April 18th, 2014

Last-Minute Easter Feasts

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There once was a gal who procrastinated.

And – poof! – a holiday snuck up on her.

I’m not saying WHO that someone might be, BUT if she sounds familiar to YOU, here are some great last-minute meal ideas for Easter from our friends at Heavy.com.

Seriously. It’s this Sunday.

Try out this amazing recipe for Beef Stew with Leeks. Easy, tasty and hello leftovers!

I love serving beef on holidays. It’s so satisfying.

Click here for a great rundown of fab ideas to satisfy the bunnies at your house.

My house? Oh, I’ve got it covered. **Wink, wink.**

Photo courtesy of Christopher Hirsheimer via epicurious.com.

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April 17th, 2014

Does Your Burger Need a Lift?

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If the answer is YES, then you need a Burger Lift!

It’s an elevated coaster for that really juicy burger. The juice drips onto your plate and doesn’t create a soggy bun.

Genius? Or unnecessary?

I like the idea of a non-soggy burger bun, but I’m not sure I’d go to all the trouble of utilizing a Burger Lift.

I’m kinda lazy like that.

What do you think? Do you think all hardcore burger fanatics should have these?

Read more about the idea behind the Burger Lift here.

Photo courtesy of Burger Lift via DailyMail.co.uk.

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April 15th, 2014

Easter Beef For Your Pup

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Easter’s almost here! So here’s a treat the Easter Bunny can leave for all the good pooches and pups – beefy treats!

We can’t forget our four-legged friends, right?

When I first looked at these I thought, “Wow, this is a nice diversion from the usual jelly beans and sugary treats. Beef jerky!”

Then, I realized it’s for dogs. Why do they get all the good stuff? It’s even got cheese, too!

The Easter Bunny might be leaving these at my house for my doggies, but they might have to share – with me.

I’d much rather have beef than candy treats this Easter. What about you?

Photo courtesy of ClearConsciencePet.com.

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April 11th, 2014

Cook a Steak for Couples Appreciation Month

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April is Couples Appreciation Month, folks!

It’s time to appreciate the couple you’re a part of, the couples you’re around or – maybe – the couple you want to create. :)

Here’s one suggestion for ya from the Examiner:  “…in the spirit of Couples Appreciation Month, tell them ‘I love you,’ cook them dinner ‘just because it’s Wednesday,’ or leave a quick note on the mirror to make them smile.”

I like all of those… but you know my favorite, right? DINNER! STEAK DINNER!

Click here to read more about Couples Appreciation Month. Then go celebrate all month!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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April 10th, 2014

Schwarzenegger Steak Sandwich

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Have you ever seen such a monstrosity?

This steak sandwich has 80,583 calories and contains cheese, steak, bacon and ostrich eggs!

Now WHO would attempt to eat a sandwich like this?

None other than Arnold Schwarzenegger – THE TERMINATOR.

“This sandwich will be so meaty,” Arnie says, “it will make a weak man cry.”

I’m crying already and I haven’t even attempted it.

Not that I will.

I LOVE beef but this amount is too powerful for me.

How about you? Wanna see more of this “Steak & Egger Sandwich?” Click here – if you dare!

Photo courtesy of YouTube/Epic Meal Time via DailyMail.co.uk.

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April 8th, 2014

Fancy a Flat Iron Steak?

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It’s delicious. It’s different. And it’s increasing in popularity.

It’s the rich, hearty Flat Iron Steak!

Sometimes called the Top Blade Steak, this steak is cut from the shoulder and has a ton of marbling (read:  flavor!)

Wanna try this cut? Make this Flat Iron with KC Barbecue Glaze recipe and eat your heart out!

And lemme know what you think!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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April 4th, 2014

Highlights of Our Beef and Basketball Posts Past

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Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about steak and a lot about basketball. Because, well, you’ve gotta munch on something while you watch some hoops!

And it SHOULD be something beef-related.

We’ve discussed recipes for basketball-watching parties, a Meat Madness bracket and basketball players fueling up on steak for the big game among other things.

Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane and relive all those wonderful, beefy basketball moments, shall we? Just click here to see them all.

And make some of these recipes while you’re watching the Final Four in action – enjoy!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.

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April 2nd, 2014

Baseball’s Craziest Hot Dogs

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Not only is it basketball time, it’s BASEBALL time, too! I love this time of year!

Part of the experience of going to the ballpark to watch some baseball is the food, right?

Ya gotta get into the spirit of America’s pastime by eating a good ‘ol American hot dog.

BUT, some major league ballparks are taking their dogs, well, to the extreme.

