February 27th, 2012

The Steak Debates

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What do the ongoing political debates have to do with steak?

EVERYTHING.

See, in my world, everything has something to do with steak. And, it seems, I am not alone.

Case in point:  This excerpt from a CNN.com article about the recent debate between the Republican candidates…

“This was Rick Santorum’s first debate with front-runner status. That means it was his time to get grilled like a fine Kansas City steak. And I wouldn’t say he came out of it like a filet.”

Gorgeous word imagery. I’m getting hungry just thinking about how Santorum did.

And yes, all things lead back to steak. This was a hilarious analogy. And oh so fitting. But this is not the first time steak has played a part in the political landscape. Far from it.

All steak and no sizzle? Seen that one before. Steak dinners shared by heavy-hitters? Check. Celebratory steak barbecues? Every time.

It just goes to show you, steak is all around us – and you don’t have to look very hard to find it. Especially in the political arena.

And frankly THAT’S the kind of world I want my children to inherit. Let’s just see who plays the steak card best this time around.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

Excerpt courtesy of Todd Graham via CNN.com.

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February 24th, 2012

Steak Fun

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I don’t know why a person needs this, but it’s cute! It’s a steak dinner made out of felt and fabric.

I’m thinking they’re toys for children with really, really good taste.

Can you imagine your adorable six-month-old baby gnawing on this nice cut of beef with perfect grill marks? I do believe that is a Kodak moment if ever there was one.

I found this over at Pinterest, but it originally came from Etsy. All great handmade things come from Etsy.

Have a great weekend and do yourself a favor – treat yourself to the real thing!

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com.

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February 22nd, 2012

Bacon Love

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If you watch TV, you’ve probably seen those “Marry Bacon” commercials for Jack in the Box.

The first time I saw one, I almost fell out of my chair with laughter. I DO love bacon. Enough to marry it? Eh.

So, they’ve set up a website, MarryBacon.com, with all sorts of silliness. But I love the idea of celebrating bacon.

Every time I eat it I do a little dance.

You’ll find lots of fun bacon-related stuff there – including a Tumblr page, which is where the little artistic goodie above came from. Fun stuff.

And when you’re in the mood for bacon – but not in the mood for Jack in the Box – get your bacon here. It’s where I get mine and it’s to die for. Or marry. Whichever.

Have fun!

Photo courtesy of NealLovesBacon.tumblr.com.

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February 21st, 2012

Beef Jambalaya This Fat Tuesday!

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It’s Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras is in full swing. But you don’t have to be in New Orleans to get in the spirit!

Try some Beef Jambalaya for a new twist on an old Cajun standby.

Everything’s better with beef, right? And this recipe calls for sirloin steak. You could try out tenderloin tips or another cut that tickles your fancy.

It’s Mardi Gras, for heaven’s sake! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Click here for that fabulous Beef Jambalaya recipe – then make it your own!

Photo courtesy of TescoRealFood.com.

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February 17th, 2012

Steak: Frozen With Salt

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Well, here is yet another method of cooking steak I have not heard.

Melanie at Lifehacker.com suggests searing a FROZEN steak first, then placing it in the oven at a low temperature for up to an hour (depending upon how well done you prefer it).

Writer Brandon Matzek says of this method: “The contrast of the salty, golden crust and the smooth, buttery center is just pure heaven.”

Hey, that sounds marvelous! Sign me up!

It had never occurred to me to not let a steak thaw before starting the cooking process. This sounds pretty intriguing.

What do you think? Would you try this?

Click here to read all the ins and outs of this steak cooking method and then try it at home!

Photo courtesy of Brandon Matzek of KitchenKonfidence.com.

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February 16th, 2012

Steak Pizza With Peppers and Onions

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For me, steak and pizza are at the top of my list of favorite foods.

But put them together??? Well, that’s just heaven.

