July 7th, 2014

Ball Park Inspired Menu

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Summertime’s baseball time! And one BIG reason we like to go to the ball park? Why, the food, of course!

Bring the excitement of the ball park home with a ball park inspired menu and it’ll be a home run for sure!

Start with …

HOT DOGS

I mean, how can you not start there? Hot dogs, franks, frankfurters – whatever you want to call them – make sure to have lots of condiments – sauerkraut, relish, mustard, the works! Just make sure it’s Kansas City beef for the best taste.

Then offer …

BURGERS

Hot dogs and burgers just go together. And at the ball park, you ALWAYS get a choice.

Then make sure to have …

BEER-BATTERED ONION RINGS

Absolute perfection. And they go with everything. Try this recipe for killer rings!

And finish up with …

GRAND SLAM CUPCAKES

Cupcakes in the spirit of baseballs with licorice laces. Adorable and delicious. Get the recipe here.

 

Have fun creating your own customized menu and bring the ball park to your house!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 2nd, 2014

Most Popular American Foods

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It’s almost America’s Independence Day!

So let’s take a look a some of America’s most popular foods. Here’s an unofficial list compiled by ME. Make your own if you feel I missed something!

1. HOT DOGS

I mean, what do we eat while watching America’s pastime? Why, hot dogs! All beef, of course.

2. BURGERS

When people travel to America, they HAVE to stop and order a burger somewhere. It’s quintessentially American.

3. ICE CREAM

You know this one makes the list. We love this stuff!

4. PIZZA

It may have come from Italy, but we took it to a whole new level. Seriously. Top it with beef and it’s a homerun!

5. STEAK AND BARBECUE

Virtually every city/region in the United States believes that their barbecue and/or steak is the greatest. Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, Alabama, Nebraska. Just ask ‘em!

 

Maybe this week is the time to indulge in all foods American. If so, it might be the best week of your life!!! :)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 30th, 2014

Hot Dog Heaven: Make a Cookout Condiment Bar

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One of the greatest things about beautiful weather is the ability to have COOKOUTS!

Next time you’re grilling up hot dogs, try a Cookout Condiment Bar to make it even more special.

Really make it a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. It’s the secret all great restaurants know. :)

Separate all condiments into stainless steel or clear bowls – out of their original jars and squeeze bottles. Supply each bowl with an appropriately-sized serving spoon and line them up, preferably in a covered, shaded area.

Be sure to include all the traditional items like relish, mustard, ketchup, maybe onions, sauerkraut, and chili.

But why not add some non-traditional choices as well? Try including avocado, tomatoes, spicy condiments like sriracha, and then throw in a unique twist like sliced lemons. Have you ever squeezed lemon juice onto your hot dog? Try it! You might love it!

Have fun thinking up wild condiments that not only add flavor to your hot dogs, but color as well. A beautiful plate makes it taste that much better.

Be sure to start with all beef hot dogs (my must-have) and have fun with your own Cookout Condiment Bar!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 26th, 2014

Red, White and Bleu Cheese: 4th of July Ideas!

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It’s time to start thinking of fun things to serve on the most patriotic of holidays – the 4th of July!

Try these USA-inspired meal ideas and whoop it up this Independence Day!

BLEU CHEESE BURGERS

Color is of utmost importance with your 4th of July presentation. So try some colorful burgers with white onion, ketchup/tomato and a sprinkle of bleu cheese. You may have to hunt to see the blue – but, hey, that’s half the fun!

LAYERED PATRIOTIC DRINKS

For a fun red, white and blue-colored drink, start with ice cubes that will appear white, pour cranberry juice on the bottom of a clear glass or cup, then add blue G2 Gatorade on top. You’ll have patriotism in a glass!

DELICIOUS FLAG CAKE

Chef Ina Garten’s gorgeous flag cake (seen above) features all of the beautiful colors of the American flag. What better way to show your appreciation for our country? Click here to see the recipe and ingredient list for this beauty.

 

Then, have fun coming up with your own ideas using the red, white and blue theme. Get the kids involved, too. It’s more fun that way! Happy almost 4th, everybody!

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.


June 25th, 2014

Steakburger Toppings: It’s Personal

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Summer is burger time. And with that comes the age-old question — What shall I put on my burger?

Some folks have their tried-and-true favorite burger topping combo and they stick with that. Every time.

Mustard, lettuce, cheese.

Others get adventurous and try something different every once in a while.

Sriracha. Avocado. Maybe some Tabasco and bacon.

Possibly something like the BBQ Bacon Steakburger seen above.

Delicious!

But whatever you choose to top your burger with, it’s a very personal decision. Let no one force you into the same little box every time. Branch out! Do your own thing with your burger!

So next time you’re ready for a new burger experience, here’s a couple of fun burger recipes to try that definitely do not smack of the ordinary. Enjoy!

