March 26th, 2008

Brush Up on Your Grillin’ Skillz

Since we are now officially in grilling season (hallelujah!) I think it’s best to review some of the basics of grilling a great steak.

From choosing your cut of meat to making sure that yummy steak is actually cooked inside (hello, meat thermometer) this article  from makes it all clear.

Catch up on your techniques with this article, then click here to begin your own fabulous, meaty adventure!

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March 25th, 2008

A Taste of the Old Country

I am an Italian food junkie. Are you?

If so, you’ll like this recipe using Kansas City Strips, extra virgin olive oil and rustic Italian bread.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


Steak Florentine
(Serves 4)

4 10 oz. K.C. Strip Steaks
4 Lemons
Four slices rustic Italian bread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil of excellent quality
Sea Salt of excellent quality
Ground Black Pepper

Season both sides of the strips with salt and pepper and grill over high heat, to medium.  About six minutes per side, rotating a quarter turn every three minutes to create the cross-hatch grill marks.  While the steaks are cooking, grill the bread until toasted on both sides and set aside.  Slice the lemons, discarding the ends, leaving three thick slices per steak, grill these these until you get nice grill marks on each side, about two minutes.  Remove the steaks from the grill and let rest five minutes.  Slice each steak with your knife at a 45 degree angle from the cutting board and fan the steak on top of the crusty bread.  Sprinkle the sea salt onto the meat and drizzle with the olive oil.  Squeeze three lemon slices on top of each steak and place the lemon on top as garnish and serve.

March 24th, 2008

Hopping Down the Foodie Trail

Did the Easter Bunny come to your house?

He came to mine. Well, sorta.

We went to visit family and Bunny came to our hotel room.

Try selling that one to your kids. They did somehow buy that the Easter Bunny knocked on our door in the middle of the night and my husband and I let him in carrying baskets full of Star Wars and Spider-Man stuff.

It’s believable, right?

Anyway, it was a lovely weekend with egg hunts, nice weather, pleasant conversation and great food.

Over the span of two days we managed to feast on hickory-smoked ribs, steakburgers and a prime rib roast.

I think our get-together was just an excuse for my brother-in-law to do some big-time cooking. He’s fantastic! He had the grill, the oven AND the smoker going the whole time.

They have a new baby who got lots of kisses and did lots of sleeping.

Hey, that’s what the holidays are all about.

Hope your weekend was fabulous, too!

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