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You Bring the People, We’ll Bring the Food

June 10, 2015

As the school year comes to an end (finally) it is an exciting time for many families, especially those with high school seniors.  Graduating high school and moving on to the next phase in life is a major step towards adulthood, so of course it makes sense to celebrate these accomplishments.  What better way to doa7ca5830ce471be7a761b670ef7459c8 that than with a party in their honor? It’s also a great reason to gather friends and family alike at the height of summer.

You may be thinking that while these kinds of parties are fun they are also a lot of hard work.  Well, we’re here to tell you they don’t have to be.  There is one way to ensure a stress-free day- and that is letting us do the cooking for you (hey, it’s what we do). You bring the people, we’ll bring the food and the staff to cook and serve.

The Meat House offers an extensive menu of catered foods that are perfect for this type of party.  Remember a few things that are important when deciding what delicious goodies you’ll be dishing out to your graduation party guests- one is convenience and the other is variety.  With salads, sandwiches, platters, sides, desserts, and more we can cater the perfect graduation party for you.

Let The Meat House help you make sure your party is a stress-free one. For more information about catering your party (graduation or otherwise) call your local store front.

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 20, 2015
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Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, and I know most of us have plans for how we are going to celebrate this first taste of summer.  It is the perfect time to spend entertaining friends and family or simply relaxing with good company while enjoying the outdoors.  We fully intend to fire up the grill and treat ourselves and our guests to some great home-cooking and summer BBQ favorites.

This will always be part of what Memorial Day Weekend is about- spending quality time with quality people and enjoying the weekend.  It is important to remember that this only PART of what the weekend is about.

The other part, of course, is about paying homage to those who have put their lives on the line so we could enjoy these simple freedoms.  Currently, we have about 1,473,900 men and women on active duty, serving to protect us every day. So while we wish you have an amazing Memorial Day Weekend (and we can always ensure that at The Meat House) we also hope that you take a moment this weekend to remember our country’s fallen heroes and the men and women who currently serve to keep us safe.

As a way of showing our appreciation The Meat House is offering a special in store discount to Military Personnel at participating locations.

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Celebrate Cinco with Us

May 5, 2015

Today is Cinco de Mayo and your local bars and taquerias are sure to be packed at capacity with revelers enjoying their favorite Mexican fares and imbibing, perhaps too much, tequila.

A brief history lesson for those who don’t know what it is exactly that we are celebrating in the first place:

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, an historic Mexican military victory. We know Spanish conquisatdores invaded Mexico in the 16th century, and Spanish remains the official language of Mexico today. So, the holiday must celebrate a Mexican victory over Spain, right? Wrong! It was a Mexican victory against France. Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1810. The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862, during the so-called French Intervention in Mexico. Forces led by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated a larger and better-equipped French force in the city of Puebla, about 68 east of Mexico City. [1]

HealthyKidsMealsChickenFajitasIf you want to skip the lines and anticipated antics and instead celebrate with home-cooked dishes, sports, and margaritas we don’t blame you.  The Meat House has you covered with all you will need to throw your own little fiesta in the comfort of your home.  We’re getting you ready to celebrate with Chicken Fajita Mix made with a delicious Marinated Chicken and Steak Fajita Mix with our classic Steak Tips- yum.  Top these off with our fresh Salsa and Guacamole made in house.  Let us spice up your weekend with the flavors of The Meat House.

Fajitas for the Family- Makes enough for about 10 Fajitas

  • 1 lbThe Meat House marinated chicken and/or steak tips
  • 10 flour tortillas(8 inch)
  • garlic clove, minced
  • onion– to your liking, but remember they have a tendency to cook down, we recommend using 1 or 2 depending on their size
  • 2 Bell peppers- again your choice! (green, yellow, or red)
  1. Wrap tortillas in foil and place in 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Cut onions in half lengthwise and slice into strips.
  3. Repeat step 2 with peppers.
  4. In large non stick skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Add onions & peppers stirring for 3-4 minutes, until softened; transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Return onions and peppers to skillet; stir for about one minute.
  7. To serve, spoon a serving of chicken or steak in the middle of each tortilla, top with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and other topping you might enjoy. Fold bottom of tortilla up over filling; fold the sides in, overlapping.

And as always- whether you’re in the mood to cook or in the mood for a home-cooked meal come see us at The Meat House, either way we will always have you covered!

[1] http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/04/5-facts-about-cinco-de-mayo/

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Spring Cleaning- for your Grill & Pantry!

April 15, 2015

One of the things about Spring that many look forward to is the return of Grilling Season and backyard BBQs. Unless of course, you are a die-hard griller who kept the flame lit all winter long, in which case, we salute you! But, we understand it was an especially cold winter on the East Coast and there is never a bad time to give your grill a tune up.  So, before you start inviting people over for some backyard fun make sure your grill is in working order.grlling

Safety First- Do a thorough check of your propane tank/ gas line before firing the grill up.  This step is essential for safe cooking. Look for leaks and any break or damage to the line and make sure that the connections are all tight.

