Beef

Sloppy Joes

Heather says: I know a can of sloppy joe sauce is easy, but it’s often loaded with high fructose corn syrup, something we work hard to avoid. This recipe is our go-to alternative. If you’re also trying to cut out hfcs, be sure to check the label on your hamburger buns. Oh, and even though…

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Short Ribs Braised in Beer Recipe

Heather says: If  you purchase a side of beef, there will always be a few less desirable cuts. For our family it’ the beef short ribs, with three small children beef ribs are anything but a go-to meal. Get out the napkins, this is worth the mess. This recipe works well either in the oven…

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How to Cook a Bread and Butter Beef Roast

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a couple of bread and butter roasts from our beef side and I can’t figure out the best cooking methods for them. Actually, I’ve never heard of them. Can you help? Signed, Beefuddled Heather says: The cut of beef you are referring to is from the chuck region of the…

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Mushrooms: Burgundy Buttons

Heather says: I only have a tolerable picture of these earthy, savory delights. I was so excited about the meal that I forgot to take a picture of the mushrooms before we ate. I haven’t been to Outback in a long time, but I have missed their optional mushroom side. There was just something about…

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Country Style Cube Steak

Heather says: There are some dishes that are extremely hard to photograph in an attractive manner. This is one of them, there’s just something about pictures of saucy foods that I haven’t figured out how to capture well. So, bear with me. This recipe is pure comfort food. If you like a classic meatloaf with…

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Herb Crusted Steaks

Heather says: It has been unusually cool here near Charleston, SC, but our summer is just around the corner. Summer, in my world means grilling and not just steaks, but vegetables, too. Our third and final installment of recipes from BeefItsWhatsforDinner.com take us out onto the porch where I fired up the grill to prepare…

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Walnut Crusted Roast: Beef it’s What’s for Dinner

Heather says:   I have to get this off my chest. Yum, yum, get your fork away from my plate, yum. My husband’s grandmother recently celebrated her 75th birthday (Happy Birthday Nana!). His mother is planning a nice dinner after they return to Minnesota and she is on the lookout for a company worthy meal…

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Taco Soup

Heather says: Before I took the training wheels off my Internet I used to hang out on AOL’s Kitchen Frugality message board. This soup recipe came from one of those fine ladies and has become a standard in our home. Even if you think you can’t boil water, I promise you can make this soup…

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Pan Seared Ribeye

Heather says: Sometimes the tastebuds say, “Grill up a steak!” but the weatherman says, “Snow, rain, blizzard, hurricanes, cats, dogs, plagues of frogs!” What to do, what to do? Why pan sear, of course. Now, it isn’t quite the same as grilling a marinated steak, but it has some of the same qualities. I enjoy…

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Blackened Beef Tips

Heather says: I love recipes that can be utilized in more than one manner.  Way back in my restaurant days this was one of our most popular appetizers; it was served with creamy horseradish and béarnaise sauce.  As it was one of the few beef items we were allowed as an employee meal, we found…

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Let’s Talk: Buying Beef in Bulk

Heather says: This post is to help those who are intimidated by the process of buying beef in bulk.  If you have strong views about the ethics of beef consumption, this is not the forum for that discussion.  Inflammatory comments will be deleted at our discretion.  Home Ec 101 is a place for both omnivores…

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Pot Roast: Back to Basics

Heather says: Pot roasting beef is a great way to get a tender dish from a fairly tough cut of meat. Pot roast typically refers to tougher cuts of beef: chuck, rump, or brisket cooked by braising. Braising simply means a wet, slow cook. Slow cookers and Crock-Pots® work well for this type of cooking,…

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