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Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our lives!

Biftek Haché avec Frites
(French Style Burgers and Fries)

Grilling is a perfect way to celebrate the dads in our life. Try Biftek Haché, French style hamburgers with, of course, Frites or French Fries! These burgers are quite different from the hamburger recipes grilled in the USA. They are eaten with a fork and knife, not on a bun, although you can Americanize them for easier handling! These fries are made with rutabagas, at half the calories and the taste remains great. C’est si bon! Bon appétit!

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Biftek Haché avec Frites


Yield 4-6 patties


1 pound ground beef

Olive oil

3 slices of a medium onion, minced

1 egg, beaten

2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 tablespoon red-wine or balsamic vinegar

3-4 sprigs of fresh parsley, leaves chopped



1/2 cup dried mushrooms

2 tablespoons margarine or olive oil

1/2 cup dry red wine

2 sprigs parsley, leaves chopped



  1. Cover mushrooms in hot water and soak for about 20 minutes. Strain liquid and reserve for use in future soups, stews, etc. (Can freeze in ice cube tray for easy storage.) Finely chop the mushrooms.

  2. Sauté onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until translucent. Mix together with beef, egg, thyme, salt, vinegar and parsley. Form into patties.

  3. Add olive oil to heavy skillet. Add patties and cook until browned on one side. Flip and cook another 4 minutes or more, depending on your preference of doneness. French traditionally like their beef rare. Sprinkle salt on top. Set aside.

  4. bits left from the biftek haché. Add mushrooms and cook over medium heat until juices thicken. Stir in parsley. Pour over Biftek Haché.

  5. Serve with frites on the side.

Frites de Rutabaga (Rutabaga Fries)

A delicious lower calorie substitute for the typical potato fries. These fries are made in the oven with rutabagas, the calories and carbohydrates greatly reduced but the taste fabulous! You can also make the recipe with white or sweet potatoes. 
Rutabaga Fries Recipe

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Author Steve Schonveld told me, “Redemption is a difficult thing. I do think people can change, for better or for worse. I don’t know how or when we decide that someone has been redeemed. And just because someone is redeemed, what does that mean? Do we just let them out of prison? I don’t think that’s appropriate. I do know that with visits like mine, if nothing else, inmates can feel worthy and listened to. That can only be a positive.”

The many questions in the memoir are all important for us to ponder in a world filled with hate, anger and violence. We all have a role to play.