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To me, asparagus means spring, and every year I look for any number of ways to use it in my recipes. Here, I combine it with lean ground beef and the bright, lemony flavor of dill in a quiche. This is an easy to make dinner (especially if you buy pre-made pie dough) and only needs a simple salad to complete it. You could also make this recipe in quiche crusts made in mini cupcake tins for a party appetizer. … continued…

Spring Quiche with Asparagus and Beef
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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
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If you haven’t eaten Chicken Marbella, then you weren’t around when the Silver Palate cookbooks were so hot. They are still classics in my book. I recently had Chicken Marbella and thought I should try the same technique on flank steak. I modified the recipe, of course, using raisins instead of prunes and some balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar. The acid really tenderizes the steak, and the sweetness of the fruit and bit of molasses complement each … continued…

Beef Marbella
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Arancini is the best way I know to use up leftover risotto. No one can resist these, fried to crisp golden brown with hot bolognese and mozzarella inside. These make a substantial and satisfying appetizer. The name? It means “little oranges,” which is what these look like after frying.   Prep time: 25 minutes (using leftover cooked risotto and Bolognese Sauce) Cook time: About 2 minutes per batch Makes 16 Arancini   2 cups prepared (or leftover) risotto 1 egg … continued…

arancini
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I confess to wanting an excuse to use this cheese, a mild cheese infused with sage, pretty easy to find in the cheese cases of the big supermarkets in any town. The sage marbles the cheese with flavor and a sage green color. It is beautiful and delicious and seems so right for a holiday burger. I couldn’t resist making a red pepper spread (I bought roasted red peppers and blended them up to make this spread)–no one will miss … continued…

Derby Cheese Burger with Sage
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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
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I love pearl onions. They seem more festive and in this recipe, they are easy. Frozen pearl onions mean I don’t stand around peeling a big batch of tiny onions one-by-one. Who doesn’t love that? The red wine is a key ingredient in the hearty, comfort-food stew, so don’t skimp! If you want to make this even easier on yourself, add the potatoes when you put the pot into the oven for the first time–they might overcook a little, but … continued…

Winter Stew with Pearl Onions and Red Wine
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This is a leftover hit in my house (where I am typically the only one who loves leftovers). It is comfort food for me–reminds me of open faced beef sandwiches slathered with brown gravy. Make sure you’ve got leftover stuffing, leftover gravy and leftover cooked burger patties. Serve it with leftover veggies or a green salad. Prep time: 5 minutes (gather up the leftovers!) Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves: 4   2 cups prepared stuffing 4 cooked burgers made … continued…

Stuffing Burgers with Gravy
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This is a one-skillet dish, which is always a plus in my book. As the steaks brown, slice the onions and mushrooms. Be gentle about adding the liquids and vegetables to the skillet–it’s important to keep the cracker crumbs high and dry so they are nice and crispy when you slice into the steaks.   Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves 4   1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 4 (4-ounce) Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steaks 2 … continued…

Loaded Sirloin Steak
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Everyone should know how to make a good, classic roast. After lots of trial and error with different methods, I’ve adopted the techniques from Cook’s Illustrated, which does most of the cooking at a low temperature and finishes the roast high for a brief period. This produces a moist, cooked-to-medium-rare roast that can’t be beat. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Serves 8 (makes about 3 cups gravy)   1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 2-pound Laura’s Lean … continued…

Roast Beef Eye of Round with Gravy
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