September 30th, 2014

Fall Soup Serving Suggestions

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It’s soup and stew time of year – hooray!

So you’ve got your hearty bowl of goodness – beef stew, steak soup – but what do you serve WITH it?

Here are my ideal soup and stew sides…

1. Good ole grilled cheese sandwich. Oh, I can taste the melted cheese right now.

2. Delicious, nutritious salad. The perfect accompaniment.

3. A second serving of soup/stew! ‘Nuff said.

4. Fresh bread. You know, for dipping.

5. Panini sandwich. Delish!

Okay, those are my top 5 fall soup and stew serving suggestions to get your taste buds going this fall. What are yours?

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September 26th, 2014

Fall Beef Casseroles

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It’s casserole time of year!

The weather starts to turn and our minds begin to turn to foods that bring warmth.

To celebrate the season, Southern Living has put together a tasty list of 7 beef casseroles to warm your heart and your belly.

Most use ground beef in these amazing recipes like beefy lasagna, chili hash brown bake and the classic shepherd’s pie.

Take a look at all 7 and try them out this fall. They’ll put a smile on your face and pep in your step – even when there’s a nip in the air!

Happy casseroling!

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September 25th, 2014

Steak + Kale and Spinach Recipes

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Fall flavors are upon us!

Colorful spinach and kale are especially delicious at this time of year.

Know what’s delicious all year long?

Of course, you guessed it — steak!

And steak with spinach and/or kale is a bountiful autumnal treat.

Pair the creamed spinach dish above with any steak (may I suggest a ribeye?) and you’ll find yourself in dinnertime nirvana.

Or try this squash and kale salad with mustard vinaigrette recipe. Add some flank steak or petite diced sirloin on top and you’ve got yourself a MEAL!

Gorgeous autumn dishes are not to be missed so experiment with your own combinations of fall flavors, colors and textures. This season is the perfect setting for satisfying, beautiful meals!

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September 23rd, 2014

Fall Ingredients – Best Mushrooms for Steak

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Beautiful fall! It’s here and it’s time to take advantage of all of fall’s bounty.

Mushrooms are a great start! So what are the best mushrooms to accompany a beautiful steak?

Shiitake. Served with flank steak, their smoky taste really enhances the flavor in the beef.

Portobello. This is a very common steak accompaniment because they have a very similar taste to steak. A top sirloin steak is perfect prepared in a skillet with the mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms. These mushrooms are a wonderful addition to a pepper steak dish. They’re very peppery and add delicious flavor.

The time is right so have fun playing with your own version of mushrooms and steak this fall!

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September 19th, 2014

Summertime Salmon

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Seafood is a delicious summer treat.

And since we only have one more weekend of this beautiful season, why not try some light and tasty salmon recipes?

This sweet chili salmon (above) I absolutely LOVE! It’s marinated in the goodness of a sweet chili sauce for that just right flavor combo.

Wanna dip your salmon in something tasty? Try this outstanding tartar sauce recipe. It’ll knock your socks off!

You can also walk on the wild side and try a trio of seafood favorites – all at the same time: salmon, jumbo shrimp and crabcakes. It’s a seafood smorgasbord!

Soak in the flavors of summer this weekend, friends, it’s the last of the year!!!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 17th, 2014

Summertime Favorites

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Oh, those beautiful summer days!

They’re coming to a close. But we still have a few days to savor the tastes of wonderful, glorious summer.

My summertime favorites?

Anything light and easy.

A fresh chicken breast on the grill. A little lemon juice and some greens and I’m a happy gal.

Burgers! Adding avocado at this time of year is so refreshing and delicious.

Grilled tenderloin salad. Try this one with peaches, pecans and limes. It looks, tastes and smells like summer.

And finally … steaks! A ribeye is my fave any time of year. Just sitting outside in the summer sun, smelling the aroma of a steak on the grill puts me in my happy place fast.

How about you? What are your summertime classics? Time is running out!

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September 16th, 2014

Prime Beef Guide

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USDA Prime beef is the top 1-2% of all cuts. So you know the quality is outstanding.

