September 4th, 2015

Steak Humor

Steak Humor

If you’re a steak lover, a steak enthusiast if you will – and I know that you are – you absolutely love all things steak.

I know I do. Anything having to do with steak is entertaining for me and probably you, too.

And I mean ANYTHING about steak. Everything associated with it in any way. The more the better. Steak is in your heart, your mind and your soul. It’s even on your phone. If you can’t eat it, you like to talk about it, read about it, plan for it, watch videos about it and think about it.

Things that have to do with steak like:

Recipes for steak, cooking tips, grilling videos, info about types of steak, pictures of steak, pictures of people eating steak, history of steak, places to buy steak, things to eat with steak, how to season a steak, things to eat on steak, things to eat next to steak, things to eat steak on, things to eat steak with, occasions on which to eat steak, different ways to eat steak, types of people who eat steak, quizzes about steak, memes about steak, TV shows about steak, steak apps, books about steak, movies about steak, steak sauce ideas, steak greeting cards, steak clothing, steak gifts AND…

steak humor!

That’s right. Steak funnies! People who like to joke around about steak are a rare breed. But that’s us, right?

Lots of memes these days about steak are funny. But I like to see a play on words or a funny story.

Here’s one of my favorites – you may have heard it before:

BECOMING A VEGETARIAN IS A
BIG MISSED STEAK!

No?

Okay… two steaks walk into a bar…

Still no?

Tough crowd.

Try this one on for size:

What’s it called when one cow spies on another cow?
A steak out.

Okay, you know you laughed at that one.

So, tell me, what’s your favorite steak joke?


August 31st, 2015

Labor Day Menu Ideas

Labor Day Menu Ideas

Planning a Labor Day blowout?

Friends and family by the pool or on the patio, relaxing in the late summer sun, taking in what’s one of the last remnants of beautiful, wonderful summer.

Ahhhhh…

Of course, the smell of the grill going is the TRUE life of the party. It provides ambiance and makes sure your guests’ FIVE senses are all engaged. Plus, you know your stuff and that’s why everybody is at your place, right?

Ribeyes, filets, steaks of all kinds are sizzling. You’ve got a cut that’ll please everyone on the grill whether they like ‘em hearty and meaty like a Kansas City strip steak or a sirloin or whether they like them fork-tender and delicate ala the exquisite filet mignon.

That’s a given. But what else are you going to prepare?

For me, burgers are a must. Everyone likes them and those babies, along with all-beef hot dogs always satisfy the kids. They’re easy to eat with your hands and, hey, we’re outside so that’s cool with Mom and Dad.

Labor Day Barbecue

So how about some BBQ ribs and brisket? This party screams for barbecue. Eating it outdoors just adds to the enjoyment. Something about BBQ on the patio just feels right.

And sides?

Well, a delicious potato salad goes with everything. Pasta salad, too.

And, yes, an ACTUAL salad with all the fresh veggies of summer. It’s your last chance before they’re gone.

Speaking of veggies, scrumptious creamed corn and grilled asparagus are always crowd pleasers. As are baked potatoes and then some fresh fruit. Ya gotta have fresh fruit. It’s an appetizer, side AND dessert!

Did somebody say dessert? My vote is for red velvet cake. Or a nice cheesecake. Yes! Lots of choices make this a party for the ages.

Need some more Labor Day menu inspiration? Check out these mouth-watering recipes. You’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy.

So let’s do up Labor Day right! It’s the perfect ending to our dear summer and a nice welcome to a fall filled with more delicious food.


August 28th, 2015

How to Plate a Filet Mignon

How to Plate a Filet Mignon

Remember how we discussed being visual people? Okay, ME being a visual person.

Well, that applies to food presentation as well.

When I eat, I like it to be a feast for ALL the senses – not just my taste buds. I think everyone can appreciate the extra effort.

The same meal slapped on a paper plate without rhyme or reason tastes differently when presented on a beautiful dish and arranged in an eye-pleasing manner.

Don’t you agree?

It might be the exact same food, but we will perceive the well-plated version to TASTE better.

We don’t just taste with our taste buds. We taste with our eyes as well.

And a filet mignon definitely deserves to be plated well.

So how does one plate a filet successfully?

  1. Choose a plate that is simple and elegant – like your steaks. A basic, white, circular plate will do nicely. That way, the colors and arrangement of the food can be easily seen.
  2. Consider color and texture. Pair your filet mignon with greens, reds and yellows for beautiful effect.
  3. Think of symmetry, design and balance. A heaping pile on the left side of the plate is not visually pleasing. Space it out – think of it like a painting.
  4. Minimalist is best. Leave space on the plate and don’t pile it on.
  5. Go up. Finer restaurants stack up rather than space outward. It gives the plate visual depth and provides white space on the plate. Beautiful!
  6. Do it sparingly, but do garnish with spices, and a dab of sauce for color and embellishment and flavor.

And, remember, if it’s beautiful to you, it’s probably beautiful to whomever sits down at your table. So take the time to plate your filet mignon well.

Your guests/family/friends will appreciate you – and the filet – that much more!


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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

I love experimenting with food and I like to get my family, friends and neighbors involved. They add a lot to my cooking experience by helping me perfect techniques and sharing recipes.

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