Get lucky!

Take corned beef. If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at all, chances are you’re serving, or eating, this seasonal favorite. It’s kind of like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or hard-boiled eggs at Easter. You can find, and enjoy, these things year-round, but there’s definitely a peak season to indulge!  Continue Reading

Surf and Turf – classic, elegant, simple

In my mind, surf and turf — that classic pairing of steak and lobster — is reserved for a restaurant. (A swanky one, with an old-school cool factor.) It’s definitely not the kind of thing I’d whip up on a Thursday night for the kiddos before soccer and basketball practice. But Valentine’s Day or another special occasion with my better half? Hmmmm… bring on the cattle and crustaceans!  Continue Reading

Feeling chili – our best game day recipes

When the temperatures plummet, there’s nothing more satisfying than a bowl of red. This super bowl is my go-to choice, whether I’m planning a casual winter get-together (hello, game day!) or a regular Tuesday evening dinner (thank you, slow cooker). Providing warmth and spice, I find it satisfying in ways that no other dish can …   Continue Reading

Finding comfort in the kitchen

You would think that after decades of practice (no, I’m not going to say how many!) I would be used to the realities of wintertime in a Northern state. Alas, this is not the case. Those who are nearest and dearest to me will attest — my mood is directly correlated with the temperatures. When …   Continue Reading

Standing Rib Roast

“Splurge” has come to be kind of a taboo word, implying excess and irresponsibility. But, if you think carefully at what a splurge is truly supposed to mean — an occasional indulgence to be savored — it suddenly seems a lot better. In my book, that’s what the holiday season is all about. Mind you, …   Continue Reading

Gemütlichkeit!

Think of it as the German version of “Southern hospitality.” It’s a sentiment that involves good friends, good food, good cheer and good times — and it’s what Oktoberfest celebrations, both here and in the old country, are all about. Get in the spirit of the season with our take on wienerschnitzel: Pretzel-Dusted Schnitzel, made …   Continue Reading

For the love of brisket

I’m by no means a professional chef, but — as the saying goes — I like to play one on TV. (Or something to that effect, given that I’ve yet to land that elusive starring role on the Food Network.) What I’m trying to say is I fancy myself a pretty good home cook, and …   Continue Reading

You’re a peach

“Do I dare to eat a peach?” With apologies to T.S. Eliot — and English majors and teachers everywhere — on my (mis)appropriation of a line from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, I say the answer to his eternal question should be a resounding “yes.” Yes, you should eat a peach. You should …   Continue Reading

A Slice of Heaven

I’ve often said I have the palate of a 12-year-old. “Fancy” food is not my forte. Give me simple, flavorful and wholesome — yes, first and foremost simple — meals any day. I don’t want a million ingredients. I’m not a culinary trail-blazer. What appeals to me most are dishes that deliver great quality, great …   Continue Reading

Fits to a T

Can your philosophy, your point of view, your priorities, be summed up on a T-shirt? It’s safe to say that a certain type of foodie is wearing their heart on their sleeve … or their message on their chest. Chef Michael Ollier and I recently traveled to San Francisco for a culinary conference. It was …   Continue Reading

Getting a little fresh in the kitchen

Cooking with fresh herbs is the culinary equivalent of rolling your car window down on the first warm spring day. You just want to breathe deep and take it all in — the fresh aroma, the bright colors, the feeling that the world is somehow just a little more alive. That’s what fresh herbs — …   Continue Reading

Lighten Your Lunch

Pairing a fresh salad with protein-packed and flavorful Certified Angus Beef ® roast beef is a quick, delicious way to try something delicious — and wholesome — at lunchtime. Hearty enough to satisfy the biggest appetites, but light enough to please your health-conscious side, it’s a balanced choice that’s easy to put together. Think deli …   Continue Reading

Just one (more) bite

Foodies know it all too well: that sinking, yet excited, feeling when you open a menu and find an array of tantalizing choices — knowing you can only reasonably choose so many. That’s the appeal of Tapas-style dishes. Not only can restaurant patrons choose among numerous smaller plates and servings to try a wider variety …   Continue Reading

More than meats the eye

If you’re a carnivore like me — and if you’re reading this blog, I have to assume you are! — you know meat can be incredibly delicious. (“Well, duh,” you’re surely thinking right about now.) And it doesn’t have to be fancy to be great — take burgers, for example. I bet there are few …   Continue Reading

Great flavor, by land and by sea

Surf and Turf. You might think this dish’s glory days are past, but the idea is solid: a robust steak, paired with succulent lobster — twice the protein, twice the flavor, and twice the bounty of the land and the sea. It evokes abundance, celebration and even indulgence.  Continue Reading

Five stars … and their five-star dinners

Life is full of choices — and as my fellow foodies know, they often revolve around our next meal. The recent Certified Angus Beef ®Annual Conference at The Greenbrier Resort presented a (happy) conundrum of sorts for guests. Five of the most innovative, creative and talented chefs who partner with the brand created their own special, one-night-only …   Continue Reading

