I love using ready-to-serve products, especially when my schedule seems hectic, as it so often does around the holidays. I combined favorite flavors in this single-dish main course: hearty pot roast, warming pumpkin and comforting risotto. Winter comfort food! Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 25 minutes Serves 8 5 cups beef stock 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 12 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Pot Roast Au Jus (ready-to-eat) 2 pounds pumpkin or squash, peeled … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

I get into ruts in so many areas of my life–and I doubt I’m alone. I take the same route into town every time I drive. I eat the same thing for breakfast too many times to count. I have a lot of clothes but I reach for the same outfits over and over again (obviously time for some closet cleaning). And our dinner menu? Well, in spite of my work developing recipes, even we fall into routine. There are … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

This new burger cooking method results from a reader request. Of course, we love to hear from you readers, and we love to give you what you want. Behold — our baked burgers! Because the burgers can be a bit dry when baked (it’s a longer, slower cook than a burger on the grill), I chose to add just a touch of cheese to the burger, but I’ve added it as a surprise. I baked them on a rack, allowing … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Sometimes I feel like there are days I wake up and I am hungry all day long no matter what I eat. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there that experiences this. My kids seem to constantly have some virus or another so in the last few years, I have been “blessed” with the stomach bug at least a few times. I always notice that after 2-3 days of not eating I get full very quickly even … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

Sure, everyone is writing about giving thanks this month, so in the spirit of never being able to really say thank you enough, I maintain there’s room for another blog post on gratitude.   As the holidays kick into gear with all the extra hype that surrounds these weeks, it seems especially important to make sure we take time out now and then–I especially like to take time out from the bustle to give thanks for some of the smaller … continued…

Barb Freda Holidays

With November coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about holiday gifts for your loved ones! Here are the top ten gifts for the fitness lover on your list.   1. Workout Clothes. A Dri-Fit shirt, shorts, or even socks would put a smile on any exerciser’s face.   2. Workout Gear. A pair of exercise sunglasses or a hat would be a great gift for someone who exercises outdoors. A sports watch is another idea. 3. … continued…

Top Ten Fitness Gifts
Fitness Judy Eggebeen

I like the time around Thanksgiving. Fall is usually giving us a last hurrah, but it’s clear that winter’s coming. For me, it’s a cozy time of year with family and friends. It’s a nice break from the frenzy of Halloween and a chance to breathe before the festivities of Christmas. As far as decorations go, November also offers a bit of ease. In this case a little goes a long way; a few colorful gourds and squashes, a bountiful … continued…

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Decorating Tips Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman

I found myself craving fall food recently, but I also was determined to “shop the pantry.” That means I wanted to use what I had on hand. Luckily I had mushrooms, barley and beef and was able to create this dish that became a “mashup” of two favorite soups: mushroom barley and Hungarian mushroom soup. Instead of a soup, though, I created this casserole. It is tasty, filling and warming, just the way any good comfort food should be. Cook … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Sometimes I have small household rebellions against turkey. Not always — just sometimes. So I try to satisfy my cravings for stuffing and gravy while giving my family the turkey-free meal they want. Here is a simple dish that does that. I use packaged herb stuffing mix moistened with plenty of beef stock. Sear the tenderloin steaks and top the stuffing with that. Make the gravy in the skillet used for the steak to enhance the flavor, top the stuffing … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

Whenever I think of Thanksgiving, I think of Sage, the classic Thanksgiving turkey seasoning. This is probably the homiest of the herbs. Its warm aroma is comforting and classic. In fact, you can crush a few leaves and boil them in water on your stove to let the fragrance drift through your house before holiday guests arrive. Culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) is the plant that’s familiar to most. Culinary sage has gray-green leaves and purple flowers that are beautiful in … continued…

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Gardening Holidays Pam Freeman