July 29th, 2011

Beef Flavored Water?


Say it ain’t so.

Oh, it’s so.

And it’s called MeatWater.



There are tasty flavors like Beef Salad, Beef Stroganoff and even Cheese Burger. You know, for when you want that meaty taste – in a liquid form.

I’ve read the product information and yet, I’m still confused. What is the point of this again?

Here’s what the Web site says about this pure yumminess:

It is a realm of complete and profound darkness consisting (of) absolutely no meat but the thought patterns of those in it. It  is a beautiful and heavenly experience because, in the absence of all else, the privileged consumers will be able to perfectly see the love and light they have cultivated within themselves.

Come again?

It consists of “absolutely no meat but the thought patterns of those in it.” I don’t know how to begin to comprehend that.

So I won’t.

If you have tasted this or are willing to go out and taste this will you please, please report back to me your “thought patterns” after doing so? I’m curious – but not enough to taste it myself.

I have a low pain threshold.

Photo and quote courtesy of DinnerInABottle.com

July 28th, 2011

Steak Success


Here’s some eye candy for ya . . .

. . . and some more . . .

We had fun this past weekend just grillin’ and chillin’ – doing what summer means to us. I’ll bet you feel the same way.

Those simple pleasures are what I live for.

We sat around and didn’t think once about what we didn’t have. It was all about the here and now. What was in front of us. And it seemed pretty good.

A nice steak cooked exactly the way I like it takes me to a place where everything is awesome. At least for that moment.

Until a beach ball hit our heads or our drinks were spilled by a flying Frisbee.

But you know what I mean.

If I can be happy just sitting and being – that’s success to me. And it felt good for the time I had it.

Thank you, summer. And thank you, steak.

July 26th, 2011

Humidifier for Steaks?


Have you seen this gadget?

It’s a grill humidifier. You pour in any liquid whose flavor you’d like to see infused in your meat, set it on the grill next to your steak – and voila!

It flavors the meat while you grill.

I can see so many possibilities with this. Orange juice. Beer. Vodka steak?

I don’t know, would the vodka explode?

Anyway, it’s an interesting theory. I wonder if it truly does work in reality.

Has anyone ever tried this? It sounds yummy!

Photo courtesy of CoolMaterial.com




July 22nd, 2011

How To Grill a Steak Video

So, this video is so gorgeous it will make your mouth water. It includes some great tips about using high heat to create a tasty outside, yet keep a juicy inside.
Watch it for its sheer beauty if nothing else.
Then go grill a steak!  Happy weekend, everybody!

July 21st, 2011

What I Did Over Summer Break: Beef Kabob Edition


We couldn’t help but bask in the gorgeous weather this weekend.

And here’s what goes along with that . . .

Kabobs, kabobs and more kabobs.

We grilled up seasoned beef kabobs and sprinkled in a few chicken and even salmon kabobs for good measure.

The backyard was filled with the enchanting aroma of sizzling meat and vegetables while the kids swam and goofed off.

An absolutely perfect summer day.

It’s times like this when you wonder if life can get any better. The trick is to not think too much further beyond the moment. It was exquisite.

I hope you are having as much fun with summer as we are!

July 19th, 2011

Steak Couture


This is the shirt you wear to that important PTA meeting.

It’s what you wear to a birthday party at the bowling alley. A charity gala. Your cousin’s wedding.

This is a versatile shirt, my friends.

Where wouldn’t you want to express your disdain for vegetarians AND your love of beef at the same time?

It can truly go anywhere.

No need to tell me thank you for turning you on to this. Your wearing of this garment will be thanks enough.

Photo courtesy of http://www.f-u-n-n-y-t-s-h-i-r-t-s.com

July 15th, 2011

Oh Kobe You’re So Fine…


THIS is where it’s at.

Or so I’ve heard.

You see, I haven’t actually had the pleasure of immersing myself in a Kobe steak yet.

I think it’s because I get stuck in my ways. When I eat a steak I end up cooking my go-to cut.

