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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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Stir-fries are among the simplest and quickest meals to put together. All the ingredients are cut to sizes that cook quickly. I aimed to make this a 6-ingredient recipe (the sesame seed garnish is optional) to minimize your cutting. I use store-bought black bean sauce in this, but it might be too pungent for some of your pickier eaters. You can substitute hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce for the black bean sauce. Quick cooking means the stove is on only … continued…

Stir-fried-steak
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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
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There’s a sweet/savory treat going on in teriyaki sauce that packs a punch, really making these burgers a hit in our house. Go easy with the wasabi paste (easy to find in the international section of most any grocery store these days–same goes for the pickled ginger) to start with. A little of this horseradish goes a very long way. You won’t miss the burger bun or the cheese on this–the flavors are that great.   Prep Time: 5 minutes … continued…

Teriyaki Burger
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Here’s what I had: eye of round, some basil, fresh mozzarella and tomato. Next I knew, I had a hot “caprese” cheesesteak sandwich in hand. This uses simple ingredients, everything goes onto the grill, the kitchen stays cool and everyone is happy.   Prep time: 5 minutes plus about 1 hour for marinating Cook time: About 6 minutes Serves 4   12 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round steak, thinly sliced and pounded thin 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil … continued…

caprese cheesesteak sandwich
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I was inspired to try this on beef when I saw a friend use the same preparation for pork tenderloin. I finished it slightly different, but I still love the results. The onions and mushrooms to finish this are cooked in the same skillet while the roast rests before cutting. (Note: This makes awesome roast beef for sandwiches the next day.) Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: About 45 minutes Serves 6   1 (1.5 pound) Laura’s Lean Beef Eye … continued…

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I am having an all-out fan-fest with porcini mushrooms. I have not gotten my hands on fresh porcini (my own quest), but I am playing around with dried porcini as often as I can. Because they are expensive, I look for ways to get a big bang for the buck, and I like the results I get using the porcini as a rub. Before I use any of the bigger pieces, I sift the dried porcini a bit to catch … continued…

Ribeye with Porcici and Rosemary Butter
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This is our take on a classic. Helpful hint: use soft corn tortillas, not flour tortillas, which get gummy in the soup. The tortilla strips act like noodles. I love using corn on the cob and getting a little extra flavor from the cobs themselves, but you don’t have to do this. A drained can of corn will serve in place of corn on the cob. Prep Time: About 15 minutes Cook Time: About 20 minutes Serves 8 1 tablespoon … continued…

Beef Tortilla Soup
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I started craving mushrooms recently when I was writing an article about them. It occurred to me that it would be easy to bulk up a burger by adding mushrooms to the ground beef. I used a food processor to get a mushroom paste (known as duxelles), which I then cooked with some onion, garlic, sage and sherry, complementary flavors for the mushrooms. Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 8 to 10 minutes Serves 4   10 ounces white mushrooms, … continued…

Beefy Mushroom Burger
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I recently had a reader ask about recipes for one and it occurred to me that I have been enjoying this perfect lunch for one for years. It is so enjoyable, it is almost like comfort food for me. You don’t have to, but I like to warm the steak up in a nonstick skillet before adding it to the salad. I love the final result, hot and cold, savory and sweet (from the raisins). For the record, I eat … continued…

steak salad
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