August 13th, 2014

Recipes for National Filet Mignon Day!

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Today is a most revered day — National Filet Mignon Day!

It’s a day we celebrate the tender, succulent filet mignon.

Why isn’t there a filet mignon MONTH or YEAR? Just asking.

To honor this day properly we’ve just gotta cook some fabulous filet mignon meals. These recipes should help us do just that.

And these are my five suggestions for this BIG day:

Filet Poele – using a butter braising technique, this one is so, so flavorful!

Grilled Filet with Avocado Beurre Blanc – a beautiful sauce accompaniment.

Spice Rubbed Filet - you know, to spice it up a bit!

Steak Tartare – looking to walk on the wild side? This is a no-cook option!

Thai Firecracker Filet – goes great with Oriental cole slaw!

Too bad this day doesn’t come around every week. I could go on and on!!!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 31st, 2014

Picnic Packin’ Foods

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Since it’s National Picnic Month (what, you didn’t know that?) let’s get outside and pack a picnic!

Now, there’s all sorts of ways we can do this.

1. You can go the safe route and pack bologna sandwiches and chips. Boring.

2. You can grill something delicioso, pack it up and head outdoors.

-OR-

3. You can bring along a portable grill to your picnic destination, grill up some goodies (see those tenderloin kabobs above?) and have yourself a real PICNIC!

I choose #2 or #3.

Honestly, the enjoyment of the picnic is proportionate to the quality of the food you bring.

Your picnic spot may not be conducive to portable grilling. I get that. So #2 is your best bet. Just be sure to grill JUST BEFORE you leave, pack those kabobs/steaks/burgers/what have you in airtight containers and enjoy right away.

Don’t forget all the proper utensils, condiments, plates, drinks, napkins etc. for your picnic. Sometimes a change of scenery makes us lose our minds. Just think through your meal as if you were sitting down at your own table. Only this time, you’ll be sitting on a blanket. Outside. Enjoying nature.

Oh. And pack a blanket.

You really can enjoy just about any meal in picnic form. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t try spaghetti out there. But grilled foods are perfect! Especially ones you can eat with your hands.

So get out there and enjoy your own customized picnic this month and join all the other revelers outdoors who are celebrating National Picnic Month, too!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 25th, 2014

Celebrate National Culinarians Day!

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Today is a day when we celebrate all chefs and cooks – National Culinarians Day!

So why not celebrate the home chef in you?

To me, one of the fanciest, most delicious dishes you can make at home is a beautiful Chateaubriand or beef tenderloin roast.

I mean, just look at that beauty!!! It’s tender and juicy and so, so, flavorful. I just love its delicate perfection.

Follow this Chateaubriand recipe for excellent results and impress your friends and family for National Culinarians Day!

Slow Herb Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients:
32oz Beef Tenderloin
salt and pepper to taste
20 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Sauce:
5-8 tbsp butter, unsalted, cold
5 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cups red wine, full bodied
2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
3 sprigs thyme
4 cups beef stock
Directions: 1. Season the chateaubriand generously with salt and pepper and let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. While it is resting preheat a 10 inch cast iron skillet over high heat until it is searingly hot, and preheat your oven to 225 degrees
2. Quickly sear all sides of the beef and then remove from the pan.
3. Truss the beef, and then stick all of the sprigs of thyme and rosemary under the trussing. Place in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until internal temperature is 127 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with foil.
4. For the sauce, while the roast is cooking, melt 2 T butter in a sauté pan then sauté the shallots in there until translucent.
5. Add red wine and bring to a simmer and reduce until it is a syrupy consistency, about 10 minutes.
6. Add beef stock and thyme and then simmer until it is reduced to about 1 cup of liquid.
Servings: 4-6
Source: Chef Graham

 

Photo and recipe courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 2nd, 2014

Most Popular American Foods

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It’s almost America’s Independence Day!

So let’s take a look a some of America’s most popular foods. Here’s an unofficial list compiled by ME. Make your own if you feel I missed something!

1. HOT DOGS

I mean, what do we eat while watching America’s pastime? Why, hot dogs! All beef, of course.

2. BURGERS

When people travel to America, they HAVE to stop and order a burger somewhere. It’s quintessentially American.

3. ICE CREAM

You know this one makes the list. We love this stuff!

4. PIZZA

It may have come from Italy, but we took it to a whole new level. Seriously. Top it with beef and it’s a homerun!

5. STEAK AND BARBECUE

Virtually every city/region in the United States believes that their barbecue and/or steak is the greatest. Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, Alabama, Nebraska. Just ask ‘em!

 

Maybe this week is the time to indulge in all foods American. If so, it might be the best week of your life!!! :)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 26th, 2014

Red, White and Bleu Cheese: 4th of July Ideas!

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It’s time to start thinking of fun things to serve on the most patriotic of holidays – the 4th of July!

Try these USA-inspired meal ideas and whoop it up this Independence Day!

BLEU CHEESE BURGERS

Color is of utmost importance with your 4th of July presentation. So try some colorful burgers with white onion, ketchup/tomato and a sprinkle of bleu cheese. You may have to hunt to see the blue – but, hey, that’s half the fun!

LAYERED PATRIOTIC DRINKS

For a fun red, white and blue-colored drink, start with ice cubes that will appear white, pour cranberry juice on the bottom of a clear glass or cup, then add blue G2 Gatorade on top. You’ll have patriotism in a glass!

DELICIOUS FLAG CAKE

Chef Ina Garten’s gorgeous flag cake (seen above) features all of the beautiful colors of the American flag. What better way to show your appreciation for our country? Click here to see the recipe and ingredient list for this beauty.

