October 3, 2011 - 10:31am
There's a rumor going around town that grass- fed beef is what's for dinner, and we've got you covered at the Little Italy Mercato. Phil and Juany Noble own and operate Sage Mountain Farm in Hemet , CA. They own a small herd of Guernsey, Angus, and Holstein cattle. The animals are fed on a movable feast of grass and post-harvest crops. There's no growth hormones or antibiotics, just pure grass fed, pasture raised cattle freely roaming about the fields. Their products are now available every Saturday at the Mercato, along with other interesting cuts from SonRise Ranch and Da Le Ranch. If you're running short on time this week, pick up a few fresh cuts and try a few of these fabulous dinners:
Spicy Beef and Veggie Stir Fry
Saute fresh ginger, with garlic, onions, and bok choy from Vang Farms with thinly sliced Sirloin beef. Serve with dried red chilies and jasmine rice for a savory, filing dish that everyone will love.
For a juicy, tender home cooked meal for two broil a small flank steak from Da Le Ranch with a bit of lime juice and salt and pepper. Roast broccoli and cauliflower from Suncoast Farm and a couple of late corn cobs from Kawano Farms, drizzle with olive oil and season to taste. Simple and delicious.
If you've got a few hours at home, this fragrant roast will surely herd the family into the kitchen. Gather fresh rosemary, thyme, and even oregano from Suzie's Farm and combine them with Marian's olive oil, himalayan salt from Salt Farm, and fresh pepper. Marinate and pot roast a nice beef cheek from SonRise and cook for a few hours with carrots and garlic from Maciel & Family and fresh fennel bulbs from JR Organics.
Get ready for Sunday football with some sensational tri-tip skewers and sun dried tomato relish. Trim beef into cubes, rub with an herbed garlic oil from Gianni's, grill on wooden skewers, and serve with an amazing relish made from Cippolini onions from Schaner Farms, sun-dried tomatoes from Terra Bella Ranch, fresh sliced avocados from Paradise Valley Ranch, and crumbled goat feta cheese from Nicolau Farms.
If noodles are calling your name, why not make a creamy beef stroganoff that lasts through the week? Season ground beef with salt, pepper, and creole spices from Just Spice . Add chopped yellow onions from JR Organics, cute button mushrooms from Kawano Farms with fresh garlic and a bit of Spring Hill Cheese' new sour cream. Serve with wide egg noodles or elbow macaroni and a bit of chopped parsley for garnish. Divine!