partying with texas beef, y’all

A couple of months ago I got a call from The Texas Beef Council about hosting a blogger event in Dallas on their behalf.


*YES! followed by the full disclosure that I was raised vegetarian and SCARED of cooking beef.

Yep, cooking beef frightens me.

I have learned to work with ground beef and the occasional pot roast, but beyond that I have not ventured due to beef intimidation.

Always one to spin a situation optimistically – I told them if they could teach me to cook beef, they could teach anyone.

Thankfully I didn’t scare them away and last Friday a whole bunch o’ bloggers joined me at The Milestone Culinary Arts Center aka the Viking Cooking School for Appetite for Inspiration with the Texas Beef Council.

We started with coffee, snacks and a whole lot of squealing as bloggers met each other.

Many were meeting each other in person for the first time.

Fellow blogger, Angela Lemond who writes Mommy Dietitian spoke to us about strategies for feeding our families (and picky kids) healthy food.

She encouraged us to continue to present new food to our kids even if it doesn’t seem like it is working.   It may take almost 20 times of food exposure before a child is brave enough to try it…whew, I need to complete 19 more attempts on most vegetables.

Chef Richard Chamberlain from Chamberlain from Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House in Dallas demonstrated two recipes — Beef and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Syrup and Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cider Gravy.

He answered a lot of questions and emphasized the importance of a meat thermometer which can assure you cook beef the exact way you like it.

All the recipes were from The Healthy Beef Cookbook which was written by Chef Chamberlain and Betsy Hornick, R.D.   We were able to try each recipe after Chef Chamberlain cooked it which was great because we witnessed how easy they were and then were able to confirm their yummy-ness.

We then broke into groups and headed to the kitchen to cook under the supervision of Chef Chamberlain.   Each group was responsible for a different recipe — Chipotle Sloppy Joes with Crunchy Cole Slaw, Farmer’s Market Vegetable, Beef and Brown Rice Salad, Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing, Mojo Beef Kabobs, Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers and Beef Brisket Tostados with Spicy Peanut Slaw.

Our recipes turned out AMAZINGLY well for a bunch of bloggers who were intent on talking, photographing and laughing while cooking.   I was encouraged that with less distractions at home, even unsupervised, I might be able to make them.

We learned some new techniques – Chef Chamberlain showed Lea Ann how to properly dice tomatoes and my group learned to broil beef.

I think I can do this!

We tried each other’s dishes and then headed out for lunch…


Yep, this is one of the many reasons to LOVE the Texas Beef people…the whole day was fun, blog talk and eating.   Three of my favorite things.

It was a really great day and I left much braver.

Brave enough to try something other than ground beef and pot roast.

Brave enough to branch out into the 29 lean cuts of beef.

I hosted the Appetite for Inspiration Event sponsored by The Texas Beef Council.

The sweet beef people compensated me, fed me and sent me home with some goodies.

It was all a ton of fun and I am not just sayin’ that because they compensated me, fed me and sent me home with goodies.

Check out what other people are saying about Appetite for Inspiration:

Thanks Texas Beef Council!



  1. that’s it. i’m moving to dallas.

    as a fellow vegetarian raised person i have to say i am still intimidated by beef and chicken.

    ok fine and veggies and pretty much everything.

  2. I wasn’t raised vegetarian but I happen to be raising some, myself. It started spiritually for the oldest kid (who is now 18 and going on year 5 as a vegetarian) – then the next oldest started – then we accidentally let the Asperger’s kid watch Food Inc….oh boy…..and he shared it via monologue with the 6-year-old who now won’t eat meat. The 8-year-old ballerina, however, it pure nasty carnivore and doens’t care what Food Inc says, she’s eatin’ it. So is the husband. I’m with the grassavores….meaning I eat grass-fed beef we raise ourselves because YES the vegetarian family lives on on a freakin’ cattle ranch :).

  3. I had no idea you were a vegetarian. I must really not pay attention. It looks like everyone had a good time (love the aprons!), and the food looks amazing.

  4. That looked like TONS of fun and now my mouth is watering. Where’s the Beef!?!?! I need some ASAP!

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