Chef Jeff takes the stage

Food, glorious food. We all rely upon it as a source of nourishment. But beyond that, it represents discoveries, connections and memories. In many ways, it can shape who we are, how we view the world, and how we live. It’s central to our stories, sometimes in ways we don’t expect. The power of food, …   Continue Reading

Talking to a seasoned professional

We recently introduced you to the partnership between the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and BKW® Seasonings, and its owner Matt Beeler. We wanted to pepper him with questions about what it takes to succeed in the spice biz. And after you read his thoughts, be sure to visit the BKW® Seasonings facebook page for …   Continue Reading

K.I.S.S. of Flavor

(Keep it seasoned, stupid) One of the indisputable facts on which the Certified Angus Beef ® brand hangs its hat is that, thanks to generous marbling, it tastes so naturally good you only need to season it with salt and pepper. That’s what our in-house culinary team recommends, that’s what our elite chef partners around …   Continue Reading

The food will tell you what it needs

“You eat with your eyes first.” It’s a culinary cliché, but one that’s stood the test of time because it’s based in fact. Chefs know that a meal is an experience to be savored by all the senses — not just the palate. Its aroma, texture, and visual presentation all come into play. Chef Scott …   Continue Reading

Winning tastes in paradise

Certified Angus Beef ® brand partners are always impressing our team at brand HQ with their creativity, knowledge and passion for what they do. It’s rare for a day to go by without someone sharing a success story or praise for a member of the brand’s family, thousands strong, which stretches coast to coast — …   Continue Reading

Serving with honor

It’s not every day you get to meet a hero. And it’s not every day you get to express your gratitude to thousands of them. But that’s exactly what Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is all about. On that day, servicemen and women, their spouses and children are invited …   Continue Reading

Smokin’ hot in Houston

Holy smoke! That, in a nutshell, was my reaction to my very first visit to the legendary Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contest. For the previously uninitiated, like myself, it’s true what they say: everything IS bigger in Texas. Sure, I’d traveled to the Lone Star before, but never had I experienced …   Continue Reading

Simply delicious in the Lone Star State

I’ve noticed people often like to make things more complicated than they need to be. Take young couples planning a wedding, obsessing over every decision “Bridezilla”-style. Then there are the super-parents who are on an annual quest to create the Most Perfect Birthday Cake Ever. And if you want to lose a few pounds, forget …   Continue Reading

The best of trends

Bacon. Molecular gastronomy. Micro greens. Cupcakes. Food trucks. Pickles. Gourmet coffee. Truffle oil. Love ’em, hate ’em, or used-to-like-’em-but-now-I’m-sick-of-’em, food trends are a fact of life in a culture that’s become interested in ingredients and concerned with all things culinary. Popular ingredients will come and go, but there are also other factors at play in …   Continue Reading

Big award in the Little Apple

Just imagine, if you will, how many restaurants across the nation serve beef. It’s got to be a pretty enormous list, ranging between every fast-food outpost with a 99-cent burger on the menu, to the finest white tablecloth venues in the swankiest resorts — and everything in between. Now, imagine what it must feel like …   Continue Reading

Something Special

We’ve had a lot going on lately here at Certified Angus Brand ® headquarters, and frankly, we couldn’t be more excited. (Did I say a lot? I meant, A LOT going on!!) You’ve had the chance to read about several of the exciting events of which we’ve been a part, including our recent Carnivore’s Delight dinner …   Continue Reading

New Year’s revolution

It’s a new year. No doubt many people will resolve – again – to make weight reduction their No. 1 goal. It’s a noble endeavor, but anyone who’s been there and tried that knows it doesn’t always go as planned. How about focusing on a different type of reduction this year? Consider making a “reduction” in the culinary …   Continue Reading

Burger love

If you’re anything like me, sometimes there’s nothing better than a delicious burger. You know the kind: it oozes flavorful juices as you bite into it, dripping down your fingers and down your chin and onto the table below. It’s the kind that leaves you licking your lips and dirtying your napkin and feeling a little sad …   Continue Reading

A slice of heaven

Whether apple, cherry, pecan or blackberry, I somehow always have room for pie (though never pumpkin — yep, I’m strange) after Thanksgiving dinner. Flaky crust and sweet filling, gently warmed and served a la mode … I’m in heaven. [Happy sigh.] In fact, my traditional Black Friday breakfast, as I head out on my shopping adventures well …   Continue Reading

Dearly departed

  Bereft. Lonely. A little adrift. That’s how I’m feeling today, now that the initial shock has begun to wear off. I lost a good friend last week. She’d been a part of my life for several years, and now that she’s gone, I realize I took her talents for granted. As is too often …   Continue Reading

On a roll

One of the (many) perks of working with the talented folks associated with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the food. Delicious, gourmet, innovative, glorious FOOD. I wouldn’t be too eager to serve as a guinea pig if I worked in the medical field, but my co-workers and I are happy to oblige our …   Continue Reading

Back-to-school dinner dilemma solved

For our family, school starts Aug. 24. I’m not going to lie, I’m excited. As someone who’s generally very schedule-oriented and a big planner, I happen to prefer the more structured timeframe the school year brings. Maybe I’d like the long and lazy days of summer more if I had a couple months off to …   Continue Reading