With beef like this, you’ve got to take special care to cook it so it preserves all the wonderful things that make it Prime – flavor, marbling and more. It’s the beef they serve in high-end steakhouses. But you can cook it at home and get the same experience.

Check out this Prime beef video (scroll down on the page) with excellent tips on how to perfectly cook your Prime beef plus all the wonderful reasons WHY Prime beef is so delicious.

You’ll hear tips like proper thawing and where to find the best seasoning advice.

Treat yourself to some amazing Prime steaks soon – right now, for a limited time, you can enjoy free shipping on them as well. Check it out!

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September 12th, 2014

Cooking at Summer’s End

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It’s time to make all those light and wonderful dishes that make summer so amazing – before the weather changes.

Here’s a list with recipes of some perfect “farewell summer” meals. Enjoy!

1. Caribbean Beef Tip Salad with Mango Vinaigrette. Talk about a sunny dish! Delish!

2. Grilled Tenderloin with Avocado Burre Blanc. Avocado SCREAMS summer!

3. Moroccan Pita with Couscous Salad and Mint-Parsley Yogurt Sauce. Refreshing!

4. Chipotle-Citrus Marinated Chicken Breasts with Grilled Tortillas and Avocado Salsa. Soak it in! 

5. This.

6. And this!

7. A beautiful filet mignon. Need I say more?

8. Beef kabobs. Oh yeah!

9. Jack & Coke Marinade. Send the summer off in style!

10. Lemon Herbed Top Sirloin. Nothing says “summer” like citrus!

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September 11th, 2014

End of Summer Grilling Tips

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Summer is coming to a close. It’s sad, but it doesn’t mean grilling has to stop!

On the contrary.

Keep those burgers, steaks, hot dogs, kabobs and whatever else you can dream up coming!

But there are a few things we’ve got to do to prepare for the coming fall grilling season.

1. Clean the grill. You might not grill as often as you did in the summer. So start off the season with a good cleaning. The grill might sit for a longer period of time so let it sit clean.

2. Cover the grill. We’ll get some chilly nights (and days) ahead so cover up that grill so it stays safe – and leaf-free!

3. Make sure all knobs are on the OFF position. Seems simple, but in our haste sometimes we forget one or more of the burners when we’re finished. THAT would be a disaster if left for a while so double and triple check.

4. Shift to fall recipes! Searing a roast on the grill before letting it slow cook is oh so amazing! Check out more recipe ideas here.

5. Don’t forget to continue to invite lots of friends and family over to grill. Body heat will keep you warm when the temperatures start to go down! :)

Happy continued grilling!


September 9th, 2014

Tailgating Across America

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Following your team around the country?

Well, even if you’re just doing it on the TV, you can pretend you’re there by tailgating with delicious dishes from the opposing team’s hometown!

A “Tailgating Across America,” if you will.

Playing a Philadelphia area team? Whoop it up with some hunger-busting Philly cheesesteaks!

New York bound? Gotta sample a NY hot dog, of course!

Midwest beef is primo, so don’t miss out on a perfectly grilled KC strip steak when tailgating in Kansas City or surrounding areas. Even if you’re “tailgating” in your living room.

Have fun playing with the various foodie themes in this tailgating trek around the U.S. Just don’t forget the napkins.

I can see you drooling already! :)

USA! USA!

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September 5th, 2014

Game Day Grilling Gear

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Your favorite team is suiting out and gearing up for game day — and you should, too!

Get your gear and your grill ready to feed the hungry crowd that will gather to root them on.

First, you need to LOOK the part.

You’ve gotta get your oversized chef hat on so when you’re at the grill people know you mean business.

Then, make sure you have all the proper grilling utensils clean and ready. A grillmaster has got to have his tools.

Most of all, you’ve got to select the right meat for the job. Whether you’re doing beef tip appetizers, nice steaks or burgers and hot dogs — the quality (and quantity) of meat on hand is essential.

