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?

September 28th, 2015

Best Recipes for Fall

Best Recipes for Fall Filet Mignon

Yes! Autumn is here! As much as I love summer, times change and I embrace that.

The new season is a welcome respite from blistering hot summer days. I’ll miss the pool and my floppy hat but I’m excited about sweaters, football and a nip in the air.

It’s a nice change of pace and I know the warm weather will be back again someday. For now, I’m happy to begin bundling up and lacing up my boots.

And now is the perfect time to cook delicious meals that warm the heart, the stomach and the soul – my absolute favorite part of fall. My family loves this part!

I have some favorite recipes that always hit the mark this time of year.

My go-to meal for fall is always chili. That soothing ground beef and tomatoes (with or without beans) in a bowl always, always satisfies. Put me in front of a football while eating it and I’m a happy camper. This is definitely a game-watching meal for us.

One item that stays the same in my house no matter what the season is steaks! We will grill or pan sear a filet mignon whatever the weather. Doesn’t matter. That NEVER fails to comfort. For fall, we’ll add a red wine mustard sauce or wild mushroom cream to give it that comforting touch. And, oh, does it comfort!

Or, an exquisite fall sit-down meal that won’t disappoint is a beautiful Mocha Rubbed Chateaubriand with Cocoa Compound Butter. The flavor is out of this world and the aroma will drive you crazy.

How about a Blue Cheese Stuffed Prime Rib? Add some twice-baked potatoes and a perfect pumpkin tart or red velvet cake for dessert and autumn never tasted so good!

So what are your favorite recipes for fall? Share them with me!