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

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 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