May 25th, 2015

Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes

Sunny barbecues in the backyard – my happy place! And Memorial Day is the quintessential “barbecue in the backyard” day.

It’s almost upon us, so let’s get our ducks in a row and plan some amazing meals out on the patio with these delicious Memorial Day recipes!

Steaks are first up on my list. But the long, leisurely weekend gives us a bit more time to explore something new so why not go for this Memorial Day recipe for Grilled Kansas City Strip Steak and Blue Cheese Mashers? While you’re grilling steak, get your helpers to dive into making the mashers. Everybody wins!

For us, burgers are ALWAYS on the sunny holiday menu. This time, we’re going to mix it up a bit with this Tropical Burger recipe. Pineapple and mango chutney will make you feel like you’re in the tropics!

It’s a long weekend, right?

Serve it with this Fresh Cilantro Picnic Salad – perfect for a group of hungry holidaymakers!

Enjoy good food and relaxation this Memorial Day weekend – I know I will!


May 22nd, 2015

Memorial Day Must Haves

Memorial Day Tbones, Filet Mignon, Kansas City Strip Steaks and Chicken Breasts

Soon enough Memorial Day will be upon us. It’s time to honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and enjoy some family time.

And family time ALWAYS includes food. It’s just a given.

My Memorial Day feast absolutely must include steaks, steakburgers, all-beef hot dogs and brats.

People will revolt if not.

But the variety of steaks is where I can get creative. I like to serve an array of meats from Filet Mignon and Kansas City Strip Steak to Wagyu Beef. Who could complain about that?

In my backyard, there’s always something for everyone. And that means everybody’s happy.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a holiday!


May 4th, 2015

Mother’s Day Recipes

Beef Wellington

Do you like to go all out and pamper your mom on her special day? How about cooking something delicious she’ll love this Mother’s Day?

Enjoy perusing these recipes to find her favorite dishes.

You can never go wrong with steaksfilet mignon is a mom favorite. Try these delicious filet recipes like Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon. Then add some delicious Twice Baked Potatoes and you’re on your way to a complete meal she’ll adore.

Beef Wellington is a filet-based entrée that’s tucked away in a flaky crust. Try this Beef Wellington recipe for a real treat! A bonus to all this cooking? YOU get to enjoy it, too!

Have fun showing Mom all the love she deserves this Mother’s Day!


April 10th, 2015

Couple Appreciation Month: Dinner for Two?

Two Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

April is Couple Appreciation Month. I take this to mean we should all appreciate couples and if you’re one half of a couple, appreciate your other half.

The way we do that in my house? Food! Good food.

Namely steaks.

Now appreciating your partner might look like filet mignons to you, Porterhouse steaks to your neighbor or ribeyes to your mother-in-law.

However you see it, steaks are the way to go.

Dinner for two with exceptionally grilled steaks and maybe some candles flickering is basically the international language of appreciation and love.

Am I right?

Don’t let this month pass without some couple appreciation in your life. You – and your other half – will be thankful!


April 1st, 2015

Maybe an Easter Dinner Instead?

Spiral Ham with Carrots

We’ve covered the Easter brunch option. But what if you and your family are more accustomed to the sit-down dinner for Easter?

Of course you can still serve a spiral ham. I always do no matter what time it is.

But there are so many more choices to be the star of this show.

If beef is what you’re craving, you can do a standing rib roast or even a prime rib roast. So juicy and delicious!

A Chateaubriand is also very elegant as an Easter dinner. After all, it’s French!

Add twice baked potatoes, a veggie, bread and a carrot cake for dessert and you’re set!

So what are your Easter dinner go-tos?

 


March 30th, 2015

Easter Brunch Ideas

Boneless Ham

Are you a brunch person? Will you be serving a brunch this Easter?

We all know brunch is a breakfast/lunch hybrid that’s served usually mid-morning to around 2 pm. But what you serve is entirely up to you!

One thing that MUST be on my Easter brunch table is a spiral sliced ham. No question.

Spiral ham is just so agreeable. It fits in nicely as a breakfast option but serves just as well at lunch or dinnertime. Thanks, ham!

