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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

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