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 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 14th, 2014

Regional BBQ Styles

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You like your ribs pork with a dry rub instead of a sauce. Then you’re probably a Memphis-style BBQ enthusiast.

Or maybe you like any and all kinds of meat cooked slow and low over hickory wood. If burnt ends are your favorite, then Kansas City-style barbecue is for you.

Isn’t it great that even in the category of barbecue we’ve got sub-categories depending on your taste? I love America!

Want to know about all the different regional styles of BBQ this National Barbecue Month? Check out this rundown of the various flavors across the nation.

I know that there’s NO WAY I could choose just one style to be loyal to, I’m afraid. I like ‘em all. How about you?

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 29th, 2014

Cinco Beef-Inspired Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Oh, how I love special days that allow me to focus on food! Beef, in particular.

As you know, I’m kind of obsessed.

So, the fact that Cinco de Mayo is coming up gives me great joy. I can dream up all kinds of beefy delights for that day.

AND, it’s my son’s birthday! We always get to celebrate doubly in spicy style!

The fifth of May, 1862, is when the Mexican army was victorious over the French in the Battle of Puebla and now it’s become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.

So in honor of Cinco de Mayo I give you cinco recipes you can use to celebrate, too!

UNO:  Delicious, nutritious steak fajitas (above). I mean, who doesn’t love steak fajitas? This recipe calls for Kansas City strip steaks sliced up good!

DOSCumin marinated flank steak. A special twist to give your flank steak some zing!

TRESCarne asada. A classic.

CUATROFlat iron steak tacos. I love the heartiness of the flat iron beef. Yum!

CINCO:  Flavorful, colorful pico burgers. Try ‘em and this may just become your go-to burger from now on. Use Wagyu Kobe beef and you’ll be hooked!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 9th, 2013

12 Steaks of Christmas

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It’s the holiday season and food is central to all the joyful gatherings at this time of year. That makes it the perfect time to try 12 new steak recipes in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas!

Here’s one I know will knock some socks off:

Japanese Flat Iron with White Soy and Ginger sauce

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Asian BBQ Flank steaks               4

Togarashi* spice mix                   3 T

Sauce:

Lime juice                                  1/3 C.

Ginger, peeled and minced                        2 T

White Soy                                 2 T

Garlic, minced                            2 t

Brown Sugar                              1 t

Dijon Mustard                            1 T

Canola Oil                                 3 T

Method:

1.  Sprinkle steaks With Togarashi spice mix, and sprinkle with salt. Grill or sear in a pan until desired doneness is achieved.

2. While the steaks are resting combine the lime juice, ginger, soy, garlic, brown sugar, and Dijon in a blender, or combine with a whisk. While the blender is blending or you are whisking slowly add in oil until sauce is emulsified.

3. Slice beef and served drizzled with white soy ginger sauce.

*Togarashi is a Japanese spice mix, and can usually be found in the Japanese or Asian section of the grocery store or a Japanese market.

 

And here’s another:

Flat Iron Steaks with Herbed Butter

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Butter                                        4 oz

Fresh Parsley, chopped                 1 T

Lemon Juice                               1 T

Fresh thyme, chopped                  1 t

Flat Iron steaks,  6oz                    4

Butter                                        2 T

Vegetable oil,                             2 T

Shallots, minced                         2 T

Salt and pepper               as needed

Method:

1. In a mixer combine butter, parsley, lemon juice, and thyme. Mix until well combined. Roll up in a piece of waxed paper, and place in the fridge to harden.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

3. In a preheated skillet, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and then add the 2 T of butter. 

4. Just when you see the first wisps of smoke, add the steaks to the pan, making sure to not overcrowd the pan. When the steak is properly seared flip and let sear for one more minute.

5. Add the shallots to the pan, and then put the pan in the oven. When the steaks are cooked to their desired temperature, pull them out and put them on a plate to rest, while they are resting. Divide the herbed butter into 4 and place one piece on tope of each steak. Serve after 5 minutes of resting.

 

I mean, how much more YUM can it get? Visit here for another 10 steak recipes that you like (that equals 12 folks). These steaks are sure to bring smiles this holiday season.

Happy gatherings, everybody!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 8th, 2013

South American Steak Sauce

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Maybe you’ve heard of chimichurri sauce, but doesn’t it sound more exotic to call it South American steak sauce?

I love this stuff. So spicy. So lively.