Martha Stewart’s got it going on here with a steak pizza that adds a little pow with peppers and onions. Of course, you can experiment with whatever toppings YOU like. The great thing is – you really can’t go wrong!

Click here to see this fantastic steak pizza recipe and let me know how you like it!

Photo courtesy of everydayfoodblog.marthastewart.com.

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February 14th, 2012

I Heart Steak

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There are so many forms of love, so it’s only fitting on this Valentine’s Day to express our love for steak – or anything else for that matter.

Someone beat us to it with this wall mural professing sweet, sweet love to all things steak.

I can think of no greater art form than this.

I know, I know – Michelangelo and everything. But this is STEAK we’re talking about!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you have steak in your life today.

Photo courtesy of jakedobkin via flickr.

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February 10th, 2012

Heart Healthy Valentine

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, but you can make a pledge to your sweetie that will last well beyond Tuesday’s holiday.

February is American Heart Month and the emphasis is on keeping us all heart healthy. The older I get, the more I think about this. I want my ticker – and my honey’s ticker – to stay healthy forever.

So…now is the perfect time to try these heart healthy steaks and beef tips. They’re certified by the American Heart Association and they are leaner cuts than you’d find on just any old steaks.

Pretty cool.

Some of them are seasoned heart healthy steaks and some are unseasoned. I think I’ll try the seasoned ones for a little extra kick.

Speaking of KICKING, I’m ramping up the exercise, too. I’m serious about this.

There’s nothing more romantic than a gesture that says, “I want you around for as long as possible!”

Click here to check out all the details on these AHA certified steaks. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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February 9th, 2012

Steak Workout

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I’ve seen some strange things in my day, but this just might take the cake – or steak, or veggies…

This fine cutlery is designed to give you a workout while you dine. Yes, pump some iron while you fortify your body.

I’m all for multi-tasking, but this seems a bit much. Are these selling like hotcakes? I do wonder.

This article gives you all the details about this amazing invention. But, really, I think you can get the gist by just looking at the photo. You pretty much immediately know whether you’re game for this or not.

Tell me, does this seem appealing to you? I know we’re all busy these days, but I prefer to savor and enjoy my steak – not huff and puff and sweat while I’m eating it.

What say you?

Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk

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February 6th, 2012

Steaky Grammar Lesson

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A lesson in proper grammar AND it features a steak? I’ve found Nirvana.

Heed this grammar advice and you won’t waste your time congratulating a steak. Although, sometimes I do feel like doing that when it’s especially tasty.

Happy Monday After the Super Bowl, everyone!

Cartoon courtesy of plsclarify.com.

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February 3rd, 2012

Special Steaks for American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month to raise awareness of heart disease.

In honor of that, why not try some heart healthy steaks certified by the American Heart Association?

These steaks are very, very lean and are trimmed of all exterior fat. The beautiful thing is – that doesn’t compromise the hearty sirloin taste!

Healthy AND tasty? Sounds good to me.

Click here to read more about and order up some lean steaks for yourself!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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February 2nd, 2012

Groundhog Meatloaf

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It’s Groundhog’s Day!

And Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling 6 more weeks of winter.

If you believe in that sort of stuff.

Either way, it’s fun to get into the spirit of a seemingly meaningless holiday, so why not make a Groundhog Meatloaf in the shape of our favorite rodent?

See, if you didn’t like his prediction your mind can go all sorts of places while you’re eating this meal. And if you did like it; well, it’s a cute way to honor the little guy who brought you some hope and enlightenment.

Click to see this groundhog ground beef recipe here. And get creative! This winter’s going to be long, people, we’ve gotta do something to spice it up!

Photo courtesy of ImHungryOnABudget.blogspot.com.

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February 1st, 2012

World’s Most Delicious Steak?

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Check out this quick little video claiming to know the secret to “the world’s most delicious steak.”

Is this so? Well, you be the judge. The process is simple enough – so try it and let me know what YOU think!

Happy grilling!

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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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