Beef & Bison

Cuban-Style Beef

September 29, 2013
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In my never ending search for quick and healthy dinner ideas I stumbled over this Cuban-style beef dish, also known as ropa vieja. This spectacular dish consists of shredded beef, peppers, and onions that have been braised in a deeply flavorful tomato sauce with olives, garlic, cumin, and oregano. No worries, this Cuban-stye beef stew […]

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Harissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro

September 16, 2013
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I often find myself looking for a new twist on an old classic. Harissa spice mix meatballs are a tasty spin on traditional meatballs with a North African spice inspiration. The flavor direction usually gets decided after going through my spice cabinet, but in this case I also wanted to use up some left over […]

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German Beef Goulash & Winner of the Cookbook Tasting Colorado

February 24, 2013
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Is there a homier dish than Spätzle and beef goulash? Well, not for me. With cold temperatures and snowy weather outside, sitting down to a plate filled with homemade German beef  goulash feels like being wrapped in a cozy warm blanket. I used to prepare my goulash on the stove top, which was very time consuming, […]

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Let’s grab the Sauerbraten and RUN!

October 5, 2012
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  Snorkel check, sun dress check, passport check, Sauerbraten check, bathing suit check, Tickets …… what? Non available by high demand this morning? Ya, right. We woke up to the first snow this fall, which was exactly 6 days earlier than last year. Can you believe this? Don’t understand me wrong, I love the snow, […]

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Our Favorite Pasta Bake

April 23, 2012
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  Life has been pretty busy at my house in the last few weeks. Kids activities, including soccer practices, track meets, theater rehearsals, and guests from Germany, birthdays, vet appointments, you name it, I am sure it could be found on my overflowing calender. On crazy weeknight days I am always happy to fall back […]

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Heavenly Pikes Peak Roast

January 17, 2012
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The end of last fall I purchased 1/2 a side of beef from a local farmer in Colorado Springs. The cattle he sells are humanely-raised and grass fed. The only kind of beef I would ever consider buying and consuming. I was able to pick all the cuts in advance and my family requested “lots of […]

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Taco Salad Navajo Style

September 22, 2011
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During our wonderful summer vacation I picked up a little cookbook at the gift shop at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is called “Taco Table” by Lois Ellen Frank. The cover recipe caught my eye right away since it looked so delicious. The other night we finally got around to preparing it. Lois Frank […]

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The Perfect Grilled Rib Eye Steak and "Where does your steak come from"?

September 11, 2011
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A few weeks ago I read a post in one of my favorite German blogs regarding the quality of American beef. A lot of German chefs and home cooks are all gaga over grass fed, pasture raised American beef. They pay ridiculous prices to have it shipped directly. I agree, some American beef is in […]

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Schmorgurken Hackfleisch Pfanne/ German Cucumber Ground Beef Stir Fry

August 13, 2011
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While visiting Berlin my friend Katharina invited us over for dinner to her beautiful apartment in Prenzlauer Berg. Katharina is a wonderful cook, and I was looking forward to what she would create for us. On the menu was feld salad with warm bacon sauce; classical German potatoes with Schmorgurken, and pork cutlets in creamy […]

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Flat Iron Steak with Red Wine Sauce and My View West

January 15, 2011
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I have mentioned before, that I am very lucky to have a friend who raises her own cattle. They are treated very well and get the best feed ever. In fact it’s the same feed all of the horses receive at her barn. I purchased this flat iron steaks from her. The flat iron steak […]

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