September 28th, 2012

Celebrity Steak Lover


We all know that many celebrities famously eat at fancy steakhouses and enjoy themselves a juicy steak.

Here’s evidence from Twitter that those guys like a nice steak at home as well – just like you and me…

And, no, Seth, it’s not sad OR unhealthy.

It’s deliciously perfect!

Tweet courtesy of

September 26th, 2012

Ask the Chef About Beef


So, I’m not a chef. Far from it. I’m just a regular Joe (okay, Joanne) who loves beef and wants to keep it interesting in the kitchen.

I know there are things I should know. . . but don’t.

For instance, I only recently learned that I should soak my wooden skewers before cooking with them on the grill. For kebobs and the like.

Huh. That seems so elementary. But somehow I had missed that lesson.

What do you have a question about when you’re cooking a tantalizing steak or roast or beef tips?

Here’s a nifty little place where you can ask a real-live chef your burning questions about beef. Get it? Burning?

I’ve done that a time or two.

Just click on the “Ask the Chef” box to the right on this web page and submit your question(s).

It’s that simple!

Have fun perfecting your beef techniques with a chef’s advice! And the best part? It’s free!

September 21st, 2012

Sweet Autumn Steak Spice Rub


Tomorrow morning autumn officially begins. Yippee!!!

This time of year we welcome the cool weather, the changing leaves and the hearty meals of the chilly months.

So to kick your fall off right, try this yummy Sweet Autumn Spice Rub recipe on some gorgeous steaks this weekend. Kansas City strip steaks are suggested, but this rub would be wonderful on any cut you choose.

Click here for the full rub recipe. Welcome, autumn!!!

Photo courtesy of


September 20th, 2012

Lovely Steak


This just about sums it up for me.

I’m in love with steak.

My hubby and I have a “steak date” set for Saturday night and just the thought of it on the calendar gets me through my day.

How about you? Does this artwork capture it for you, too? :)

Image courtesy of Caroline Pony via


September 18th, 2012

It’s National Cheeseburger Day!


Being lovers of everything beef, I knew you’d appreciate that today is National Cheeseburger Day!

If ever there was something to celebrate – this is it!

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri got into the festive spirit on her show and busted out with some KILLER cheeseburger interpretations.

Check out how perfectly rounded those patties on the right are. Wow.

These here are my all-time favorite burgers. And, for me, nothing except American cheese will do. I know, it’s not very refined but that’s just how it is.

So get out there and pay homage to a royale with cheese on this very special day!

Photo courtesy of

September 14th, 2012

Surprising Facts About Lean Beef


You love beef. But you’ve heard the nonsense about red meat.

There’s some great information out this month debunking some myths we’ve heard. Just click here to read it.

It’s great news and it always helps to arm yourself with the facts.

Here’s one of my favorites:  Lean beef eaten every day as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower LDL cholesterol levels (you know, the bad stuff) by as much as 10 percent.

That’s awesome!

My favorite extra lean beef are these AHA-certified babies.

Stay healthy, my friends. And keep eating your beef!

Photo courtesy of


September 13th, 2012

Pairing Steak and Wine


I love steak. And I love wine.

Together? That’s magic.

I never know what wine I’m supposed to pair with what so this handy guide above is perfect for someone like me. I need all the help I can get.

And it’s not just for steaks, it tells you what to pair with salmon, chicken – even cheese.

Check out the full guide here – and bon appetit!

Guide courtesy of

September 11th, 2012

Musical Steak


This commercial makes me laugh. I always feel like there should be music and maybe fireworks and stuff when I cook steaks. It always feels like a celebration so why not put it to music?

Sometimes my husband serenades me – but that’s really not the same. Really.

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Check it out!

September 7th, 2012

USDA Prime Time


So, I told you it’s National Prime Beef Month. But how to you proclaim to the world your love of this carefully selected and inspected beef?


…your very own USDA Prime T-shirt.

Now I’ll admit, this shirt is probably proclaiming your love for yourself more than succulent beef, but just let people guess what it truly means. That’s the mystery of you. And the reason why you can pull off this shirt.

If anyone asks, just tell ’em it’s National Prime Beef Month and you’re just doing your part. Case closed.

You can get this fabulous shirt here. And to really get into the spirit of the month you can get some real USDA Prime beef here.

September just might be my favorite month!

Photo courtesy of

September 6th, 2012

USDA Prime Fans Unite!


Are you a fan of the TV show Friends? It’s in syndication now and you can probably catch an episode at any time of day if you really try.

On the show, Joey and Chandler’s apartment door had this little magnetic board where they would leave messages for each other – or, rather, the producers/writers would leave subliminal messages for the audience.

I must admit I never caught the one you’re about to see, but if I had I would have loved those Friends even more.

So in honor of September and National Prime Beef Month (seriously, it really is) . . . I give you – Joey and Chandler’s “USDA Prime.”


Photo courtesy of CharmedScripts.TV/Friends.

September 5th, 2012

Steakhouse for Women?


Over the Labor Day weekend I got a chance to catch up on all the important happenings in the world – the Republican and Democratic Conventions, the financial crisis in Spain . . . and what Eva Longoria is up to.

It seems the Desperate Housewives actress is opening up a “steakhouse for women” in Las Vegas called SHe.

What makes it a steakhouse for women?

Well, it has a catwalk (you know, for fashion shows) and a dancefloor — and portions are smaller.

If that ain’t stereotyping I don’t know what is.

I gotta tell you as a woman and a steak lover, I’m afraid, Eva, this one’s going to tank.

I love steak and I love girl power, but I usually enjoy a steak out with my husband and there’s NO WAY he’d be caught dead in a place called SHe.

Even if there is a slight chance of catching a glimpse of Eva Longoria in person.

In trying to cater to women I think Eva’s forgotten the most important thing – we like to hang around with men.

And many of them have an aversion to catwalks.

Sorry, Eva, but you might want to rethink your concept here. Alienating 50% of the market (and in turn the other 50% who love them) makes for some pretty tricky math on the old P&L statement.

You can read about SHe in depth here.

As for me, I’ll stick with grilling my own steak at home – one without smaller portions – and we’ll do without the fashion show. It’s a win-win.

What do YOU think of this new concept? Am I off base here? Is Eva really a girl genius?

Photo courtesy of Al Bello/Getty Images via

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