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Ranch Foods Direct Customer Newsletter  

October 2011

"The apple is our national fruit. In October, the country is covered with its ornamental harvest." - Ralph Waldo Emerson       




Long-time loyal customers of Ranch Foods Direct, the Verburgs came from Germany in 2006, and this year they added traditional German baker Wolfgang Ponte (above left) to their team after a year-and-a-half-long Visa process. With nearly 40 years of experience, "when he touches the dough, he knows what the dough tells him," she says. (Wolfgang's German breads and pastries are sold at Ranch Foods Direct.) "Germany has over 300 different kinds of breads," Anke adds. "The Germans are very health conscious too. In Germany, for example, the additives in the beer are restricted by law." Popular German desserts include the creamy dreamy "bee-sting" cake and the elegant black forest torte, as well as kuchens and strudels. Don't be too intimidated to prepare German favorites (a couple of recipes are included on their website) and don't expect the dishes to be heavy and bland. "Things used to be cooked with a lot of fat but it's not that way anymore," Anke says. "And it's not just meat and potatoes. There's lots of variety." Or skip the cooking and head to Schnitzel Fritz (4037 Tutt Blvd) for an authentic taste of Germany!

 CLICK HERE for the Schnitzel Fritz website. 


Manure 2011 





 Donna's pizza dough makes a convenient quick meal, and Ranch Foods Direct has all of the fixings, everything from mozzarella cheese to pepperoni to garden fresh vegetables. Plus: Zuberfizz Soda, from Durango Soda Co., pure cane sugar, NO high fructose corn syrup!   


Recipe Spotlight...


Bangers & Mustard Mash    


From Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?    


2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
4 T. (half-stick) diced unsalted butter
1/2 c. whole milk
4 oz. creme fraiche
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
8 large sausages (chicken, brats, etc.)

Place the potatoes in a large saucean with 1 T. of salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until potatoes are very tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and return them to the saucepan. Add the butter, milk and creme fraiche and beat the potatoes in the pan with a handheld mixer until very smooth and creamy. Add a little extra milk if they're too stiff. Mix in the mustards, 1 T. salt and the pepper. Place the potatoes in heat-proof bowl set over simmering water to keep warm until ready to serve (up to 30 minutes, add more hot milk from time to time as needed.)

Meanwhile, grill or cook the sausages for about 5 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate, wrap with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

To serve, mound a generous portion of potatoes on a dinner plate and top with grilled sausages that have been cut in half diagnonally.


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Mountain Shadows  

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Check the website for a list of restaurants serving Callicrate Beef.  


 OPENING THIS WEEKEND:  Conscious Table the newest concept by local foods advocate/chef Brent Beavers opens its doors this weekend for the first of many locally-grown food and wine dinners. The business, which occupies the former Bistro De Pinto at 26 E. Kiowa downtown, will also be hosting a variety of cooking classes and special events. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday. Stop in and check it out! Visit the website for a list of classes.  


 Denver Urban Homesteading Farmers Market hosts a Denver-area chicken coop tour this Saturday. A wide variety of urban farmsteads can be expected from the 23 stops included on the self-guided tour. For more details, visit their website. (And remember, Denver Urban Homesteading indoor farmers market is a great source of Ranch Foods Direct products in Denver. It's open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They take credit cards for your convenience.)


Remember, Saturday, Oct. 15, is your chance to get Callicrate Cattle Co. composted manure for your garden... Pick-up available at Pinello Ranch from 8 a.m. to Noon (or by special appointment.) Make a free-will donation to Project COPE utilities bill relief fund, and Colorado Springs Utilities will match what is raised with an in-kind donation! Grab a bite while you're there. PLUS, stop by the pumpkin patch and farm stand at neighboring Venetucci, the farm famous for its pumpkins! The Venetucci Farm pumpkin patch is open to the public that same day until 3 p.m. Enjoy a great fall day along gorgeous Fountain Creek. 


THANKS... to everyone who supported Local Food Week activities, including the classes held at Ranch Foods Direct! WE CAN buy, eat, grow, preserve, encourage, support and savor more locally-grown food!


Peach Canning
Bonnie Simon with her peach canning class at Ranch Foods Direct.
Click the pic to read her blog and find her schedule of cooking classes.


 Keep up with RFD on Facebook. Follow owner Mike Callicrate on Twitter: @MikeCallicrate 



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