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Andrea Moretsky

Reflecting back on 45 years of innovation

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Am I the same person as I was 45 years ago? Just the other day, I found a simple note that I wrote back in 1988. The note was all about creating a new kind of sliced ham with my Dad; a spiral sliced ham. Reflecting upon this, I came to realize that, in this regard, I haven’t changed all that much in over 45 years. I still love creating and working closely with those that share the same passion for food and flavor profile combinations as I do. This inner excitement comes from working with top chefs and other foodies in our area, and collaborating on new approaches to how we prepare, taste, and jazz up their daily menus.

Our Angus Brands team was constantly innovating in 2017. They developed fantastic new sausage flavors such as Blueberry Peach Sausage Links, which complement our Apple Cranberry Sausage, and Roulade with Milano Sausage rolled within a pork loin. Delicious! Along with our line of full-flavored ground beef offerings, we’ve also created a Stuffed Chicken Breast with Asparagus and Provolone cheese.

Our Recipe for 2018: Partners, Knowledge, Experience, Focus, Understanding, Know-How, and a Lot of Passion. These are the necessary ingredients that create the best possible options for everyone. How exciting! Let us know what’s on your wish list.

Happy Holidays and here’s to a fantastic 2018,

Tom Stachecki

*Pictured above: Leslie Stachecki and Jeff Curry, all ready for the holidays!

Corporate holiday gift idea

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Are you still looking for ideas on what to give your clients for a holiday gift? Want to support local business and skip unnecessary shipping costs?

Just in time for the holiday season, you can buy local with Spokane’s own Angus Brands “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner” gift basket.

Our tasty “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner locally hand-crafted basket includes

Breakfast
Angus Meats’Apple Cranberry Sausage with a spectacular arrangement of apples, cranberries and maple syrup.

Lunch
Angus Meats’ Jalapeno Beer Brats are made with Steam Plant Brewing Company’s Whitman’s Wheat Ale, fire roasted peppers and stacked full of creamy cheddar cheese. Yum!

Dinner
Two juicy 10oz PRIME NY Steaks! Bring that high-end expensive dinner night out to your own kitchen.

We are offering these popular gift baskets at fantastic price. Please call us at (509) 482-7033 to order today.

Count your blessings

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Chilling down right? Yard art is put away, you’ve been raking leaves and pine needles for days. Heat is on (did you remember to change your furnace filter from all the smoke we had?), and the fireplace is crackling.

I’m more of a fan of Thanksgiving than Halloween. Thanksgiving is all about family, blessings to be grateful for, and remembering those we love who cannot be at the table.

I absolutely love the smell of our Angus Brands turkey slow cooking in the oven mixed with the pumpkin perfume of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. I don’t think there’s another holiday that measures up to the level of what our senses enjoy more. Talk about a real “foodie” day!

And isn’t it cool when the first snowflakes fall on that night? The kids get so excited! November is cozy, warm, with quiet days and nights. This is the time of year I really have a hard time getting out of my warm and perfect pillowed bed in the dark morning; especially for 7:00 am workouts at the gym (gotta work off that bird!).

Since our girls’ families are 3000 miles away, I find it funny when some of my friends are complaining they’re going to have 10 to 20 people for dinner. I’m thinking how lucky they are! It’s just the two of us. If I could say anything to all of you, it would be this: Embrace the ones you love; hold them close in person, on the phone, or FaceTime/Skype and overlook the minor stuff – it doesn’t matter anyway; say a prayer for those who’ve passed on that they are not forgotten. Sounds corny, but truly be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving & bless you and your families, 

Leslie Stachecki

Welcoming fall

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Where did September go?  I was engrossed in hand-beading a Christmas stocking for our newest grandchild, who’s now 7 months old. That took about two weeks; a tradition started by my mother. I still have some of her glass beads left from the 1940’s & 50’s.

Glorious fall is turning the color wheel upside down. Part of me is mourning the close of such a short summer (I love flip flops), but autumn is still one of our favorite times of year. Tom & I will be celebrating 40 years together on October 15th, (yes, I still wear my original wedding ring on “hand”) and we’re going to the most famous place of all for fall – New England.

We’re going to be exploring up the coast of Maine, eating plenty of lobster, taking a Windjammer sail, and hoofing it around Boston proper learning our countries profound history; expanding my horizons academically, culinary, and visually. We never have had time to take trips like this, nor seen the east coast north of Charleston, so I am excited. And as a bonus we’ll be flying over New York City!

If any of you have any ideas and/or suggestions as to what not to miss, where you foodies have got to go, or the best place to watch a sunset, or “I wish I would have packed that!” please let us know. We want to do it all!

From our Angus Brands family to yours, we wish you a fall filled with delicious flavors, cozy scarfs, and beautiful colors.

Thank you to Spokane’s First Responders

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Do you ever hear sirens in the middle of the night? The louder they get towards your home; you wonder if someone is in trouble? Is there a fire somewhere? Is it close to you?

