Category: Recipes & Techniques

Foam on the Range: Cooking with Beer

You can do a whole lot more with beer than just drink it.

In fact, Men’s Health Magazine cites a total of 31 uses for beer, none of which have anything to do with tossing one down the hatch, yet 8 of which have to do with cooking—if you count the one about scaling fish (with the bottle cap, not the brew).

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Culinary DIY: Salsa

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Salsa, which is literally translated as the Spanish word for “sauce,” can take many forms. Salsa roja uses cooked tomatoes, while salsa cruda, pico de gallo, and salsa fresca use all raw ingredients. Salsa verde calls for tomatillos and is a delightful green color. And these are just a few of the many variations.
Prepared salsas sold in jars in the United States are always cooked to lengthen their shelf life so they can be sold in grocery stores and markets.
However, once you’ve tried fresh, homemade salsa, practically no mass-produced, jarred variety can compare. Here we show you how to make a chunky pico de gallo.

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Your New Favorite Party Food: Mini Meatloaf Pizza Cups

These mini meatloaf pizza cups are about to become your new favorite recipe. It’s a modern take on a comfort food classic, made in perfect portions for a party! This recipe is also a quick and delicious weeknight meal that the kids will love.

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We’ve Got the Secret Ingredient for Your Greatest Homemade Chili

Tired of the same old chili and looking for a way to, well, spice things up a bit? No, we’re not talking about a new seasoning. We’re talking about trying a new cut of beef in your recipe.

Check out this great video from our friend Troy at T-Roy Cooks. He uses our USDA Prime Tri-Tip in his chili recipe. As you can see, he could barely keep the taste-tester’s spoons out of the pot!

Your family is sure to love it too, or your friends would go wild for it at a party for the big game! Ready to make your own? You can find our USDA Prime Tri-Tip right here.

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How to Create a Turducken

Making a turducken is a labor-intensive, and—many would say—an advanced culinary technique.

So for those who want to satisfy their idle curiosity, here’s how a turducken is put together. For intrepid culinary explorers, a DIY turducken is an epicurean adventure and challenge on the scale of making Peking duck in a home kitchen. (more…)

Culinary DIY: Gravy

Every fluffy mashed, crunchy roasted, crispy fried, or creamy boiled potato cries out for a bath of concentrated richness of pan juices treated right.

Leftover gravy need never go to waste. So versatile, you’ll run out of gravy before you run out of ways to incorporate it into other recipes—from pot pies, hot sandwiches, and rice dishes to a topping for breakfast hash or Benedict-style egg entrees.

But don’t worry, you can always make more.

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Two ways to get your Thanksgiving off to a perfect start

Let us take you for a moment to your kitchen on Thanksgiving morning. Picture it: You’re busy in the kitchen. The menu is set and preparations are underway: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables… you’re peeling, seasoning, mixing, measuring… and in the midst of all this, your family sits down to a hearty breakfast of eggs, potatoes, bacon, and French toast. It fuels you up and powers you through the morning so that you can get the holiday dinner on the table in spectacular fashion and with a smile on your face.

Sound impossible? It’s not!

With just a little bit of pre-planning, you can have a delicious breakfast that will tide your family over as they wait for the main event. These make-ahead dishes are assembled the night before. One goes in the slow-cooker overnight, while the other gets popped in the oven first thing in the morning. Just add juice and coffee, and you’ll get Thanksgiving Day off to a great start!

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Get Ready for Thanksgiving with our Videos!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to get prepared for the long-awaited day. We have all five of our Thanksgiving videos together in one convenient spot to get you ready for Thanksgiving dinner! Whether you want to know how to use a compound butter under the skin for a moist turkey, how to season the bird for better flavor throughout, how to roast the best Thanksgiving turkey, or even how to carve the meat for your guests, we’ve got videos for that!

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The Ultimate Tailgating Menu

Now that fall is here and football season is in full swing it’s time for tailgating. We’ve compiled the ultimate tailgating menu to help your tailgate go off without a hitch. There are many dishes that can be prepared before you even reach the parking lot, making the tailgating process much more manageable. Check out these recipes, fire up your portable grill, and get pumped for the big game!

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Culinary Classic: Chicken and Dumplings

From Maine to California, chicken and dumplings has found its way onto the menus of roadside diners and urban bistros, as well as those of edgy white-cloth restaurants offering haute interpretations of this old standby. Some argue that chicken and dumplings is the ultimate comfort food. Yet, every dish is as personal and unique as a fingerprint, having as many variations as chili or gumbo.

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