May 25th, 2015

Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes

Sunny barbecues in the backyard – my happy place! And Memorial Day is the quintessential “barbecue in the backyard” day.

It’s almost upon us, so let’s get our ducks in a row and plan some amazing meals out on the patio with these delicious Memorial Day recipes!

Steaks are first up on my list. But the long, leisurely weekend gives us a bit more time to explore something new so why not go for this Memorial Day recipe for Grilled Kansas City Strip Steak and Blue Cheese Mashers? While you’re grilling steak, get your helpers to dive into making the mashers. Everybody wins!

For us, burgers are ALWAYS on the sunny holiday menu. This time, we’re going to mix it up a bit with this Tropical Burger recipe. Pineapple and mango chutney will make you feel like you’re in the tropics!

It’s a long weekend, right?

Serve it with this Fresh Cilantro Picnic Salad – perfect for a group of hungry holidaymakers!

Enjoy good food and relaxation this Memorial Day weekend – I know I will!


May 22nd, 2015

Memorial Day Must Haves

Memorial Day Tbones, Filet Mignon, Kansas City Strip Steaks and Chicken Breasts

Soon enough Memorial Day will be upon us. It’s time to honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and enjoy some family time.

And family time ALWAYS includes food. It’s just a given.

My Memorial Day feast absolutely must include steaks, steakburgers, all-beef hot dogs and brats.

People will revolt if not.

But the variety of steaks is where I can get creative. I like to serve an array of meats from Filet Mignon and Kansas City Strip Steak to Wagyu Beef. Who could complain about that?

In my backyard, there’s always something for everyone. And that means everybody’s happy.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a holiday!


May 20th, 2015

Ribeye Cooking Tips

Ribeye Cooking Tips

My absolute favorite steak is the ribeye. It’s meaty, it’s loaded with flavor and I crave it.

High heat and quick grilling is the best method for these yummy steaks. You can check out more cut-specific cooking tips here. The ribeye deserves respect and attention so I always give it what it deserves – you know, before I devour it.

You can do the same. Try this amazing Grilled Ribeyes w/Chipotle Lime Paste and Flavored Butter recipe. This is a great enhancement to the flavor of the cut and it’s absolutely delicious! Respect the meat!

Ribeyes are special. And when you’ve got the right process and the right recipe, grilling steak has never been so fun!

Grilled Ribeyes w/Chipotle Lime Paste and Flavored Butter

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. minced chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
1/2 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup softened butter
4 (1″ thick) Ribeye Steaks
lime wedges

Directions: Heat a small skillet over medium heat. When hot, add oil, coriander and cumin; cook until spices sizzle. Add chipotles, limeade, salt and cilantro; simmer (uncovered) until reduced to a thick paste about 3 to 4 minutes. Cool. Remove 2 teaspoons paste and stir into softened butter. Place on plastic wrap and form into a 1/2″ thick square. Cover and place in freezer until needed. Rub remaining paste into both sides of Ribeyes Steaks; place in gallon-sized zipbags (2 steaks per bag) and seal, forcing air out of bags. Refrigerate for 4 hours, turning bags occasionally. Remove bags from refrigerator 1/2 hour before grilling and keep at room temperature. Place steaks on hot grill and sear both sides; reduce heat slightly ( or raise grill rack for charcoal) and cook until desired doneness, turning once. Remove butter square from freezer and cut into 4 equal parts. Top each steak with a flavored butter pat and garnish with lime wedges.

Servings: 4

Source: The Kansas City Steak Company


May 18th, 2015

Championship Brisket Rub Recipes

Championship Brisket

Beautiful weather gives me the energy to experiment with new recipes and try new things.

Those sunny skies make me want to share a good old fashioned Kansas City brisket with friends and neighbors. This Championship Brisket is the perfect canvas on which to bring out my artistic flair.

When I buy brisket I intend to personalize it with something like a traditional Kansas City dry rub (like this delicious Kansas City Rub recipe) or maybe even something spicy like this recipe for Barbeque Rub that includes cayenne pepper and chili powder.

While the Kansas City Rub features dry mustard and ground cumin, there’s a special rub I really adore called Rubbed the Right Way. It calls for brown sugar (delish!), basil, oregano and lots of other great seasonings. It’s a fantastic combo of flavors that really brings out the natural flavor of the brisket.

Ready to try your own? Check out more brisket rub inspiration here and enjoy!


May 15th, 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It happens every year.

