July 3rd, 2015

A Cookout With the Good ‘Ol Red, White and Blue

Bring in the colors of Independence Day when planning your 4th of July menu.

A visual presentation with red, white and blue makes the day even more festive, I say!

Serving steaks?

Try this tangy steak sauce. It’s red (hey, it counts!) and it adds such great flavor to your ribeye or filet mignon.

Boneless Ribeye Steak on Grill

For white and a bit of blue, serve Spicy Ribeyes Topped with Blue Cheese. You can knock out two colors at once!

Strawberries and Cream Cheese Cake

And for the finale, make a fresh berry topping for cheesecake. Strawberries and blueberries make it so patriotic!

What are some other colorful ideas you can incorporate into your 4th of July celebration?


July 1st, 2015

What To Bring To a Cookout?

Cookout Combination

It’s cookout season!

Let’s say you’re INVITED to a cookout instead of hosting one.

It could happen.

What do you bring?

Baked Beans

You could start with a side dish like baked beans, macaroni and cheese or a trusty potato salad.

Those are always good contributions.

You could also bring wine. You can never have enough wine at a get-together.

Steak and Wine Pairings

And if you know what the main course is, try a great wine pairing from this guide. It’s always a bonus to bring the PERFECT wine!

Still not satisfied? Just ask the chef! The host may have something in mind and you can make sure what you bring will be eaten and enjoyed.

Simple!


June 29th, 2015

4th of July Recipes – Marinated Beef Tenderloin on the Grill

4th of July Recipe

Summertime is here!

I’m out there every weekend cooking up a storm in my happy place. I wasn’t meant to be stuck inside and freezing.

I need to be free – and warm!

Speaking of freedom… it’s almost time to celebrate this country’s Independence Day. And as with all celebrations in my house it MUST involve food.  Grilling steak HAS to happen at some point in the weekend. But I might mix it up a little and go for a Chateaubriand on the grill for the 4th.

This year I’m going to prepare some Deviled Eggs and Creamy Coleslaw as sides and then serve this scrumptious recipe – a slight departure from my beloved steaks.

What are you serving for July 4th?

Marinated Beef Tenderloin (on the grill)

Ingredients:
1 (32 oz.) Chateaubriand
1 bay leaf
sea salt, to taste
2 onions, sliced
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 clove garlic
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions: Rub the Chateaubriand on both sides with salt and pepper. Place meat in shallow pan; add bay leaf, onions, and garlic. Drizzle with oil. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 2 to 3 hours, turning meat once or twice. Drain meat and discard marinade. Grill over medium-hot charcoal, turning to brown evenly. Continue cooking over indirect heat in covered grill, about 25 minutes, turning frequently, until meat is desired degree of doneness.


June 26th, 2015

4th of July Cookout

4th of July Cookout Party in a Box

Have you started planning for an out-of-this-world 4th of July cookout? It’ll be here before you know it!

My family LOVES to eat outside and soak in the sun and atmosphere on July 4th.

Our cookout has GOT to include All-American favorites like all-beef hot dogs, steaks (my favorite) and steakburgers.

I love to make a dessert that’s red, white and blue like blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream in the shape of an American flag. Delish! My kids go wild for this fun-themed food and we get to celebrate the best country in the world.

What are your favorite 4th of July cookout dishes?


June 1st, 2015

Father’s Day Cookout

Father's Day Cookout Strip Steaks

Celebrating Dad is a joy! The weather is great and cooking outdoors is a perfect fit for June.

A Father’s Day cookout is a celebration I can absolutely get behind!

We love this weekend where we get to say THANKS to Dad for all he does. And for us, it’s always steaks. Dad needs to be honored well and a steak is what is called for. Period.

The dads in my life unwaveringly go for a thick Kansas City strip steak. And how can you argue with that?

We’ll pair them with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon to bring out the beefy taste. Because wine makes it a special affair.

Then this year, I’m going to mix it up a little by serving delicious Twice Baked Potatoes on the side. I just pop them in the oven and all the hard work is already done for me.

And some little Molten Chocolate Cakes are the best way to end this fantastic meal. I mean, come on, a liquid chocolate center? Yes, please!

THIS is the ultimate Father’s Day cookout to us. How about you?


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!


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