Category Archives: Entertaining Ideas

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

The combination of lamb and beef makes these meatballs taste decadent without really being decadent. I’ve substituted mint for the usual basil or parsley in meatballs. They are further lightened by using egg white instead of a whole egg and by baking them on a broiling or cooling rack over a baking tray. One recipe makes 50 one-bite meatballs, so this is a great choice for a party. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes 50 appetizer … continued…

meatballs
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Snacks

There’s just enough bacon here to satisfy the “bacon-makes-everything-great” craving. To keep it lean, I use 96% lean ground sirloin, low-fat cheese and fat-free thousand island dressing. You won’t miss a bun with a burger this great. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 4   1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 2 strips bacon, cooked crisp and cut into pieces 4 tablespoons fat-free thousand island … continued…

Bacon Chili Cheeseburger
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling