Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Father’s Day is coming up, Sunday, June 15! Looking for a great gift for Dad?  Right now the Machine Shed has a great selection of Craft Beer cookbooks, Drink Local merchandise, bacon merchandise and cooking gear sure to help Dad celebrate right!



Catch the Machine Shed on TV!

IMG_2223Chef Aaron has been busy showcasing our recipes on television around Wisconsin.  From The Morning Blend in Milwaukee, to Living with Amy in Appleton.  Check out his recipe for Beer Cheese Fondue and make it at home for your next party!





Banana-Caramel Smoothie!

Banana-Caramel-SmoothieHR1It’s June and that means it’s Dairy Month!  Celebrate and keep yourself cool in this hot weather by making a Banana-Caramel Smoothie, recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Association.

Try out this smoothie, and check back all month for more Dairy Month fun!

Click here to get the recipe!

Giveaway Winners!

2013_MBM_LogoOur winners for our Beef Month cookbook giveaway are: Chris, Soman, Gail Beck, Rodney Stehn, Joan Riederer, Yvonne Tucker, Amy, and Sheryl Tessier. Please email your mailing address to mhoaglin@hoari.com to claim your prize!

Beef Facts!

TopLoinSteakwredwinesauceAs Beef Month draws to a close, check out these fun facts provided by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff Program.

• The United States and Brazil are the top beef producing countries in the world.

• In the United States, Texas has the most beef cows. Iowa ranks 10th in the number of beef cows.

• It takes the leather from 3.8 steers to manufacture the 72 footballs used in the Super Bowl.

• CATTLE outnumber HUMANS in 9 states: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

• Agricultural land provides FOOD and habitat for 75% of the nation’s wildlife.

CheeseburgerHamburger meat from a single steer will make about 720 quarter pound hamburger patties. That’s enough for a family of 4 to enjoy hamburgers each day for nearly 6 months.

• Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle to the western hemisphere on his second voyage in 1494.

• 98.3% of U.S. farms are owned by families, family-held corporations or family partnerships.

• Adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet can lower heard disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL “bad” cholesterol.

Memorial Day Cookout!

Having a cookout this Memorial Day?  The Iowa Beef Industry Council and The Beef Checkoff Program have a great a recipe to try out on the grill!  Citrus-Marinated Beef & Fruit Kabobs! YUM!!!


 Total Recipe Time:  40 to 45 minutes
Marinade Time:  15 minutes to 2 hours

1 pound beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 1 inch thick
1 medium orange
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plums

1. Grate peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika, and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef Steak into 1-1/4-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-1/2 tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bags securely. Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.

2. Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers leaving small space between pieces.  Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.

3. Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 11 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once.

4. Season beef with salt, as desired. Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs.

Burger Bites!

burger bites

Cookbook Giveaway!

2013_MBM_LogoWant to win a free beef cookbook?  Tell us your favorite beef recipe you make at home!  We will randomly select 8 lucky winners to receive a cookbook courtesy of The Beef Checkoff Program and the Iowa Beef Council.

Winners will be announced on May 28!

Ranch Burgers

RanchBurgersLRHere is another great recipe from the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff Program, Ranch Burgers!  Great to make on the grill on Spring and Summer long!


Follow this link for the recipe:  Ranch_Burgers

It’s American Craft Beer Week!

beer tasting glassesThe Machine Shed has always been dedicated to the American Farmer and serving as much local product as possible.  That includes craft beer!  Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with us by trying a craft beer at our Machine Shed locations from these breweries:

Davenport:  Great River Brewery

Des Moines:  Peace Tree Brewing Company

Rockford: Goose Island

Pewaukee: New Glarus, Leinenkugel’s & Capital Brewery

Appleton:  New Glarus, Leinekugel’s, Ale Asylum, & Stone Arch Brew House

Lake Elmo:  Grain Belt Brewery, Summit Brewing Company

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