In our freezer, that's where! Each year, we purchase a side of beef from a local friend (and farmer!), so I was thrilled to learn one of the sponsors for August's Allrecipes Brand Ambassador challenges was the "Beef. It's What's For Dinner" campaign.
Before we began purchasing the annual side of beef, the only beef cuts I knew what to do with were ground beef, bottom round roast, delmonico, and filet. Having a freezer full of other beef cuts has really made me branch out and try new recipes, so I was
excited to see what new recipes I'd find in the beef collection on AR.
Leading off the beef recipes was this traditional stand by:
I have to admit, this was a super easy one for me because I try to always keep taco meat in the freezer. Anytime I find myself w/"extra" ground beef thawed, I brown it, add the taco seasoning/water, and throw it in the freezer for super easy future tacos/taco
salads (makes for GREAT mountain pies when camping, too). Plus, I love any vehicle for cheese and sour cream! I prefer to dress this salad w/some salsa mixed w/sour cream.
The next beef recipe probably wasn't the most fitting for an August heat wave, but I didn't care:
There are, at least, a million and one different chili recipes on AR. However, I grew up on chili my mom made consisting of ground beef, kidney beans (which I picked out back then), tomato sauce, and chili powder and that's what I associate w/"chili".
This was exactly what I was looking for! It's not fancy and it surely won't impress your friends, but it tastes like old school chili. It did only earn 4 stars because I still think it's missing a little something, but I can't quite put my finger on what
it is. This freezes well and will become a staple for work lunches.
The month started off with two solid, if tradition, beef recipes. I'm sad to say it ended with a dud. We were not fans of this one:
I was so looking forward to this one because I love beef, blue cheese, AND mushrooms. Sadly, it just didn't work for us. Neither one of us ate more than a couple of bites. However, I've ready scores of great reviews, so they're worth giving a try to
see if you're Team LTH or Team Everyone Else...
The final thing I have to thank this month's sponsor for is the never ending reel of "Where's the beef?!" retro flashback I've had in my head all month. And now I'd like a Whopper...
(As always, my opinions are mine as no one else wants them. The Beef Council did provide us w/a monetary gift with which to purchase beef products. I do like money, but not enough to make me lie, so rest assured my opinions/ratings are legit.)