November 19th, 2014

What’s on Your Thanksgiving Menu?

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So I’ve already told you that I MUST have a turkey on my Thanksgiving table.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be other options. I like to have a spiral sliced ham on board, too, so I can make future breakfasts and lunches with it.

Have YOU ever been daring and served something a bit less traditional for Thanksgiving? Perhaps a gorgeous Chateaubriand or a prime rib roast?

That’s not to say that those amazing meals are not classics in their own right, they’re just not strictly by the book like a Thanksgiving turkey.

They’re edgy. Daring. Different.

And I like that.

What will you be serving this Thanksgiving? Traditional or living on the edge? Tell me!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 17th, 2014

Flavorizing With Herb Roasted Turkey

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Turkey is a must-have at Thanksgiving time around my house. It MUST be on the table. No ifs, ands or buts.

But… this year I’m exploring new options to spice it up – or herb it up, as the case may be.

I’ll be serving an herb roasted whole turkey. It’s already infused with a blend of herbs that brings out the juiciness of the turkey while flavorizing it.

Yes, it’s so good I had to make up a new word for it. Flavorizing. You can use it, too.

With a flavorized turkey, beautiful sides, delicious desserts, and the company of my family, I will be in my happy place this Thanksgiving.

There is so much to be thankful for!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 14th, 2014

T-Bone: I’ll Drink To That!

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When I’m enjoying a very, hearty, beef cut like a T-bone or a Porterhouse a great wine is a must!

A smooth red blend will do the trick nicely!

I always need help choosing the right wine for my cut of beef so I reference this list of pairing suggestions.

It gives me choices but helps guide me along the way.

Plus, it’s just fun!

My favorite thing is to try them all at different sittings to come up with a winner.

And when I find the right wine, my big, beautiful steak tastes THAT much better!

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November 12th, 2014

Wine and a Fabulous Filet

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A mouth-wateringly tender, juicy filet mignon deserves an accompaniment just as divine.

These wine pairings fill the bill magically!

A Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice for this particular cut of beef. It goes so well with a butter-tender filet.

I’m dreaming of a delicious night with a beautiful glass of red and this perfectly grilled steak. Maybe by the fire.

What could be better than that?

Check out more wine pairing suggestions to go perfectly with your filet. And plan a cozy night with vino and steak of your own.

Cheers!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


November 10th, 2014

Wine and Steak? Yes, Please!

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A good wine, a nice steak — they’ve been complementary since, well, time began.

But over the years the method of choosing just the right wine for every cut of beef has been honed and refined.

For instance, why is Pinot Noir the right choice for a beefy roast and vegetables? Experts know.

And did you know a high-acidity wine pairs beautifully with sharply-flavored red meats?

Me neither. But I’d like to know these things.

Check out these wine and steak pairings and jump into the game yourself!

A little education is so refined. Perfect with a glass of wine and my favorite Kansas City steaks!

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November 7th, 2014

Lamb: A Little Something Different

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A beautiful piece of meat is always the centerpiece of the table at my house — especially at holiday time.

Looking to try something a bit different? Try lamb! Wouldn’t a rack of lamb present beautifully for your guests?

Roasted or grilled, this meal is made to be savored and enjoyed. Perfect for enjoying the company of your holiday guests!

There are so many meals to be had at holiday time. Why not mix it up a bit for at least one of them?

Lamb is understated elegance and a welcome twist to your holiday traditions!

Go on, live on the wild side! Try something different!

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November 6th, 2014

Ham Makes it a Special Occasion

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It’s hard to present a beautiful spiral-sliced ham on a platter and it NOT be a special occasion.

Seriously, a gorgeous ham like this makes just a regular Tuesday night something to talk about.

But when it comes time for actual special occasions (hey, there are lots coming up in the next two months) a ham really fits the bill.

Holiday gatherings always require ham at my house. And one of the beautiful things about having overnight company and serving ham is that it can be served for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!

Serve a mouth-watering ham and all the right sides for dinner, then, the next morning chop up some ham and create the most amazing omelettes. Lunch? Ham sandwiches! Perfect.

Some food for thought for the holidays to come. Ham should always be a part of the equation. And I can’t wait!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 4th, 2014

Holiday Centerpiece Favorites

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Oh, how I love this time of year!

Halloween is over and it’s time to start thinking HOLIDAY MEALS!

I look forward to this with great anticipation all year long.

When I think of my holiday meals, I first think about the centerpiece of the meal.

My personal go-to centerpieces are a gorgeous Chateaubriand or a prime rib roast (oh the beef!) and a spiral-sliced ham. My family loves them all.

At holiday time especially, presentation is so very important. And these main course centerpieces make quite an impression.

And, of course, they TASTE delicious! You just have to decide which taste to go with.

That’s the fun part! Good thing is, holiday time brings lots of visitors and lots of mealtimes. You really can serve them all over the next couple of months!


