September 30th, 2011

Coffee With Your Steak?


Okay, so yesterday (September 29th) was National Coffee Day. Who knew?

Well, some people knew. But I didn’t.

Until today. But there’s no reason we can’t celebrate today, right?

So in honor of National Coffee Day, I give you this recipe for Black Pepper Coffee Strip Steak. Or this one for Coffee Crusted Steak from Kevin and Amanda. Looks so tasty!

They’re mmm, mmmm good. The great thing is you don’t even have to like coffee to like these recipes. The flavor is not overly pungent, just enough to give it some interest.


So go enjoy a coffee-flavored steak. There’s always a reason to celebrate with steak, I tell you!

Have a java good time!

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September 29th, 2011

Emergency Steak


This clever idea comes to us from ChefElf and it cracks me up!

Here’s what they say about Emergency Steak:

Do you ever run out of steak? You rummage around foolishly through your fridge to no avail. There is no steak to be found!

Do you happen to have ground beef, milk and Wheaties? For some inexplicable reason do you not want to eat hamburgers or have a bowl of Wheaties?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, then I have the recipe for you: Emergency Steak.

The very idea of this is genius. Ground beef, milk, Wheaties, plus a few other ingredients form together to create a replacement – or “Emergency,” if you will – steak.

Here is what the shaping process looks like:

Here is how the “Terminator” would view the steak-making process:

Hilarious, guys!

Now, go out and gather your ground beef, milk and Wheaties, and head over to for the full recipe and instructions.

It CAN’T be as good as the real thing, but in a pinch it just might do!

Excerpt and photos courtesy of

September 28th, 2011

Sirloin Sadness




Have you seen the new Ziploc commercial?

Basically, the people throw away perfectly good sirloin steaks.

They’re trying to make the point if you use cheap storage bags you’re throwing away good food.

It’s a travesty. Tragic, I tell you!

Just look at that beautiful sirloin steak up there! Would YOU throw that away? Ugh, it makes me so, so sad.

Even in the name of artistic expression – or marketing – I cannot abide throwing out a gorgeous, perfect steak.

Look for that commercial the next time you’re watching TV and you tell me if it hurts you like it hurts me.

You CANNOT throw away sirloin steaks! Right?

Ziploc logo courtesy of

September 23rd, 2011

Spicy Steaks



Simply gorgeous.

I love thin-cut steaks. Now I know I’m probably in the minority here, because most of you love a thick, red or pink in the middle, medium rare cut.

But I like thinly cut meat. Always have. Some call them “minute steaks.” To me, it soaks in the marinade better and is just more flavorful.

This steak pictured above is wildly spicy with red pepper flakes, lemon juice, brandy and more. I mean, my mouth is watering right now.

Just think how that steak is going to soak in those amazing flavors. Oh, and when you bite into it – ecstasy!

Click on over to for the full recipe and more tantalizing photographs. After that, I’m pretty sure I know what you’ll be cooking this weekend while watching some football.

Have at it!

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September 22nd, 2011

Movers and Steakers


It’s election season. The movers and shakers (or, em steakers) are in full force.

And what meal signals strength, power, skill, plans, confidence?



This is a news story about Rick Perry and Rupert Murdoch and the headline focuses on WHAT THEY ATE during a recent meeting.

Why is that important? Why isn’t the headline about what they talked about? Perry’s plan IF HE BECOMES OUR PRESIDENT?

What they ate says something about them. Says something about their meeting. Steak is power.


What if they dined on chicken salad? Nothing wrong with chicken salad. But what message does that send?

Click here to read the entire story.

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September 21st, 2011

Star-Studded Steaks


Like filet mignon?

You’re in good company. That’s what they served the Emmy winners at the Governors Ball after Sunday’s awards ceremony.


It’s nice to know we all share some ideas about what makes a great celebratory meal. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy a great steak.

I like to have one when something really great happens in my life. It’s just a way of treating myself and stopping and saying, “Yay! Life is good right now!”

I’d imagine that’s what was happening for the cast of Modern Family and John Krasinski.

So kudos to you all – you deserve that juicy steak!

Click here to read the entire article about this scrumptious steak dinner from Just don’t forget to wipe the drool from your mouth when you’re done. It’s unsightly.

September 16th, 2011

Hank’s Steak Advice


Hank from “King of the Hill” teaches his boy what to do when someone asks for a well-done steak.

Is this a lesson for us all – or do you like a well-done steak?

