Kebob-A-Palooza! Beef Party on a Stick!

By Jennifer Fisher, TheFitFork.com

Beef Kebob-a-Palooza - 7 Healthy Choices for the Grill

With Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, graduation parties and Memorial Day rapidly approaching, most of us have some sort of backyard entertaining on the calendar this spring. Planning an outdoor meal that’s budget-friendly, easy to execute and yet will still impress guests can pose a challenge. But, I speak from experience when I say skewering kebabs for your party is the solution – who doesn’t love to eat food on a stick?! Continue reading

3 Things We Learned at Live Fire 2015

3 Things We Learned at Live Fire 2015

Last Thursday, the Texas Beef Council team ventured out to Driftwood for Austin Food and Wine Alliance’s Live Fire festival. For those unfamiliar, the annual event is a Texas barbecue-lover’s paradise, featuring innovative beef creations by top restaurants and chefs all across our great state. From strip steak satay to brisket-stuffed mushrooms, the sky is the limit on what these talented food masterminds conjure up each April. You can imagine how much we look forward to attending!

While we love walking the grounds and sampling as many tasty beef dishes as possible (then proceeding to go back for seconds), Live Fire is also one of the best opportunities to observe trends and practices happening in the industry. A simple glance at the event’s menu reveals certain recipe ingredients, flavors, smoker methods and cuts that chefs nationwide are experimenting with, so tasting these foods is actually quite the culinary learning experience. That said, we’ve broken down a few of the main takeaways we gathered from Live Fire 2015: Continue reading

Food Holidays | Southwestern Sloppy Joes on Green Chile Waffles

By Jennifer Fisher, TheFitFork.com

Southwest Sloppy Joe on Green Chile Waffles - Thefitfork.com

There is a lot to love about March.  The arrival of sunshine in the sky and swimsuits at Target, the madness of basketball championships and drinking green St. Patrick’s day beer, and (in Austin) letting your freak fly at the Zilker Kite Festival or partying at SXSW Music Festival with a gazillion of your best friends. March is also the host month to an eclectic array of food holidays that are just too weird and delicious to pass up. Losing an hour to Day Light Savings Time in March means I’ve had to double up on a couple of these excuses to pig out, so I will be celebrating  National Sloppy Joe Day (March 18th) and International Waffle Day (March 25th) in tandem. I’ve made a specially-created recipe for Southwestern Sloppy Joes on Green Chile Cornbread Waffles just for the occasion! Continue reading