Honey-Mustard Dipped Steakburgers with Apple Relish

Ingredients:
4 (4 oz.) Steakburgers
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
3 tsp. honey, divided use
1 braeburn or red delicious apple; cored, quartered, and thinly sliced
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried
1 tbsp. sweet onion, minced
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
Directions:Before cooking steakburgers, make apple relish.For Relish:
Combine apple, lemon juice, basil, onion, grated ginger, and 1 tsp. honey; mix well. Refrigerate.Heat large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter. Season Steakburgerswith salt and pepper. Place in skillet and sear both sides. Cook until done (about 3 minutes per side). Remove and keep warm. Add garlic to skillet; stir and cook just until softened do not brown.Remove from heat. Stir in mustard and 2 tsp. honey; mix well. Dip steakburgers into mustard sauce; coating one side. Place on serving platter, coated side up. Place a tablespoonful of apple relish on each steakburger and remaining relish on platter around brugers. Drizzle any remaining mustard sauce over burgers.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

Hawaiian Steak Burgers

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 small red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 (4 oz.) Classic Steakburgers
Directions: Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey mustard, sesame seeds, minced red onion, and minced garlic. Whisk ingredients and pour into food storage with lid. Marinate Classic Steakburgersin container, refrigerate for 4 hours.Prep time for making marinade: 15 minutesType of Meat/Cut: Classic Steakburgers
Source: KC Steak Company

June 20th, 2014

Guide to Grilling Summer Ingredients

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We’re all out there grilling up a storm. After all, it’s summertime!

Delicious beef is a given, but what else are you complementing it with? We’ve got to take advantage of summery favorites at this time of year – things like summer squash, zucchini and corn on the cob.

To die for.

When putting these delicate veggies on the grill, we’ve got to be careful to treat them just right. For instance, cutting the SQUASH into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick horizontal slices will ensure they don’t fall through the grill. Start them off in a pan with olive oil, garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Then finish them off on the grill – about 5-10 minutes per side until they’re YOUR desired tenderness. Be sure to brush them occasionally with the oil mixture for great flavor.

On the ZUCCHINI, this recipe is a must for perfection every time:

Grilled Zucchini Medley

Ingredients:
1 lb. zucchini
1/2 lb. yellow squash
1 red pepper
1 medium onion, sliced vertically into thin strips
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
Directions: Cut zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper in matchstick size pieces. On one half of a 22” x 18” sheet of heavy-duty foil, layer vegetables in order listed. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and drizzle with oil. Fold top half of foil over vegetables to meet bottom edge. Grill over hot coals for approximately 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
Source: KC Steak Company

 

For great CORN ON THE COB, remove husks and silk, rinse with cold water and wrap in foil. Place on the grill for about 15-20 minutes until tender, turning occasionally. Create a butter mixture to your taste – add garlic, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, parsley – whatever your fancy. Then spread liberally on each ear of corn after grilling. YUM!

And then try these VEGGIE KABOBS…

Vegetable Kabobs

Ingredients:
Marinade:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp. minced parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, mincedKabobs:
2 large green peppers
3 small zucchini, sliced 3/8 inch thick
1 qt. fresh mushrooms
1 large red onion
Can of potatoes
Directions:Stir together marinade ingredients and pour over vegetables. Toss to coat. Cover and marinade several hours or overnight. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Put vegetables on skewers and broil 6 inches from source of heat for 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with marinadeServes 8-10 skewers.
Source: KC Steak Company

 

With these tips and recipes at your fingertips, you CANNOT go wrong at the grillside this summer! Enjoy!

Photo and recipes courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 16th, 2014

How Do You Like Your Burger Buns?

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Burger buns don’t just come in the white bread variety anymore. Although, that’s still a fantastic option and one of my faves.

We first began branching out with the old sesame seed bun and that really got our taste buds thinking.

These days, there are so many burger buns to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the top contenders:

CIABATTA

This Italian white bread is made from wheat flour and yeast and it’s light, not heavy. It has only been around since 1982 so it’s a relatively new sensation.

BRIOCHE

Puffy, with a golden, flaky crust, its origins are in the French pastry realm. Made with eggs and butter in the mix, this bun is rich and tasty.

PRETZEL

This bun is baked in the traditional pretzel knot shape and comes to us from Germany. Love soft pretzels? You’ll adore this great alternative to the ordinary.

 

Peruse your local bakery for more options and find one that makes your heart sing!

Want to mix it up a bit? Then try one of these buns on the grill next time it’s burger time. Slice it in half, put the inside down on the grill and leave for 10 seconds. You’ll have a toasty, tasty bun for that delicious burger!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 11th, 2014

Mmmmm…USDA Prime Beef!

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The marbling!

The flavor!

The tenderness!

Oh, the magic of USDA Prime beef

What is it?

Only the top 1-2% of all beef can be labeled USDA Prime and you can taste the difference. It’s a designation reserved for only the best beef.

USDA Prime is known for its marbling – you know those little lines of fat delicately running through a great piece of meat? That’s marbling. And it makes beef tender and flavorful. Not fatty. There’s a difference.