 

Then, have fun coming up with your own ideas using the red, white and blue theme. Get the kids involved, too. It’s more fun that way! Happy almost 4th, everybody!

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.


June 9th, 2014

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Foodie Dads

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What do you give the man who wants nothing but has a real obsession with great food?

Foodie gifts for Father’s Day!

I’ve come up with some fun/yummy ideas for dear old Dad that will get his taste buds moving! Take your pick and he’s sure to be appreciative!

1. Gift Boxed Steaks. Nothing says love like gorgeous steaks in a beautiful package. Near perfection.

2. The Big Daddy Steak Combo. Encourage Dad to indulge his passion for grilling with a steak combo package of his favorite cuts – and invite you to join in!

3. USDA Prime Beef. Go all out and treat Dad to these very high-quality steaks and beef. Only the top 1-2% of beef can be “Prime.” That should impress Dad.

4. Chef Hat. Dad loves food so he needs to look the part. Make sure he has a fancy chef hat to wear while he’s grilling up something great!

Not sure what to give him? A gift card will do just fine! Let HIM decide what he wants most!

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.


June 2nd, 2014

Checklist for Planning Your Father’s Day Cookout

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Dad’s big day is coming up! June 15th is Father’s Day and it’s time to celebrate!

Lots of us equate celebrating with food. Why? Because it’s how humans have shown love since the dawn of man.

And what better way to show Dad you love him than with a steak and beef-filled cookout?!?!!

To make sure we don’t forget a thing, let’s make a checklist of things we’ll need to make this cookout DA BOMB:

 

1. High-quality steaks, burgers and whatever kind of beef Dad loves

2. Veggies for amazing kabobs or fantastic, colorful side dishes

3. A clean grill!

4. Spatula/tongs for optimal grilling

5. Buns or bread

6. Dessert

7. Condiments, condiments, condiments

8. Plates, cups, utensils

9. Ice!

10. Beverages of Dad’s choice

11. A beautiful tablecloth/table setting – Dad-themed, of course!

12. Lots and lots of love!!!

 

Definitely tailor your fiesta to your specific needs but this is a great start. And check out some yummy menu ideas for Dad’s day over here. Hint:  Steak is the main course!

Follow this list and maybe you’ll find, like I have, that planning to celebrate someone is almost as fun as the celebration itself!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


May 30th, 2014

Father’s Day Grilling at Home

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It’s almost time to celebrate all the dads in our lives.

And you know what Dad likes most of all? You!

But sitting around staring at you isn’t much of a gesture, so why not treat Dad to a meal at home made by YOU?

Click here for some fantastic grilling ideas like smoked pork shoulder tacos, burgers and much more.

You’re sure to find some of Dad’s faves on this list. And THAT will be the best gift of all.

Check out those summer grilling ideas for Dad here!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 23rd, 2014

Marinating By Meat Type

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A marinade adds wonderful flavor and juiciness to any type of meat – whether poultry, beef, fish or other.

But did you know that some marinades are better suited to one type of meat over another?

Once you know these secrets, your steaks, burgers, chicken – you name it – will rise to a different level!

Check out this “Marinating 101″ lesson from our friends at StartCooking.com.

It’ll open your eyes to a whole new world of marinating. Try it this weekend!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 21st, 2014

Video: Steakhouse Secrets – Perfect Steak at Home

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Looking for the secrets of the pros? Check out this video on making your own PERFECT steak at home.

Tips and techniques from chefs always make at-home meals better.

Try it this weekend – this LOOONNNG, EXTENDED weekend!

And while we’re enjoying a day off, let’s remember the folks who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day.


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.


May 9th, 2014

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Foodie

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If Mom is anything like us she LOVES good food.

And whether she likes to create the dishes or just enjoy, she deserves to be pampered with food-related goodies this Mother’s Day.

This slideshow of Mother’s Day gift ideas for food lovers has so many great ideas. One is bound to be perfect.

But most of all, just give Mom some attention this Sunday and let her know you love her. That’s what it’s all about! (A great steak doesn’t hurt, either.)

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 5th, 2014

Brisket Tacos? Yes, Please!

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Garcia’s Original Smoky Brisket Tacos from Tasting Table on Vimeo.

Today is Cinco de Mayo! A great day to celebrate all the beautiful flavors of Mexican food and the culture.

I’m thinking these yummy brisket tacos fill the bill just right. Watch this video from our friends at TastingTable.com and then go celebrate – with food, of course!

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo, everyone!


May 2nd, 2014

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Steak Enthusiast Mom

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Mother’s Day is next week!

If the moms in your life are anything like me (hey, I’m a mom) the way to her heart is through her stomach.

This method is not just for men, I promise.

If I were to receive, say, a Mother’s Day gift, here are some of MY steak enthusiast faves:

1. Filet Mignon. Make Mom a beautiful dinner (see above) – she’ll eat it up!

2. Gift her some Bake & Serve Gourmet meals like Beef Wellington. YOU can serve the first meal to her, then stock her up for the rest of the month when she’s got to feed YOU. These are easy peasy – just bake . . . and serve!

3. Wanna get REALLY fancy pants on her? Cook her a steak with Wagyu Kobe beef. Pick her favorite cut and really spoil her with this delicacy.

4. A Monthly Steak Plan. Yes, it’s the gift that keeps on giving – 3, 6 or 12 month delivery!

5. Give her a gift card and SHE can pick the steaks she loves most! It doesn’t get easier than that.

Have fun celebrating the moms in your life!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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