June 19th, 2015

Beef and Beer Pairings

Beef and beer have gone together since, well, the beginning of modern civilization.

But we’ve come a long way since then, and there are now specific beers that pair with specific beef or cuts of steak.

Ya gotta love evolution!

Wanting a steak? There’s a beer for that.

Bone-in Filet Mignon Beer Pairing

Having a burger? There’s a beer for that, too.

Blue Heaven Burger Beer Pairing

Kabobs?

Beer.

Read up on beef and beer pairings here and enlighten your mind while you fill your belly. Sounds like a win-win to me!


May 6th, 2015

How To Build the Best Burger

Classic Steakburger with Cheese Sauce

The best burgers start with one thing: top quality meat.

I prefer burgers made from steaks – steakburgers using ground steak beef. For a real treat, try American Wagyu beef. It’s a delicacy that’s a bit more expensive, but worth the expense. This beef is tender and flavorful and a great starting point for a burger with endless possibilities.

Also known as Kobe beef, THIS is the basis for a steakburger you won’t forget.

From this point on, the rest is up to your own personal preferences: cheese or no cheese? Vidalia onions? Bacon? Blue cheese? Wheat bun?

The ideas just keep coming. But remember, if the beef itself is sub-par, there’s really no hope for greatness after that.

Check out these fantastic burger ideas and build a burger you’ll keep coming back to!


April 24th, 2015

Spring Grilling Ideas

Steak is perfect at any time of year. And spring is no different.

But there’s so much more we can do in addition to grilling steaks. Springtime is a time to mix it up a bit. Create some dishes you’ve been craving all winter.

Go for some tenderloin tips and grill some killer beef kabobs. Steaks on a stick, I like to call them.

Steak Kabobs

Try some skirt steak and make a great, fresh steak salad with all your favorite veggies.

Strip Steak Salad

Create some beautiful steak pinwheels and roll your beef in fresh dough for a treat that’s as tasty as it is beautiful!

The sun is out and it’s time for some creative spring grilling! What are you going to try?


March 27th, 2015

Ever Tried a Lobster Loaded Potato?

Lobster Potato

Fish Friday is a time to get really creative with seafood.

Beef isn’t on the menu so fish/seafood is the star of this show. And we’ve got to do it right.

I’m a huge baked potato lover (hello, it’s a classic steak side!) so when I discovered this Lobster Loaded Potato from The Kansas City Steak Company, I thought I had found nirvana.

Take one stuffed potato – or twice baked potato – and fill it with mouth-watering Maine lobster, Mascarpone cheese and flavorful herbs and seasonings.

Oh, glorious heavens!

This beautiful creation can be a wonderful appetizer, but for me, it’s the main entrée. It’s a protein, vegetable and side dish all in one!

Try it for one of your Fish Fridays!

 


March 9th, 2015

Grass-Fed Goodness

Grass Fed Filet Mignon

Have you tried grass-fed steaks? They’re lean and perfect if you’re following the Paleo lifestyle.

I love that there are no artificial ingredients or hormones.

This week, I’m going to pan sear some grass-fed filet mignons and enjoy a delicious night in. It’s been so cold lately, I need a pick-me-up in the worst way.

The flavor of these filets is absolutely wonderful. And since they’re a great addition to a healthy diet I don’t feel deprived of anything. I just get delicious, healthy steaks!

I’m trying my hardest to stick to my New Year’s resolution of healthy habits. And this is a great way to keep on track.

How about you? Are you a grass-fed steaks fan?


February 18th, 2015

Steak and Wine Tasting Tips

Steak and Wine Pairings

I’m always confused which wines to serve with which dishes. I need a personal guide (maybe a cheat sheet) to help me navigate this territory.

I know that the right wine can bring out the flavor of a great steak – and vice versa. So I really want to get this right!

This handy chart shows us just what wine to serve with every meal – namely steak.

Want to serve beef tenderloin tips? Pair them with a nice Zinfandel for optimal flavor acceleration.

How about Sirloin steak? A lovely Mendoza will enhance the meal beautifully.

Try it for yourself and you’ll be a steak and wine pairing expert in no time!


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 6th, 2015

Steak Fry Toppings

Fries-recipes

Maybe you weren’t aware (as I wasn’t not too long ago), but steak fries can be the building block of a great meal.

Don’t believe me? It’s time to try Carne Asada Fries!

Diced carne asada, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream all on top of delicious, crispy fries. Oh, the flavors!!!

Or maybe Cheeseburger Steak Fries are more your speed?

Ground beef, cheese sauce, ketchup, mustard and all your cheeseburger topping favorites.

I mean, you were gonna eat fries with your cheeseburger anyway, right? Why not all at once?

And for the cheesesteak lover in us all, try Cheesesteak Fries.

Melted provolone over thinly sliced top sirloin, peppers, onions and fries? Where do I sign up?

Get creative with your own steak fry toppings and create a meal or an appetizer you never thought was possible!

