Our Best Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes - bacon wrapped hot dog

Celebrate the memory of all those who have courageously served our country by enjoying the food our farmers and ranchers work so hard to provide.

When celebrating any holiday, though, you may find yourself staring at a list with a million tasks. Getting your house ready takes enough time – why not take searching for the right recipes off your list? The best memories in life are forged over food, so let us take away the worry of what to cook and just enjoy yourself!

We’ve put together a list of a few tried and true recipes to help you create the perfect Memorial Day menu. Some are Niman Ranch originals, some come from our farmers’ kitchens and others come from our friends cooking in restaurants across the country. But almost all these recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less!

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in Wine Country

There are over 400 wineries in the region we recognize as Wine Country in the United States, located just north of San Francisco. This includes Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Bennett Valley, and Russian River Valley. Long, dry summers culminate with a burst of heat before fall, creating the perfect climate for grapes.

As you drive down the one-lane winding roads, it truly feels like you’re in Italy or France, with rolling hills to the left and right and vineyards stretching for miles. It’s a great place to enjoy the weekend with your lover, a celebration with friends, or just a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living.

To make your stay a little less stressful, we traveled Wine Country to find restaurants that have phenomenal meats to pair with the region’s spectacular wines. We did not come out disappointed! Whether you’re visiting for relaxation or fun, check out our meat lover’s restaurant guide to eating in Wine Country for tips on some of the area’s best restaurants.

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10 Quick and Delicious Recipes to Make This School Year

Whether you just sent your kids off to school or you’re in school yourself, making fresh, delicious recipes at home can be a challenge. Eating out every day gets expensive and spending two hours in the kitchen between cooking and eating can be cumbersome.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of our 10 favorite recipes that are both quick to cook and delicious. You’ll be able to enjoy what little free time you have to run errands, focus on homework or just enjoy more time with your family.

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in Scottsdale

Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tucked between Phoenix and the McDowell Mountains you’ll find Scottsdale, a young city with a wild west feel. It has seen a lot of change since the days of horse drawn carriages and saloon culture. You’ll now find spas, art galleries and exquisite jewelry stores back to back on the winding roads of Old Town Scottsdale. Hiking trails dot the outskirts for nature enthusiasts. “The West’s Most Western Town” has a little bit of everything for everyone – especially when it comes to Scottsdale’s restaurants.

While the official food is chili in this region, for all intensive purposes, we stayed away from it. Did you know Scottsdale was donned the No. 2 Foodie City of 2014 by Livability.com? That means there’s a plethora of creative and culinarily conscious restaurants that go beyond the traditional southwestern fare.

Take a trip to the wild west with us and check out the best food this city has to offer. From wood oven roasted bone marrow to pork cheeks and hot dogs, this is our meat lover’s guide to eating in Scottsdale.

 

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5 Things to Do with Food Before the End of Summer

We love summer for so many reasons. It’s the time when prairie flowers reach full bloom, the crops are high, evening storms water the yard and hogs lay all day in the shade to beat the sun’s heat. Families and friends gather on the weekend to play lawn games or talk about their warm weather plans. Grills sizzle with burgers and brats as ice slowly melts in the beverage cooler. Even the hottest days are welcomed with cold treats and long dips in the pool or local lake.

But like harvest season, all good things come to an end. Kids head back to school this month, which marks the beginning of our sun setting earlier and earlier. Soon the wind will turn chilly as birds migrate south making way for fallen leaves and eventual snowflakes.

Before you say good-bye to summer, be sure to gather your favorite people and try one of these five activities centered on food! Sure, you could do some of these in fall – but why wait?

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in Cleveland & Columbus

Cleveland, left; Columbus, right.
Cleveland, left; Columbus, right.

Cleveland and Columbus are the two most populated cities in Ohio. Combined with the fact that there’s just a two hour drive between them, we consider them cousins. It’s likely that most people across the country don’t think of food when they think of Cleveland or Columbus, but we visited recently to find a great food scene thriving within their walls.

Cleveland has plenty of Polish Boys and pirogi’s, but did you know it’s home to the signature Cleveland-style barbecue? Columbus is the headquarters to fast food giants like Bob Evans, White Castle and Wendy’s, but did you know they have more independently owned restaurants than any other city in the state?

Keep reading to find a list of our favorite restaurants in Cleveland and Columbus. We highly recommend trying at least one next time you’re around!

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Our Top 10 Recipes for the Perfect Grill Out

Independence Day is the perfect time to get together with friends and family to celebrate freedom, liberty and justice for all. It’s also a great time to cook your favorite summer foods!

Before you set your party menu, pick one of our 10 favorite recipes to help you pull off the perfect 4th of July celebration. We have everything from salads to hot dogs and ribs. You’ll even find a home-made barbecue sauce and rub recipe to impress your friends with whatever cut of meat you choose.

These recipes are also great all summer long!

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in Seattle

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Almost every restaurant you enter in Seattle has an open kitchen. Diners across the city patiently watch as chefs prepare their meal each night over good conversation and creative cocktails. Grill tops are nestled behind massive center islands akin to those found in a home, flanked by rustic pillars or fresh microgreens, and sometimes there’s even a “chefs counter” for the most intimate of dining views. It’s the ultimate in dinner theater.

The list of restaurants to choose from is growing year by year. With the boom in tech hiring at Amazon, Tableau, F5 Networks and Google, cranes cover the landscape and many houses are being remodeled into multi-unit apartments. Seattle has more customers than ever – and with more than enough money to support any industry. This translates to a growth in superior quality restaurants that satisfy the many tastes of natives and transplants alike.

We took a trip to Seattle to create a list of our top picks so you can enjoy the finest restaurants this sleepless city has to offer. Every restaurant we chose is owned by locals with a penchant for sourcing high quality and sustainable ingredients. From dry-aged steaks to smoked ham and porchetta, here is our meat lover’s guide to eating in Seattle.

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in New York

The Big Apple is America’s epicenter for food. You’ll find cuisine from around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Craving a midnight grilled cheese? Ever wonder what Vietnamese cuisine is like? Looking to dine at a Jazz Club? Look no further! There are more than 1,700 restaurant options at any given time with an average of 144 openings each year in Manhattan alone. New York truly has it all.

In our newest food adventure blog, we visited with the mission to discover restaurants that have the following qualities:

  • Are small or locally-owned
  • Serve up sustainable meat and produce
  • Offer a creative menu

Whether you live in one of the many eclectic neighborhoods or are just passing through, we hope this guide will point you in the right direction next time you decide to dine out in New York City.

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in New Orleans

New Orleans is widely known for its music and festivals, but there is so much more to this vibrant city. Beyond the beads and nightlife is a cultural and historically-rich mecca that has been rebuilt with vigor since Katrina hit ten years ago. The restaurant scene has blossomed, in particular, with the addition of concepts that answer to both cultural expectations and national trends.

We visited recently and built a list of restaurants to help you skip all the Yelp reviews and enjoy your stay. Our favorites follow some or all of the following criteria:

  • Are small or locally-owned
  • Serve up sustainable meat and produce
  • Offer a creative menu

While we have some of the most talked about restaurants on this list, we chose to highlight some of the hidden gems this city has to offer as well. From burgers to live music and fine dining, this food adventure blog is the perfect guide to eating in New Orleans!

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