September 23rd, 2014

Fall Ingredients – Best Mushrooms for Steak

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Beautiful fall! It’s here and it’s time to take advantage of all of fall’s bounty.

Mushrooms are a great start! So what are the best mushrooms to accompany a beautiful steak?

Shiitake. Served with flank steak, their smoky taste really enhances the flavor in the beef.

Portobello. This is a very common steak accompaniment because they have a very similar taste to steak. A top sirloin steak is perfect prepared in a skillet with the mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms. These mushrooms are a wonderful addition to a pepper steak dish. They’re very peppery and add delicious flavor.

The time is right so have fun playing with your own version of mushrooms and steak this fall!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


September 19th, 2014

Summertime Salmon

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Seafood is a delicious summer treat.

And since we only have one more weekend of this beautiful season, why not try some light and tasty salmon recipes?

This sweet chili salmon (above) I absolutely LOVE! It’s marinated in the goodness of a sweet chili sauce for that just right flavor combo.

Wanna dip your salmon in something tasty? Try this outstanding tartar sauce recipe. It’ll knock your socks off!

You can also walk on the wild side and try a trio of seafood favorites – all at the same time: salmon, jumbo shrimp and crabcakes. It’s a seafood smorgasbord!

Soak in the flavors of summer this weekend, friends, it’s the last of the year!!!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 17th, 2014

Summertime Favorites

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Oh, those beautiful summer days!

They’re coming to a close. But we still have a few days to savor the tastes of wonderful, glorious summer.

My summertime favorites?

Anything light and easy.

A fresh chicken breast on the grill. A little lemon juice and some greens and I’m a happy gal.

Burgers! Adding avocado at this time of year is so refreshing and delicious.

Grilled tenderloin salad. Try this one with peaches, pecans and limes. It looks, tastes and smells like summer.

And finally … steaks! A ribeye is my fave any time of year. Just sitting outside in the summer sun, smelling the aroma of a steak on the grill puts me in my happy place fast.

How about you? What are your summertime classics? Time is running out!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 12th, 2014

Cooking at Summer’s End

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It’s time to make all those light and wonderful dishes that make summer so amazing – before the weather changes.

Here’s a list with recipes of some perfect “farewell summer” meals. Enjoy!

1. Caribbean Beef Tip Salad with Mango Vinaigrette. Talk about a sunny dish! Delish!

2. Grilled Tenderloin with Avocado Burre Blanc. Avocado SCREAMS summer!

3. Moroccan Pita with Couscous Salad and Mint-Parsley Yogurt Sauce. Refreshing!

4. Chipotle-Citrus Marinated Chicken Breasts with Grilled Tortillas and Avocado Salsa. Soak it in! 

5. This.

6. And this!

7. A beautiful filet mignon. Need I say more?

8. Beef kabobs. Oh yeah!

9. Jack & Coke Marinade. Send the summer off in style!

10. Lemon Herbed Top Sirloin. Nothing says “summer” like citrus!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


September 11th, 2014

End of Summer Grilling Tips

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Summer is coming to a close. It’s sad, but it doesn’t mean grilling has to stop!

On the contrary.

Keep those burgers, steaks, hot dogs, kabobs and whatever else you can dream up coming!

But there are a few things we’ve got to do to prepare for the coming fall grilling season.

1. Clean the grill. You might not grill as often as you did in the summer. So start off the season with a good cleaning. The grill might sit for a longer period of time so let it sit clean.

2. Cover the grill. We’ll get some chilly nights (and days) ahead so cover up that grill so it stays safe – and leaf-free!

3. Make sure all knobs are on the OFF position. Seems simple, but in our haste sometimes we forget one or more of the burners when we’re finished. THAT would be a disaster if left for a while so double and triple check.

4. Shift to fall recipes! Searing a roast on the grill before letting it slow cook is oh so amazing! Check out more recipe ideas here.

5. Don’t forget to continue to invite lots of friends and family over to grill. Body heat will keep you warm when the temperatures start to go down! :)

Happy continued grilling!


