January 28th, 2011

Steak Song

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On this amazing Friday — weekend eve, I like to call it — I give you this little diddy.

Awesome, right?

Enjoy your weekend . . . and eat some steak!


January 26th, 2011

Date With a Steak

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You know you love it.

Okay, so this photo won’t be on any magazine covers anytime soon. I took it with my cell phone on a date with my husband.

But it documents a wonderful evening where steak was on the menu and actual conversation was had. Best. Date. Ever.

Where is the green on my plate, you ask? Well, there WAS a huge orange carrot at one time (which I moved), does that count?

Listen, we had no kids with us and I did not want to eat my veggies that night. So there.

What about you? Is steak on your date night menu? Valentine’s Day is coming up . . . do you have a steak meal in mind for your sweetie?


January 25th, 2011

Heed the Taco Bell “Beef” Warning

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So. . . a lawsuit has been filed against Taco Bell claiming they don’t use “real beef.”

OMG.

An AP story has this to say about it:

The meat mixture sold by Taco Bell restaurants contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef,” according to the legal complaint.

I’m sorry. Gross.

If ever there was a fantastic reason to cook your own beef tacos, beef burritos, beef anything at home — THIS. IS. IT.

Read all about it here. And THEN, get your meat here and cook your own amazing beef at home!


January 21st, 2011

Are You a Cold Steak Fan?

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There is a debate raging out there over whether steak is just as good (or better) straight out of the fridge.

Which side do you fall on?

Now, usually these are leftovers we’re talking about — last night’s grilled filet mignon, strip steak cut up and served as a steak salad, London Broil no longer hot out of the oven.

Are you the “get it while it’s hot” kind or do you prefer the sealed in taste of a refrigerated masterpiece?

Read the debate here and let me know where you stand. Do you LOVE cold steak or is it best hot off the grill (after at least 5 minutes resting, of course)?

Tell me your thoughts!

Photo courtesy of CharlesPhoenix.com.


January 20th, 2011

Biggest Super Bowl Win? Steak!

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With the Super Bowl looming near, I thought you of all people would like to know about a Big-Game-themed contest where you can win a $500 gift certificate for . . . wait for it, wait for it . . . steak!

The Kansas City Steak Company is hosting the Ultimate Super Bowl Party Contest. Tell them your best Super Bowl party stories and you could win $500 in products from their amazing selections of steaks, beef tips, roasts, etc., etc., etc.!

That way, you can truly host the Ultimate Super Bowl party!

The contest runs until Jan. 23rd and the winner will be announced on Jan. 26th to give you time to redeem that cashola for treats and eats for your ultimate party.

Click here for more details and to enter this cra-za-zay contest. Dig deep and tell them why YOU are the ultimate Super Bowl fan and you could win. Lucky duck.

Photo courtesy of Greenzer.com.


January 18th, 2011

Steak Fun Facts

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If you’re here, you probably love a great steak.

But here are a few fun tidbits you might not know about our beloved beef. Read on!

History

  • Although meat has been grilled since shortly after the discovery of fire–some 500,000 years ago–it did not become a popular pastime until the 1950s.
  • Time Frame

  • Depending on the cut of the steak, it may take between 10 and 30 minutes to cook on the grill; thicker cuts, such as filet mignon and T-bone, generally take the most time to grill.
  • Benefits

  • Grilling is an exceptionally healthy method of cooking steak and other kinds of meat because excess fat drains away rather than being consumed.
  • Fun Fact

  • The charcoal briquette was invented in 1920 by Henry Ford, with help from Thomas Edison.
  • Warning

  • Most injuries related to grilling are caused by improper use of starter fluid, such as adding additional fluid after lighting an outdoor grill.
  • Considerations

  • If you want to produce “grill marks” when making steak, avoid moving the steak except to turn it–only once–during the course of cooking.
  • Read more: Facts on Grilling Steak | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4567438_grilling-steak.html#ixzz1BQ8Xn2iX


    January 15th, 2011

    Amazing Beef Stroganoff

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    I LOVE this dish! And it’s perfect for these wintry, freezing days of January.

    Make this for the people you love and they’ll KNOW you love them!

    Click here to read about the history of Beef Stroganoff, including how it was named after Count Stroganov and why it was made for him. Fascinating.

    Find the full recipe here. Don’t forget to make the incredible fried potatoes, too!

    Enjoy!

    Photo courtesy of FiveStarFoodie.com.


    January 13th, 2011

    Steak Sandwich in a Snow Cave

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    Lonnie Dupre is climbing up Mt. McKinley. I can’t even imagine the intestinal fortitude that that feat must require. It boggles the mind.

    He estimates the journey will take a month. A MONTH!

    But as luck would have it, Lonnie has the best friends a man can have.

    Last week they arranged for a package consisting of a steak sandwich, chips and red wine to be air dropped to him. On Mt. McKinley!

    Dude must really love him some steak sandwiches if his friends are willing to go to such lengths. THIS is a true steak enthusiast – my hat is off to you, Lonnie Dupre!

    Read all about Lonnie’s trek – and steak escape – here!

    Photo courtesy of KSTP.com.


    January 11th, 2011

    Mr. Bean’s Steak Tartare

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    If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching Mr. Bean in action, you’re in for a treat.

    Played by British comedian Rowan Atkinson, Mr. Bean is always finding himself in ridiculous situations — and then making them even more ridiculous with his crazy antics. That’s just his way. And that’s why we love him.

    There were only 14 episodes ever made featuring the lovable doof and this one is a doozy. Mr. Bean attempts to dine at a fine restaurant and orders a steak.

    Now, I prefer my steak cooked — as apparently Mr. Bean does — and, well, hilarity ensues.

    If you have a “taste” for British comedy, you’ll like this one. Enjoy this steak tartare with Mr. Bean!


    January 7th, 2011

    Steak with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce

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    This is so gorgeous, it just HAS to taste good!

    This steak is enveloped in a beautiful pomegranate and wine sauce. Delish.

    If you’re up for something a little different, try this recipe, plus the garlicky potato recipe that accompanies it this weekend. . . and let me know how it goes!

    Happy weekend, everybody!

    Photo courtesy of SunshineAndBones.blogspot.com.


    January 6th, 2011

    Nutrition Labels on Meat?

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    Beginning in 2012, the USDA will require meat producers to include nutrition labels on cuts of meat like tenderloin, ground beef and the like.

    What do you think about this?

    Overall, it seems like a good idea to me. Information is, after all, power.

    BUT. . . people usually resist change. It’s scary.

    So, what do you think? Is this a move for the better or are we becoming more and more Big Brother-like????

    Read the whole story about the new changes here.


    January 5th, 2011

    Steak for Christmas? You’re in Good Company

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    If you had a nice steak dinner on Christmas night, congratulations. You dined like a president!

    The Obamas enjoyed a beautiful, juicy steak on Dec. 25th in Hawaii. I can’t think of a more amazing way to spend Christmas.

    Read on…

    HE may be in exotic Hawaii, but President Barack Obama’s culinary Christmas is decidedly mainstream.

    The president will dine on steak, roasted potatoes and green beans, with pie for dessert, according to White House spokesman Bill Burton, who is traveling with the president on his holiday vacation.

    Mr Obama arrived on Wednesday for his annual trip to the Aloha State, his birthplace. He is set to stay past New Year’s reading novels, writing his State of the Union speech, and working in some golf with family and friends.

    Mr Burton was mum on the president’s Christmas Eve plans.

    Now that’s my kind of holiday! I love your taste, Mr. President!

    This bodes well for 2011!

    Read the story here. And happy new year!

    Photo courtesy of Whitehouse.gov.


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