July 27th, 2015

What Is a Kansas City Strip?

Kansas City Strip

You may have heard the Kansas City Strip Steak referred to as a New York Strip.

They are the same.

Folklore goes that a fancy chef in NYC felt the need to rename the KC Strip the NY Strip. But, hey, who was the original?

It’s all the same as far as types of steak goes.

A Kansas City Strip Steak comes from the short loin. It’s thick and juicy and can be ordered bone-in or boneless.

Grilling is the best cooking method, but when you’re cooking at home YOU choose how you want to prepare it. Broil it, grill it, pan fry – however you like!

But don’t cook your steaks too long. It’ll remove that delicious juicy flavor that comes from the pink center.

Thinking of cooking some KC Strips this weekend? Fire up the grill and enjoy!

Just remember where they’re from.

July 24th, 2015

10 Signs You’re a Steak Enthusiast

Grilled Steak

You’re grilling steaks at a neighbor’s house.

He’s pressing down on the steaks, letting all the juice run off the steaks and into the coals.

You’re cringing and squelching the desire to grab the spatula out of his hands and do those steaks right.

But you resist. He’s a neighbor, after all. And you’ve gotta live near him.

Grilling steak is your “thing” and everybody knows it. Someone needs a rockin’ steak recipe and they come to you because you know what you’re doing.

You just might be a “steak enthusiast.”

So what is a steak enthusiast? Here’s a check list that just might describe you:

  1. You care about your steaks.
  2. You study the best methods of cooking steak.
  3. You choose quality meat.
  4. You know the difference between a filet mignon and a ribeye.
  5. You know which cooking method works best for each cut.
  6. You DO NOT press down on the steaks with your spatula.
  7. You understand seasoning.
  8. You know to let your steaks rest before serving.
  9. People talk about your steaks.
  10. You daydream about the next time you’re going to cook some steaks.

So, do you think you’re a steak enthusiast?

You’re reading this blog, aren’t you? I’d say that’s an excellent start!!!

July 22nd, 2015

Hot Dog Topping Recipes

All-Beef Hot Dog

It’s hot and it’s time to cook some hot dogs on the grill!

All beef hot dogs are an All-American treat and now’s the time to try out some new hot dog recipes.

So how do you make a hot dog stand out?

Why, hot dog toppings, of course!

How do you spruce up a hot dog with toppings?

First, there are the go-to toppings like sauerkraut, chili, cheese, chili cheese, relish, ketchup, mustard and the like.

But how about some unusual toppings like bacon or corn chips or chocolate sauce?

Yes, chocolate sauce!

Anchovies, pineapple and chicken are other noteworthy toppings that just might make you smile.

Or how about sausage, ground beef, barbecue sauce or crushed tortilla chips?

Hey, I didn’t say they were going to be gourmet items, did I?

Vegetables are a good option to try to bring some crunch into the mix. Try cucumbers, shaved carrots or shredded lettuce for some variety.

What are some hot dog toppings YOU might try? Let me know!


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About Me

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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