GUEST POST: The following is a reprint of the Sunday Supper Movement newsletter for October 1, 2015. Isabel is an online friend of mine who I admire for her excitement and energy in blogging and cooking! She has inspired many meals for my family!
Rubbing Elbows with Ranchers and Chefs
dinner sponsored by Certified Angus
Beef at our summer conference in Orlando was just a peek
into the tremendous creativity and professionalism of
I was fortunate to be invited to Certified Angus Beef’s annual conference
in San Antonio, Texas, last weekend, and I returned home with a
suitcase full of awe. Awe of the amazing food and drink. Awe of the
way Certified Angus Beef puts on a conference. And complete awe of the
ranchers and farmers, and other professionals, whom I met. The stories
of those cattle producers cemented my beliefs in the core values that
make America run, among them hard work and dedication.
Meal after meal was a work of art. Ribeye with Saffron Marinated Prawns.
Oscar Sushi, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Fruit Compote and Spiralized
Carrots. Wild Arugula with Grilled Peaches, Blueberries and Honey Goat
Cheese. I will be taking a few extra laps around the walking trail
To be a rancher member of Certified Angus Beef requires following
stringent requirements for production. The Certified Angus Beef label
on beef ensures quality in both marbling and flavor. It’s not easy to
be qualified for the certification.
It’s also not easy to throw a party for hundreds of ranchers and
industry professionals. Starting with TV’s Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs
and Somebody’s Gotta Do It) as keynote speaker is one way. He is as
engaging in person as he is on TV.
I was especially drawn to Debbie Lyons-Blythe, who with her husband Duane
and five grown children, operate the 5,000-acre Blythe Ranch in
Kansas. The farm has been in the family since 1890. Her story is
captivating. And funny, too. She writes a blog called Kids, Cows and
Grass. Debbie and I connected years ago on Twitter
through #SundaySupper and it was fantastic to meet in person.
Debbie reminds me a lot of the many bloggers I have met through the Sunday
Supper Movement. Sharing meals around the family table is important to
her. We certainly have that belief in common. My time in San Antonio
strengthened my resolve to bring our message to a wider audience. And
it gave me a lot of ideas for our next conference. Stay tuned.
Sunday Supper Movement
Certified Angus Beef has just launched
“Roast Perfect,” a free app that makes roasting beef easier. One of our
favorite features is “Select A Roast.” Pick your roast, tenderloin roast
for one; fill out the number of people you are serving, 4 for example,
and the app will tell how big of a roast you need. That’s 2.5 pounds in
There are also recipes and tips, a store locator for Certified Angus
Beef, plus a timer that ensures a perfect roast. Search “Roast
Perfect” in your app store
to find it and download.
I know exactly where I was when the World Trade Center was attacked. My dad can tell you exactly where he was and how he felt when he heard that JFK had been shot. And, more personally and recently, I have a very clear memory of what I was doing on August 28, 2014. I was in my son's hospital room, waiting for the surgical nurses to come get him for his life-saving liver transplant surgery.
Tyler and Roo the cowdog.
One year ago today...I can barely believe what we went through last summer. Looking at Tyler today, you would never guess he was fatally ill just a short 12 months ago. I still can't believe the roller coaster we were on. I didn't blog about it much, but I have a few posts here:
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