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Beef (and Corn). It's What's For Dinner 
Aug. 10, 2013 4:18 pm 
Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 12:25 pm

I grew up in a grilling family in the Midwest, and my father was a “Grill Master” even before the term existed.  Our house was the most popular in the neighborhood, and our friends always were welcome to our cookouts.  And even when the kids grew up and moved out, we still brought our friends to our folks’ house for BBQ’s.  It became such a tradition and was a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.

Every weekend (weather permitting), not one, but two grills were cranked up for hamburgers and grilled corn.  Occasionally, chicken, ham, or a steak would be thrown on the grill, but more than likely, it would be good, old-fashioned hamburgers and grilled corn.  

One grill would be dedicated to the burgers, and the other dedicated to the corn.  Early in the day, ears of freshly-picked Silver Queen Corn were put in a galvanized tub of water to soak all day.  

Dad was such a master at the grill that he actually built a grill just for his corn.  Below you’ll find a very, very old black and white photo which I scanned of his corn grill.  I know it’s hard to see, but this grill was shaped like an elongated “V” or wedge with a long grid on the top, and a single pole in the center which anchored the grill into the ground.  It  was just long enough to pile on 2 dozen ears of corn.  Genius, if I say so myself!


Add a little potato salad, baked beans, or just freshly-sliced tomatoes, and we thought we were in heaven.  And there were more than a few corn-eating contests back then (although they weren’t called “contests”) between my husband and my Mom...mostly bragging rights about who ate the most ears.

Buns were always toasted perfectly, and burgers grilled to perfection.  We ate hamburgers because we loved them, and that hasn’t changed today.  Never had any fancy stuff on them, just the basics, and maybe a slice of cheese, but not always.  


We never thought much about nutritional breakdown in those days, but we do now.    Many hamburgers today are loaded with calories and fat because of the “other things” that we put into them and on them.  And I’m not saying that I don’t indulge occasionally,  as well.  But there are those times when you want a basic grilled hamburger, and today you have options on the fat content of the beef you use.

I think most of us know the benefits of chicken and lean pork, but many of us don’t know the benefits of “lean beef.”  I have a friend who has had Type 1 diabetes since she was child, and when she comes for a visit, I’m always thinking about high protein and low carbohydrates in meals.  Lean beef gives you nearly half of your daily value of protein (25 grams in a 3-oz serving).   Studies have shown that protein keeps your appetite satisfied longer, it helps in maintaining a healthy weight, builds muscle and gives you the power to stay active longer.  Lean beef gives your body the “Big 10 Nutrients” it needs, and as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, improves levels of cholesterol.

Based on a 3-oz serving, lean beef is defined as less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol.  When shopping for lean beef, look for cuts that include “loin or round” in their names.

An excellent site for learning more about the benefits of beef is  And if you like videos, check out<  for additional information.  Another valuable resource for lean beef recipes is<

Admittedly, we all have our occasional “splurges” when it comes to food.  Everything in moderation, right?  But when planning your family’s menus, don’t forget to incorporate lean beef.  Grill it, roast it, stew it, stir fry it, braise it, however you like it.  And this site offers many wonderful recipes to keep it interesting, keep it tasty, and keep your family satisfied and healthy.  Beef.  It’s What’s For Dinner.

