June 9th, 2008

Man. Beef. Period.


I found a new blog called “Man Life.” The tag line on the blog is “Just What it Sounds Like.”

So, Man Life believes beef is a priority.  It’s right up there with boxing, monster trucks and the General Lee (you know, the car from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”)

I enjoy reading things from a man’s point of view. Gives me some insight. But, really, they’re not that mysterious. Really.

So, BREAKING NEWS, a tasty cut of beef is pleasing to a man.

Thank you, Man Life. My eyes are open now!

Now, if you could just tell me why they leave their socks in the middle of the floor on a pretty regular basis but get really angry when a certain female’s hairspray bottle encroaches on their side of the bathroom counter — THAT WOULD BE A BREAKTHROUGH.

Check out Man Life’s hilarious take on what’s important in life here. I’ll whisper under my breath to you that I wholeheartedly agree with many of his priorities. I’ll let you guess which ones I think are hooey.

June 6th, 2008

Ode to a Steakburger


Here it goes . . .

Steakburger, steakburger you’re so true
Sittin’ there all juicy — I think I love you.

If I dip you in Teriyaki will you hold it against me?
If so, can I at least get you all salt and peppery?

Could I drape you in cheese and hug you tight?
And top you off with a bun just right?

If you let me do these things it’ll be a dream come true,
Cuz I haven’t eaten all day and it’s already 10:32!

All right, it kinda stinks but I’m really hungry . . .

Just look at that! How can you resist?

June 5th, 2008

Slice of Life (Or is it Beef?)


I went to visit my neighbors yesterday. And while the kids were jumping on the trampoline an amazing smell wafted out into the yard from their kitchen.

I went inside and asked Eddie what that magnificent smell was.

It was beef tenderloin with carmelized onions — the exact recipe I had posted here yesterday, only without the croissants. He used French bread.

Is it karma, is it coincidence, is it another force at work? Or just dumb luck.

I don’t know, but it was pretty cool. And it was darn good. I had already served my children a gourmet meal of Burger King but I did have a taste.

It was really flavorful. The onions made it so tasty.

And it was much more satisfying than the chicken strips “The King” had served me.

I’m thinking the forces at work were telling me I should have stayed home and made that recipe rather than letting my kids dupe me into going to BK so they could get an Indiana Jones toy.

But that is the glamorous life I live . . .

June 4th, 2008

Ooh La La!


I like steaks.

I like croissants.

Why not put them together?

This recipe from Epicurious.com uses beef tenderloin and a yummy carmelized onion and horseradish mixture. Heaven.


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared white horseradish

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, divided
3 1-inch-thick beef tenderloin steaks

3 medium onions, thinly sliced
8 ounces large shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps thinly sliced (about 5 cups) 1 cup beef broth

4 large croissants, halved horizontally, lightly toasted
2 cups arugula


Mix mayonnaise and horseradish in small bowl to blend.Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle tenderloin steaks with salt and pepper. Add steaks to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Using tongs, transfer steaks to work surface.

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until dark brown, about 25 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth; boil until juices are reduced to glaze, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Season onion mixture to taste with salt and pepper.

Place 1 croissant bottom, cut side up, on each of 4 plates. Spread each with horseradish mayonnaise and top with 1/2 cup arugula. Thinly slice steaks and divide among croissants. Top with onion mixture. Spread remaining mayonnaise on cut side of croissant tops. Place tops on sandwiches.

Check out the entire story on this delicious sandwich here.

June 3rd, 2008

One Historic Meal


During World War II, our soldiers had to endure many hardships. Just one of those trials was a lack of decent food.

In the trenches, they didn’t have the luxury of a full kitchen with a wide array of foods to choose from.

One exception to that was our marines who were onboard ships . . . about to land on the beach on D-Day.

An amazing breakfast was served that day when the men were awakened at 2 am to prepare for what lay ahead. It was a welcome surprise, but one that was met with trepidation by many. Why were they being fed like kings on this day?

Here is how one brave American described what he saw in the book D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan by Harold J. Goldberg: 

For Private First Class Marshall E. Harris of the 2nd Armored Amphibian Battalion, it was one of the best meals ever:  “Lo and behold, here was a great morning meal — sizzling steaks cooked to your liking, fried potatoes, eggs, bacon, ham and fresh milk, toast, butter, and juice of all kinds.”

For so many of our men, that truly was their last meal. It is so humbling to get a glimpse into what life was like on that day.  

It’s something no black-and-white snapshot or grainy film footage could convey.

Thank you to our soldiers who so bravely fought (and are still fighting) for us. You deserve every last morsel of the finest meal. 


To read more excerpts from Goldberg’s book, click here.

June 2nd, 2008

Take Comfort in Steak


So, there was an ACTUAL STUDY done on what foods people turn to for comfort. And the verdict is?

MEN WANT STEAK and women want cake.

It’s not surprising that men find the taste of a beefy steak comforting. Something that tastes good always makes us feel better, doesn’t it?

Women, we need to get on board. Wouldn’t it be better for us to drown our sorrows in a ribeye or filet mignon with all its rich protein than a slice of ooey gooey cake?

Our thighs might thank us afterwards, too. 

You can see the entire article here:



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