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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
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

One of my family’s favorite recipes and one of the first recipes I ever wrote is Beef Wellington. So when someone said something about craving it recently, in spite of the heat, I wondered if I could satisfy the craving without the production. Laura’s Lean Beef Fully Cooked Pot Roast came to the rescue. Leftovers from that dinner, from some cooked mushrooms and a tiny bit of puff pastry came together for this little treat of a snack. I used … continued…

Beef Wellington Bites
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Snacks

I love Indian food, and I had made up a filling for little turnovers (samosas) that I would describe as curried mashed potatoes. It’s such a warm, satisfying taste. I decided to try using the filling as an ingredient for meatballs. The results, with warmed mango chutney as a glaze, were a huge hit in my house. Sounds exotic, but these ingredients, even ready-to-use minced ginger, if you don’t want to chop your own– are all easy to find in … continued…

Samosa Meatballs
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes

In honor of Egg Day, I thought it would only be fitting to talk about how to make the best hard-boiled egg. I figure you’ll be headed to more than one picnic with deviled eggs, right? So first the method, then five ideas to gussy up those deviled eggs.   The reason I’m writing about hard-boiled eggs is to save us all from the overcooked gray/green yolks that so many people get–yolks so hard and gray they might double as … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

How about a filling snack? I’ve been thinking about a twist to my brother’s pepperoni roll for a while–I needed it to be both beefy and easy. That’s when I thought about the refrigerated crescent rolls. One roll makes a good snack; two rolls make a satisfying dinner. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes 32 rolls   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 2 ounces stick pepperoni, finely diced 1 18-ounce jar pizza sauce 4 … continued…

Pizza Roll
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Snacks

I love theme parties and this year in honor of the championship game, I think it would be fun to serve “Super Foods.” If you’ve picked up a magazine or listened to the news much in the last few years, super foods are often discussed. What does it mean to be a super food? According to The Oxford English Dictionary, it is “a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being.” I consider it a food that … continued…

Superfoods
Entertaining Ideas Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks

As obesity rises in our country, food sometimes seems to have a negative image. I have to admit… I love food! The wrong food and the wrong amount can steal our health however food can also be medicine and allows a social bonding that nothing else can mimic. My sister and I recently decided to have a real dinner party – void of paper plates and takeout food! We wanted to prepare food for our friends and enjoy an evening … continued…

Entertaining Ideas Jenny Kramer, RD

There is no reason you have to feel harried about entertaining over the holidays. Inviting people into your home should be a time for you to relax and enjoy your guests. Here are a few tips to make things easier on yourself. Go ahead, throw a party!   1. Stock your freezer wisely. Around the holidays, I always put at least two boxes of store-bought puff pastry dough into my freezer. I use the sheets for quick appetizers or desserts. … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Holidays

This is a simple dish to make ahead and just heat up when it is time for dinner. It doubles easily for company–the surprise of the sweet potatoes for the top of this dish (instead of the more expected white potato topping) makes it a beautiful dish. This recipe is proof that sometimes the simplest of flavors come together in the simplest of ways for something sublime. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes stove top, 25 minutes in … continued…

Cottage Pie plated
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Memorable Meals