Smoked Ham and Bean Soup

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adapted from a recipe by Judy Purcell, author of Serve and Savor (a great holiday gift idea; in store now!) 2 cups dry beans (soaked) 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2-3 stalks celery, chopped 2-3 large carrots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 to 5 quarts beef broth 2 cups cooked … Read More

Need a drink? Try bone broth bliss!

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Steeped in ancient cultural tradition, restorative bone broth is trendy again among health conscious and paleo-inspired eaters… It’s even caught on as a beverage, according to a New York Times article, “Bone Broth Bliss.” Some bars now feature broth “flights” and customized broth drink flavors. Chef Marco Canora (author of the cookbook, A Good Food Day) swears by its transformative … Read More

As campaign season (finally) winds down, now it’s your turn to spread some fertilizer around…

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As Americans all across the country finish casting ballots and wait with equal parts anticipation and dread for Tuesday’s election, Ranch Foods Direct continues to make it easy to vote with your dollar for healthy, tasty, one-of-a-kind products from local farms, processors and kitchens! Support the local economy and select USA products whenever possible… it’s your patriotic duty, but also … Read More

Meet customer Barbara Gross

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WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I’m originally from Germany but we’ve been living here in Colorado Springs for many years now. HOW OFTEN DO YOU SHOP THE STORE? I typically come in on a weekly basis, but I’m just now getting by to see the new store. I’m just thrilled! It’s beautiful; it’s nice, airy and fresh-looking. I buy a lot … Read More

Meet customer Sandra Buffington

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FILL IN THE BLANK: WHEN I THINK OF FALL, I THINK OF… Pumpkin pie. I like to get a fresh pumpkin and cook it. That’s the best. To make it into pie filling, you just cut it in half and roast it for 30 or 40 minutes, until it’s nice and tender, and then you mash it up and add … Read More

Ranch Foods Direct is smokin’ it!

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Nothing says fall like the scent of wood smoke in the air. Ranch Foods Direct is now smoking meats on-site, turning out a variety of smoked Callicrate Pork products that include boneless hams, bacon and jowls, as well as bone-in ham, shanks and loin chops. Prices range from $7 to $10 a pound, depending on the product. Enjoy great flavor … Read More

Something new, in store now…

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With Callicrate Beef bone broth, now it’s easier than ever to enrich your fall soups and stews with a natural broth made from healthy, humanely raised cattle. Ready to heat-and-eat, made in-house at Ranch Foods Direct and filled with gelatin, that shimmering translucent protein that enhances skin, teeth, hair, nails, bones and joints, and also improves digestion. A wonderful cooking … Read More

Expert says: Do your gardening prep this fall for best results

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Gardening beds amended with bone- and bio-char are “bigger and greener and produce sooner” than those without it, according to Scott Wilson, above, garden coordinator at the Galileo School of Math and Science and a presenter during Pikes Peak Urban Gardens’ September Garlic Fest. The all-day educational event was held at Galileo this year, where Scott led garden tours and … Read More

Easy Stovetop Cheese Sauce

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It’s easy to make a homemade-style baked mac-and-cheese by starting with a simple cheese sauce. Then jazz up the entire dish with caramelized onions, mushrooms, or even a meat addition like crumbled bacon, sausage or ground beef. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Whisk in 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Slowly add in 2 cups of milk while you continue … Read More

This chef’s challenge: healthy meals that kids will love

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Jason Mathis is an avid home gardener and works as the sous chef for Colorado Springs School District 11, where he helps invent healthy meals that appeal to kids. Think macaroni and cheese, pasta bakes and Italian-style marinara or primavera sauce, all made with as many fresh ingredients as possible. “In the 1950s, school kitchens were outfitted for scratch cooking. … Read More