December 31st, 2012

Burgers and Dogs By the Sea

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Seeing as how we all made it through the Apocalypse, I think there’s cause for celebration!

May your 2013 be filled with burgers, dogs, steaks, roasts and much happiness!


December 27th, 2012

Holiday Steak

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THIS was Christmas Eve dinner.

We are spending the holiday in the Cayman Islands.

And THIS is how you do steak Cayman-style. A Kansas City strip in the Caribbean.

What wonderful meals did you prepare for the holidays?

Anything made with love surrounded by family and friends sounds delicious to me!

Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!


December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas Roast!

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Or is it . . . Merry Christmas, Roast!

Either way, you can be sure to find something your heart desires in Saveur.com‘s photo gallery of “34 impressive, satisfying roasts.”

My favorite is the Rosemary-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin above. Subtle, tender, juicy. Perfect.

But you can find your favorite among the delectable items like Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Prime Rib.

Mmmmmm!

It’s fun to just click through the gorgeous photos and drool.

Have a very merry, Christmas, everyone!

Photo courtesy of Todd Coleman via Saveur.com


December 24th, 2012

Christmas Eve Steak & Spinach Pinwheels

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Behold the beauty that is a steak and spinach pinwheel!

These are the perfect Christmas Eve meal when you’ve got hungry holiday revelers to feed.

Made with flank steak, spinach, bacon and other amazing ingredients, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

Check out the entire steak pinwheel recipe and make this one a new holiday tradition!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Photo courtesy of GooseberryPatch.com


December 21st, 2012

More Steaky Ornament Fun

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If you liked the BBQ grill ornament I showed you for your tree, get a load of these babies . . .

These two (above) might be my faves – so life-like!

Sometimes you want to use your Christmas tree to make a statement. Well, here ya go!

A keepsake with a bit of whimsy, this one’s called “Grillin’ and Chillin’ 2012.” Yes.

Often, the simplest message is the very best. Your tree is begging for this one.

You can see more steak Christmas ornaments here.

Let them bring the message of peace, hope and love that only steak can.

Photos courtesy of Amazon.com.


December 19th, 2012

BBQ Christmas Cheer

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A bit of levity for your tree – and it’s got steak on it!

This glass ornament from TJ’s includes a BBQ grill with corn, a burger, steak and something green that is unidentifiable.

Anybody know what that is?

No matter. The burger and steak are what’s important here.

Don’t you want to hang them on your tree?

This officially qualifies as totally awesome.

Merry Steakmas?!?!!!

Photo courtesy of ebay.com.


December 18th, 2012

The Art of Bacon

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Still looking for a last-minute holiday gift for that special someone?

If he/she likes bacon, this is it.

It’s a portrait of Kevin Bacon . . . made entirely of bacon.

Does it get more appealing than that?

I think not.

Happy holidays and may the bacon be with you.

Photo courtesy of www.gentlemint.com.


December 14th, 2012

USDA Allows More Meat at School

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Now THAT’S some meat! Bacon-wrapped filet mignon and crabcakes.

Now, this is not the kind of thing served in the school cafeteria (especially with the white wine pairing) but we’re one step closer to it with the USDA allowing more meat at lunchtime.

Believe me, I’ll bet there are some students who would LOVE to see that plate above in the cafeteria line. Minus the wine.

It won’t be quite that good, but the Agricultural Department plans to do away with the limits on meat in school lunches. They’ll scrap the maximum daily and weekly limits that were previously imposed.

Parents and lawmakers complained that students weren’t getting enough meat to satisfy their hunger.

Sad.

Some students even put together this pro-meat video to voice their distaste for the limits. Absolute genius.

I particularly love the “I Heart Beef” T-shirt the kid is wearing.

Say it loud! Say it proud!

Well, for once, their efforts struck a chord and the limits have been banished.

Free speech rocks.

Mess with the bull, you get the horns.

Carry on, meat eaters!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 13th, 2012

Beef Brisket for Hanukkah

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The Festival of Lights is going on right now. And among the many traditions of this beautiful holiday is the beloved food.

Beef brisket is chief among the amazing dishes served during this time and David Feder, a food writer in Buffalo Grove, IL, has put a new twist on this traditional favorite for Hanukkah.

It’s flavored with apricots and prunes for a slightly different taste. Isn’t it fun to change it up just a bit? Check out the entire beef brisket recipe and try it this year!

