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Fruit salad dessert featuring cherries and peaches in a balsamic syrup

Less Sweet, So Delicious Fruit Salad – Marwin Brown

(Serves 2)

1 whole peach, sliced
1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoons sugar

Heat cherries, vinegar, cinnamon, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place cherries and syrup in a bowl and toss with peaches. Serve warm.

Spaghetti & Meatballs – Mick Guzman

Meatballs (makes approx. 10 meatballs)
Ground beef, lean, 1 lb
Onion, small dice, ¼ cup (1 oz)
Garlic, minced, 2 tbsp (1/2 oz)
Red bell pepper, small dice, ¼ cup
(1 oz)
Green bell pepper, small dice, ¼ cup
(1 oz)
Worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp
Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp
Salt, ¼ tsp
Pepper, ground, ½ tsp

Spaghetti Sauce (makes approx. 8 servings)
Olive oil
White onion, small dice, 1 cup (4 oz)
Garlic, minced, 2 tbsp
Red bell pepper, small dice, 1 cup (4 oz)
Red cooking wine, 1 ½ cups
Tomatoes, crushed, 6 cups [dry measure] (48 oz)
Rosemary, mince, 2 sprigs
Thyme, 2 sprigs
Canola oil

Saute onions, garlic and red pepper in olive oil to soften. Add tomatoes and simmer. Mix all meatball ingredients by hand in a bowl until well incorporated. Scoop out ¼ cup of mixture at a time and form balls by hand. Heat a separate pan with canola oil and brown meatballs on all sides, set aside and reserve. Pour off oil from meatball pan and deglaze with red wine, making sure to scrape browning from bottom of pan. Bring wine to a boil and reduce slightly. Blend tomato mixture in blender until smooth and add tomato mixture, herbs, and meatballs to red wine and simmer until heated through. Serve over whole wheat spaghetti noodles.

Real Men Cook with Kids®
  Chef Marwin Brown and Chef Mick Guzman

We are pleased to have the cooks from Real Men Cook®, young fathers Marwin Brown and Mick Guzman, share some nutritional dishes and their recipes with you, straight from the Kenmore Studios, where our Real Men Charities, Inc. Real Men Cook with Kids® healthy cooking initiatives were featured. Enjoy the show segments and we encourage you to try these quick and simple dishes.

Marwin Brown shares his experience:
Our task was simple - create healthy, tasty, all family pleasing meals that could inspire men to extend their leadership into the kitchen. Important in this is that we wanted to continue the healthy families and communities mission of Real Men Charities, Inc. with one single menu to satisfy both kids and parents alike vs. having to cook two separate meals. So the question was could we deliver kid friendly fun factor with out sacrificing the necessary adult sophistication. To do those we created a three course meal. For our starters we chose a combo of soups - Carrot Ginger and Cauliflower Leeks. Then for the main course we came with Mick's "Ghetto" meatballs and spaghetti with homemade sauce. As a side we served roasted grapes and brussel sprouts. We closed the show with a fruit salad dessert featuring cherries and peaches in a balsamic syrup.

The response was positive and enthusiastic. Fellow Real Man Cook and a member of the Real Men Charities, Inc. Board of Directors, Gerald Frazier said "I can't say enough about the Kenmore cooking show yesterday! It was so informative and entertaining. The way you tied in your testimony about your family's health history & making healthy cooking choices for yourself and the family was really powerful. I wish we could take this message of healthy & inclusive cooking choices through the entire country."
Cauliflower and Carrot Soup – Mick Guzman
Real Men Tips for Family Health, Flavor and Fun
Real Men Cook, Real Men Love, Real Men Care, Real Men Provide, Real Men Work, Real Men Build and Real Men Give of their Talent and Time for the children who are our future.

Also Quinessa Solomon of Parents of Color Magazine wrote about the show, "The demo, held at the beautiful Kenmore Studio in Chicago, was fun, interactive, kid-friendly and I learned some great lessons. " To read about her experience on Facebook click here:
Opening segment with Yvette Moyo Gillard