meatball. It’s my comfort food. Here, I combine lean beef with ground turkey and use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Don’t skip adding the milk-soaked bread, which keeps these meatballs moist and tender. Form the meatballs gently so they stay tender even after cooking. These cook in a pan with a bit of olive oil because you get incredible flavor from the seared meat. The flavor also enriches the tomato sauce you make. Eat alone, … continued…

Classic Meatballs
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I love the flavors of sweet and sour dishes. I reached into my freezer for the blueberries on this one, but fresh blueberries would of course, be awesome. I wouldn’t hesitate to use red grapes or even chopped plums, another seasonal fruit. My point? Be playful with this dish. The flavors are so satisfying. Prep Time: About 10 minutes plus minimum 1 hour to marinate steak Cook Time: About 12 minutes Serves 4   Marinade: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary … continued…

ribeye with blueberry balsamic
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I was inspired to make this burger by my love of baked brie cheese. That recipe uses a wheel of brie and tops it with a fruit spread (I’ve often had apricot jam on the brie), some toasted almonds, then the whole thing is encased in a sheet of pastry or it can be baked in a small crock without the pastry. That cheese/sweet/nutty combo — I crave it! This is my take using the fall pears that are in … continued…

Brie Burger with Pear Chutney
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The farmers markets are filled with an abundance of kale this time of year. Convinced I did not like raw kale (although I’m a fan of cooked kale), I’ve been ignoring the kale salads I’ve seen. After sampling a delicious version at a gourmet grocery, it turns out that I do enjoy eating raw kale. I read up on it and the trick is in kneading the finely cut kale with a tiny bit of olive oil, a bit of … continued…

Flank Steak with Kale Salad
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I love the natural combination of apples and cheddar–sweet and salty, crunchy and smooth. I decided to make up this apple slaw with mango chutney (easy to find at the grocery store) and added mint, which I have in abundance. The resulting slaw is so good my family was eating it as a side dish instead of heaping it onto their burgers. So my advice–make extra slaw! Either way, with these flavors, no one will miss the burger buns. Prep … continued…

Apple Cheddar Burger
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The flavors of stuffed cabbage are a comfort to me – but the many prep steps… not so much. So I broke the recipe down into its parts, cooked it up as a one-dish meal and made it simple and delicious. This is so good, I know people who think they don’t like cabbage will like it. And it just seems to feed an army. Make some, freeze half, and you’ve got another meal for later in the month. Prep … continued…

Unstuffed Cabbage
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This is a lighter way to make meatloaf–combining lean beef with ground turkey, old-fashioned oats, and some traditional spices. I shape this into two loaves and bake them out of loaf pans in order to get maximum crust. You could also make one, larger loaf and top it with a blend of ketchup, brown sugar and mustard for a sweet topping so many people know and love. (Note: if you do use a single loaf pan, you’ll have to increase … continued…

Oatmeal Meatloaf
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The story of Laura’s Lean Beef is the stuff of legends – well, for those of us who love it when the family farm is saved, the little guy (or gal, in this instance) makes good, the food world is made better and everyone lives happily ever after.   So here’s how it started. Laura Freeman came home to her family’s central Kentucky farm after years away, becoming the seventh generation farmer in her family. Family farms are special places, … continued…

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