Feder suggests serving it with fluffy couscous and some garlicky green beans. Put your own stamp on it and make it a family favorite people will ask for year after year.

Sounds like a winner to me!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 12th, 2012

Meaty 12-12-12!

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Okay, it’s 12-12-12 and you know how we celebrate everything in my house, right?

Steak!

But, let’s come up with some creative ways to do this every-100-years thing right! Invite some people over, then try these festive ideas:

1. Serve 12 different cuts of steak – come on, you can do it!

2. Combine 12 cool spices and create an awesome rub for your roast.

3. Easy. Just invite 12 friends to eat steak. Boom.

4. Everyone gets a 12-ounce ribeye.

5. Serve whatever steak you want, but then go around the table and collectively come up with 12 things you’re thankful for.

6. Ask a 12-year-old to recite the “12 Days of Christmas” while you eat your steak.

And if you’re celebrating Hanukkah on this spectacular day, you’ve totally got this celebration thing under control.

Okay, now you come up with the next 6 to make 12 cool things to do on this awesome day. I need a 12-minute breather.

It’s amazing how something that had nothing to do with steak turns into a steak-related holiday in my mind.

Really, aren’t all special days steak-related in some way?

Happy 12-12-12, everyone!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 7th, 2012

Kansas City BBQ? Yes, Please!

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‘Tis the season for barbecue?

Totally!

Listen, with all the merry makers coming in and out of your house this month you’ve got lots of meals to provide.

And turkey and ham for two weeks straight just isn’t going to cut it.

At our house, we usually prepare lots of BBQ favorites to have around for BBQ dinners, BBQ sandwiches, even BBQ breakfast (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!).

It helps when lots of the heavy lifting has already been done for you like the sweet BBQ flank steak above that’s already been slathered with a yummy citrusy sauce. You just pick your cooking method (grilling, roasting, pan frying, broiling) and serve!

It seriously makes the holidays more enjoyable for me.

Peruse all the great BBQ options and save your sanity this holiday season.

Bon appetit! (Just pretend I said that with a really twangy accent. Yee haw!)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 6th, 2012

Chef Tips: How To Cook a Prime Rib Roast

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As a beef lover, holiday time is a time to be treasured. So much good food — it’s a gift for the senses!

And in this simple how-to video the corporate chef at the Kansas City Steak Company shows us the best way to cook a gorgeous prime rib roast.

Just in time for guests at the holidays!

Watch how easy it is to make a beautiful beefy roast for your next get-together. Order yourself one of these amazing roasts and have it in time for the holidays this year.

Magnifique!


December 4th, 2012

Martha Stewart’s Glossary of Steak Cuts

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Expect nothing less than perfection from Martha Stewart and this glossary of steak cuts is no exception!

From the gorgeous photography to the detailed explanations, your less-than-knowledgeable friends can be up to speed on their beef cuts in no time!

From flank to ribeye to Porterhouse, this glossary leaves no steak unturned.

Check it out and expand your knowledge — or theirs!

Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com.


November 30th, 2012

Trio of Beef

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Tasting menus are popular at fine restaurants. But why not try them at home?

This amazing thought had never occurred to me before. And I can’t wait to try this at my next dinner party.

The gorgeous photo above is the Tasting Trio of Beef from the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess in Arizona. It features a wood-grilled ribeye, flat iron American Wagyu and a NY strip — all paired with complementary sides. Who wouldn’t love this at a dinner party?

It’s mix and match beef! Genius!

Read all about this gorgeous steak dinner and then create your own version at home. Try your favorite cuts of beef and sides and totally impress your guests.

You heard it here, beef lovers!

Photo courtesy of : Dean Stevenson, Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011


November 29th, 2012

Cooking Steak in a Clean, Healthy Kitchen

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One of the first things that can’t be overlooked before cooking a nice, juicy steak at home is a clean, healthy workspace.

Health.com features an article with great tips about keeping food prep areas safe and hygienic. For instance, using separate cutting boards — one for meat and the other for veggies. We don’t want any cross-contamination.

Another important piece of cooking advice is to remember is use a meat thermometer. Cooking beef to the proper temperature (145 degrees F) is imperative.

Read on for more advice on cooking beef in a healthy kitchen.

Then, have fun cooking steaks at home!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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