Erin Johnston of the Texas Beef Council welcomed us and introduced us to Angela Lemond. Angela is a nutrition consultant. You know what that means? That is the person who knows what we should be eating compared to what we are really eating. I wanted to crawl under my seat being so large....but Angela was so kind. She admitted that we all eat the no-no's. Just learn to do it in moderation. Angela is an active mother, so she is really noticing how hard it is for an active mom with kids, job and housework to get a good meal on the table. Short cuts are needed. So she shared some ideas with us. My favorite is to introduce your children to new foods all the time. Reintroduce those foods that the picky eater scrunchies their nose up at also. Remember taste buds change.
Next we watched this hunk of a top chef, Richard Chamberlin cook two yummy dishes for us. You can have some of his signature dishes at Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House in Addison, TX. The first dish was Beef and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Syrup. Here it is! I have to say it tasted as beautiful as the colors show up.
Next was the Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cider Gravy. Now he had me here. I adore sweet potatoes. Toss in the Maple syrup and you are serving up a lil dish of heaven for me. This is what it looked like. The sweet potatoes are just behind that lovely pot roast.
Next we all played Top Chef. We had to draw for teams. I ended up with the Beef Brisket Tostados with Spicy Peanut Slaw. There I am, yes, the one with the busy print dress, but I was having lots of help from Shauna and Amy. Our 'sous chef' was there to the left to help out if we needed it.
Now this was really easy. Since it was made with brisket which takes some time to cook. The chefs at Milestone had already cooked that for us. Even had it shredded too! So we were just mixing up the slaw and doing assembly. Not hard to do. I do enjoy the crunchy slaw on top of the juicy beef. Of course I was thrilled to see the peanuts in the dish. I live in Comanche Texas and we were known as the peanut capital of Texas for a very long time. Doesn't this look just amazing.
Now if you want a kid friendly and delicious dish then check out this one. It is the Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers. They used 95% lean ground beef. So your not introducing the fat into the dish. Add in the caramelized pineapples and it was just perfect.
I have to show you what Nessa made. She said this was easy peasy and a dish her kiddos would snatch right up. Chipotle Sloppy Joes with Crunchy Cole Slaw. These look great and not sloppy at all.
I have to thank June Cleaver Nirvana and Humphries Nation for the wonderful photos. They were so kind to share with me. I also want to add a list of the mom bloggers that were able to attend this event. They were all so nice to include us country gals to the shindig.