Cowboy approved recipes used by our favorite country cooks.
In the kitchen with Addy McDowell, Steady Run Genetics of Hedrick, Iowa.
Tell us about yourself.
"Hello there, my name is Addy McDowell. Like many others, I have been fortunate enough to grow up in the beef industry and am a third-generation cattle producer. My grandfather, Neil Hadley, is a firm believer in black Angus cattle, but my father, Tom Van Vliet, preferred Maine-Anjou. Two worlds that instilled the love of showing, but also the importance of a strong maternal cow herd. Growing up my siblings and I thrived on working with our show cattle. After graduating from Iowa State, I got the opportunity to do a six-month adventure in Australia working on different cattle operations, varying from a production Angus operation in Southern Australia to a progressive Brangus operation in Queensland to a Cattle Station in the peak of Northern Australia gathering wild bulls from the bush. After that trip, there was no doubt in my mind that the cattle industry is where I wanted to stay. I currently work for DVAuction as a sales rep and have a small cattle photography business. My husband Klint and I own and operate Steady Run Genetics on Klint’s family farm in Southeast Iowa where we raise primarily Red Angus cattle. Utilizing embryo transfer we run a small recipient herd for select customers. We focus highly on females that will last and complete bulls that will help improve our customers’ herds."
What is your favorite thing to make?
"My favorite to make is definitely almond bread, it never lasts very long!"
What is your least favorite job in the kitchen?
"Taking out the trash. (That’s the hunky husband’s job for sure!)"
What is your favorite cooking tip/trick?
"My mother always told me that if you were too busy to spend all day making supper, quickly start sautéing onions, and the family will think you have supper cooking while you quickly throw something together. But in all seriousness, preparing meals in advance that can be thrown in the oven or Crockpot is a life changer in our house."
Where did you learn to cook?
"Luckily, I was surrounded by tremendous cooks, but one memory I never want to forget is my Grandma Van Vliet patiently teaching me how to make angel food cake, which is a tradition to have on birthdays."
March 18, 2024
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Photos courtesy Addy McDowell
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