March 6th, 2015

Thinking About That Easter Ham?

Spiral Sliced Ham

I know it’s crazy to think about, but Easter is not that far away, my friends. And if you’re like me and you CANNOT go without an Easter ham it’s time to start thinking about ordering one. Or two.

A spiral sliced ham is a must have for my family. Pretty much at any holiday – but Easter especially.

Just thinking about that spiral ham goodness puts my people in a good mood for about a week leading up to the big spread. And that’s a nice bonus!

And those leftovers are actually something we look forward to. How many leftovers can you say that about?

Ham sandwiches are a given, but it’s the breakfast omelettes with diced ham and fried ham and eggs that make these leftovers something special.

This one ingredient just keeps reinventing itself meal after meal. And no one gets tired of it.

So there you have it. An Easter ham is not just a one-meal flash in the pan for me. It’s the dish that keeps on giving.

Tell me, will you do an Easter ham this year?


March 4th, 2015

The Best Way to Cook a Steak Indoors

Filet Mignon and Crabcakes

I’ve been known to pull out my George Foreman Grill when I’m too cold to even think about going outside. I like the feeling of grilling my steaks even though I’m inside the house.

But grilling isn’t the only way to get the results we want from the comfort of our homes. True chefs prefer the pan searing method. And I can respect that. A good pan and the right love and care can bring out a beautiful flavor in a steak. You can read more about how to properly pan sear a steak here: http://www.kansascitysteaks.com/Recipe-Pan-Searing/Index.htm

And don’t forget you can always bake a steak in the oven. It’ll do the trick but you’ve got to watch them closely or they’ll come out dry.

Or, why not broil your steaks? I particularly like this method when I’m having filet mignons. So tasty!

Need some guidance on how to broil a steak? I KNOW I do. Check out this wonderful indoor cooking chart for all the steps including temperature and timing.

Don’t let your fear of the mountain of snow in your backyard deter you from cooking the steaks you crave this time of year. Just cook ‘em indoors!


March 2nd, 2015

What is the Best Steak?

Dinner for Two Club

That question is like saying, “Who is your favorite child?”

How can you possibly answer?

There’s no question the QUALITY of a steak is a good measure. And grade – like USDA Prime steaks or even Wagyu Kobe beef – makes a difference.

But what is the best cut? Depends on what you’re after.

Want something tender and juicy? Filet mignons. Hands down.

Hearty and meaty? Ribeye, T-bone steaks and Porterhouse steaks.

Flavorful? Kansas City strip steaks. Definitely.

So… what is the best steak TO YOU?

That answer will probably be different for everyone. And that’s one thing I love about steak!


February 27th, 2015

How To Cook a Fabulous Steak

Ribeyes on Grill

How did you learn to cook a steak? Did your parents teach you? Did a buddy in college show you the ropes?

Maybe, just maybe, they had a limited knowledge to share with you. Want to up your game a little bit?

Try using this grilling chart to customize the grilling experience depending on doneness and cut of steak. Yes, the cut makes a difference in grilling time as well.

Want to try broiling your steaks? Consult this indoor cooking chart according to type of meat and your desired doneness.

See? It’s not just a matter of eyeballing it and flipping occasionally. That’s what I used to think. But a few crispy, burned steaks later and I’m singing a different tune.

Just like anything, a little education and forethought go a long way toward cooking a fabulous steak versus a mediocre one.

Happy cooking!


February 25th, 2015

It’s Chilly So Let’s Cook Some Chili!

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Did you know that February 26th is National Chili Day?

That excites me because I like warm, hearty food when it’s nippy outside. So this is one holiday I’ll definitely be celebrating!

Chili satisfies during the winter months like no steakburger or beef slider can. It just warms the soul.

BUT, there’s no reason we can’t make chili while paying homage to the Kansas City strip steak or even a beautiful roast. Just look at this delicious chili recipe and add your own twist!

Enjoy your own chili celebration on February 26th – and stay warm!


February 23rd, 2015

Steak Doneness – Yep, It’s a Word!

Kansas City Strips on Grill

We all have our own opinions about how well done our steaks should be.

Like a lot of pink? Lots of people do. The rarer, the better.

But not everyone likes it that way. So…when you’re learning how to grill steaks, one element you MUST master is how to cook to doneness.

What if you’re hosting a barbecue and one guest likes her steak medium well? Do you know how to get it just right?

