October 9th, 2015

Game Day Appetizers

Game Day Appetizers

Picture this:  Your friends are all set to come over to your house for the big game this weekend. You’ve got your favorite jersey ready, the room is straightened up, the TV is all set in the most prominent place. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic game-watching experience.

So, what food are you going to serve? Yeah, they will be expecting to eat. They always do. So you can’t neglect an integral part of the get-together – munchables!

Believe me, hungry fans get rowdy and you want that energy aimed at the game – and not you. So feed them right… and often!

Before the steaks go on the grill (that’s what I like to serve as a main dish when a group comes over – filet mignon, Kansas City strip steak – delish!), you’ve got to keep them happy. Game time lasts a long time (seriously, hours and hours) and that means appetizers beforehand.

Set out some Applewood Bacon and Cheddar Burger Bites before the main entree. They’re just the size you need for people in your home who won’t be watching what they’re doing – they’ll have their eyes on the game. These little bites fit right in your hand and tame that hunger monster.

Jalapeno Kisses Game Day Appetizers

Another winning appetizer for your game day bunch? Jalapeno and Green Chili Kisses. They pack a punch and really rev up those taste buds. Plus, they’re bite-sized too!

Looking for something different? Lobster flatbread is a conversation starter and so delicious. Or put out some Bourbon and Cola Mini Dawgs (pigs in a blanket 2.0!!). Big groups absolutely LOVE these!

Appetizers are such an important part of a successful get-together and they’re imperative to keeping the hooting and hollering aimed at the TV and the TV only!

So give ‘em something to rave about – other than the game! Give ‘em appetizers!

October 5th, 2015

Best Surf and Turf

Best Surf and Turf Header

Do you love the beautiful contrast and complement of surf and turf like I do? I adore my steaks, but add a fresh catch to it and I’m REALLY in heaven! It just enhances my steak like nothing else can. When I want to take my mealtime up a notch THIS is what I do.

Surf and turf is something delicious from the sea and another from land. The combination is absolutely extraordinary. That’s why it’s been a favorite for many, many years.

And this time of year is a great time to experiment with different surf and turf combinations. Fall makes you want to warm up with special meals and seafood and steak really fits the bill.

Fish and seafood are light and delicate – a perfect contrast to the hearty taste and texture of various cuts of steak like filets, strip steaks or ribeyes.

Strip Steak and Lobster Surf & Turf

For instance, a Kansas City strip steak paired with a sweet, firm, fresh lobster tail is a real delight – not to mention it makes a gorgeous plate! The two tastes play off each other and, really, isn’t TWO better than one?

Another combo that I love? Try crispy crabcakes with a Top Sirloin steak for a nice pairing that really hits the spot. Or a delicious filet mignon and a unique side dish of lobster mac and cheese. Yes! Your “surf” can be a side dish! Genius!

Lobster Mac and Cheese with Filet Mignon

Or how about a little bit of fresh salmon along with your T-bone? Split a piece of fresh fish with your significant other and you’ll both get to experience a little bit of the sea with your juicy steak.

Foodies have been raving about surf and turf combinations for eons. Isn’t it time we all got on board?

Check out all these surf and turf combinations and then create your favorites at home! What seafood and steak combos do you like?

October 2nd, 2015

Common Tailgate Mistakes

Tailgate Tips

You wouldn’t think you could mess up a tailgate – but, really, it can be done. There are some common tailgate mistakes that can really trip you up and ruin the experience. And that’s no bueno.

The most common mistake is not planning ahead. Truly, you’ve got to think of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING.

For instance, wherever you’re tailgating – be it a parking lot, on campus, etc. – you’ve GOT to have access to a restroom. Or an improvisational one. Nature will call and you HAVE to be ready. Seems elementary, right? But, believe me, it’s not. So think this aspect through beforehand. After all, you will be eating and drinking for hours so restroom breaks are inevitable!

Plan ahead for your food as well. Think about what you’re bringing and take along everything you’ll need to be successful. Grilling steaks? Make sure you know how to season a steak (it’s important) and don’t forget a spatula!

Steak Knives

Also, you’ve got to provide plates and utensils that will withstand cutting a steak. Not all of them will so choose wisely – and bring napkins.

And don’t get so caught up in the revelry of the pre-game action that you forget about steak grilling times.

Joe wants his steak medium rare? Ya gotta watch it. I suggest a steak grilling timer app. It’ll let you know when it’s time to turn that steak over and when it’s done, depending on the cut and how you want it cooked. That way, if you’re involved in a heated discussion about who’s better the AFC or the NFC you won’t burn Joe’s ribeye in the process.

Another common tailgating mistake is not bringing containers or bags to pack up leftovers. Bring a cooler specifically for that purpose and store those leftovers in the containers you brought so that no steak goes to waste. That’s a crime in some steaks. Maybe. I don’t know.

And last, but certainly not least, bring trash bags! If you’re out in the middle of a parking lot there most likely will not be garbage cans. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Tell me, what are some of your tailgate mistakes?