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Archive for March 4, 2012

TIP OF THE DAY: Save At The Buffet

Put it at the end of the buffet table! Photo
courtesy Allen Brothers and Morton’s The


Last month we suggested entertaining with buffets.

Here’s a follow-up to that tip, from chef Louis Eguarias:

Set the buffet table with less expansive items first: breads, salads, sides. Keep the expensive meat and fish dishes at the end of the line.

While many hosts, caterers and restaurants do this anyway—since people tend to consume the salad items first—there’s a rationale:

Much buffet food gets thrown away because guests misjudge their appetites. With this system, they’ll fill more of their plates with the less costly foods.

Those who want seconds can head back to the roast beef.

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Check out our Beef Glossary.



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ST. PATRICK’S DAY RECIPE: Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day recipe was potato and rosemary rolls. Here’s an Irish stew recipe that those rolls are looking forward to.

This particular recipe is for busy folks who use a slow cooker, courtesy of Spice Islands.



  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (we substitute one teaspoon of brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen stew vegetables or equivalent fresh vegetables
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup red wine, beef broth or water
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

    It cooks while you’re at work or doing chores or errands. Photo of beef stew courtesy Spice Islands.



    1. Mix. Combine flour, sugar, garlic powder, salt, rosemary and pepper in a small bowl.

    2. Add. Place frozen vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with flour/spice mixture. Add stew meat, wine, bay leaf and tomatoes.

    3. Cook. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on High for 4 to 6 hours or on Low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.

    4. Enjoy. Serve with green leafy vegetables, a big salad, and mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

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