Take Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve got The Beast (see above), a grilled bratwurst cut in half and stuffed with a HOT DOG, then wrapped in bacon and topped off with sauerkraut and grilled onions on a pretzel roll.

WOW. That took some real thought — and calories.

Click here to see more crazy hot dog concoctions. Would you eat all of these? Not in one sitting, of course.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Brewers via People.com.

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March 31st, 2014

My “Final Four” – 4 Ways to Top Your Steak

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It’s down to the Final Four.

Oh, yeah, and there’s basketball on TV, too.

MY Final Four while you’re watching all those games?

Easy! Steak toppers!

They’re a fun way to dress up a steak for a different twist. So here we go:

#1. Steak Butter.

Delish. Flavorful, fresh and drizzled just right. Mmmm.

#2. Fruit.

You heard me. Fruit. Mango, lime – just try it! You might be surprised!

#3. Salsa.

Spoon some on top of a piping hot steak and just think of all the spicy flavors that will come alive.

#4. Cheese.

It’s not just for Philly Cheesesteaks anymore. No, siree! Blue cheese, gorgonzola, feta. Something that crumbles works well. Although I’m not opposed to the melted, gooey variety either.

Want to know more about my Final Four? Click here to get some great tips for using these delicious steak toppers.

They’ll help fuel you up to root on your favorite basketball team as it comes down to the wire!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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March 28th, 2014

Tips for Setting a Winning Easter Table

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Your meal is prepped. Your Easter guests are due to arrive.

But what about the table? Presentation is half the battle, right?

Setting a delightful Easter table doesn’t have to be difficult.

Take these Easter table setting tips and make them your own – and the holiday will be a smash!

Use fresh greenery, items that recall the season and beautiful colors and you can’t go wrong.

Read on here for more tips for setting an Easter table that reflects you and impresses your guests!

Photo courtesy of Chris Astley via Epicurious.com.

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March 26th, 2014

Why Bacon is Called Bacon

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Bacon. It’s delicious. It’s flavorful. It’s what obsessions are made of.

But have you ever stopped to think why we call bacon BACON?

These are the things that keep me up late at night. But, luckily, this particular mystery has been solved.

The word “bacon” has Old French origins and means “back.” Back bacon is common in England and is made up of the loin and some belly.

Want to know more food name origins? Click here to learn fascinating tidbits about pasta, cheese and more!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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March 24th, 2014

Easter Make-Ahead Menu

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It’s time to start thinking about Easter menus. And, for me, I stress less if I can make most things ahead of time.

So let’s stress less, shall we?

There are so many menu choices that we can prepare beforehand, and then heat or simply serve when mealtime comes.

For me, a ham is a must-have. We don’t sit down to eat a ham often so it’s usually a holiday dinner for us. Luckily, it’s a heat and serve type entree. And that makes me happy.

The sides and dessert? Well, that’s a different story.

Click here to see a beautiful make-ahead Easter menu including glazed carrots with pistachios (beautifully displayed above), spring pea soup, chutney-glazed ham, pepper cheese biscuits and lemon beehive meringues.

This, my friends, is the recipe for a fantastic Easter meal!

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens at BHG.com.

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March 21st, 2014

Beefy Basketball Snack Ideas

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Some people are just so creative!

When you’re watching college hoops you want to chow down. It’s just the way it works.

But just any old snack definitely will NOT do. It’s gotta have some BEEF to it!

These very inventive Cheeseburger Basketball Cups are a perfect snack.

Made with ground beef, cheese, biscuits and lots of other tasty ingredients, they’re sure to satisfy any basketball-watching fan.

You can see the entire recipe and cooking instructions here. Then, have fun coming up with your own basketball-themed treats!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.

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March 19th, 2014

Broil Steaks Indoors & Watch Some Hoops!

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College basketball is on and you don’t want to miss a minute of the action.

Well, you don’t have to! Just broil your steaks indoors and enjoy!

This handy dandy Indoor Cooking Chart will guide you through the process.

Just choose your cut, your level of doneness and follow the instructions. Easy peasy!

That way, you can concentrate on helping your team go all the way!

Click here for the Indoor Cooking Chart courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com!

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March 17th, 2014

Yummy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day is here! Are you wearing green???

Well, even if you’re not, you can still get in the Irish spirit with your food choices on this festive day.

Take this delicious corned beef above, it’s made by brining a beef brisket in water, sugar, salt and other seasonings for a week OR MORE.

Now THAT’S getting serious about your eats.

Read on here for more St. Patrick’s Day fare like Beef and Guinness Stew and Smoked Salmon. And make this day foodie heaven!

Slainte!

Photo courtesy of Getty Images via ABCNews.com.

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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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