Either way, as long as you’re enjoying a steak, seems okay to me!

September 15th, 2011

Steak Saw



Ever seen one of these?

It’s a steak saw. Yes, a steak saw.

It seems to me that if you have to “saw” your steak, something is terribly, terribly wrong.

But steak saws are actual products sold on

Now, I’ve loved steak for a long time, and in all that time I have never heard of a steak saw. The description reads, “Saw your way through great steak!”

Doesn’t that sound inviting? Wouldn’t you love to host a dinner party and after all the guests are seated, start passing out saws? You KNOW they’ll be excited about their meals then!

You tell me, have you ever used a steak saw? And if so, did you enjoy your meal?

Photo and product description courtesy of


September 14th, 2011

Perfect Steak Cooker


There is something in the U.K. called the “Steak Appreciation Society.” I must delve into this more deeply.

But for now, here is something they have unearthed that may revolutionize your steak cooking from this day forward. . .

Or not. You decide.

It’s called the Perfect Steak cooker and it has a grill and timer to help you cook – you guessed it – that perfect steak every time.

It’s available on here:

Note the U.K. URL. Apparently they have really good stuff over there that we don’t have. Jealous.

Check out this device and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I shall investigate this Steak Appreciation Society and report back.

Is it weird that I’m starting to talk like Harry Potter now? Hmmpf. I can’t help myself.

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September 9th, 2011

Steakburgers Make Me Happy


This was the scene on Labor Day. Grilling. Chilling. Peacefulness.

Except for the minor mishap with that burger in front. Not sure what happened there. It somehow got split in two.

I got to eat that one. That’s what moms do.

But it tasted fantastic all the same.

Those other delights on the grill are bratwurst. We had ourselves a little combo going and our friends who came over thought they had died and gone to heaven.

We had a little football on TV, some meat on the grill and all was well.

THAT’S something to be thankful for. And that’s what we’ll be thinking on Sunday as we remember what happened in our country 10 YEARS AGO.

I can’t believe 9/11/01 was 10 years ago. It feels like yesterday in my mind. My kids weren’t even born then. But they know about 9/11 and we’ll discuss it again.

Just being here is something to be thankful for. And we’ll remember those who aren’t. I hope you will too.

September 8th, 2011

Steak Cures All




I just read this in a blog and I had to share. Really, because it’s not often that you hear emotional stories about steak and how it gets someone through hard times.

Steak generally doesn’t lend itself to such discussions.

But – why shouldn’t it? It really should.

Steak is how I celebrate things (birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, big wins). Why shouldn’t it be a great pick-me-up as well?

I call it steak therapy. Here’s what Elise from Elise’s Pieces wrote on the topic:

Now, a little note about heartbreak. Tonight, not on the potty, Nichelle and I were talking about heartbreak and other yucky things. And we realized that both of our daddies get us steak when we are going through heartbreak or other yucky things. And we have very good daddies.

So, boys, remember this: buy Nichelle and I steak. Slash, one day when you’re daddies, buy your girls steak when they’re sad.

Hey, good advice from a recipient of such kindness.

Now go and make the world a better place – with steak. Someone out there needs it.

Excerpt courtesy of

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September 7th, 2011

Gluten-Free Steak



If you have any dietary restrictions, you know how frustrating it can be to find a meal you LOVE that fits all your criteria.

Our friends who either choose to be gluten free or must eat gluten free often have a difficult time with this, especially when eating out.

Yet another reason to make fantastic meals at home!

Here is a wonderful gluten-free steak recipe that combines flavor AND the substance one needs to have a truly satisfying meal. It’s a steak and eggs salad that is bursting with flavor. Try it out!

To your health!

Photo and recipe courtesy of

September 2nd, 2011

Keep Your Steaks Safe This Labor Day!


Don’t let this be you . . .

Keep your steaks and other grillable goodies safe this holiday weekend.

Because a steak is a terrible thing to waste.

Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day, everyone!

September 1st, 2011

Labor Day Spicy Lime-Cilantro Steak Recipe


This holiday weekend is a fun time to try out something new on the barbie!

This recipe is for a Spicy Lime-Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak. But, you know you can use this marinade on any cut of beef – just pick your favorite!

I love the mix of onions, garlic and jalapeno chile pepper with lime and honey. This gets my mouth watering thinking of all the flavors infusing my steak.


So take some time this extended weekend and give this one a try. And have a fun, experimental holiday weekend!

Click here to go directly to that spicy recipe!

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