Author archive for Patti

  • Grass Fed Steak, Beet and Blue Cheese Salad

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      The ranch is a busy place.  Meals often have to be easy as well as flexible.  We have always made it our tradition to feed whoever is around at lunch. That may mean just a few or up to a dozen.  Our open door policy means we at times have to throw a few more beans into the pot

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  • Executive Chef Grass Fed Steak

    Executive Chef Ivy Magruder About RCR Grass Fed Steak

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    Executive Chef Ivy Magruder shares why Vin De Set Restaurant chose to add Rain Crow Ranch grass fed steak to their menu.  Plus how their customers respond to grass fed steak. Hear the results of their blind taste test of Rain Crow Ranch’s grass fed steak.  It is so wonderful to work with local restaurants that support local farms.  Many

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  • Future of the Grassfed Industry in US

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    We have come a long way, folks!  When our farm started marketing grassfed beef directly to customers we had a fairly clear field but not a lot of understanding of what the term grassfed meant.  Our biggest challenge was trying to explain one-on-one to customers what grassfed was and how it represented a different production model. Today, the grassfed message

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  • American Grassfed Conference

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      American Grassfed Association Conference 2013 “Growing the Culture of Simple, Honest Food.”  In San Diego October 30- November 1 grassfed producers, consumers, processors, distributers, food artisans and end users came together to celebrate the American Family Farm dedicated to the sustainable and healthy production of grassfed and pastured meats.   Highlights of the conference included, Mary Berry (Wendell Berry’s daughter) of

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  • Grassfed Beef Chili Cook-Off – Recipes of Winners

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    Gorgeous, cool, sunny day in mid-October. Listening to great music by Gorilla Swing. What could be better than a great chili cook-off?  Maybe, the Cardinals making it to the World Series?  Well, the setting was in St. Louis at the Town and Country Whole Foods Market after all.  Maybe it was the celebration of the spectacular fall day, the Cardinals winning or

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  • Whole Foods Chili Cook-Off

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    Whole Foods Market® Team Members Compete for Grass-Fed Beef Chili Cook-off Bragging Rights Whole Foods Market Town & Country, Feast Magazine and the Whisnant Family Farm (Rain Crow Ranch) Are Hosting the 3rd Annual Whole Foods Market® Town & County Chili Cook Off   What: Whole Foods Market Town & Country is hosting its 3rd annual grass fed beef chili cook off

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  • How Do You Judge Steak

    Rain Crow Ranch Wins Reserve Champion American Royal Steak Competition

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    Press Release American Royal Steak Competition Winner Announced (Kansas City) Rain Crow Ranch is reserve champion of the American Royal Steak Competition.  The winners for 2013 were named at the American Royal’s Grapes & Steaks Competition held in Kansas City on Wednesday night. “I’m very elated that grassfed beef has come into its own with some recognition of quality.  At

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  • Sustainable Kitchen John Griffiths

    Sustainable Kitchen at Washington University – Chef John Griffiths

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    It has been our great pleasure to have the opportunity to work with folks in the culinary world who just get it.  Executive Chef John Griffiths sources beef from Rain Crow Ranch for Washington University through Bon Appetit Management Company.  He understands what dealing with a small-scale family farm is all about and that we have to utilize the whole

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  • Should You Be Concerned If Your Grass Fed Beef is From Another Country? Dr. Whisnant NPR Interview

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    “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.  They paved paradise  and put up a parking lot”  Joni Mitchell NPR’s “All Things Considered” editor went to the market to buy grass fed beef .  She discovered her store only carried Australian grass fed beef NOT American. This observation prompted my NPR interview

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  • A Healthy Grassfed Roast Beef Sandwich

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      Just got to rethink how we do food!  People today are more and more concerned with health and fitness.  At the same time we often find ourselves in the hurry-on-the-go mode.  So on one hand we want to eat healthy while on the other hand “Who has the time to cook?”.  Many have turned over preparation of their meals

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  • Have You Hugged Your Farmer’s Market Today

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    This weekend we flew to Memphis to the “local” farmer’s market.  We do this several times in the season to purchase produce to “put up” for the winter.  This trip was aimed at buying heirloom tomatoes, lima beans and Lady peas.  For our large family this is a pretty hefty volume. I am passionate about local farmer’s markets.  In fact,

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  • Tis the Season to Grill

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    May is National Barbecue Month and tis the season to grill!  The sizzle, the smoke, the wonderful aroma of meat on a grill makes being outside a celebration and is the perfect kick off for summer. Standing around a fire with friends and family as you cook supper provides a convivial atmosphere and a lifetime of memories. Remember the grilled short

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  • Grilling Grass Fed Short Ribs at Rain Crow

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    When it is time to have a meeting, a discussion, a celebration, a welcome or a farewell it seems to always be centered around food. That is not just a part of our family tradition but it is a part of our culture.  Our connection to food, how it is raised and the table runs deep into the heart of

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  • Paleo Grass Fed Pot Roast Recipe

    Grass Fed Pot Roast Recipe for Paleo Diet

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    My husband Joe and I switched to a Paleo Diet a few months ago. From 14 years a vegetarian to a “Grok” eater was a long journey.  If I hadn’t changed to a carnivore, I never would have become friends with the Whisnant family many years ago.  Life takes surprising twists and turns. When we switched to Paleo eating, we needed to find

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  • 35,000 Consumers and Farmers Support COOL

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    Widespread Public Support for USDA Proposed Rule as Comment Period Concludes April 9, 2013 Washington, D.C.—Consumers and farmers overwhelmingly support strengthened Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) rules, as demonstrated by more than 35,600 petition signatures sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture demanding that the integrity of COOL be protected in the face of World Trade Organization (WTO) scrutiny. Four national advocacy groups

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