If its brunch time I always set out lots of fruit – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, apples, melons, you name it!

Not only is fruit light and a wonderful accompaniment, it’s just so colorful and pleasing to the eye!

A quiche is a great option to serve alongside your ham as well. We like egg, cheese and bacon in ours, but have fun experimenting with recipes you like.

If you go the brunch route, what will you be serving at your special Easter brunch?

 


March 16th, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Food!

Corned Beef

Even if you’re not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun time to cook some Irish foods that make us beef lovers very happy!

I mean, when else will you try a Guinness Steak Pie or Corned Beef and Cabbage?

And Shepherd’s Pie is a perfect way to gather those leftovers (like that yummy meatloaf you made or some extra steaks) and create a whole new batch of deliciousness . . . Irish style.

See? We’re recycling here! Keeping it “green!”

Or try some Irish Pub Beef Stew or Chipped Beef on Toast – just to get into the spirit of it. So many tasty beef dishes to choose from.

And when you’ve finished your cake with green food coloring and your green beverage of choice, you’ll be happy you celebrated the day!


March 6th, 2015

Thinking About That Easter Ham?

Spiral Sliced Ham

I know it’s crazy to think about, but Easter is not that far away, my friends. And if you’re like me and you CANNOT go without an Easter ham it’s time to start thinking about ordering one. Or two.

A spiral sliced ham is a must have for my family. Pretty much at any holiday – but Easter especially.

Just thinking about that spiral ham goodness puts my people in a good mood for about a week leading up to the big spread. And that’s a nice bonus!

And those leftovers are actually something we look forward to. How many leftovers can you say that about?

Ham sandwiches are a given, but it’s the breakfast omelettes with diced ham and fried ham and eggs that make these leftovers something special.

This one ingredient just keeps reinventing itself meal after meal. And no one gets tired of it.

So there you have it. An Easter ham is not just a one-meal flash in the pan for me. It’s the dish that keeps on giving.

Tell me, will you do an Easter ham this year?


February 16th, 2015

Mardi Gras Recipe

Flank Steak

It’s almost Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate and feast before Lent.

Food is such a big part of this fun time and we’ve gotta do it right!

When you think of traditional Mardi Gras fare there’s Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Fried Rice, Muffulettas and King Cake.

But what if, like me, you’re hankering for some beef this Mardi Gras? Well, lucky for us, there’s a recipe for that!

Check out this Mardi Gras steak recipe. You can create this using whichever steak cuts you love: Kobe beef, ribeyes – the choice is yours!

The Original New Orleans Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras Steak

Ingredients:
2 scallions, white and greens, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped red onions
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. grated, peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced, seeded jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp. ground coriander seeds
1/4 tsp. each black and cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. each dried basil and kosher salt
1 packed tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup each red wine, the soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, bourbon whiskey and olive oil
4 (8 oz.) Kansas City Strip Steaks

Directions: In a small bowl, combine the scallions, red onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper. In a large bowl combine the spices, basil, salt and sugar. Whisk the orange juice, both vinegars, soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture. Slowly drizzle the olive oil, whisking constantly. Add the scallion mixture and combine. Add the Kansas City Strip Steaks to the marinade and coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.

Bring to room temperature before grilling. Grill the steaks over hot coals 3-4 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes, before slicing against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices. To serve, arrange the steaks on a large platter together with sliced tomato, onion, basil and fresh mozzarella salad.

The Salad:
2 large vine ripe tomatoes, sliced thick, 1 red onion, sliced thin, 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 8 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella. Topped with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with white balsamic vinegar.

 

 


February 13th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

Filet Mignon and Baked Potato

I don’t need a fancy gift for my husband this Valentine’s Day. He knows I love him when I shower him with food!

And it’s got to be beef.

Any beef will do. As long as it’s high quality.

Steaks of any cut. A Chateaubriand simmering in the oven. Beef tenderloin tips in the form of kabobs.

He loves them all!

And because I love him I’ll work in a steak dinner this weekend to make sure he knows I’m paying attention.

