High school students from Shirley and South Side’s Food and Nutrition classes recently attended a program highlighting beef recipes. They learned the best methods of cooking various cuts of beef, as well as, the myths about the health and nutritional value of beef.

Donette Stump, coordinator for the Arkansas Beef Council, was the guest speaker. She demonstrated cooking two recipes that were past winners in the National Beef Cook Off contest. Assisting her in cooking the dishes and serving the group were Andy and Shirley Andregg, Sheila Brown, Regina Chaney and Tyler Baker.

The first recipe cooked and tasted was Beefy Harvest Soup. Using hamburger as a base and only four other ingredients, it was very quick to prepare. Yet the soup was tasty and a hearty meal in itself.

Lickety-Split Sweet-Sour Beef was a different take on the traditional pork recipe because it used boneless beef top round steak. It was flavorful but with a twist because it was served over quinoa instead of the traditional rice. None of those attending had ever eaten quinoa and learned how tasty and super nutritious it is.

The teachers, Marilyn Pond of Shirley and Lori Rooney of South Side, assisted their students in impromptu nutrition presentations before the group.

Approximately 50 students attended the event, sponsored by the Arkansas Beef Council , the Van Buren County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Van Buren County Farm Bureau.