We don’t always put in perspective how, at a moment’s notice and without truly knowing the unpredictable situation they are called into, what these brave people deal with everyday risking their lives and jeopardizing the future of their own families.

On Friday, July 14th we held our 2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation BBQ. Spokane’s police, sheriffs, and firefighters dropped by for a free juicy Angus Brands’ grab-n-go burger lunch.

Our son-in-law has been serving on the Swat Team in Charlotte, North Carolina for over 14 years. Tom and I are proud to be a part of the ‘Blue Family.’ We have seen things and events that sometimes are very hard to comprehend or process. So, this is our way of thanking Spokane’s Finest.

Our First Responders are terrific. They’re just like the rest of us with a great sense of humor. It was a joy to seeing them smile, laugh, and relax for just a short time. They talked about their families, showed us fishing pictures, and expressed how much they love what they do while raising their kids in Spokane.

They really appreciated what we did for them but we can never show just how much we value them.

Angus Brands also wishes to thank those who back-up our First Responders: Dispatchers, 911 operators, and all the support staff who keep everything calm, organized, and in control.

We knew one First Responder, now we know 46. Next year we hope to meet more of you.

Leslie Stachecki

  

Curry’s Culinary Corner

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July means the kick off to summer grilling season.  For this reason, July is considered National Grilling Month. Fun fact: July is also National Bison Month! Not sure how that happened, but I guess we all should eat a little bison.

I found this cool website called The Nibble that lists all of the food holidays.  The month of July is jammed packed with every food holiday imaginable.  Did I say, “jam?” That’s the only food that doesn’t have a national holiday in July!  The funny thing is, July 21st is National Junk Food Day, so maybe jam could be considered junk food and then it would have a holiday in July.

Okay enough of this funny business.  July is National Hot Dog Month.  That makes more sense, right? But believe it or not, July 4th is National Sparerib Day (I would have guessed National Hamburger Day).  July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day.  I could say some really funny things about this day but I’ll hold off. Why? Because seven days later on July 13th it’s National Beans “n” Franks Day.  Wow, I guess that day will be a real gas (I couldn’t resist!).  Beans “n” Franks Day…who decided that needed its own holiday? Reminds me of cowboys sitting around the campfire eating beans “n” franks and letting them rip in the movie Blazing Saddles! Those were some good old days.  Last but not least, July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day.  That’s a holiday that keeps on giving….you heartburn.

So there you have it. Just a snippet of food holidays in July.  Not enough for you? Then here’s more!

Special price: Ground Chuck/Brisket Coarse 30/6oz Ball (frozen)

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$3.70 per pound, while supplies last

In our search for the ultimate hamburger, here at Angus Brands we start with the patty.  The best patty to start with is our ground whole chuck and whole brisket blend coarse grind.  The lean tender meat from the whole chuck gives the patty that great beefy flavor and the whole brisket, with its fat, gives the patty that rich velvety flavor.  And the coarse grind gives it that bite of a steak.  Then we bring it all together in a pre-shaped ball ready to be smashed into a beautiful rustic looking patty and cooked to your customers preferred doneness. Don’t you agree it starts with the patty?

Now let’s get to smashing!

For a free sample or take advantage of our July special,
contact us at 509-482-7033 today.

Recipe: BLT Hot Diggidity Dog

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Soon we will be into the long dog days of summer!  Get a head start on the dog days with a BLT Hot Dog. “BLT” hot dogs are topped with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes and crunchy lettuce dressed with a creamy caper-pickle mayonnaise. Fat-free! Just kidding. It’s summer – relax and enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill pickle
  • 8 hot dogs, cooked
  • 8 hot dog buns, toasted
  • 8 slices of crisp, cooked applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the shallot, capers and pickle.
  2. Put the cooked hot dogs in the buns; top with bacon and tomatoes.
  3. Toss the lettuce in the caper pickle mayonnaise.
  4. Top the dogs with the slaw.
  5. Serve any remaining caper pickle mayonnaise on the side.
  6. Be sure to share 🙂

Recipe: Skillet Steaks with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms

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This recipe is for the Coulotte Steak but can easily be substituted with any of the steaks above that we have on special (and even the Pork Porterhouse!).

Total Recipe Time:  25 to 30 minutes | Makes 4 servings| Recipe courtesy of Beef Checkoff
Cook’s Tip: Three cups sliced button mushrooms can be substituted for assorted wild mushrooms.Ingredients
1 to 1-1/4 pounds beef Coulotte Steaks, cut 1 inch thick
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 cups assorted wild mushrooms (such as cremini, oyster, shiitake, enoki and morel)
2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
Kosher salt and pepper

Directions
  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and 1 clove minced garlic; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Remove; keep warm.
  2. Combine thyme and remaining garlic; press evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks in same skillet over medium heat; cook 8 to 11 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Remove to platter.
  3. Carve steaks into slices. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Top with mushrooms.