Simply put, these steaks and meats are cut above. You can buy USDA Prime steaks of all cuts and in roast form (like the exquisite Chateaubriand).

They are more expensive, but that’s because only 1-2% of beef out there qualifies. Supply and demand, right?

In my opinion, Prime beef is worth it. After all, you want your dining experience to be the best it can be! Try it and see!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 5th, 2014

Everything Ribeye!

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Oh, the glorious ribeye! How I love you!

It’s my absolute favorite cut. It’s tender, but rich and hearty. Just the way I like it!

With or without the bone, it’s sliced from the prime rib. And so, so succulent.

The bone has been rumored to give the meat even more flavor, but for me, I prefer the simplicity of boneless. Beauty is, you get to decide for yourself!

Want to pair a ribeye with a nice wine? Try a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon for maximum impact. This wine pairing chart is fun to peruse when cooking a beautiful steak dinner.

Trying out a ribeye soon? Watch the ribeye video on this page. It’s a wonderful resource for chef tips and advice on cooking your ribeye perfectly. Check it out and heed this advice! :)

And when you’re ready to dive in, the ribeye recipes here are to die for! Try your hand at whipping up some Chipotle Buttered Ribeye Steaks or even Spicy Ribeyes Topped with Blue Cheese. You’ll be a pro in no time!

All this ribeye talk is making me hungry. I know what I’m having for dinner. How about you?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 4th, 2014

Menu Ideas for Father’s Day

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Now that we have a checklist for planning a celebration of Dad on Father’s Day, let’s talk MENU!

We’ve got to do it up right for Dad!

APPETIZERS

We’re going to want to whet Dad’s appetite, but not TOO much because there’s lots more to come! Try some Jumbo Shrimp or Basil Pesto Gorgonzola Kisses to get him started.

ENTREE

Now on to the main course! Might I suggest a gorgeous Porterhouse steak for such an occasion? It’s manly, it’s delicious and it’ll let Dad know you’re serious.

SIDE DISHES

This celebration meal calls for Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Mushrooms or decadent Twice Baked Potatoes. Delish!

DESSERT

MY dad is all about the German Chocolate Cake. But maybe yours would love Red Velvet Cake or Vanilla Cheesecake. Pick his favorite!

It’s so much fun to plan a meal for someone you love. Make sure you have all Dad’s faves and it’ll be a hit. Click here for more menu inspiration.

Happy celebrating!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 2nd, 2014

Checklist for Planning Your Father’s Day Cookout

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Dad’s big day is coming up! June 15th is Father’s Day and it’s time to celebrate!

Lots of us equate celebrating with food. Why? Because it’s how humans have shown love since the dawn of man.

And what better way to show Dad you love him than with a steak and beef-filled cookout?!?!!

To make sure we don’t forget a thing, let’s make a checklist of things we’ll need to make this cookout DA BOMB:

 

1. High-quality steaks, burgers and whatever kind of beef Dad loves

2. Veggies for amazing kabobs or fantastic, colorful side dishes

3. A clean grill!

4. Spatula/tongs for optimal grilling

5. Buns or bread

6. Dessert

7. Condiments, condiments, condiments

8. Plates, cups, utensils

9. Ice!

10. Beverages of Dad’s choice

11. A beautiful tablecloth/table setting – Dad-themed, of course!

12. Lots and lots of love!!!

 

Definitely tailor your fiesta to your specific needs but this is a great start. And check out some yummy menu ideas for Dad’s day over here. Hint:  Steak is the main course!

Follow this list and maybe you’ll find, like I have, that planning to celebrate someone is almost as fun as the celebration itself!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


June 2nd, 2014

Now She’s Eating TWO 72-Oz. Steaks?

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Molly Schuyler is a competitive eater.

I’m sure many of us might put ourselves in that category jokingly. But to Molly, this is NO JOKE.

This time, she has gone and eaten TWO 72-oz. steaks in under 15 minutes. Plus sides. Lots of sides.

Why does she do this, you might ask? Because she can, I guess. I wonder how she got into this line of work.

She is a tiny woman. And I can’t figure out how she does it.

Read more about her steak-eating adventure here.

And this time, my advice is — don’t try this at home, folks.


May 30th, 2014

Father’s Day Grilling at Home

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It’s almost time to celebrate all the dads in our lives.

And you know what Dad likes most of all? You!

But sitting around staring at you isn’t much of a gesture, so why not treat Dad to a meal at home made by YOU?

Click here for some fantastic grilling ideas like smoked pork shoulder tacos, burgers and much more.

You’re sure to find some of Dad’s faves on this list. And THAT will be the best gift of all.

Check out those summer grilling ideas for Dad here!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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 27th, 2014

Would YOU Eat This Burger?

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It’s a doughnut and burger lover’s dream!

But if you’re both, have you ever thought to eat them together?

This Krispy Kreme burger has 3 beef patties AND cheese.

I truly love all of those things but I’m not sure if I can stomach them together. Could you?

Read on here for more about this gastro-delicacy. And then decide if YOU’LL partake. Can you take it?

Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk.


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