March 14th, 2014

Complete Easter Dinner Ideas

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Easter dinner is right around the corner. And it’s one of those meals that requires a bit of preparation to pull it off.

But it doesn’t HAVE to be formal. Or it can be. You get to choose what kind of holiday you want to have.

Here are some fantastic ideas for Easter meals that range from “easy afternoon” (think sandwiches) and “make-ahead casual” (shrimp cocktail, anyone?) to formal ham dinners, Southern lunch and even an Easter breakfast buffet!

With all these choices you’re bound to find a menu that fits your family, your taste and your mood.

Above all, make it memorable – whatever that means for you. Isn’t that what holidays are all about?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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March 12th, 2014

What To Do With That Leftover Ham

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You had a beautiful ham dinner.

Now it’s over. What are you going to do with what’s left – just reheat it?

No way!

Try this yummy ham and beans recipe that makes great use of your leftover ham and combines it with delicious flavors and makes it feel like an entirely new meal.

That’s because it is!

Don’t get stuck in the heat and repeat rut. Give that ham a makeover and create something that’s different.

This time of year calls for lots of ham dinners (Easter, springtime get-togethers/celebrations) so let’s make the most of them!

Get ready to ham it up!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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March 10th, 2014

Wake Up and Smell the Bacon App

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Glorious, glorious bacon. As a meat eater, it’s high on the priority list.

And in case you missed this, there’s now an app for your smartphone that will wake you up to the sounds and SMELLS of sizzling bacon.

The app is free but you have to get a device for your phone that emits the smell. But, it might be worth it if you’re jonesing every morning for the smell of bacon.

You can read more about this delicious app here. So will YOU download the app? Or is it just plain torture if you can’t have the real thing?

Photo courtesy of Oscar Mayer/YouTube via DailyMail.co.uk.

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March 7th, 2014

Pups Love Steak, Too!

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Don’t forget your furry friend when you’re grilling up those gorgeous steaks this weekend.

Throw him a bone, man. He lives for that!

On second thought, I live for steaks, too. No wonder he’s man’s best friend!

Happy weekend, everybody!

Photo courtesy of QuickMeme.com.

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March 5th, 2014

Prime Rib, You Temptress!

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Prime Rib is so divine, in my house, it’s usually reserved for very special occasions – Christmas, a special dinner party, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve … you get the picture.

I can’t ever remember a time when I decided to cook one on a regular old Tuesday night.

But why?

We love it so much, ANY day could be a special occasion. Its flavor and aroma is so, so tempting. I don’t know why we wait so long in between indulgences.

I can see it now. My husband walks in and smells the Prime Rib Roast cooking and he immediately is perplexed and suspicious.

“Is there something you need to tell me?” he’ll ask.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s get out of our routine-ified ruts. Let’s branch out a little!

Next Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday why not cook a Prime Rib Roast just because?

If anything, those days need a little pick-me-up. I know mine do.

Need a little help in the preparation department? Here’s a great page of Prime Rib cooking instructions.

Enjoy your life! And sweeten the deal for the people you love. Give ‘em Prime Rib!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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March 3rd, 2014

Fat Tuesday Recipes

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Mardi Gras celebrations call for AMAZING food!

But there are some Fat Tuesday dishes you just HAVE to try. One is this delicious Creole Shrimp and Grits recipe (yummy photo above). It’s a must! Shrimp is one ingredient that absolutely has to make an appearance at any Mardi Gras celebration.

Here are some more essential Fat Tuesday recipes to make – and the desserts? Well, they’re outta this world!

Enjoy and indulge!

Photo courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker via HuffingtonPost.com.

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February 28th, 2014

Steak Enthusiast’s Guide to the Weekend

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It’s the weekend!

Time for some great food and relaxing moments. Here’s my guide for making your weekend great — with food, of course!

Saturday Morning

Start off with some steak and eggs. A tried and true steak lover‘s breakfast. You’ll need your energy for the weekend! Might I suggest a Top Sirloin?

Saturday Afternoon

Lunch consists of tender, flavorful steak fajitas (see above). This is a meal meant to be shared so invite some neighbors and get grilling!

Saturday Night

Dinner is filet mignon and twice baked potatoes. It’s Saturday night – that’s Steak Night!

Sunday Brunch

Breakfast tacos with ground beef and sausage get the day started off in the right direction. A brunch with Mimosas and a variety of taco fixings just makes sense.

Sunday Dinner

This is the time to slow down and make family memories. A beautiful beef roast is in order. Perhaps a Chateaubriand, a Prime Rib Roast or even a Brisket. Take your time and savor this one — but leave some leftovers for Monday’s lunch at the office! :)

Now that you’ve got your menu it’s time to get planning the perfect steak enthusiast’s weekend. I know I’m ready!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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February 27th, 2014

Funny Steak Story

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From Reader’s Digest

What’s Your Beef?

My grandfather is a meat and potatoes guy. Once, while getting dinner ready, I asked how he liked his vegetables prepared. He said, “Fed to a cow, so they’ll turn into steak.”

Hayley Rosenbaugh, Houston, Texas

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February 25th, 2014

Mardi Gras Meals Made Easy

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It’s time for Mardi Gras parties! And what’s the best part about a great party?

The food!

Classic Mardi Gras dishes are absolutely out of this world. Take jambalaya (above), for instance.

Could there be a more flavorful combination of meats and spices?

Mardi Gras food is reason enough to host a party. Serve dishes like muffulettas, gumbo, etouffee, Cajun shrimp and so much more.

Want recipes for these beauties and others? Click here and keep a napkin close by for all the drool.

It’s time to party on, friends!

Photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com.

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February 21st, 2014

Filet Mignon Cooking Tips

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It’s the weekend! Maybe you’re going to fire up the grill (or the broiler as the case may be).

If you’re in the mood for some tender, outta sight filet mignon there are some important things to keep in mind before sizzling that steak.

For instance, this cut is thick so be sure to grill the sides, too. Not just the top and bottom.

It’s the little things, right?

Read on here for more great advice on getting the most out of your filet mignon.

And then, bon appetit!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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February 19th, 2014

American Heart Month: Honey Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Salad Recipe

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February is American Heart Month!

That means it’s time to break out our heart healthy beef ideas and enjoy them!

A favorite of mine is this Honey Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Salad above. It’s light and fresh and good for you, too!

The recipe calls for yummy and delicious Beef Tenderloin Tips or Top Sirloin Tips. I love them! Click here for step by step instructions for this beefy salad.

It’s an easy way to be good to your heart this month and your taste buds, too!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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February 17th, 2014

Favorite Foods of Presidents

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It’s President’s Day! As a lover of food, I want to know . . . what do the presidents of the greatest nation on Earth like to eat?

Above, you’ll see President Lyndon B. Johnson chowing down on ribs, but as a senator he liked to have a hamburger for lunch every day.

Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed beef stew – a man after my own heart. And Harry S Truman? Well-done steaks.

I’m on board with the steak part, but maybe ease up on the well-done aspect.

Click here to see more fascinating tidbits about the leaders of our nation and what they like/liked to eat.

And while you’re drooling over their favorite meals, have a happy President’s Day!

Photo courtesy of Bettman/CORBIS via foodandwine.com.

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February 14th, 2014

Ahhh, Bacon Love…

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Perhaps you can relate???

Happy Bacon, er, Valentine’s Day, everybody!!!

Photo courtesy of Xaxor.com.

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February 12th, 2014

Romantic Steak

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Why is a steak dinner considered such a romantic meal?

Perhaps it’s because it fuels the heart which, when in the presence of a love interest, tends to beat non-stop.

Or, maybe it’s because it’s such a beloved, special dinner. I know I ALWAYS feel special when I eat a steak.

Whatever the case, Valentine’s Day dinner is NOT complete without a steak! It’s a must-have!

To celebrate this upcoming day of love, check out these Top 10 Valentine’s Day Recipes – everything from Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon to Lobster Tails to a homemade Steak Sauce!

Treat your sweetie – and yourself – to a steak this Friday and you won’t go wrong!

Photo courtesy of Forbes.com.

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February 10th, 2014

Celebrity Dogs And Their Burgers

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Actress Melissa Gilbert gives us a glimpse into the luxurious life of her dog Josephine.

A life that includes $24 burgers in hotels, mind you.

MY life does not include that! What am I doing wrong? Why was I not born Melissa Gilbert’s dog???

Check out the video to see it straight from her lips!

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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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