Dry Scrub- Those caked on remnants from meals past do not add flavor to your grilling- and are in fact a fire hazard.  They can easily flame up and end up over-cooking what you’re grilling.  With a standard grill brush.  To clean the grates, burners and inner parts use a dry non-scratch sponge (think kitchen sponge) or a gentle nylon brush. Rinse with soapy dish water and make sure that you give your grill a thorough drying.  If your grates are chipping or rusty, it might be time to invest in some new ones, you won’t regret it.

Test it Out- It’s time to light up the grill.  A key to great grilling is even cooking.  Make sure your burners are evenly lit, if not you may have to spend some extra time really getting in there to unclog them. Before doing so make sure you let the grill cool.

Stock your Pantry- Stock up on some of your favorite seasonings, rubs, marinades, and BBQ sauces to make sure that a great grilled meal is always minutes away.

Pick out some recipes and get grilling!

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Grilling Season Guide

April 7, 2015

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Easter Feaster

April 3, 2015

imagesSpring is here! And that means that change is on the way, especially for you east-coasters!  The weather  is not the only thing that will be changing around here (although were looking forward to that too).  If you’re a foodie, (which presumably you are if you are reading this blog!) then you know that the changing of seasons also means the changing of menus.  This season The Meat House is looking forward to re-introducing apricots, artichokes, peas, radishes, spinach and strawberries- just to name a few, back into our some of our favorite dishes !

Spring also means that we have another holiday that is almost upon us (where does the time go?) and that means its almost time to throw down in the kitchen again.  Challenge accepted.  At The Meat House, nothing says Easter like a beautifully cooked ham. 

The first, and most important step in creating this centerpiece for your Easter meal is buying a quality ham- no filler, all killer flavor. That being said-The Meat House will always have you covered. Since hams are sold fully cooked, it is also a no-brainer choice for the holiday.  You can make it your own by simply jazzing up one of our hams with your own simple rub or glaze.  

A Holiday Ham is not only easy and delicious, but is also a bonus because you will be loving these leftovers- if you thought nothing could beat a Thanksgiving leftover sammy, wait until you make one with this ham. Another “leftover bonus” is that your ham bone is an essential base for making a delicious split pea soup – another spring time favorite!

If you are more of a no-fuss hostess order ahead for a delicious spiral ham, leg of lamb, brisket, or Turkey and delicious side dishes and use the time you would have spent cracking eggs in the kitchen dying them with the family or master-minding the perfect Easter egg hunt.  

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

March 9, 2015

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It’s that time of the year again when everything is supposed to be preparing to come up green after winter’s thaw. The next green your likely to see is a leprechaun or 4 leaf clover for St Patrick’s Day.  What a great opportunity to embrace the comfort food of the Irish. Quick history lesson first.

Keep this in mind when you are in the kitchen this year making your Irish favorites.  St. Patrick’s day originally began as a religious feast honoring the patron saint of Ireland before it became the international celebration of Irish culture that we know it as today. Irish immigration to America began in the very late 16th century, with the first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade being held in New York City (not Dublin!) in 1762. There’s no denying the marriage between culture and cuisine, and when immigration boomed over the next 100 years many authentic Irish dishes were introduced to America.  Some favorites include classics like Irish Stew and Soda Bread. While these food traditions were preserved, others over time were transformed and re-interpreted.  Some of you may be shocked to learn that Corned Beef & Cabbage is one of these dishes, and is in fact not an authentic dish from the Emerald Island.

For Irish immigrants of the time the preferred meat back at home was pork, not beef, because of the low cost of pork in Ireland.  Such was not the case in the United States, and for many newly transplanted families, exorbitantly expensive.  Beef, an American diet staple, on the other hand was not and quickly found its way into dishes within these Irish-American homes. Now that’s all well and good, but you might be asking yourself, where’s the corned beef?

New York City was home to thousands of the Irish working class and it was there in Jewish delis and lunch carts that they had a bite of the tender cured meat.  Reminiscent of the ubiquitous Irish bacon it hit home for many and was quickly an affordable favorite.  There was no shortage of potatoes in NYC at the time, but cash strapped families’ utilized low cost cabbage to create the hearty dish we have come to love.

They say that the holiday brings out the Irish in everyone, and I can’t think a better way of celebrating Irish culture than in the Kitchen. A few things to keep in mind when preparing your favorite Irish (or Irish-American) dish this year….

Have you ever cured your own beef? We do it all the time and it tastes nothing like the mass produced products out of a bag most people associate with corned beef. . If you want authentic corned beef come see us at The Meat House and we will show you how to do it yourself. Plan ahead because you need a week! If you’re not a planner we have you covered and you can order some from us. This year we are also featuring Irish Stew so come see us to make the most out of your St Patties.

Tell us the following phase and its meaning and you get free soda bread

Meallan muilte Dé go mall ach meallan siad go mion.

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