121 years later, Vienna Beef Hot Dogs remain an iconic summer snack

Nothing says summer like baseball games and hot dogs with all the fixings. Vienna Beef was founded over 121 years ago and is still going strong today with a family of brands created for those who love that iconic summer snack.

1893: Over 27 million people flock to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago to witness the latest inventions, including the Vienna Beef hot dog, created by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany.

1895: Emil and Sam open their first store on ..read more


Recipe: Duck Bacon and Smoked Almond Brittle

We could not resist adding to the ever-growing collection of bacon-studded dessert recipes. This one is especially unique, taking advantage of uniquely delicious duck bacon and magnifying the smoky salty contrast of sweet sugary brittle with smoked, salted almonds. This would make a fun hostess gift or holiday goodie.

Keep reading for the how-to.


Recipe: New American BLT with Duck Bacon

BLTs remind me of summers visiting my Grandparents in the Midwest. My Grandpa loved the tomatoes he grew in his backyard; I thought they were okay – better than the ones I was used to from the supermarket – but I was not a tomato person and usually turned them down. I did not understand how he could eat a plate of sliced tomatoes, sprinkled only with salt, with his dinner every night.

The abundance of summer tomatoes also meant BLTs ..read more


Recipe: Duck Bacon Flatbread

This is restaurant-quality recipe will be a hit at your next party. Imagine creamy slow cooked fingerling potatoes, crisp duck bacon, oil-poached roasted garlic, caramelized onions and savory Boursin cheese atop chewy flatbread. YUM.

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All these components require advance preparation, but these steps can be done in advance so that the assembly can be completed just before you’re ready to eat. Serve large slices for sit-down dinner party, or cut into small squares if you’re hosting a casual ..read more


Recipe: Duck Bacon and Spinach Salad

This modern twist on the classic warm spinach salad is memorable and delicious. It takes the same components – spinach leaves, crisped bacon, red onion, eggs, a hot vinaigrette – and goes many steps beyond by adding texture and flavor contrasts with tangy Granny Smith apples, dried cherries, crunchy toasted walnuts, bitter frisee, smoked sea salt and creamy fresh goat cheese.

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Last, but not least, is the Candied Duck Bacon that graces the top of this magnificent salad. We recommend ..read more


Duck Bacon fits the bill for a healthier bacon

Unlike other types of poultry bacon, Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon doesn’t compromise on taste or texture. Made exclusively with boneless duck breast meat, this duck bacon is thick sliced and naturally Applewood smoked for terrific flavor, yet has 57% less fat than traditional pork bacon.

In just a few minutes in a skillet or convection oven, it’s crisp, delicious and ready to serve. We like to enjoy it for a hearty breakfast with eggs; in sandwiches; crumbled over salads; wrapped ..read more

Butcher, Produce

The Kitchen Tornado presents: GG’s Green Beans

About Thomas The Kitchen Tornado: If you shop at Mollie Stone’s Greenbrae, you might know me. Yes, I’m the checker that is always sharing recipes and kitchen tips. I love to cook, but I also like to keep it simple. Make eating fun!

Notes…I’m always busy making notes. Don’t forget…remember this…write down that ingredient…what was that…uh oh, I forgot. So as I look through my “notes to self,” I spotted “GG’s Green Beans.” Now, “GG” was my grandmother, but we called ..read more

Butcher, Produce

Llano Seco Rancho, 6 generations of land stewardship

Llano Seco Rancho is a 6th-generation family farm in Chico with a rich history of balancing agriculture, livestock husbandry and conservation. The Rancho is one of the last fully intact Mexican land grant properties, a reminder of a lost era when Californian, American, Mexican and Spanish history intersected. Joining forces with conservation groups, they work to restore native wetlands, grasslands, oak savannas and riparian forests in order to preserve the biodiversity of the Rancho. Lllano Seco produces organic, responsible, natural ..read more

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Amp up your BBQ with Hak’s BBQ Sauce (Recipes for Hak’s Ribs & Backyard Burger)

Master Chef Sharone Hakman‘s line of gourmet BBQ sauces can add excitement to any dish from burgers to Brussels sprouts. They are fantastic for grilled meats, but they also shine as a marinade, with veggies or even in cocktails!

Whether you choose Chipotle Bourbon, Habanero Pineapple or Thai Chile Tamarind, each sauce is handcrafted to perfection with a complexity of layers and counterbalanced flavors. Try one of Hak’s recipes that follow, or substitute Hak’s BBQ Sauce next time you fire up ..read more


Two Favorite Preparations for Filet Mignon

A restaurant-quality Filet Mignon dinner is accessible to any home cook. When you start with a high quality cut of meat like Filet Mignon, you only need a simple preparation to enhance the natural flavors.

Our go-to method is pan frying our Filet Mignons, then using the pan juices to make a reduction sauce. Adding some butter to the sauce at the last minute does wonders for creating that rich, velvety mouthfeel you expect from a professional chef.

Ready to treat yourself to a ..read more