October 31st, 2014

Fall Harvest Party Meal Ideas

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The centerpiece of a great fall harvest party? The food!

Dishes that warm the soul and the palate are what celebrating the fall harvest is all about!

Here are some of my favorite foodie ideas to usher in the season:

1. Start with tantalizing appetizers. How about some applewood bacon and cheddar sliders? Or offer tasty basil pesto gorgonzola kisses, three cheese arancini, herb citrus scallops and lobster flatbread.

2. Whole Smoked Turkey. This is the main event. Delicious and showstoppingly beautiful, the aroma alone will have your guests drooling.

3. Sides with a twist. Try mashed potatoes with porcini mushrooms, carrots with maple glaze or lobster mac and cheese.

4. Finish up strong. Desserts that hail the season are winners like hand-dipped chocolate macaroons, spiced apple streusel tartlets or cognac pumpkin cake!

With a menu like this, no one will forget THIS fall harvest, for sure!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 29th, 2014

Halloween Dinner and a Movie

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Want something delicious – and deliciously creepy – this Halloween?

Try feet loaf! It’s meat loaf in the shape of ghoulish feet. But, hey, it’s still the same, wonderful ground beef you love. Just Halloweenitized!

With garlic toes and ketchup blood, you’re sure to be grossed out and satisfied at the same time!

Click here for this perfect Halloween meal recipe.

Then, watch a scary movie like Halloween, Halloween 2, Halloween 3… for the full effect.

With a deliciously creepy theme in all you do – and eat – this Halloween will be one to remember!

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October 27th, 2014

Fall Harvest Party Table Setting Tips

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I love putting the beautiful and bountiful colors of fall front and center this time of year.

Decorate a fall harvest table for your next get together and wow your guests with all the beauty autumn has to offer.

Here are some great ideas for bringing your fall harvest table to life:

1. Decorate with fruit and vegetables that are timely – squash, pumpkins, apples, gourds. The colors arranged together in a bowl or garnishing a serving plate (above) are gorgeous!

2. Napkin rings with a fall flair. I love to use pumpkin-themed napkin rings on my fall table. They really announce the season!

3. Create a centerpiece (or buy one) that incorporates fall themes – changing leaves, gourds, etc. Make it really stand out on your table.

4. Simply place a pumpkin on a cake pedestal. Display several different sizes, shapes and colors of pumpkins on separate pedestals for a simple, yet dramatic, effect.

5. Choose a fall colored table runner, then simply place fall leaves, vegetables, fruits and candles all along it. Elegant and sophisticated!

Have fun setting your own special fall harvest table and enjoy your party!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 24th, 2014

World Series Appetizers

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When you’re watching some fantastic baseball, you’re bound to work up a pretty good hunger.

Why not make it easy on yourself and just create a variety of appetizers that will fill the bill?

When rooting on the Royals, why not grill up some beef tenderloin tips from some Kansas City folks. Hearty and tasty, they’ll satisfy any appetite.

Or how about some jumbo shrimp, bacon and cheddar sliders or baby brie bites?

This selection of hors d’oeuvre should get you going in the right direction. With so many to choose from, your guests’ appetites are sure to be satiated.

Play ball, friends!

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October 22nd, 2014

Royals Watching? Just Add Wine!

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The Royals haven’t been in the World Series since 1985. Isn’t that cause for a little celebration?

And to celebrate like royals do, a little wine is called for.

Why not amp up the usual tailgating experience?

Check out this great selection of wines brought to you by Kansas City folks.

Then, peruse this wine pairing list for when you want to add, you know, FOOD to the mix.

Change it up and have fun watching the Royals with a little wine this year!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 20th, 2014

Crown-Worthy Recipes for Royals Fans

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So it’s quite a feat that the Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series this year!

In honor of this momentous occasion, how about cooking up some crown-worthy meals fit for royalty?

Burgers are a great tailgating or game-watching meal – but Wagyu Kobe beef burgers take it to the next level.

Try Wagyu Kobe steakburgers as a Kobe Patty Melt with delicious Swiss cheese. Get the recipe here.

Or how about a rack of lamb? Extremely royal, wouldn’t you say?

Perhaps some herb citrus scallops, filet mignon or lobster flatbread are more to your liking?

Basically, think of your Royals-watching meals as a fine dining experience and you’ll be set! Any one of these new items should fit the bill.

Or try one of these recipes for your fancy feast!

Take your dining experience to new heights during the World Series – and go Royals!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


October 15th, 2014

Fall Flavor Fun

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Soups and stews and casseroles, oh my!

When I think of fall foods, THAT’s what comes to mind.

Spice those recipes up even more with seasonal foods with an autumnal twist.

Add some squash to your soup or stew. Or bake up some apples and sprinkle them with cinnamon as a delicious side – or dessert!

Looking for more fall flavor inspiration?

Check out these delicious recipes or peruse these recipes here and make fall foods fun!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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