And, I guess I just haven’t gotten around to trying Kobe. It’s just inertia, really.

I’ve heard such amazing things about it you’d think I would have rushed out and tried it.

I’ve heard about its incredible marbling, flavor and tenderness. This photo is of boneless ribeye. Mmmm.

I should treat myself. Okay, I will. Yeah, thanks for the encouragement!


Have YOU tried it? If you have, is it the only steak you’ll eat now?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

July 14th, 2011

Dear Steak


I’ve written a letter – a fan letter of sorts – to my beloved steak. I don’t usually write to celebrities. I like to leave them alone and let them live their lives.

But I could not help myself. My emotions are running high here in the summer when steak is all around me. I had to express my feelings, so here goes.

Dear Steak,

I’ve admired you for a long time and I just had to tell you you are da bomb. I’m sure you get lots of letters but really, I am your biggest fan. I think about you night and day. I can’t get you out of my mind.

Your smell, your juiciness, your tenderness. What can I say? I’m in love with you. Is that weird for you to hear?

I know you don’t know me, but I know we could be happy together. Forever.


Dena P.

P.S. My husband knows all about this and is totally on board with it. In fact, he is in love with you, too. He’s just too macho to tell you himself. Maybe when you come through this way again we can take you out, show you the city, get together over a bottle of wine?


Photo courtesy of jenx67.com – that’s her kissing her steak. Maybe I have some competition?

July 13th, 2011

Lonely Steaks


We went to a fancy schmancy restaurant. Of course, we ordered steaks.

Here is how they were presented . . .

Is it just me or does that steak look lonely next to that tiny clove of garlic?

Seems like a big plate. In graphic design, I believe they call that an abundance of “white space.”

Who wants white space on their plate?

THIS, folks, is why I prefer my steaks at home.

Oh yeah, and they taste better there, too.

So there.

July 7th, 2011

Heaven is a Steakburger



Well, it seems like it sometimes.

See, we’re on vacation. And we’ve made it a rule to not eat out as much as possible on vacation.

We have kids under age 10 and all the “family-oriented” places around here are, well, deep-fried disappointment.


Plus, there are lines and waiting and complaining.

That’s not much of a vacation.

So we opt to cook our favorites at our home away from home.

And these steakburgers? Well, they were heaven.

As soon as we began cooking, the place where we’re staying filled quickly with the amazing aroma of grilled beef and we all could hardly contain our appetites until the sweet relief of a plate on the table.

No lines, no gum-chewing waitress, no bill, no TIPPING.

Just my food exactly the way I like it with incredible smoky bacon and ooey, gooey cheese.

You tell me heaven isn’t like that. I dare ya!


July 5th, 2011

Holiday Beef Roast


When I see this photo and think of this meal we had in celebration of the 4th of July, I can’t help but want to sing that song, “You are so beautiful . . . to me!”

Is it not?

Fork tender beef roast with mashed potatoes, salad, dinner rolls and gorgeous cupcakes for dessert.

Those were for the kids. The kids, I tell ya.

But let’s go back to that roast. I’m wondering if there is any left in the fridge. Thinking about a great open-faced sandwich on one of those dinner rolls. . .

Hope you had a great holiday too!



July 4th, 2011

July 4th – Steak Style!


It’s America’s birthday! And here’s what I plan to do today . . .

I’m going to enjoy some steaks, kick back, and ponder the absolute gift of living in this country.

When I watch the fireworks tonight, I’ll be giving thanks for those who have paved the way for the freedom we enjoy today.

Even a steak tastes better with a side of liberty!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Photo courtesy of Zazzle.com.

July 1st, 2011

Patriotic Steak


Patriotic cow with steak

As we go into this important holiday weekend, remember, even your steaks can be patriotic!

Don’t believe me? Just click here for a kabob recipe that includes all the colors red, white AND blue. Blue potatoes!

Have a safe, happy – and flavorful 4th of July!

Cow photo courtesy of Hennybee via Flickr.com.

Kabob photo courtesy of CelebratingHolidays.com.

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