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A Christmas Miracle

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My absolute favorite company memory of all time and will be forever: Angus Christmas Miracle.

When our girls were “little” – say Tessa was about 13 and Callie was maybe 9, I used to decorate the office and bring in food for our potluck. Tom and I would cut down an extra fresh tree in Montana for the office and I’d decorate it. This one Christmas, I’m guessing some where in the range of 1993 to 1995, we had a ton of food left over. It was just before Christmas so I decided to call St. Xavier Catholic Church, the closest in proximity to us, to find out who was the most needy family in the parish. I learned of a family with a single mother with two very little girls that had absolutely nothing.

I got the address which was, surprisingly, close to us. The girls and I loaded the Christmas tree, lights, ornaments and all (even a Christmas Angel on the top), into Tom’s red van and headed over just as the sky was starting to get dark. We drove up, unloaded the tree, placed it upright along the side of the front door; rang the doorbell; scrambled back into the van to watch. A young mom opened the door with two little girls peaking between each side of her long legs. Didn’t take her long to see the tree. The little girl’s faces were indescribably surprised.

But, that wasn’t all. We headed back to the plant, loaded up all the extra food (and there was a lot: deli meats, cheeses, deviled eggs, breads, cookies, brownies – the lot), and headed back. We drove up to the house. The tree was already up and brightly lit in the front picture window. Although now they know our van. The littlest angel of the family (maybe 4 or 5) saw us through the window and started jumping up and down screaming. We had to hurry before their mom saw us.  It took a couple of trips to set the food on the porch, but we got it done without being detected. As we were running back to the van, attempting to scramble in, the mom opened the front door. She hollered out to us, “Wait!!” I yelled back, “No worries about the food – it’s all good. Merry Christmas!!” In the cold night, she called, “Thank you ….thank you so much!!” The girls and I laughed and smiled all the way home. I will never forget that little angel jumping up and down.

What did we learn that night? You give in dollars, the giving trees, food bags, baskets, etc. but you never really see the difference it truly makes. We did that day, and the real pleasure, or gift I should say, was that my girls felt it too. I think this precious experience is why my girls are so generous in their own way today. The gift was ours.

Happy Holidays,

Leslie Stachecki

 

Can I have that recipe?

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Doesn’t it feel great when you bring a mouthwatering entrée to a holiday party or serve it at your own house and your friends keep asking for the recipe?

Look no further than our delicious line-up of Bold Burgers (Bold and Blue, Buckaroo, Hickory Smokehouse) to create delicious and unique entrees and appetizers that will make your customer’s dish the envy of the party:

Mini meatballs: Cut each Bold Burger tube in half and then cut each half in half. Roll each piece into a ball. Place meatballs in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25 min. Coat cooked meatballs with your favorite sauce or glaze or insert skewer or wooden picks in mini meatballs and serve with your favorite dip.

Gourmet flavored meatloaf: Smash three Bold Burger tubes together, form into a loaf, bake in 350 degree oven for 45 min. Brush top with your favorite glaze.

Flavored sliders: Slice Bold Burger tube into thirds. Smash each portion into a thin patty and cook. Place each slider on a mini bun and top with all the fixins. Serve on your favorite holiday platter.

Gourmet lasagna or your favorite casserole: Spice up any lasagna or casserole by crumbling and cooking Bold Burgers in place of ground beef. You are only limited by your culinary creativity (no pressure).

“Hey, what are these ‘tubes’ you’re referring to?” It’s our individually fresh-sealed sections of Bold Burger. Bold Burger is always fresh and never pre-formed!

Beef rib roast with browned veggies

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Total Recipe Time: 2-3/4 to 3-1/2 hours. Serves 8-10.

Ingredients:
1 beef Rib Roast Bone-In (2 to 4 ribs), small end, chine (back) bone removed (6 to 8 pounds)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
8 small red-skinned potatoes, cooked
8 boiling onions, cooked
8 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces, cooked

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Combine garlic and lemon pepper; press onto beef Roast. Place Roast, fat side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium doneness.

2. Remove Roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 145°F for medium. Transfer to board; tent with foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°-15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)

3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons drippings from pan. Add vegetables; cook over medium-high heat five minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Carve roast. Serve with vegetables. Rub your tummy and smile.
Nutrition information per serving: 470 calories; 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 139 mg cholesterol; 218 mg sodium; 36 g carbohydrate; 5.0 g fiber; 51 g protein; 22.1 mg niacin; 1.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.7 mcg vitamin B12; 4.2 mg iron; 55.1 mcg selenium; 9.5 mg zinc; 211.4 mg choline.

Image and recipe source: Beef Checkoff

Entertaining appetizers that please

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Looking for finger-licking holiday appetizers that are quick and easy to prepare?

Our locally made skewers are big in flavor with the highest quality ingredients and superb value. And since Angus Brands is near you – count on us for fast delivery and the freshest products (100% chicken breast, of course).

    • Coconut Chicken: Coated with real Hawaiian Island coconut & crisp crumbled breading.
    • Teriyaki Chicken: Marinated with light and dark soy sauces, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, a touch of sesame, and Pacific Rim spices.
    • Thai Peanut Chicken: Marinated with a blend of peanut, curry, light soy sauce cilantro, a touch of ginger, and toasted spices.
    • Plain Chicken Satay: Add your own creative touch.
    • Plain Beef Skewers: Endless possibilities for your culinary imagination.