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10 Tips on Buying the Meat you Really Want from your Butcher...
on 08/28/2008 (1505 reads)

How exactly should you deal with your butcher?

Here are 10 quick tips:

1. It's a matter of trust
2. Be prepared
3. Learn your cuts
4. Know portion sizes
5. Looks can be deceiving
6. Grades aren't everything
7. Freshness? Ask the right questions
8. Get beyond labels
9. What your meat ate
10. The joys of ground meat

To find out more about these tips, click here.

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Cheesy Beef and Noodle Casserole
on 08/28/2008 (1360 reads)

Cheesy Beef and Noodle Casserole


2 lbs. ground beef
1 chopped onion
5-6 cups of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 lb. of your favorite noodles, cooked and drained (small noodles work best)
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
Salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil

Heat oven to 350 F.

Heat the oil in a skillet and add the chopped onion. Cook
until the onions are golden brown then add the ground beef.

Once the meat is cooked through, add the spaghetti sauce and salt to taste.

Simmer until it's heated throughout.

In a 3 quart casserole dish, layer the sauce, noodles and cheese. (You can do as many layers as you want, just start with the sauce and end with the cheese.)

Bake at 350 F for approx 45 minutes. The cheese should be nice and crispy!

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Angus' Black & Bleu Burgers
Posted by Angus on 08/15/2008 (1696 reads)

 6-8 Kaiser Rolls (toasted)
2 LBS. ground beef (80-20 blend)
1 PKG. Thick Cut Bacon
4 OZ. Crumbled Bleu Cheese
Coarsely Ground Black Pepper (You'll need a lot!)


Pre-cook bacon. I cook mine in a cast-iron pan right on the hot spot of the grill! You'll need 2 slices per burger. The rest is to snack on while you're cooking.

Shape Ground Beef into 6-8 patties. The thicker the better! Coat each side with ground pepper. EAT BACON! You need enough to make a nice crust when grilling. If you're not a SALLY and you like it hot, add more pepper!

Set up your grill for INDIRECT cooking and pre-heat the coals. EAT BACON! You need them nice and hot to get a nice sear and to form the pepper crust! Cook on the HOT side for 3 to 5 minutes on first side. Flip burgers and grill another 3 to 5 minutes. Move burgers over to the indirect heat side of the grill. Add bacon and top with about a teaspoon of bleu cheese (if you like it rich, you can add more). Cover grill until cheese softens. Toast the rolls and EAT!

You can serve these with lettuce and tomato if you want, but they are DAMN GOOD just the way they are!

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Meat Cake! No, Really.
Posted by Sven on 08/13/2008 (2476 reads)

 meat cakeNo, this isn't just some cleverly frosted cake with a drawing of a t-bone on it. It's actually made of meat... and potatoes... and gravy!

"The Black Widow," owner of the
Black Widow Bakery no less, created this and documented the entire process for us.

Is it the only meat cake ever? Of course not. In fact, Martha Stewart made one. It's got vegetables in it. Sorry, but that just spoils the whole thing. So don't send us any stupid email. We just like this one the best. Deal with it.

Check out the meat cake extravaganza here.

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Teriyaki Beef Skewers
Posted by Angus on 08/04/2008 (1415 reads)

 Teriyaki Beef Skewers2 lbs. beef, sliced thin
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. corn oil
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 pkg. skewering sticks

Before use, soak skewers in water for at least 1 hour to prevent burning.

Mix all ingredients together and marinate beef in mixed ingredients for at least 2 hours prior to cooking.

Skewer beef and grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until done.

Great all by themselves or served along side your favorite fried rice.

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Want To Beef Up Your Budget?
Posted by Angus on 08/01/2008 (1474 reads)

Beefing up budget with cheap meats is savory choice

The high cost of food is on just about everyone's mind. One way I trim my grocery budget is to use less-expensive cuts of meat.

Instead of thick pork chops, I'll turn to a pork shoulder...

Check out the rest of the article here...

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Grilled Steak with Sweet & Sour Onions
Posted by Angus on 07/28/2008 (1381 reads)
Beef Recipes

3 lg. onions, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper

4 T-bone or Porterhouse steaks, cut 1 inch thick

sliced onions on a large square of heavy duty foil. In small bowl,
combine honey and mustard; drizzle over onions. Sprinkle with salt,
paprika, and pepper. Fold foil loosely around onions and seal edges
tightly. Grill packet on covered grill over medium heat 20 minutes or until onions are tender; turn once. About 5 minutes after onions start to grill, place steaks on grill with onion packet. Grill 8 to 10 minutes on each side for medium rare. Serve onions on top of each steak.

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BBQ Mini Meat Loaves
Posted by Angus on 07/03/2008 (1393 reads)

 BBQ mini meat loaves2 lbs. ground beef
2 slightly beaten eggs
2 c. soft bread crumbs
1/4 c. finely chopped onions
1 tbsp. horseradish
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. ketchup

Combine first 8 ingredients and mix well. Shape into
6 miniature meat loaves about 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Heat butter with ketchup until butter melts. Brush over all sides of loaves.

Cook meat loaves over medium coals; turn and brush all sides frequently with sauce. Cook for 40 minutes or until done. Pass remaining sauce.

Serves 6.

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Country Beef Ribs
Posted by Angus on 06/28/2008 (1371 reads)

COUNTRY BEEF RIBS country beef ribs

1 (5 lb.) slab beef back ribs
1/3 c. soy sauce
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. honey
1 bunch green onions

Cut slab into individual ribs. Arrange in 13x9 inch glass baking dish.

Combine soy sauce, vinegar and ginger for marinade. Pour over ribs. Cover tightly and refrigerate several hours or overnight, turning at least once.

Heat coals in grill to medium hot. Place grill rack 4 inches above coals. Remove beef from marinade; reserve marinade. Grill ribs 20 minutes on each side.

Stir honey into reserved marinade. Brush over both sides of ribs. Grill 10 minutes longer on each side.

Trim green onions; brush with marinade and grill 5 minutes, turning once. Serve ribs garnished with green onions.

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Cow Parts 101
Posted by Angus on 06/22/2008 (1362 reads)

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