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

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

And for the chilly weather soon to come… vodka-spiked tomato sauce? Yes!

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The final issue of Gourmet magazine, published back in 2009, contained a recipe for vodka-spiked cherry tomatoes. This is how it’s done: take the last of the season’s cherry tomatoes, blanch and peel and toss them in a mixture of vodka, vinegar, sugar, and lemon zest, let them soak for an hour, drain, and you have a clever cocktail hour … Read More

BONUS RECIPE: Maple Bacon Beer Burger

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1 pound ground beef 1/4 cup beer 2 tablespoons SMOK whiskey glaze or hot sauce 4 good quality hamburger buns, split 4 slices Cheddar cheese 4 slices Maplewood smoked bacon, cut in half and cooked crisp Combine ground beef, beer and whiskey glaze or hot sauce (or substitute equal amount Worcestershire sauce) in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape … Read More