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Treat your guests to mouthwatering appetizers for the holidays

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For Tom and I, we pretty much have down time in December (whew!). The airports are crazy as is the unpredictable weather, so we don’t travel to Charlotte or California to see family, and wouldn’t think about driving to the west side. But most of you are now in the serious crazy thick of it; shopping, parties, family, decorating, wrapping, shipping, in the car all the time. What can I offer that would help make things easier for the hostess of the house?

You’ve probably outlined the main dinner, and are on top of the baking, snacks, etc.. I’d like to suggest a couple of easy prep and serve dishes that will be a nice surprise for your guests. 

For this special time of year Angus Meats offers several combinations of wonderful mouth-watering appetizers that will quickly disappear off the plate. Take the edge off with Coconut Chicken Skewers, Teriyaki Beef & Chicken Skewers, Schwann Skewers, or plain Beef and Pork Skewers. Dip in your own sauces, or we have suggestions from Chef Jeff who can help with sides (just ask!). They’re so simple and easy to bake in the oven with a quick 15 to 20 minutes at 400°. 

For breakfast, how about a fabulous meat treat to go along with the omelets and cinnamon rolls? Lean bacon is great of course, and the store brand sausage is sometimes a hit or miss proposition. For something really different and amazing, you must try our handmade Angus Meats Apple-Cranberry or Blueberry Peach Sausage Links (known as ‘Little Chubbies’). They are unbelievable with that “snap” casing and taste-bud pleasing wake-up flavor. Yum!

If you’re interested in either one of these specialty items you won’t find anywhere else, just give us a call at 509-482-7033. We’re always ready for you and in your neighborhood just south of Gonzaga Prep. Shop local! 

Hope your holidays are delightful, celebrating family and good health!

Written by Leslie Stachecki

reuben sandwich

Corned Beef for the holidays? Yes, please!

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Outside is shut down, right? You did your due diligence and got your screens, furnace filters and smoke/carbon monoxide alarms changed. Getting a breather yet? Nope.

Thanksgiving weekend is looming. School and college breaks with hungry mind-stressed kids added with visiting ‘special dietary concerns’ family is headed your way. More laundry, your kitchen is crowded and possessed, the TV is constantly on, plus there’s no hot water in the shower. Everyone is swarming you with questions and antidotes. I’d suggest a spa vacation at Northern Quest Casino, but that’s probably not gonna happen. Bummer.

I know the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a given (everybody loves their favorites), but what do you serve the rest of the time? Nachos? It’s the classic for sure. Mac-n-cheese? It’s the staple of the south with every meal. Little ones dive right in.

How about something really different? How about a Hot Reuben or a Hot Corned Beef Special? Get some freshly made hoagie buns and let them pile on our Angus Meats (of course!) Corned Beef with all the fixings’ you already know about. Our Angus Meats Corned Beef is amazing and hand-turned for 21-days. So tender, easy to cook, and slice. My son-in-law loves it for breakfast with eggs, but, he’s from the south.

Whatever savory delight your family enjoys this holiday season, our Angus Brands’ family wishes you a warm and Happy Thanksgiving!

– Leslie Stachecki

 

 

 

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Try our Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin

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Pork LoinOur Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin is a great option for your Mother’s Day or Father’s Day menu.

Our chef carefully selects a premium pork loin and methodically butterflies it out. He generously overlays the inside of the pork loin with our own handcrafted apple, maple, and cranberry stuffing then rolls and ties it together, making the final product oven ready. So easy! Once roasted to perfection, remove the strings and carve on! To order, contact us at 509.482.7033.

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.

Curry’s Culinary Corner: Turkey Time!

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What time do I put the turkey in the oven? How long do I cook the turkey for? These are the two age-old questions that have been asked since the first Thanksgiving dinner.

So here you go: Plan on 20 minutes per pound in a 350 degree F oven for a defrosted turkey and 10 to 15 minutes per pound for fresh. If your turkey gets done before your guests arrive, pull it from the oven, place a large sheet of aluminum foil over the top, and then drape a large kitchen towel over the entire thing. This will help keep the heat in and the bird from drying out. If your bird seems a little dry, heat a few inches of turkey or chicken stock in a wide pan, slice the turkey, and drag the slices through the bath to get a little more moisture in there.

Another question we ponder this time of year is, “Should I brine my turkey?” Brining is a way of marinating and adding moisture to lean meat. The turkey or other meat is soaked in a mixture of salt and water for a few hours or days before cooking. Some recipes call for adding other flavoring ingredients to the brine, such as sugar, herbs, and spices, but they aren’t necessary. The simplest brining solution is to dissolve 1 cup salt per gallon cold water for 4- to 6-hour brine or 1/2 cup salt per gallon cold water for 12- to 14-hour brine (the shorter the soak, the saltier the brine needs to be to do the work).

From all of us at Angus Brands, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and juicy turkey!

Written by Angus Brands’ Jeff Curry

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.

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!

Curry’s Culinary Corner: Steak for Dad!

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In last month’s Culinary Corner you learned that I have a mother. Well, guess what, fans? I have a father also. And since the dawn of time dads have been asked, “What do you want for dinner on Fathers Day?” And I’m guessing the number one answer to that is, “Steak! A nice big juicy tender steak.”  Now, how do we get that juicy tender steak for Dad?

Here are some things to consider:

  • First is the grade of the meat.  Choice or Prime?  Spoil Dad and go Prime all the way!
  • Second, marbling.  Marbling is the white fat in the meat.  Fat is where the flavor is – so the more fat, the more flavor.
  • Third is the cut.  Steaks from the loin and the rib will be very tender and juicy.

So now that we have the steaks pick out, how do we cook it to perfection?

Get your grill on! Need I say more?

Heat grill to medium high. Lightly oil the grates and let them heat up.  Now it’s time to get your grind on. Season steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Yes, salt and pepper…kosher or sea salt as well as black pepper. Fresh ground salt and pepper are a must in this case.  Finally, place steaks on grill and let cook about 3 minutes per side (for rare).

Grill temperatures vary, but in general, a 1-inch thick steak will take about 3 minutes per side for rare (140 degrees). Add about 1 minute per side per half inch of steak and another minute per side for desired doneness (rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well).

Happy Fathers Day, Dad!