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Aug. 10, 2013 4:42 pm
Love this, and love beef! Sometimes nothing else will do. Beef and pork have gotten poor marks from the food police, but everything in moderation, I say!
Aug. 10, 2013 4:43 pm
You ARE a blogger! Great blog Pat! That burger looks so good, you made my mouth water, and I JUST ate dinner! You are so right when you say everything in moderation. We can have our beef, and eat it too!
Aug. 10, 2013 5:01 pm
What a great post! I probably indulge in more beef than I should, but it is so darned good tasting! I've heard that grass fed beef is higher in omega 3 fats than grain fed. Thinking about buying a half cow for the freezer. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories!
Aug. 11, 2013 4:51 am
I love that grill for corn! And, Silver Queen - boy when I read that you flooded my brain with memories! My Grandpa was a farmer and was famous for his corn 3 counties-wide! And, Silver Queen was the kind everyone couldn't wait for him to have ready and for sale in his farm market. Some nights we ate nothing but corn on the cob - Dozens and dozens of ears would be cooked up. I've never been a big beef eater, but sometimes it does taste good. When I have a burger, all I put on it is ketchup and maybe a slice of cheese.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:00 am
Grilled burgers and corn IS what's for dinner at our house tonight! Great blog and I love the picture!
Aug. 11, 2013 8:03 am
Love your photos, that burger looks so good. I like BBQ burgers with everything on it except no cheese. We seem to eat beef just in summer, don't know why. Great blog, thanks.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:07 am
Bibi, you're so right. The high protein alone should be enough to encourage people to include beef in their diet. Thanks for reading.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:08 am
Oh no, Kim, trust me, I'm not a blogger, but I did enjoy sharing some of the good things about beef which way too often gets bad press about how bad it is for you. Thanks.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:17 am
Mother Ann, that corn grill that Dad built was a work of art. We were BIG grilled corn eaters, and I can't even imagine how many ears of corn were cooked on it. And although I like Florida corn, it just doesn't measure up to Silver Queen Corn. Thanks for stopping by.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:20 am
Doc, I'm with you, I love beef, but I do make an effort these days to bring in other cuts of meat, as well. I'm glad that I've been educated on all of the positive benefits of lean beef. The high protein on its own is enough to win me over. Thanks for reading.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:29 am
Great blog lutz. If it's one thing I don't like about my winters here, is that I can't do more grilling and meat :)
Aug. 11, 2013 8:32 am
Hi Elle, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your burger yesterday as much as we enjoyed ours. That burger was made with 93/7 ground beef, maybe wasn't quite as tasty as the 80/20 beef, but it was juicy and yummy...a compromise worth making! No corn last night, just Oven Baked Garlic and Parmesan Fries from this site (and they were good, too).
Aug. 11, 2013 8:34 am
Duboo, I must say that we're very fortunate in that respect because we can grill 12 months a year. And trust me, that grill gets a workout, particularly during the summer with these mid-90's days. Thanks for reading.
Aug. 11, 2013 8:38 am
Thanks Manella. That burger was GOOD and the perfect meal for a lazy Saturday. I've been trying to do more advance menu planning and since learning more about "lean beef," I know it'll be on the dinner table more often moving forward.
Aug. 12, 2013 10:35 am
My dad would have killed for that grill. He built an open air fire place in our back yard and fitted it with grills. He could do magic on that. I have memories of him standing in a snow storm, in his galoshes, grilling, cause that was how he liked his beef cooked. Thanks for sharing your memories.
Aug. 12, 2013 12:25 pm
I'd be a basket case if I moved back to a climate where I couldn't grill all year long. And that's not to say that I like grilling when it's in the mid-90's either. However, f I had to make a choice, I'd deal with the heat rather than the snow when grilling; your Dad was dedicated! I simply can't say enough about that grill. Seriously, he could crank out the corn on that thing...a corn griller's dream!
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Retired from a high-stress sales career which involved lots of travel. I now have the time to relax, turn off the alarm clock and sleep in, read a book, magazine or the newspaper (every day, not just Sunday) and, most importantly, take in everything that the Florida lifestyle offers, and that's a lot! And, finally, I have the luxury to really pursue a lifetime passion, cooking.
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Enjoy all kinds of food and cuisines, and I literally can't think of one food that I would refuse to eat. And that even includes liver (don't like cooking it, but sure like eating it). I love good food, but you won't find me making a recipe that has 40 ingredients. I just don't have the attention span for that.
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My husband's grandmother was from Bavaria, and his mother learned to cook many of her old-country recipes which she then passed on to me. Our traditional Christmas dinner is sauerbraten (which marinates for at least five days) with gravy, homemade egg noodles sauteed in butter, potato balls (which float to the top of the boiling water if prepared correctly), sweet and sour red cabbage, and freshly cooked apples (gotta have something healthy). It's an exhausting meal that literally takes all day to prepare, but it's worth the effort. Yeah, I know it's also a carbohydrate nightmare, but what the heck, we only have it once a year.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the Christmas sauerbraten meal was a victory. Also, making homemade goetta, a breakfast meat from Cincinnati. My version is made with all pork, equal portions of boston butt and loin. Today's goetta in Cincy has beef in it, as does the recipe on this site, but I'm sticking with ALL pork. It is totally unhealthy for you, but it's a treat, and I don't make it often.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a number over the years like the potato balls mentioned above just disintegrating into a puddle of potato shreds. There's no recipe, it's just a matter of "feeling right" when you're mixing. Not long ago, I made a peach pie and got so caught up in trying to make the pie crust work that I forgot to add the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cinnamon, etc.) to the peaches that were sitting in a bowl on the counter. Cooked it anyway, it was ghastly, and then threw it away. My ongoing tragedy is making pie crust. There must a black cloud hanging over my head when I'm making pie crust because I ALWAYS have problems. But I'm not giving up, one day this tragedy will turn into a triumph and be listed above!
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