November 26th, 2010

Beefy Black Friday!


It’s Black Friday! It’s Black Friday!

Are you brave enough to get out there with the crowds? I’m not sure I am, but I am woman enough to jump online and take advantage of great deals happening now.

I HAVE to buy these things for the NEXT holiday, so why not save some cash while I’m at it? I just have to be quick.

So, I’m buying this baby


A gorgeous Chateaubriand for my holiday meal. I’ll freeze it and thaw it when I’m ready.

Then…I’m going to buy some of these to give as gifts…

Impressive gifts if I do say so myself. Filet mignon is always a winner. Who wouldn’t want to unwrap these?

So what are YOU doing this Black Friday? There are deals to be had out there!!!!! :)

November 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Turkey and pumpkin cheesecake. Oh. Yum.

What are you cooking for Thanksgiving? Or are you leaving the cooking to someone else? 😉

Either way, have a wonderful holiday!

November 24th, 2010

Steak Break


Apparently I was not the only one who had the bright idea to treat myself to steaks this past weekend.

I received a text from my mother with this photo attached and the word “Yum!” —

Great minds think alike. Especially if they have the same DNA.

So now we’re on to the great preparation for Turkey Day. It’s so close I can smell the prime rib and turkey now.

Do you have this whole week off or just Thursday? Or do you even have Thursday off?

My kids have this whole week off of school and that makes for an interesting dynamic. We will alternate between the extreme highs of laughter and togetherness and, well, some trying moments. They’re boys, they’re younger than 10 and that’s often a recipe for disaster.

Whatever YOUR plans for Thanksgiving are, I know we’ll all remember the things – and people – to be thankful for. That’s what it’s all about!

November 19th, 2010

Taking Care of Myself…With Beef


So, I’ve been running myself ragged. Kids. Work. Trying to be a good citizen and neighbor. Marriage. Recycling.

(That last one was just to see if you were paying attention.)

And in my haste to do all those things I left something off my list — me.

This weekend, before the Thanksgiving hullaballoo of traveling and shopping and cooking and writing down all the things to be thankful for, I am going to be treated to a most special meal.

A steak grilled with love. Plus a baked potato just the way I like it. And salad. And wine. Lots of wine.

My husband is going to put on his gloves, grab that spatula and grill the heck outta my ribeye steak.

That’s how much he loves me.

Come to think of it, I don’t really have to write down all I’m thankful for. It’s already in my head.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

November 18th, 2010

Beefy Thanksgiving


Can you believe how close we are to Thanksgiving?

Are you a “Turkey All the Way” family or is there something a little less traditional on your menu?

We like a gorgeous prime rib roast. It’s so visually beautiful and it makes people feel special. Really good meat does that.

Of course, there are the purists in our family who think they cannot get through a Thanksgiving Day without the annual dose of tryptophan. So, a turkey is also served.

But for us adventurous ones, prime rib goes a long way.

And then….have you ever had a leftover prime rib roast sandwich on Black Friday while overdosing on football?


Spice it up a little this Thanksgiving! There’s something to be thankful for. :)

November 16th, 2010

Steak Pizziola!


Oh, the joys of beef in the chilly months of the year. It warms the soul and fills the tummy. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s something different to try — Steak Pizziola.

Steak! Tomatoes! Peppers! Mozzarella!

The smells absolutely envelop the kitchen. If you are in need of some kisses and accolades, this is the dish to try.

Click here for the recipe at Tony’s Table. You won’t be sorry!

November 12th, 2010

Steak. Broiled Steak.


You know you want it.

It’s calling out to you.

“It’s the weekend,” the steak says. “You can’t get through it without me.”

“But it’s cold outside and it’s November and I’m tired and football will be on,” you say.

“Exactly,” says the steak. “You need me. Just put me in the broiler. Piece of cake.”

“All right,” you say. “But if you’re high maintenance, so help me…”

“You won’t regret it. Seriously,” steak says. “Have I ever steered you wrong?”

As if in a trance, you walk to the freezer to defrost some strip steaks.

Now that the steak has convinced you to give it a try and you’ve gotten over the fact that you just had a conversation with a steak and it used the word “steer,” you might need some instructions.

Here’s an amazing recipe for broiled steak with garlic and mustard. Mmmmmm.

It calls for Kansas City strips, so give your taste buds a Kansas City treat this weekend.

Photo courtesy of

November 11th, 2010

Steaky Spelling Lesson


Thought For the Day:  I’m thinking if you’re going to go to all the trouble to print something up to sell on, you might want to run a Spell Check first.

Do not ASSUME because there are only a few words on the item that you have checked your work.

Case in point…

Now, I have certainly made my share of mistakes. And I will continue to do so. BUT……….could this person’s significant other not have mentioned the glaring error on this item for sale?

Did they perhaps take out a second mortgage so that they could print these creations and make their fortune? Might it not behoove them to proofread?

Was there no system of checks and balances in place before this item hit the marketplace?

Okay, I’m stepping off my steakbox, er, soapbox now.

What do you think? Would you buy something with a misspelled word on it?

It DOES have a photo of a steak on it. It’s got that going for it.

Photo courtesy of

November 9th, 2010

Fall Luncheon – Steak Salad


So, the fall season is coming to a close. I can’t believe it.

Here’s one last autumnal hurrah to rejoice in this gorgeous season of reds, oranges, browns and greens.

This fall luncheon is quick and easy — just what I like! And this steak salad is great left over also. Bonus!

Order your sirloin steak from here for best results!

And click here for the full recipe and details. Bon appetit!

Photo courtesy of

November 5th, 2010

A Steak Men Love


Our friends at claim that men LOVE this steak. How do we prove that?

Well, if you’re a man, try it. If you’re a woman, find a man and ask him to try it.

It’ll be fun either way, right?

Here’s what they say:

“If you are looking for a special steak for your sweetie, look no further. This takes less than thirty minutes from start to finish; less if you choose to broil instead of BBQ. Flavorful and easy, this steak is tough to beat. I serve this with brown gravy and serve sourdough bread or rolls. If you’re really hungry, crumble some additional bacon and add a baked potato. Add candles and a bottle of full bodied red wine (like a cabernet from the Alexander Valley) for a romantic evening.”

Click here for all the details on this scrumptious ribeye with bell peppers, mushrooms and bleu cheese.

Hey, I’m not a man, but I think I’ll love this, too. What does that mean?

I think it just means I’m hungry.

Let me know what you think, men!

Photo and excerpt courtesy of

November 4th, 2010

Sweet Tomato Beef


Simply beautiful.

Sweet. Tangy. Smooth. Crunchy. It’s all in there.

This beef in a sweet tomato sauce with sugar snap peas is a wonderful, quick meal for those nights when you’re short on time – but long on hunger.

And I don’t know about you, but I seem to crave beefy meals even more in the cold months. Hearty, satisfying meals are always on my winter menu.

Check out the full recipe here and don’t forget to pair this with the steamed jasmine rice Jackie suggests.


Photo courtesy of

November 2nd, 2010

Enjoy Your Barbecue, San Francisco!


The San Francisco Giants claimed the World Series as their own last night and as the bet goes, their mayor will receive a heapin’ mess of Texas barbecue.

The friendly wager between Arlington’s mayor and Frisco’s mayor has turned out to be quite the prize for the city by the bay.

Doesn’t that brisket look gorgeous? Pure beefy, smoky goodness. Makes you wonder if those Giants players were thinking of THIS as they were beating up on the Rangers.

Eat up, Mr. Newsom! You and your city deserve it!

Well played, sir. Well played.

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