We just celebrated Mom, and now it’s time to start thinking about dear old Dad.

He deserves the best and good food gets it right every time!

Here are my top picks for Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to be winners:

1. The Big Daddy Combo. It’s got the name built right in! And it’s filled with T-bone Steaks, Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon and Kansas City Strip Steaks. Delicious!

Filet Mignon, T-Bones, Kansas City Strip Steaks

2. Monthly Gift Clubs. Give the gift that keeps on giving. Choose from 3-, 6- or 12-month gifts and keep those steaks coming. Dad likes Porterhouse Steak? Choose those. T-bone Steak? Strip Steak? Choose those. Customize it just for him.

12 Month Favorites Gift Club

3. Steak Gift Cards. Want Dad to pick his own goodies? No problem! Just give him a gift card and he can pick out his favorite steaks, desserts and more.

Gift Card

Choose one of these ideas and you can check spoiling Dad off your list this Father’s Day!


May 13th, 2015

Terrific Tailgate Ideas

Burgers on Board

Okay, I’m competitive.

And when I’m tailgating I want my tailgate experience to be better than the guy next to me.

I want to be the queen of the parking lot.

But you can have the greatest décor, fancy plates, perfect music –if your food doesn’t stand out you don’t stand a chance.

So….

I always have steakburgers and all-beef hot dogs. People love ‘em, kids love ‘em and they’re mainstays. But I like to keep it fresh with maybe some Top Sirloin sandwich steaks. You know, just to keep people on their toes. Expect the unexpected.

Then, I might offer some Wagyu steak. There’s no rule that says tailgating has to be low brow. Give the people what they want!

So while I’m grilling steak I like to glance over at people with their scary sausages and plastic cheese. Maybe they’ll take a page outta my book next time and really get serious.

Hey, a terrific tailgate is all about the food!


May 11th, 2015

Finishing Touches – Delicious Steak Butters

Sliced Filet Mignon with Butter

A finishing butter brings the taste of a fine steakhouse right to your backyard!

All you have to do is choose your favorite flavor (like blue cheese, sea salt and pepper, roasted garlic, honey orange, Scampi, Tuscan herb or black truffle) and place a dollop on your still sizzling steak right off the grill!

Grilling steak will never be the same again.

The smell! It’s to die for. And it adds a flavor pop that only steak butter can.

All your backyard barbecue guests can choose their favorite finishing butter and customize their own steak with whichever flavor speaks to them.

You will be the talk of the neighborhood. In a good way.

Try it this spring and your steaks will be sizzling with finishing butter all summer long, too!


May 8th, 2015

Burger Recipes

Gourmet Burger

Spring is a time for cooking up a bunch of steaks and burgers – steakburgers, that is.

We’ve all got our favorite burger recipes, but why not take this time to explore some new options? You might just find a new favorite!

Interested in trying some new flavors? How about this recipe for Honey-Mustard Dipped Steakburgers with Apple Relish! Your taste buds will dance with this one.

An Inside Out Burger puts a new twist on flavor infusing your burger. It involves cutting the burger in half horizontally and adding ingredients, then placing the other burger half back on top.

Want more burger recipe inspiration? Scan to your heart’s content and you’re sure to find a winner!

 


May 6th, 2015

How To Build the Best Burger

Classic Steakburger with Cheese Sauce

The best burgers start with one thing: top quality meat.

I prefer burgers made from steaks – steakburgers using ground steak beef. For a real treat, try American Wagyu beef. It’s a delicacy that’s a bit more expensive, but worth the expense. This beef is tender and flavorful and a great starting point for a burger with endless possibilities.

Also known as Kobe beef, THIS is the basis for a steakburger you won’t forget.

From this point on, the rest is up to your own personal preferences: cheese or no cheese? Vidalia onions? Bacon? Blue cheese? Wheat bun?

The ideas just keep coming. But remember, if the beef itself is sub-par, there’s really no hope for greatness after that.

Check out these fantastic burger ideas and build a burger you’ll keep coming back to!


May 4th, 2015

Mother’s Day Recipes

Beef Wellington

Do you like to go all out and pamper your mom on her special day? How about cooking something delicious she’ll love this Mother’s Day?

Enjoy perusing these recipes to find her favorite dishes.

You can never go wrong with steaksfilet mignon is a mom favorite. Try these delicious filet recipes like Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon. Then add some delicious Twice Baked Potatoes and you’re on your way to a complete meal she’ll adore.