 


January 28th, 2015

Top 10 Tailgate Foods

Steakburgers

We’re gearing up for the ultimate professional football game this weekend. And we’ve got to fuel up with some incredible tailgate foods.

After all, what good is watching a game without something delicious to eat?

Here are my TOP 10 TAILGATE FOODS to give you some inspiration!

  1. Steakburgers
  2. Baby Back Ribs
  3. Brisket
  4. All-Beef Hot Dogs
  5. Steaks
  6. Tenderloin Tips in Kabobs
  7. Steak Sandwiches
  8. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
  9. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  10. Skirt Steak Fajitas

What’s your personal list of favorite tailgate foods?


January 19th, 2015

Winter Favorites

Beef Wellington

Wintertime is good eating time!

It’s a great time to enjoy savory tastes and satisfying meals. But winter food is different than light, summertime fare. Cold weather food is hearty and filling. It keeps you warm!

These are my favorite winter meals. They help me get through a cold, hard winter!

  1. Prime Rib Roast. Hearty, delicious and there’s always enough!
  2. Beef Wellington. This one really hits the spot with its flaky crust and tender beef inside.
  3. Filet Mignon. Admittedly, they’re great any time of the year, but I like to add a beefy gravy to my steaks in the winter.
  4. Beef Brisket. This meal may bring to mind summertime barbecues in the backyard, but don’t underestimate its ability to satisfy on a chilly evening around the fire!

What are your winter favorites? I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!


January 16th, 2015

Top Sirloin and Steakburgers – Two At Once

Top Sirloin and Steakburgers

So, in my house, people like to make things difficult. Not everyone likes the same cut of beef.

Okay, I’m just as much to blame.

But, we like what we like, right?

For that reason, I usually cook “options.”

When my boys are involved (which is basically always) I love to do meals on the grill like Top Sirloin steaks AND steakburgers.

Everybody’s happy and there’s no complaining. A real plus when you have pre-teen boys.

It’s just as easy to order this top sirloin steak duo and then cook it together as it would be to just prepare one entrée. And, hey, variety is the spice of life!

What are some of your favorite “duos?”


January 14th, 2015

Paleo Recipes With Some Bite

Grass Fed Tri Tip Roast

A Paleo-style diet seems to be such an enjoyable way to a) lose weight and/or b) maintain a healthy body.

Grass fed beef is exactly what my body is screaming for. I’ve just GOT to eat something I love or I won’t stay the course. So choices like a grass fed Kansas City strip steak don’t feel like a restrictive diet to me.

‘Cause it’s not! I LOVE steaks!

A grass fed filet mignon also fits the bill. And it FEELS so decadent. But it’s not. It’s Paleo. And it’s delicious.

Have you tried eating the Paleo way? For a beef lover like me, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered! Check out these Paleo options and explore for yourself!


January 12th, 2015

Filet and Lobster – Dynamic Duo!

Filet Mignon and Lobster Tails

Is one of your resolutions to eat healthier?

I’ll admit, it’s mine pretty much every year. I seem to slip wildly near the end of the year with all the cookies, gravies, etc. that the holidays bring. So come January, it’s time to get back on track.

Luckily for us steak lovers, there are some great healthy options that include beef. One of my favorites is a tender, juicy filet mignon. It’s lean and it’s just the right size.

And if I want to add a bit more to it, a nice lobster tail is a healthy complement that’s absolutely delicious, too!

So, I’ll be surfing and turfing my way through 2015 and loving every minute of it! My waistline will, too. What about you?


January 9th, 2015

Time To Try a Seafood Bake

Seafood Bake

I simply adore a full meal cooked all at once!

The many flavors blend together for such a delicious final product.

A Seafood Bake mixes Maine lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, scallops, corn on the cob and baby potatoes with a rich, herbed lemon butter sauce.

Sound delicious? It is!

At my house, we add steak on the barbie for the ultimate surf and turf.

Sheer heaven.

I prefer ribeye steaks but my husband is partial to Kansas City strip steaks. But any steak cut makes sense with a Seafood Bake. It all works!

Itching to try it? All you need to do is bake for just under an hour. That’s it! Add a little Chardonnay and you’re all set.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Less time working and more time enjoying!


January 7th, 2015

Game Day Food Ideas

Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Sliders

There are some great games going on this time of year. And we’ve got to have great food to go along with them.

If it’s not a federal law, it should be.

My go-to has always been steakburgers during the game. But why not try smaller sliders with a twist like caramelized onion and gorgonzola sliders or applewood bacon and cheddar sliders?

And then there are steaks when you really want to get serious. Boneless ribeyes are my favorites, but there are so many delicious cuts to choose from – why not grill up a variety?

Hickory smoked baby back ribs are a great finger food that’ll satisfy for sure. Or try a beef brisket or all beef hot dogs. You really can’t go wrong with any of those.

Check out these tailgating options, even if you’re “tailgating” in your own living room. You’re sure to find plenty of game day food ideas that will whet your appetite!


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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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