December 31st, 2010

Beef Bowl is My Kinda Bowl Game

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Football players and steak. They just go together.

And the Rose Bowl competitors get to participate in an additional Bowl game every year that combines those two — the Beef Bowl. It’s sharing some amazing prime rib with teammates and getting ready for a highly competitive, important game. It’s camraderie and good food.

It’s really, really cool.

Here’s how the LA Times describes it:

For the last five decades, the participating teams have taken part in the ‘Beef Bowl’ at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. The restaurant says it’s fed more than 75,000 pounds of beef to about 19,000 players and coaches.

I’ve decided that since I do not – nor will I ever – qualify to participate in the Beef Bowl, I will just have to replicate it for myself at home.

In fact, to celebrate the new year tonight, we’re going to cook up some steaks, rub elbows with friends and just talk. Sounds just like the Beef Bowl to me.

You can read all about the 2010 Beef Bowl here.

And Happy New Year, everybody! May 2011 be filled with good food and great experiences!

Photo courtesy of Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

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December 29th, 2010

Traditional New Year Recipe: Scottish Steak Pie

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In Scotland, “Hogmanay” is an important festival celebrated on New Year’s Eve. And, of course, as with all festivals, there is FOOD!

This Scottish Steak Pie is a traditional favorite used to welcome in the new year. It’s got beef, beef sausages and onions cooked in beef stock and baked into a puff pastry.

For me, ‘nuf said.

Here’s the full recipe so you can wow your friends with this Scottish tradition on Friday night.

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Andrea Black (Lacuna) via Suite101.com.

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December 28th, 2010

How Long is Too Long for Leftovers?

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The Christmas meal has come and gone. But you still have turkey, ham, prime rib and various and sundry sides in your fridge.

How long can we keep nibbling on them?

As you can imagine, there are many schools of thought on this. But I like Madam Trainer’s explanation here.  She makes some good arguments and I, personally, like to err on the side of caution with this one.

Check out her sage advice here and let me know what YOU think!

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December 24th, 2010

Wine to Serve With Christmas Beef

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Here’s a tasty tip for your Christmas dinner beverage (if it includes a wonderful roast beef or prime rib).

Serve this wine and your guests will think you divine!

Have a very, very merry Christmas, everyone!

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December 23rd, 2010

A Festivus Meal

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If you’re a true blue Seinfeld fan, you know that Festivus  – the holiday for the rest of us – falls today.

It’s time to break out the Festivus pole, regale your guests with Feats of Strength and participate in the Airing of Grievances.

But first, the traditional meatloaf must be served. And enjoy it you will or you’ll be first on the list of grievances.

Here’s a fun meatloaf recipe that’s quick and easy. And, really, isn’t that in the spirit of Festivus? It’s not fancy. Just great.

Enjoy your Festivus celebration – and don’t pull anything during the Feats of Strength!

Photo courtesy of DRosenbach via Wikipedia.com.

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December 21st, 2010

Christmas Rib Roast Recipe!

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We’ve known this for a while, but apparently word is just getting around that a rib roast is a superb alternative to a classic ham or turkey for Christmas dinner.

This is something we beef lovers have known since birth. Beef=good.

But this recipe from our friends at Better Homes and Gardens combines beefy flavor with fruit and onions. Oh, the aroma!

Get your roast here for optimal quality and wow your guests this holiday!

Check out that full recipe here!

Photo courtesy of Shine.Yahoo.com.

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December 17th, 2010

School’s Out, Steak’s On

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At my house, the kids are out of school for the holidays. Freedom!!!!

We’re celebrating with a steak dinner so we can chat about the exciting days ahead.

Today happens to be Free Shipping Day, so if you’re quick, you can take advantage of that and get some amazing meals ready for the holidays ahead.

Steaks, burgers, prime rib, beef tips, ham, turkey – everything! Go here and get ‘er done!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at my house!!!

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December 16th, 2010

Holiday Meat Tree

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You love beef, so why not shout it out to the world?

Here’s a little pick-me-up for you after an exhausting day of shopping, preparing for the holidays and seasonal merriment…

This Holiday Meat Tree mousepad could be the best gift you ever gave – or received!

Just think, every time you sit down at your computer to e-mail your child’s teacher/your contractor/your attorney/the Pope you could be staring down at this lovely amalgam of raw meat on a tree.

How festive!

Click here to find out how you can brighten someone’s day by giving them this genuine work of art.

You’re welcome.

Photo courtesy of Zazzle.ca

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December 15th, 2010

Steak Team Mission

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So, remember that video I posted of the soldiers preparing Christmas steaks?

Well, here’s an organization whose mission is to bring those steaks to soldiers. I had no idea. The day after I posted that video I read about these guys in the newspaper. Serendipitous. Whudda thunk it?

Steak Team Mission, you had me at “steak.” What a concept!

Here’s how they describe what they do:

Steak Team Mission prepares and serves steak dinners to soldiers in harms way to remote and hazardous areas determined by date and location by the US Military.