Beef Wellington is a filet-based entrée that’s tucked away in a flaky crust. Try this Beef Wellington recipe for a real treat! A bonus to all this cooking? YOU get to enjoy it, too!

Have fun showing Mom all the love she deserves this Mother’s Day!


May 1st, 2015

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Gift Boxed Filet Mignon

It’s almost time to celebrate Mom!

And how better to honor her than by making her life easier? Feed her!

Hey, she’s fed you for all these years, it’s time to return the favor. And not with just any old meal.

Mom deserves filet mignon.

That’s right.

Present her with steaks that are butter tender. Perhaps beautifully gift boxed.

Then cook them for her.

And clean up.

She won’t know what hit her. And you’ll be in her good graces for months to come.

See, friends, my Mother’s Day Gift Guide consists of one item: steak.

That’s all it takes to show her how much you love and appreciate her. Simple!


April 29th, 2015

Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Jumbo Shrimp

Seafood in the spring is always a fun, fresh alternative that’s light and delicious.

If you’re a shrimp lover you’ll adore this recipe for Shrimp Scampi that’s oh, so flavorful.

I just love the garlicky scampi and the citrus garnish. Makes it so refreshing!

Ingredients:
18 Jumbo Shrimp
1/4 cup butter
4 tbsp. garlic, minced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp. lemon juice, fresh
8 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Rinse Jumbo Shrimp and set aside. Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic 1-2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add shrimp, green onions, wine and lemon juice. Cook until shrimp are pink and firm – 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Add chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs.

Servings: 6

Source: The Kansas City Steak Company


April 27th, 2015

Primo Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Prime Rib Roast

It’s finally time to get outdoors!

If you’re like me, you’re firing up the grill every chance you get. Preparing great food while enjoying the great outdoors is a one-two punch of happiness for me.

How about mixing it up with this Grilled, Smoked Prime Rib recipe that takes a traditionally inside meal – outside!

Ingredients:
1 (5 lb.) Prime Rib Roast
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. sage
salt and pepper
wood chips for smoking, such as hickory, apple or cherry

Directions: Combine the spices and garlic in a bowl with the garlic, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Coat the Prime Rib Roast heavily and evenly and set aside until the coals are ready. Get coals ready for grilling and soak wood chips in water, wine or apple juice for smoking. When the coals are extremely hot, sear the roast over the hottest part of the grill evenly on all sides. Add the wood chips and move to the coolest part of the grill. In a flat smoker, this is farther from the firebox. In a column smoker, this is higher up from the coals. The ideal smoker heat and time is 300 degrees for two hours.

If you don’t have a thermometer on your smoker, continue checking the coals and wood chips. Use a meat thermometer until your roast has an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Remove from the smoker and let rest thirty minutes before slicing.

Servings: 6 to 8

Source: The Kansas City Steak Company

Want more ideas on how to incorporate a rib roast into your springtime cooking? Check out these prime rib roast recipe ideas and cook up something great!


April 24th, 2015

Spring Grilling Ideas

Steak is perfect at any time of year. And spring is no different.

But there’s so much more we can do in addition to grilling steaks. Springtime is a time to mix it up a bit. Create some dishes you’ve been craving all winter.

Go for some tenderloin tips and grill some killer beef kabobs. Steaks on a stick, I like to call them.

Steak Kabobs

Try some skirt steak and make a great, fresh steak salad with all your favorite veggies.

Strip Steak Salad

Create some beautiful steak pinwheels and roll your beef in fresh dough for a treat that’s as tasty as it is beautiful!

The sun is out and it’s time for some creative spring grilling! What are you going to try?


April 22nd, 2015

The Best Way to Grill a Steak

Filet Mignon on Grill

When you learned how to grill steak, no doubt you just covered the basics.

That’s what we all do in the beginning.

But now that you’re a bona fide steak aficionado, we’ve got to step up our technique a bit.

People are counting on you.

Grilling steaks is an artform. But like all art, there are some guidelines to follow, then you can put your own artistic flair on it.

Watch this steak grilling video for some great chef advice on the best way to grill a steak.

Then, use this handy dandy steak grilling chart for guidelines on how to achieve the doneness you desire for the cut you choose.

Check these steak cooking tips out for cut-specific tips. Yes, each cut has its own set of rules.

See? There’s so much to consider. It’s more than just flipping meat on a grill! But follow advice from chefs who know and you’ll have the greatest tasting steaks around!

 


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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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