This recipe calls for us to liberally apply it to hanger steak. But you can use any cut you see fit.

After all, YOU’RE eating it!

Click here for the full recipe. Ole!!!

Photo courtesy of TastingTable.com.


August 7th, 2013

Flat Iron Steaks Hit the Spot

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Have you ever tried Flat Iron steaks?

They’re really meaty and savory. They’re definitely a steak-lover’s steak.

If you know what I mean.

These flat iron steaks are to die for. They’ve got a sun-dried tomato and roasted red pepper rub already on them.

Just grill and go! Simple.

Try ‘em and let me know what you think!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 5th, 2013

Beerbecue Flank Steak Video

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Oh, man! Our friends at AllRecipes and FoodWishes.com have given us this great video to help us make “Beerbecue Flank Steak.”

That is, of course beer + barbecue sauce + flank steak.

A beautiful combination.

It makes the beef oh-so-tender and so, so flavorful.

I absolutely LOVE a great barbecue sauce!

Check out the video and try this yourself. It is summer, ya know!

Enjoy!


May 31st, 2013

Summer Grillin’

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Fire up the grill, it’s summer! (At least it is in my mind.)

Try cooking something you’ve never tried before. Like steak with a chimichurri sauce (doesn’t that look yummy????).

Or a simple beef kebab with assorted veggies – or even fruit!

Working Mother has some great grilling ideas for us to try and conquer this summer. Check them out here. And while the grilling part is fun, the eating part is more fun!

So, go – grill to your heart’s content!

Photo courtesy of WorkingMother.com.


May 28th, 2013

Sauce Your Burger Like the Pros

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We’ve talked about how a sauce can make or break a steak.

Well, the same goes for a great burger. Naturally!

Famous restaurants are KNOWN for their burger sauces. So why not replicate them at home?

The Daily Meal has the 411 on some well-known sauces so you can do just that. Check out their recipes for Big Mac Sauce and more!

Stay on your patio and enjoy all the flavor of the restaurant down the street. Sounds perfect to me!

Happy saucing!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 23rd, 2013

Great Spring Steaks: Orange Citrus Steak Sauce

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It’s spring! And it’s time for some spring flavors to make their way into our dishes.

How about an Orange Citrus Steak Sauce to get you going?

It’s refreshing and oh-so-sunny!

Check out this yummy steak sauce recipe here and don’t forget to use your favorite steaks! :)

Happy spring cooking!

Photo courtesy of WikiHow.com.


April 4th, 2013

Steak Secrets

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On April 9 at 2 pm ET/PT, the Food Network will be airing “The Secret to Steak.”  This episode is billed as being chock full of insider tips on how to make a steakhouse favorite at home.

It’s like they’re reading my mail or something!

They’ll be featuring a dry-rubbed ribeye. Can you say, “Mmmmm?” That’s my fave cut ever.

Check it out and see if you can replicate your favorite steak from your favorite restaurant.

At least you’ll have fun trying!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


March 27th, 2013

Once Upon a Steak

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You love a good steak. But you want to jazz it up sometimes. Try something different.

That’s where a good steak topping comes in.

Be it a butter, sauteed mushrooms, bearnaise or a fried egg (!) we’ve got endless choices.

I’ll bet you guys have lots of other great ideas for steak toppings. You’re steak connoisseurs.

This article is full of great ideas to top your next steak. Try some and you might find your new favorite.

Until the next one you try, that is!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


March 6th, 2013

Delicious Skirt Steak Recipe

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Looking for something new and scrumptious to try at home? Look no further!

Try this decadent recipe for Skirt Steak with Garlic Confit and Broccoli Rabe from Chris Robertson, a New York sous chef.

I like the flexibility of his recipe because you are not limited to just skirt steak. Try another cut if the mood strikes you!

But the red wine marinade? Well, THAT is a must.

Have fun trying this one at home – you’ll be eating just like a sous chef! And this is a man who knows his food!

Photo courtesy of William Hereford via SousChefSeries.com.


February 22nd, 2013

Snow Steak!

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Will this be you this weekend? Grilling in the snow?

I’ve done it. Nothing stops me from a juicy steak when I’ve got a hankering.

If you’ll be snow grilling this weekend, try one of these awesome steak rubs.

Because if you’re gonna trudge out in the snow you’d better make the steak go-o-o-od! And these rubs just might do the trick.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Photo courtesy of ifood.tv


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