Your team deserves only the best … and why go to all the trouble of suiting out and cooking up a storm if the meat is subpar?

Start here for tailgating essentials and then check out these premium steaks and these appetizer ideas.

They should create a tailgating or game-watching party that’s sure to be a winner every time!

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September 3rd, 2014

Tailgating Recipes

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Looking to spice it up at your next tailgate gathering?

Use some recipes with some ZING to change it up before the big game. Try these on for size…

PICO BURGER. A little pico de gallo and avocado on a brioche bun makes it better than just a burger!

BARBECUE SAUCE. Try this recipe for ribs, burgers, brisket — anything!

BBQ BEEF BURNT ENDS. Just heat and eat these deliciously tender bite-sized smoked brisket pieces.

Peruse more fantastic recipes for tailgating here. Then check out these tailgating favorites like steaks, hot dogs, beef tenderloin tips and more!

Go team!

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September 2nd, 2014

Tailgating 101

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Football season is in full effect and baseball is still going on. It’s officially tailgating season!

You know all about bringing folding chairs, your favorite drinks – maybe a huge TV – but what about food?

What’s the best food to bring on a tailgating adventure?

First of all, it needs to be simple, easy and easy to serve.

Anything you can prepare on a portable grill is ideal. Some of my faves are steaks, all-beef hot dogs, burgers, beef kabobs and these tailgating beauties.

Basically, BEEF is the name of the game.

Want to be more adventurous? Check out these tailgating favorites and try some ribs, a brisket or even sandwich steaks.

Visit here for more tailgating ideas. The main thing is you want FLAVOR and FUEL to push your team onto that big win.

Have fun and tailgate on, friends!


August 29th, 2014

5 Easy Back-To-School Night Meals

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The kids are back in school and the schedules and time crunch is back!

We need meals that are nourishing and delicious, but also hassle-free. That’s why I LOVE these Heat & Serve Gourmet dinners. You literally heat, then serve them!

Here are 5 easy ways to make weeknight dinnertime a wonderful experience:

1. Brisket with twice-baked potatoes. The meat is already sliced and sauced. Put it in the oven (the potatoes, too) and voila!

2. Hickory-smoked ham and mashed potatoes with porcini mushrooms. Delicious and different. This meal is a hit!

3. Chicken Spiedini. A new twist on a mealtime favorite – chicken! This Italian dish is so savory your family will devour it. Serve with your favorite noodles.

4. Cold Water Lobster Tails. Did they ace the test? Break out this seafood favorite! You can grill, bake or boil them. Whichever way you choose, it’s simple! Try with creamed spinach.

5. Beef Wellington. Put it in the oven and you have a gourmet meal that is rich and flavorful. Green beans in a mushroom cream sauce are an excellent accompaniment!

May all your school nights be stress free – or at least the ones when you take it easy on yourself and serve these meals!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 27th, 2014

Labor Day Grilling Hacks

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Wanna take the “labor” out of Labor Day grilling?

Try these tips to make your holiday grilling run smoothly!

1. Check out these “Top 10 Steak Grilling Tips” from a real-live chef. Advice like “season early” seems simple enough, but if it’s skipped it could lead to some sad steaks.

2. Sometimes seeing is believing. Watch these videos for step-by-step instructions for your specific meal. Whether you’re grilling a ribeye, a Chateaubriand or going all out with some Wagyu Kobe beef, you’re covered with these videos.

3. Brush up on your thawing skills here. Should you leave your frozen meat out in the hot sun to get it ready for the grill? Find out here!

4. Need some recipe inspiration for your Labor Day grilling extravaganza? You’re sure to find something you’ll want to try in this list of amazing recipes.

5. Find the perfect wine to go with your grilled perfection with this wine pairing chart. I like charts ’cause they do all the hard work for me!

6. Wanna know how long you should grill a specific steak cut on each side for that perfect taste? Well, speaking of charts, we’ve got one for that!

7. And not only do we have a chart for that, we’ve got an app for that, too!

Now you’re all set to hit it out of the park (or at least onto the grill) this Labor Day!

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