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Happy New (School) Year!

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My sister and I always call each other on the first day of school to say, “Happy New Year!” because to us it seems more like the new year than January 1st. A new school year is a new beginning for many families along with another dramatic seasonal change. The cooler mornings and shorter days invite a change-up in the kitchen too; playing around with new twists to old favorites.

Even though we barbeque year round, there is much to be said for a slow-roasting roast or turkey filling the house with comfort aromas. We like to cook a Tri-tip or Prime Rib with lots of garlic and special spices on the weekends for weekday lunches. Of course, being a carnivore at heart, one of my personal favorites is a hot turkey breast sandwich on fresh wheat bread with lots of mayo. If I’m watching my carbs (all the time!), I’ll make an “unwich” but cheat with the absolute necessary side – Original Lays Potato Chips.

Happy New Year, everybody!

Written by Leslie Stachecki 

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Angus Brands welcomes Walla Walla Harvest Foods!

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We are thrilled to welcome our newest customer, Harvest Foods, located in Walla Walla wine country.  Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood have been running Harvest Foods in Walla Walla for many years and have over 50 employees. Walla Walla Harvest Foods features locally grown produce, bakers who bake from scratch, and a Deli Department that is happy to prepare special orders upon request.

Nolan has a plethora of experience in the retail food service arena and wanted to upgrade his Meat Department, making it easier to get quality cuts and additional products he knew his customers would love. A couple of weeks ago the Lockwoods traveled to Spokane to tour the Angus Brands plant in order to gain a better understanding of what we produce. Determining it was a good fit, Nolan immediately ordered our patties and beef bones. Last week, Tom and Leslie traveled to Walla Walla to view their store. Before the day was out, Walla Walla Harvest Foods and Angus Brands were officially partners!

Like Angus Brands, Harvest Foods is committed to supporting the local community by offering fresh, quality foods and personalized service. We are excited about the possibilities the future holds in this great relationship.

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Grilltastic spring ideas

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Alrighty grill lovers. May is National BBQ Month! Now there’s a holiday I can really put my tongs around. Let’s celebrate this sucker with some Curry-style.

Here it goes.

First of all, this celebratory meal (or meals, right?) is going to be cooked entirely on the grill. I know what you’re thinking: “Hold on there Curry and don’t be in such a hurry!” Well, “Don’t-worry-Curry” has a plan. We are going to start with the main course. Beef, chicken, pork, even lamb all are in abundance during the spring. Question is, what sounds good to you and your family?

Next, we are going to cook all our complimentary vegetables on the grill. Yes, this can be done. You can use a special grilling pan made for vegetables that goes directly on the grills’ rack. If you don’t have one, cut your vegetables into portions, wrap them in foil, season them, and splash with a little olive oil. Place the packet on the grill and cook till al dente.

Can’t get enough corn-on-the-cob? Corn-on-the-cob cooked on the grill is one of the best preparation methods. The question is, are you supposed to shuck the corn? I cook my ears of corn leaving the husk on. Just soak them in a bucket of water for a few hours and then toss them on the grill. Shucking the corn is also an option, especially if your kids are looking for a chore (yeah, right!). Once shucked, place on the grill and fire away. Finish both methods of grilling by brushing on melted butter and sea salt.

How about grilled artichokes? Split smaller artichokes in half, toss in olive oil, season with your favorite blend, and grill until al dente. Other no-brainer options: Asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, all delectable grilled veggies! Just olive oil, season, and grill away.

On to the starches. One of the best ways I have found to cook starch is cooking in foil pouches. Cut the potatoes (Yukons, Reds, Russets) into slices or small chunks. Season with olive oil or butter, sprinkle with cheese and season with fresh or dried herbs. For yams and sweet potatoes:  butter, brown sugar and cinnamon makes for a tasty treat.

Speaking of treats – pound cake grills great. No kidding. Spread both sides of a piece of cake with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place on your grill and caramelize both sides. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and berry sauce, top with whip cream garnish with a mint sprig. Not a cake person? Take a peach or nectarine, split in half and grill away. You can also grill some pineapple and drizzle with a honey-cinnamon glaze. I guarantee your guests will be impressed!

Happy Grilling!

Written by Angus Brands’ Jeff Curry

Homemade steak seasoning recipe

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Once you have that perfect grilling cut picked out, kick it up a notch with this fantastic homemade steak seasoning.

Ingredients: 
■    ½ cup Paprika
■    ¼ cup Kosher Salt
■    ¼ cup Sugar
■    ¼ cup Cumin
■    ¼ cup Granulated Garlic
■    ¼ cup Chili Powder
■    2 tablespoons Mustard Powder
■    2 tablespoons Ground Black Pepper
■    2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. With a funnel, pour into shaker containers. Makes 2 cups. Enjoy!

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 🙂