A few months ago I was lamenting the size of my childrens’ appetites to a friend. I live in fear of the day they reach their teens and begin the nonstop quest for calories that I remember from my own adolescence. Dan commented, “Your family should be sponsored by a beef council.” In a somewhat ironic turn of events, I am excited to announce that the National Cattleman’s Beef Association is sponsoring a series here on Home Ec 101.
This week we’ll be testing three lean beef recipes from the Beef It’s What’s For Dinner website. Earlier this evening we tried Mediterranean beef pitas, tomorrow we’ll be trying a walnut crusted roast with blue cheese, and Tuesday or Wednesday we’ll have grilled porterhouse steaks with garlic. As always, I try to share recipes a beginner could handle that don’t have too many difficult ingredients. I define difficult as something I would have to travel beyond my normal route to find.
As an added bonus, my inlaws and stepdaughter are currently here for Spring Break, expanding my pool of qualified taste testers. While I do not go out of my way to annoy the rugrats with our dinner fare, it will be nice to have fresh, mature feedback at my disposal. I can tell you are riveted to your chair with excitement, but what if I mentioned that at the end of the week I’ll be giving away a $100 AMEX gift card and three copies of The Healthy Beef Cookbook? Now you’re paying attention, right? While the gift card is very nice, I’m a huge fan of the cookbook, the last 44 pages are crammed with information on cuts of beef, cooking techniques, and substitutions.
If you’d like the nitty gritty details of what was provided to Home Ec 101, you can check them out here.
Check back tomorrow morning for the first recipe. Right now I have some digesting and photo editing to do.