Now this is a cause I can get behind!

You can read more about their mission at SteakTeamMission.org and you can even donate there.

Truly, this is America at its best!

Photo courtesy of SteakTeamMission.org.

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December 11th, 2010

Christmas Steaks…Military Style

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DesertWolf1979 shot this video of our amazing military preparing steaks on Christmas Day. If anybody deserves steak on Christmas Day it’s these guys!

Here’s his description:

This of course was taken on Christmas day. Our command decided that they were going to give us a nice dinner and grilled about 500 pounds of steak and took about 6 hours to cook them all on 5 grills.

Well, God bless these guys and God bless America!

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December 10th, 2010

Steak is On My Christmas List

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OMG!

I’m a sucker for brilliant packaging and marketing. I love pretty things. And with this little item I’m not sure if I like the packaging or what’s inside best!

Okay, I pick “inside,” but it wins by just a hair.

They must have had me in mind when they created this sweet gift box because this is a girl’s dream come true.

Holy smokes – opening up these babies on Christmas morning would make me feel like a princess – or a queen – or a princessy queen.

Plus, I’d know what I’m having for dinner later. No question.

This is just a little hint from me to you:  If you really like someone, THIS is the way to show them! You can check out all the different varieties that come in this lovely gift box here.

And, eh hem, I like boneless ribeyes. You know, just in case, well, you know.

Happy shopping!

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December 7th, 2010

Bacon Hollandaise Sauce

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Who doesn’t love bacon? And if it’s mixed with beef? Fuhgeddaboutit!!!

This amazing recipe is for a decadent, bacony sauce you can serve with so many different dishes — roasts, steaks, beef tips . . . you name it!

Be creative and you just might create your new favorite meal! And choose from these different bacon flavors to give it your own twist!

Bacon Hollandaise

Ingredients:

Egg yolks – 3

Lemon juice – 1 ½ oz

Reserved bacon fat (from hickory smoked bacon) – 7 oz

Salt and pepper – to taste

Method:

1. Melt bacon fat so that it is a liquid, but not hot.

2. Place egg yolks and lemon juice in a stainless steel bowl and whisk until frothy. Place metal bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk constantly until it’s ribbony and has tripled in volume. It should have a light but firm consistency.

3.  Remove from heat and very gradually add bacon fat until it is all incorporated.

4. Taste and adjust seasoning with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

5. It can be heated back up over a double boiler a little if needed, but don’t let it get any hotter than 140 degrees or it will break.

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December 3rd, 2010

Steak! Steak! Steak!

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This is how I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving. I was pampered by my husband with boneless ribeyes and strip steaks.

Hey, that’s our idea of romance so just go with it.

It was chilly, but he braved the backyard and grilled up his love in the form of some tender, juicy beef. All for me. I’m a lucky girl.

I equate so many things with steak that I’m afraid I’d be lost for symbolism without it. When my husband got a new job we celebrated with a steak dinner. Anniversaries – every year? Steaks. Birthday dinners? Steak.

Where would I be if not for steak? What would we reach for?

I shudder to think.

Good thing I don’t have to. There’s enough bad news in the world right now. Let me have my steak!

Hey, the weekend is here. . . think I’ll celebrate . . .

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December 2nd, 2010

Wagyu Kobe Beef – Oh My!

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So, this stuff is truly high quality. It’s for serious, serious beef lovers. Luckily, that’s me!

And YOU – if you’re reading this! *wink*

The story goes that there is a specific line of Wagyu cattle bred in Kobe, Japan, that is out-of-this-world tender. There are all sorts of stories (possibly tall tales) about them being brushed several times a day by their handlers and being fed a fine quality beer daily.

I don’t know about all that, but I do know that this beef has been a delicacy for many, many years. Someone was bright enough to bring some of the line over to the U.S. to breed it here. And the rest was history.

My fave place, Kansas City Steak Company, now has this Wagyu American Kobe beef so now I can enjoy it at home rather than some steak joint where they won’t have my Teriyaki sauce.

Hey, that’s the way I like it and it’s my house.

I cannot wait to get my hands on a Kobe ribeye. The intense marbling is what makes these steaks so tender and flavorful. Really, a higher stratosphere of quality. Just what a steak lover is always looking for.

You can click here to see their selection and try some for yourself. Take pictures and let me know how your experience is!

And if you’re in the giving mood this holiday season, these babies make quite an impressive gift.

My mouth is watering now just thinking about it . . .

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December 1st, 2010

Beef Brisket: A Hanukkah Tradition

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Tonight starts Hanukkah. And one fantastic aspect of this special time is the food.

Here is an amazing recipe for a Kosher Beef Brisket. Oh, the slow simmering goodness of a brisket cooking, just filling the house is a memory in the making.

And, hey, you don’t have to be Jewish to share this meal. Just eat – and celebrate!

Click here for all the details on this yummy meal.

Photo courtesy of Giora Simoni via About. com.

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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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