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Jerk seasoning is widely known in Caribbean cooking, and it’s widely known as hot-hot-hot! I made this recipe milder, giving you the option of adding 1 to 2 hot peppers. You can buy plenty of prepared versions, but as with so many things, this is far better when made at home with fresh herbs and spices.   Note: For party appetizers, skewer one or two cubes of marinated beef onto shorter bamboo skewers and pass as small bites. Prep time: … continued…

Jerk Beef Skewers
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Homegating Summer Grilling

Summer is here and with that hopefully will come trips to the park, outdoor concerts, and picnics! Soggy sandwiches and warm coleslaw are not what you want to find in your picnic basket. It’s important to consider food safety as well as healthy foods that travel well when planning your outing.   • Start with a good heavy-duty blanket if you won’t be using a picnic table. Old quilts or comforters work well and can be washed and tossed in … continued…

picnic
Entertaining Ideas Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Homemade enchilada sauce is nice and easy—and lets you control the amount of fat and salt added, which makes it a good choice over a canned sauce. If you like, double or triple the amount here and freeze it in batches for future use. The most authentic recipes use dried chiles, which are toasted, then rehydrated and blended with water or stock and garlic. But for today’s purposes, we are using a shortcut—ancho chili powder, which you can find in … continued…

Beef Enchiladas
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

Face it–everyone, no matter their heritage, likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are five great culinary ideas that can be a great part of your day.   1. Make soda bread. There’s no excuse to not make a fresh batch of bread. Soda bread is easy to whip up, cooks fast and everyone loves a warm loaf of bread on the table. Here’s the recipe I will be making: http://kerrygoldusa.com/recipe/mummys-brown-irish-soda-bread-from-darina-allen/   2. Learn to use beer in your cooking. … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Holidays

This makes for a great game-day snack. You’ll have lots of chili, so buy several packages of the crescent rolls if you’re anticipating a crowd (one recipe of chili can fill about 40 crescent rolls this way). Prep Time: About 20 minutes (10 minutes for the chili, 10 minutes to roll crescents) Cook Time: About 45 minutes (30 minutes for the chili, 15 minutes for the rolls) Makes 8 rolls (with leftover chili)   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground … continued…

chilii crescent rolls
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas 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

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

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
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

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
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

There are lots of great reasons to pull the slow cooker out, but during the summertime, one of the best reasons is that it barely heats up the kitchen. And while I love a good, smoky barbecue, I am not always able to tend the smoker. With this recipe, I’m getting to have my beef and cook it too – a win/win! Perfect for a big family reunion, where beef can remain in cooker, plugged in and left on “warm” … continued…

Slow Cooker BBQ
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking