August 22nd, 2014

Gourmet Camping = Glamping

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A glamorous camping experience?

Sure, why not!

Glamping can be fun! You just have to bring the correct gear to do it up right.

Whether or not you “rough it” in an air-conditioned tent is up to you, but the meals? Well, those should be top-notch.

A cooler filled with caviar and crackers makes for a great appetizer. So do these jumbo shrimp – just grill ‘em over the coals!

And while you’re eating your caviar and shrimp (and sipping on something bubbly) you can watch some beautiful, thick-cut filet mignon as it sizzles over the fire. Nothing like the smell of a juicy, tender steak grilling to create some serious anticipation.

Your filet will go well with some sweet potatoes in a butter rum glaze that you wrap in foil and heat over those same coals. Roughing it? Sure!

Then, as a grand finale, whip out some molten chocolate cakes from the cooler and heat them gently over the coals so the chocolate oozes just the right amount. Delicious!

Ahhhhh, “back to nature” may have a whole new meaning after this glamping excursion. But I bet it’ll be the camping trip you remember most fondly for the rest of your lives!!!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 6th, 2014

Star Gazing Recipes

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This time of year is perfect for star gazing.

Meteor showers and gorgeous weather make it a great time to get outside and enjoy life under the stars.

When you gather your group together, make sure to have lots to nibble on — we don’t want any hungry (read:  grumpy) star gazers in our midst. You need something hearty like burgers or anything BEEF!

Keep ‘em happy with these star-studded recipes

Inside Out Burger

Ingredients:
Wagyu Kobe Beef Steakburgers
1 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
3/4 cup cooked diced bacon pieces
salt and pepper to taste
4 buns
lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and sauces
as needed for topping
Directions: Split the burger patties in half horizontally, so that you essentially have two thinner burger patties. Place an equal amount of blue cheese and bacon pieces on top of one half pattie, and then place the other half back on top of it and forming it back into one pattie with the cheese and bacon being on the inside. Season the outsides with salt and pepper, and grill, or cook to desired doneness. Toast the buns and place burgers on each bun, and top with toppings of choice. When you cut or bite into the burger the cheese should be melted and creamy.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

 

Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 lb. Classic Ground Beef
1 cup bread crumbs
2 cups heavy cream
2 eggs
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground clove
1 medium onion, minced
2 cups beef broth
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter
Directions: In a heavy bottom skillet, sweat the onion in the butter and reserve. In a stand mixers bowl, add cream and bread crumbs and let sit for fifteen minutes. Add eggs, nutmeg, clove and Classic Ground Beef and onions and mix thoroughly until the mixture gets sticky, about five minutes. Shape the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and cook in the skillet over low heat until all of the meatballs are nicely browned.Remove from pan and set aside. Add flour to pan and cook for five minutes. Slowly stir in beef broth with a whisk to avoid any lumps and cook for fifteen minutes. Add cream and reduce by one third. Add meatballs and cook for twenty minutes. Serve over buttered egg noodles.
Servings: 6
Source: KC Steak Company

 

Need more recipe inspiration? Head on over here and you’ll be sure to find whatever tickles your taste buds.

Enjoy your star-studded party!

Photo and recipes courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 18th, 2014

Planning a Cookout? Use This Checklist

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It’s COOKOUT time of year!!!

You want to invite the whole gang over to beat the heat and share some good, grilled grub.

With a little planning, your cookout can be the Greatest Cookout of All Time. And everyone – including you – will have lots of fun.

How does this happen? Follow this simple checklist for a fantastic cookout!

1. INVITATIONS

You can obviously just verbally invite folks over but if you do that you don’t have a concrete RSVP list. And that makes food and supplies hard to judge. My advice is good, old-fashioned invitations in the mailbox. Guests can RSVP by e-mail, but go all out and send ‘em some paper!

2. MENU PLANNING

Think about the number of people who’ll be there, but also WHO will be there. Does everyone like filets? Burgers? Chicken? Seafood? Make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. And load up on sides and desserts, too, like gourmet mac ‘n cheese and red velvet cake. Check out these recipes for inspiration. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

DRINKS

Don’t forget to quench their thirst! Make sure if you’re going to have alcoholic drinks, you also have non-alcoholic drinks. And have lots of water on hand. It’s hot out there!

DECORATIONS

You can really give your cookout a special feel if you decorate just for the occasion. Go Hawaiian or decorate with a down-home Southern twist. Really make it special!

ENTERTAINMENT

This can be as simple as setting out a game of horseshoes or croquet to play while the food is grilling. Or, even designating a DJ. Just give ‘em something to focus on before, during and after the food makes its grand entrance!

 

If you plan it all out ahead of time, you can just go with the flow and enjoy your friends and family at your cookout. And THAT is what summer’s all about!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 4th, 2014

Menu Ideas for Father’s Day

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Now that we have a checklist for planning a celebration of Dad on Father’s Day, let’s talk MENU!

We’ve got to do it up right for Dad!

APPETIZERS

We’re going to want to whet Dad’s appetite, but not TOO much because there’s lots more to come! Try some Jumbo Shrimp or Basil Pesto Gorgonzola Kisses to get him started.

ENTREE

Now on to the main course! Might I suggest a gorgeous Porterhouse steak for such an occasion? It’s manly, it’s delicious and it’ll let Dad know you’re serious.

SIDE DISHES

This celebration meal calls for Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Mushrooms or decadent Twice Baked Potatoes. Delish!

DESSERT

MY dad is all about the German Chocolate Cake. But maybe yours would love Red Velvet Cake or Vanilla Cheesecake. Pick his favorite!

It’s so much fun to plan a meal for someone you love. Make sure you have all Dad’s faves and it’ll be a hit. Click here for more menu inspiration.

Happy celebrating!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 28th, 2014

Dry Rub 101

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The weather’s warmer and you wanna get out there and barbecue!

Wanna make the most of your meats this summer?

Then you’ll want to brush up on your dry rub acumen. Sometimes, we just need a refresher course.

Check out this “Dry Rub 101” lesson and you’ll be all set to rub up some great ribs, burgers, steaks, brisket – whatever you like!

Happy studying, my friends!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 20th, 2014

Memorial Day Party Checklist

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If you’re like me, hosting parties is fun, but you get a little frazzled just beforehand.

Did I forget anyone? Did I forget anything? Do I have enough food?

All of these questions come tumbling down upon us if we don’t prepare well in advance.

And, well, I never seem to do that.

So here is a Memorial Day Party Checklist for those of us who need a little bit of help.

Location? Check.

Seating? Check.

Clean grill? Check.

So many things to think of, but the beauty here is SOMEONE ELSE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING!

I love it when that happens.

So whether you’re serving burgers or brisket or steaks or hot dogs, you can be sure your party is a success.

Check out that list here — and get checking!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 30th, 2014

Special Treat for Bacon Lovers

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Will they stop at nothing, these bacon-crazed chefs?

I’m not saying I WANT them to, just WOW!

This tasty treat is smoked bacon wrapped onion rings with a sriracha mayo dipping sauce.

In my mind this is either a killer appetizer or a scrumptious side to accompany, say, a bacon-wrapped filet mignon?

This recipe comes to us from our friends at Grilling24x7.com. Geniuses!

For an even bigger taste explosion, you can try applewood double smoked bacon or maple hickory smoked bacon to wrap those rings.

Now that’s just good eatin’! Will YOU try these?

Photo courtesy of Grilling24x7.com.


April 4th, 2014

Highlights of Our Beef and Basketball Posts Past

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Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about steak and a lot about basketball. Because, well, you’ve gotta munch on something while you watch some hoops!

And it SHOULD be something beef-related.

We’ve discussed recipes for basketball-watching parties, a Meat Madness bracket and basketball players fueling up on steak for the big game among other things.

Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane and relive all those wonderful, beefy basketball moments, shall we? Just click here to see them all.

And make some of these recipes while you’re watching the Final Four in action – enjoy!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.


March 21st, 2014

Beefy Basketball Snack Ideas

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Some people are just so creative!

When you’re watching college hoops you want to chow down. It’s just the way it works.

But just any old snack definitely will NOT do. It’s gotta have some BEEF to it!

These very inventive Cheeseburger Basketball Cups are a perfect snack.

Made with ground beef, cheese, biscuits and lots of other tasty ingredients, they’re sure to satisfy any basketball-watching fan.

You can see the entire recipe and cooking instructions here. Then, have fun coming up with your own basketball-themed treats!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.


January 30th, 2014

Football-Shaped Food Ideas

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It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday!

That means it’s time to dust off our thinking caps and come up with some creative menu ideas for the big day.

Isn’t that the funnest part?

Oh, yeah, there’s a game, too. But what’s a game without great food to munch on?

These incredible football-shaped food ideas are so fun to try at your party for the big game.

Take the mini meatloaf you see above. Meat. Good. Football. Good.

There are also recipes for making football-shaped pretzels, oatmeal cream pies and more. There’s something for everyone – all shaped like a football, of course.

Check ‘em out – they’re sure to be a touchdown!

Photo courtesy of A Family Feast via FoxNews.com.


January 17th, 2014

Recipes for Game Day

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Okay, these Wolfgang Puck prime beef mini sliders even kinda look like footballs to me. So how perfect are they for game day eats?

But there are so many yummy options for game day like beef hoagies, steak sandwiches and so much more!

What do you like to munch on while cheering on your favorite team?

Me? It’s always something beef. Kabobs are awesome because they’re bite-sized. Mmmm.

Here are some great game day ideas from Food Network to help rev up YOUR menu for the big day.

Go team!

Photo courtesy of Darko Zagar via FoodNetwork.com.


December 24th, 2013

Christmas Eve Shopping!

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Tomorrow’s Christmas!!!

Is all your shopping done?

If not, these are my favorite go-to gifts – E-gift certificates!

Just print them out, put them under the tree and voila! Everyone’s happy!

They get to pick their favorite steak gifts and you look like a superstar. Win-WIN!

A few clicks and your friends and family can pick their favorite steaks, roasts, sides, desserts – even entire meals!

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 23rd, 2013

Holiday Entertaining Checklist

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It’s almost time for holiday meals! Are you ready?

Here’s a wonderful holiday checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Appetizers? Check. Entrees? Check. Side dishes? Check. Desserts? Well, you get the picture.

Check it out and make sure you don’t forget a thing!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 22nd, 2013

Summer Steak Salad and Shrimp Flatbread

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Now that’s a gorgeous flatbread full of shrimp and other delights.

Pair that with a summer steak salad and you’ve got a winning combination!

Angie McGowan over at Eclectic Recipes created these beautiful dishes – so why not try them at your home?

They’re light and perfect for those warm days outside. Plus, they’re really flavorful!

Visit Eclectic Recipes for the full lowdown on how to make these fab meals. For me, I’d serve the shrimp flatbread as an appetizer, then dig into the summer steak salad as my main dish.

BUT, you just might do the opposite! Have fun!

Photo courtesy of Angie McGowan via EclecticRecipes.com.


January 24th, 2013

Beefy Game Day

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Football fan or not, surely you’ve heard there’s a big showdown coming up.

That’s the Super Bowl on February 3rd for everyone who could care less about the pigskin.

But whether or not you like to watch the game is irrelevant – it’s the perfect time to party and EAT!

Alert your friends and start planning now so you can chow down on some fantastic foods come game day.

Some of my favorites for big crowds are brisket, ribs, burgers – anything BBQ related. They’re total crowd pleasers.

My new favorite obsession is BBQ burnt ends. Here’s what those morsels of goodness look like:

Yeah, I know. Yum.

Put toothpicks in those babies and you’ve got instant finger foods.

You can find all these delectable delights at Kansas City Steak Company. They’ll deliver all your treats right to your door!

And even better, through midnight tomorrow when you buy $125 or more you get free shipping. You just have to use code BIGDAY when you check out.

Peruse all these game day ideas and take advantage of the sales going on. You’ll be the toast of the town no matter who wins on Feb. 3rd!

Photos courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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