Seasoned pitmaster shares meat mastery with RFD customers

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Chris Webb has already dazzled Ranch Foods Direct customers with his barbecue prowess, introducing them to marvels like the sausage-stuffed “bacon bomb.” Starting today, he’s offering hands-on meat prep classes on the first and third Thursday of each month. Chris has many years of experience cooking with fire and smoke, including a stint competing on the professional circuit while he … Read More

Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

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1 pound Ground Beef 2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided 2 teaspoons onion powder, divided 2 teaspoons rubbed sage, divided 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups sliced leeks (or use chopped onions) 1 bag (12 ounces) unseasoned dried bread cubes 2 1/2 cups beef broth 2 cups diced tart apples … Read More

Meet Trent Johnson, Ranch Foods Direct retail manager

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Chef Trent Johnson (shown at left visiting the ranch with owner Mike Callicrate ) grew up in a small Florida beach town, but ended up following his passion for food and cooking to Denver, where he attended Johnson & Wales University. This fall he joined Ranch Foods Direct as retail store manager, with plans to eventually oversee the full-service in-store … Read More

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

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

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

Pie Squared – A new way to try pie

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Perfect for summer, the slab pie seems to be everywhere these days… in food magazines, on websites and blogs. CLICK HERE for a recent such example in the Denver Post. This pie variation doesn’t completely re-invent the wheel but it does put a new spin on it. A slab is simply a shallow pie made in a rectangular jelly-roll pan … Read More