Do you know how to broil steaks and control the doneness? It’s all in the details, for sure.

Check out these cooking tips for instructions on how to master the art of doneness.

Your guests – and your steaks – will thank you for it!


February 20th, 2015

Meal Ideas for Beating the Winter Blues!

Strip Steak Salad

I’m a summer gal. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

I like the sun on my face and being outside. Eating.

But winter weather isn’t very conducive to patio meals. And since Punxsutawney Phil said we’ve got 6 more weeks of it, I’ve got to get creative.

I’ve just GOT to beat these winter blues.

So… I like to cook meals in the winter that remind me of summer. Hey, there’s no rule that says I can’t have a light strip steak salad with strawberries in the winter.

Or, perhaps, just grill up some ribeyes on the old barbecue and serve them with drinks with little umbrellas in them.

Steaks make me happy any time of year, but they REALLY bring to mind weekends spent outdoors, enjoying the weather and slowly grilling.

So I’m going to recall those glorious days this weekend with a grilled steak on my plate and memories of the sun in my head.

I’ll just do it indoors.

How about you?


February 18th, 2015

Steak and Wine Tasting Tips

Steak and Wine Pairings

I’m always confused which wines to serve with which dishes. I need a personal guide (maybe a cheat sheet) to help me navigate this territory.

I know that the right wine can bring out the flavor of a great steak – and vice versa. So I really want to get this right!

This handy chart shows us just what wine to serve with every meal – namely steak.

Want to serve beef tenderloin tips? Pair them with a nice Zinfandel for optimal flavor acceleration.

How about Sirloin steak? A lovely Mendoza will enhance the meal beautifully.

Try it for yourself and you’ll be a steak and wine pairing expert in no time!


February 16th, 2015

Mardi Gras Recipe

Flank Steak

It’s almost Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate and feast before Lent.

Food is such a big part of this fun time and we’ve gotta do it right!

When you think of traditional Mardi Gras fare there’s Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Fried Rice, Muffulettas and King Cake.

But what if, like me, you’re hankering for some beef this Mardi Gras? Well, lucky for us, there’s a recipe for that!

Check out this Mardi Gras steak recipe. You can create this using whichever steak cuts you love: Kobe beef, ribeyes – the choice is yours!

The Original New Orleans Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras Steak

Ingredients:
2 scallions, white and greens, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped red onions
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. grated, peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced, seeded jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp. ground coriander seeds
1/4 tsp. each black and cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. each dried basil and kosher salt
1 packed tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup each red wine, the soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, bourbon whiskey and olive oil
4 (8 oz.) Kansas City Strip Steaks

Directions: In a small bowl, combine the scallions, red onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper. In a large bowl combine the spices, basil, salt and sugar. Whisk the orange juice, both vinegars, soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture. Slowly drizzle the olive oil, whisking constantly. Add the scallion mixture and combine. Add the Kansas City Strip Steaks to the marinade and coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.

Bring to room temperature before grilling. Grill the steaks over hot coals 3-4 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes, before slicing against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices. To serve, arrange the steaks on a large platter together with sliced tomato, onion, basil and fresh mozzarella salad.

The Salad:
2 large vine ripe tomatoes, sliced thick, 1 red onion, sliced thin, 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 8 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella. Topped with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with white balsamic vinegar.

 

 


February 13th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

Filet Mignon and Baked Potato

I don’t need a fancy gift for my husband this Valentine’s Day. He knows I love him when I shower him with food!

And it’s got to be beef.

Any beef will do. As long as it’s high quality.

Steaks of any cut. A Chateaubriand simmering in the oven. Beef tenderloin tips in the form of kabobs.

He loves them all!

And because I love him I’ll work in a steak dinner this weekend to make sure he knows I’m paying attention.

With all the hints he’s given me I’d be crazy not to!

What are your Valentine plans?

Are you “in between” Valentines this year? Then make yourself a beautiful steak dinner and show yourself some love!

You deserve it!


February 11th, 2015

Romantic Dinners for Two

Filet Mignon

The most romantic day of the year is coming up! Thinking about a romantic couple’s dinner at home?

Me too!

For Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a dinner of tender, succulent filet mignons. They’re fork tender – like your love!

Looking for something more hearty? Try cooking some Beef Wellingtons. The flaky pastry crust gets me every time. I’m a sucker for this all-in-one meal. It’s delicious!

