4th of July Cookout Costs Still Under $6/Person

Lizzy Schultz

An informal survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) dug into the cost of summer cookout season. The survey looked into the cost of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk, and found that, while the food products will cost slightly more this …

AFBF, Ag Group, Cooking, Farm Bureau, Food, Grocery

Potatoes USA Inspires International Chefs

Lizzy Schultz

Potatoes USA brought 21 chefs from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines on a reverse trade mission (RTM) to the U.S. to learn about U.S. potatoes and products, as well as new and creative ways to put them on menus back home. The RTM began with potato training in …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Cooking, Education, Food, International, Potato

Introducing the Farm To Table Alliance

Lizzy Schultz

The National Farm to Table Alliance, started through the annual Farm to Table Experience, is a collection of organizations interested in sustainable, local, farm fresh seasonal products. The Alliance supports the exchange between Practitioners, Policy Makers and Consumers, while promoting food safety. The Alliance’s goal will be to support the development of best practices in bringing fresh products to the …

Ag Group, Agriculture Education, Cooking, Food, Sustainability

#SpudNation Throwdown Competition

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the main events at the Potato Expo in Las Vegas this week was the first SPUD NATION THROWDOWN COOK-OFF. The live competition featured the top three finalists of a nationwide recipe contest for food truck chefs and the winner was named Top Spud and with a prize of $5000. Congratulations to Bridgett Blough (pictured on the right) from …

Audio, Cooking, Food, Potato

Potato Expo Hosts First Food Truck Chef Competition

Kelly Marshall

The largest conference and trade show for the potato industry will be hosting a food truck chef competition a their 2016 Potato Expo.  The Spud Nation Throwdown will be held January 12.  Three food truck chefs have been selected from a national competition to bring their most creative and flavorful potato dishes.  Judges will chose one “Top Spud” and award a prize …

Contest, Cooking, Events, Potato

October is National Sausage Month

Kelly Marshall

It’s tailgating season, and with fall in the air what’s not to love about sausages cooking on the grill.   In fact, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) says Americans love sausage so much they’ll eat 14 billion servings of it this year with peak consumption being autumn.  Thus October has been declared National Sausage Month. As part …

Ag Group, Contest, Cooking, Food

Venison For Supper

Chuck Zimmerman

This is only one of many reasons why I like to hunt deer. Eating them. Freezer meat is where it’s at. Today’s supper menu includes some small steaks that will be quick grilled on a hot fire. These pieces come from what we call the “football roast” in the ham. I take that roast and trim it, muscle it out …

Cooking, Food, Meat

Recipe Showdown Launched by Sorghum Checkoff

Kelly Marshall

If you’ve got a great recipe that uses sorghum, the Sorghum Checkoff is looking for you!  The contest goes through the month of July.  Recipes including sorghum whole or pearled grain, flour, syrup, popped, flaked or bran are welcomed. “This is a great opportunity for people to explore the benefits and versatility of cooking with sorghum,” said Doug Bice, Sorghum …

Contest, Cooking, sorghum

Speedy Spud Competition

Chuck Zimmerman

Potato Lovers Club bloggers are participating in the second Speedy Spud Challenge. This recipe competition has seven competitors. I picked the photo of this entry because it is one of the entries that contains bacon! The competition is being held by the United States Potato Board. Bloggers were asked to create an original, yum-worthy potato recipe that can be made …

Ag Group, Contest, Cooking, Food, Potato

Duda Farm Fresh Foods Celery Recipe Contest

Jamie Johansen

Celery is a staple ingredient in most kitchens; in fact it’s one of the three pillars of the “holy trinity” of cooking (the other two are onions and carrots) but it’s rarely used in sweet applications. That is, until now. To celebrate celery and the vegetable’s versatility, Duda Farm Fresh Foods invites cooks to enter the “Sweet Celery Bake-Off” and …

Ag Group, Contest, Cooking, Food, Vegetables