September 9th, 2014

Tailgating Across America

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Following your team around the country?

Well, even if you’re just doing it on the TV, you can pretend you’re there by tailgating with delicious dishes from the opposing team’s hometown!

A “Tailgating Across America,” if you will.

Playing a Philadelphia area team? Whoop it up with some hunger-busting Philly cheesesteaks!

New York bound? Gotta sample a NY hot dog, of course!

Midwest beef is primo, so don’t miss out on a perfectly grilled KC strip steak when tailgating in Kansas City or surrounding areas. Even if you’re “tailgating” in your living room.

Have fun playing with the various foodie themes in this tailgating trek around the U.S. Just don’t forget the napkins.

I can see you drooling already! :)

USA! USA!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


September 5th, 2014

Game Day Grilling Gear

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Your favorite team is suiting out and gearing up for game day — and you should, too!

Get your gear and your grill ready to feed the hungry crowd that will gather to root them on.

First, you need to LOOK the part.

You’ve gotta get your oversized chef hat on so when you’re at the grill people know you mean business.

Then, make sure you have all the proper grilling utensils clean and ready. A grillmaster has got to have his tools.

Most of all, you’ve got to select the right meat for the job. Whether you’re doing beef tip appetizers, nice steaks or burgers and hot dogs — the quality (and quantity) of meat on hand is essential.

Your team deserves only the best … and why go to all the trouble of suiting out and cooking up a storm if the meat is subpar?

Start here for tailgating essentials and then check out these premium steaks and these appetizer ideas.

They should create a tailgating or game-watching party that’s sure to be a winner every time!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


September 3rd, 2014

Tailgating Recipes

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Looking to spice it up at your next tailgate gathering?

Use some recipes with some ZING to change it up before the big game. Try these on for size…

PICO BURGER. A little pico de gallo and avocado on a brioche bun makes it better than just a burger!

BARBECUE SAUCE. Try this recipe for ribs, burgers, brisket — anything!

BBQ BEEF BURNT ENDS. Just heat and eat these deliciously tender bite-sized smoked brisket pieces.

Peruse more fantastic recipes for tailgating here. Then check out these tailgating favorites like steaks, hot dogs, beef tenderloin tips and more!

Go team!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 2nd, 2014

Tailgating 101

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Football season is in full effect and baseball is still going on. It’s officially tailgating season!

You know all about bringing folding chairs, your favorite drinks – maybe a huge TV – but what about food?

What’s the best food to bring on a tailgating adventure?

First of all, it needs to be simple, easy and easy to serve.

Anything you can prepare on a portable grill is ideal. Some of my faves are steaks, all-beef hot dogs, burgers, beef kabobs and these tailgating beauties.

Basically, BEEF is the name of the game.

Want to be more adventurous? Check out these tailgating favorites and try some ribs, a brisket or even sandwich steaks.

Visit here for more tailgating ideas. The main thing is you want FLAVOR and FUEL to push your team onto that big win.

Have fun and tailgate on, friends!


August 29th, 2014

5 Easy Back-To-School Night Meals

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The kids are back in school and the schedules and time crunch is back!

We need meals that are nourishing and delicious, but also hassle-free. That’s why I LOVE these Heat & Serve Gourmet dinners. You literally heat, then serve them!

Here are 5 easy ways to make weeknight dinnertime a wonderful experience:

1. Brisket with twice-baked potatoes. The meat is already sliced and sauced. Put it in the oven (the potatoes, too) and voila!

2. Hickory-smoked ham and mashed potatoes with porcini mushrooms. Delicious and different. This meal is a hit!

3. Chicken Spiedini. A new twist on a mealtime favorite – chicken! This Italian dish is so savory your family will devour it. Serve with your favorite noodles.

4. Cold Water Lobster Tails. Did they ace the test? Break out this seafood favorite! You can grill, bake or boil them. Whichever way you choose, it’s simple! Try with creamed spinach.