Now, if you are showering affection on a man this Valentine’s Day, statistics show (okay, my life experience, really) that a manly T-bone steak says, “I love you” like nothing else.

Seriously, the way to ANYONE’s heart is through the stomach!


February 9th, 2015

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Gift Boxed Steak Combo

Romantic gifts for men can be tricky.

But the simplest way to come up with a winner is to think, “What does he like?”

Sounds easy enough, right?

My hubby LOVES beef. A steak cooked on our backyard grill is probably the pinnacle for him.

So what are the top steak gifts men like for Valentine’s Day? Here are my suggestions:

  1. T-bone steaks. They’re hearty. And manly. And shaped like a heart!
  2. Porterhouse steaks. These babies are man-sized and so delicious.
  3. Kansas City strip steaks. You can’t go wrong with the meaty flavor of this cut. It’s my husband’s absolute favorite.

Try sending him a beautiful gift-boxed steak set. It’s sure to win his heart this Valentine’s Day.

And, if you’re lucky, he might even share with you!


February 6th, 2015

Steak Fry Toppings

Fries-recipes

Maybe you weren’t aware (as I wasn’t not too long ago), but steak fries can be the building block of a great meal.

Don’t believe me? It’s time to try Carne Asada Fries!

Diced carne asada, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream all on top of delicious, crispy fries. Oh, the flavors!!!

Or maybe Cheeseburger Steak Fries are more your speed?

Ground beef, cheese sauce, ketchup, mustard and all your cheeseburger topping favorites.

I mean, you were gonna eat fries with your cheeseburger anyway, right? Why not all at once?

And for the cheesesteak lover in us all, try Cheesesteak Fries.

Melted provolone over thinly sliced top sirloin, peppers, onions and fries? Where do I sign up?

Get creative with your own steak fry toppings and create a meal or an appetizer you never thought was possible!

 


February 4th, 2015

Homemade Soup Recipes

Steak Soup

Need something to really warm you up this time of year?

A good homemade soup will do the trick!

I like to make mine with different cuts of steak. Sirloin steak is especially good and holds up well in soup. And beef tenderloin tips are the perfect size for adding bite-sized bits of goodness to your creation.

This homemade soup recipe is exactly what I need right now.

Beef and Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb. package Beef Tenderloin Tips
2 onions, minced
4 cups fresh mushrooms, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 brandy or sherry
4 oz. dried shitake mushrooms
4 oz. dried morel mushrooms
3 cups, heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
6 cups beef stock
salt and pepper

Servings: 8

Directions: Bring six cups of water to a boil and pour over dried mushrooms. Let stand ten minutes. Strain mushrooms, chop and reserve liquid. In a heavy bottomed stock pot, sauté Beef Tenderloin Tips in butter, remove and reserve. Add onions and sauté. Add fresh mushrooms and cook for five minutes. Add garlic and cook for three more minutes. Add flour and cook for five minutes. Deglaze pan with brandy. Add stock a little at a time and until soup becomes smooth. Add reserved mushroom liquid and reduce by half. Puree soup in a blender or with a stick blender. Add beef, cream and reconstituted mushrooms and season to taste.

This recipe uses beef tenderloin tips and just thinking about this soup makes my mouth water!

Treat yourself and your family to a tummy-warming homemade soup!


February 2nd, 2015

Romantic Meal Ideas

Filet Mignon

February is a month to be romantic. We’ve got Valentine’s Day coming up and it’s still cold outside so it’s pretty conducive to snuggling!

But – man or woman – nothing says romance like a romantic dinner.

One of my all-time favorite romantic meals is a couple of filet mignons, whipped potatoes, side salad and a delicious red wine.

That’s a lighter option. If you want something hearty that’ll warm you both up, mouth-watering Beef Wellington is an excellent choice. And… as a bonus, this is a heat and serve gourmet meal. Just pop ‘em in the oven and serve on some lovely china! The flaky pastry crust makes this dish so unique!

Now, if you REALLY want to impress your sweetie, Chateaubriand is the way to go. A gorgeous roast simmering in the oven is one of my favorite aromas. It creates an ambience that’s so important for setting a romantic stage.

Plus, it’s tender and juicy, and, well, it’s French. It just seems more romantic if it’s French.

So, what will you feed your sweetheart? These romantic meals are in themselves a gesture of love. And that speaks volumes!


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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.

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