With all the hints he’s given me I’d be crazy not to!

What are your Valentine plans?

Are you “in between” Valentines this year? Then make yourself a beautiful steak dinner and show yourself some love!

You deserve it!


February 11th, 2015

Romantic Dinners for Two

Filet Mignon

The most romantic day of the year is coming up! Thinking about a romantic couple’s dinner at home?

Me too!

For Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a dinner of tender, succulent filet mignons. They’re fork tender – like your love!

Looking for something more hearty? Try cooking some Beef Wellingtons. The flaky pastry crust gets me every time. I’m a sucker for this all-in-one meal. It’s delicious!

Now, if you are showering affection on a man this Valentine’s Day, statistics show (okay, my life experience, really) that a manly T-bone steak says, “I love you” like nothing else.

Seriously, the way to ANYONE’s heart is through the stomach!


February 2nd, 2015

Romantic Meal Ideas

Filet Mignon

February is a month to be romantic. We’ve got Valentine’s Day coming up and it’s still cold outside so it’s pretty conducive to snuggling!

But – man or woman – nothing says romance like a romantic dinner.

One of my all-time favorite romantic meals is a couple of filet mignons, whipped potatoes, side salad and a delicious red wine.

That’s a lighter option. If you want something hearty that’ll warm you both up, mouth-watering Beef Wellington is an excellent choice. And… as a bonus, this is a heat and serve gourmet meal. Just pop ‘em in the oven and serve on some lovely china! The flaky pastry crust makes this dish so unique!

Now, if you REALLY want to impress your sweetie, Chateaubriand is the way to go. A gorgeous roast simmering in the oven is one of my favorite aromas. It creates an ambience that’s so important for setting a romantic stage.

Plus, it’s tender and juicy, and, well, it’s French. It just seems more romantic if it’s French.

So, what will you feed your sweetheart? These romantic meals are in themselves a gesture of love. And that speaks volumes!


December 26th, 2014

Those Glorious Christmas Leftovers

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It’s that time!

Leftover time!

The holiday dishes have all been put away, but there’s a delicious reminder in the fridge of all that merriment and cheer.

It’s turkey and Chateaubriand and prime rib roast and spiral ham all tucked in their Tupperware beds. Just waiting to be called upon for the Leftover Parade.

There are two ways to go about this.

One: Reheat and serve.

I’m partial to this one because I’m usually exhausted.

-OR-

Two: Repurpose those leftovers into equally dazzling second meals.

My sister-in-law Chef Sandy is a master at this.

Roast turkey becomes turkey soup, turkey stew, turkey enchiladas.

Spiral ham becomes ham omelettes and ham soup.

Chateaubriand? Why, beef sliders, of course!

What are your favorite leftover ideas? Time to whip them up!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 24th, 2014

Holiday Table Ideas

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Everyone has their own ideas of what makes a great holiday table.

Some cannot veer from the classic turkey, spiral ham and sides combo.

And I understand that. I’m in touch with that.

Sometimes, holiday time is the only time of year you serve those dishes.

But, for some, the holiday table allows you to try something out of the ordinary and special like Chateaubriand or prime rib.

The most important thing is that your holiday table makes YOU happy.

Have you ever served a nice salmon or lobster on your holiday table?

How about lasagna?

Tell me, what are you serving on your holiday table this year?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 22nd, 2014

Recipe for a Happy Life This Holiday Season

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What really makes you happy?

For me, it’s good food, good people and gratefulness.

Here’s my RECIPE for a happy life during the holidays (and all year ‘round):

 

Add equal parts juicy steak and potatoes

Place happy, smiling people around my table

Sprinkle liberally a good dose of humility and thankfulness

 

That’s it.

It’s simple, really.

If we all focus on the truly wonderful things we have in this life, there’s no room for the negative.

I did mention steak, though, too, right? Make sure there’s steak.

Hungry people tend to be grumpy.

The taste of a perfectly grilled steak with its hearty, yet tender, flavor makes everything right in my world. The happiness recipe definitely calls for steak.

Enjoy the holidays with this recipe, friends! And be sure to share it!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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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.

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