Fate of small farms depends on commitment to supporting them

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Organic farmer Demetria Stephens checks on a field of heirloom Turkey Red wheat planted this fall on her family’s farm in Northwest Kansas, right. She was an instructor at January’s “Grain School” hosted jointly by UCCS and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Technical advances, whether in the form of bigger equipment, genetically modified seeds or ammonia anhydrous fertilizer, never held … Read More

The search for a healthy (and tasty) cooking spray officially ends here…

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Putting a finishing sear on “sou vide” steaks requires oil with a high smoke point. Looking at various options to achieve this, Melissa (Ranch Foods Direct retail manager and procurement specialist) discovered an ingenious product invented and marketed in neighboring Nebraska. Gourmet Duck Fat Cooking Oil Spray, from Cornhusker Kitchen, puts the rich flavor of duck fat into spray form … Read More

An update from Chef Aaron: fresh offerings, new favorites

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Chef Aaron Miller (right) continues to coax delicious flavors from Ranch Foods Direct products in the store’s in-house kitchen. Here, he talks about some of his latest prepared dishes and new favorites he’s discovered while browsing the store. Q. According to a survey of more than 700 chefs conducted by the National Restaurant Association, the hottest new food trend of … Read More

DID YOU KNOW?… A butterflied steak just happens to look like a heart. Need one for a gift? Just ask the butcher at the fresh meat case to cut you one. Or two. Anytime, for any reason!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Callicrate steak! Buy them by the bundle… The chef’s steak bundle includes a selection of 4 boneless rib-eyes, 4 New York strips, 4 top sirloins and 4 filet mignon, all for $174.99. (Boxed bundles are even more affordable when you get all rib-eyes or all strips!)

Did you know? … You can follow RFD on Facebook and get the scoop on daily in-store specials like Meatloaf Monday, Fresh Case Thursday and more!

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Click the images above to go directly to the Ranch Foods Direct Facebook page. And yes, today is Meatloaf Monday… Get Callicrate ground beef meatloaf, stuffed with cheese and wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, for $9.99 each. Stop in everyday for new daily specials, and enjoy the hot soup and broth bar, with an ever-changing selection of fresh, delicious flavors.

Get fresh local greens, even during the coldest days of winter

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How is it possible for Ranch Foods Direct to sell locally grown beautiful butterhead bibb lettuce (right) during the coldest days of winter? Emerge Aquaponics, located near Black Forest, grows the lettuce using one of the most advanced sustainable production methods in the agricultural world today. You’ve heard of hydroponics, where plants are grown in water rather than in soil? … Read More

Sous vide prep method makes steaks foolproof

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By now, you’ve probably heard about “sous vide” (pronounced sue veed) the French name for a trendy meat cooking technique that involves vacuum-sealing a cut of meat in an airless bag with flavorings and seasonings and then placing it into a circulating water bath for slow and precise cooking. What makes this method so attractive is its precision and the … Read More

Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

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1 cup barley, or similar grain Olive oil 2 lbs cubed stew meat 2 cups diced carrots 1 1/2 cups diced celery 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, chopped 2 bay leaves 10 cups beef broth Prepare barley using directions provided. In a large Dutch oven, brown seasoned beef in olive oil. Remove and cook veggies in more … Read More

Eat local all winter long with interesting grains, real sourdough

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Artisan baker Shawn Saunders, above, supplies Ranch Foods Direct with creations like artisan sourdough and chile cheese bread. Local baker and Ranch Foods Direct bread supplier, Shawn Saunders, shown above, returns to the faculty of this month’s annual “Grain School” put on by UCCS and several partnering organizations. The public grain forum on Saturday, Jan. 13, is open to anyone … Read More