5. Beef Wellington. Put it in the oven and you have a gourmet meal that is rich and flavorful. Green beans in a mushroom cream sauce are an excellent accompaniment!

May all your school nights be stress free – or at least the ones when you take it easy on yourself and serve these meals!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 26th, 2014

Labor Day Favorites

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What are all holidays made for?

Food! That’s what!

And this Labor Day is no different. We’ve got one last summerish hurrah coming up and I intend to do it up right. I know you do, too!

Let’s get in those summer grilling favorites before the crispness of fall sets in…

We’ll start with burgers. I mean, heck, it’s not Labor Day without burgers!

Steaks are a must as well. Is the grill going? Then steaks must be on it!

Throw in some ribs, too. They’re a traditional Labor Day favorite at our house. We’re outside so it’s okay to lick our fingers, right?

Now sides are very important at this soiree. There are plenty of side dish recipes to choose from.

These delicious deviled eggs must make an appearance. Everyone will literally eat them up! Get the recipe here.

BBQ baked beans? Yes, please! These go with everything – and they’ll go fast. Try this fantastic recipe.

Feeding a big crowd? This potato salad recipe will please ‘em all. And check out more recipes here whether you want to go fancy or simple and traditional. There’s something right up your alley!

Have a great Labor Day feast, my friends! And send summer out with a bang!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 22nd, 2014

Gourmet Camping = Glamping

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A glamorous camping experience?

Sure, why not!

Glamping can be fun! You just have to bring the correct gear to do it up right.

Whether or not you “rough it” in an air-conditioned tent is up to you, but the meals? Well, those should be top-notch.

A cooler filled with caviar and crackers makes for a great appetizer. So do these jumbo shrimp – just grill ‘em over the coals!

And while you’re eating your caviar and shrimp (and sipping on something bubbly) you can watch some beautiful, thick-cut filet mignon as it sizzles over the fire. Nothing like the smell of a juicy, tender steak grilling to create some serious anticipation.

Your filet will go well with some sweet potatoes in a butter rum glaze that you wrap in foil and heat over those same coals. Roughing it? Sure!

Then, as a grand finale, whip out some molten chocolate cakes from the cooler and heat them gently over the coals so the chocolate oozes just the right amount. Delicious!

Ahhhhh, “back to nature” may have a whole new meaning after this glamping excursion. But I bet it’ll be the camping trip you remember most fondly for the rest of your lives!!!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 20th, 2014

Campfire Cuisine

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Hot dogs, kabobs, burgers, baked beans — even s’mores! These are all campfire food favorites.

But have you ever thought maybe you’d like to step outside of the box on your next campfire excursion?

Here are some great campfire recipes that’ll help you do just that!

Heavenly Fish – this one uses the foil method and works perfectly with trout or any fish you choose.

Campers Stewground beef is used in this camping recipe, along with veggies and potatoes. Yum!

Cowboy Casserolehamburger, beans and bacon over biscuits conjures up images of the Old West!

Fajita Marinade – put your flank steak or skirt steak in this and your campers will scream, “Yahoo!”

What do all these camping recipes have in common? They’re all incredibly simple and easy to cook over hot coals. Have fun!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 11th, 2014

Beach Cookout Checklist

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You’re grilling out at the beach!

Fun times!

What are you going to take?

Well, if there’s not already a grill set up down there, you’ll need a GRILL!

Plus, all the accompaniments — charcoal, lighter, etc. — whatever heat source it requires.

Then, I suggest something customizable like the KABOBS above or BURGERS.

You can marinate or season either before bringing them onto the sand and then just pop them onto the grill when you’re ready.

Everyone can create exactly the kabob or burger they like with the fixings you provide. So offer plenty.

You’ll need a CLEAN PLATTER to serve your main entree on, plus plates for each person.

Ensure that all of your serving trays and plastic tubs are COVERED or coverable. There are lot of flying critters out there by the water and we don’t want them feasting on your beautiful meal.

And aside from all the things we know you’ll remember (sides, utensils, condiments) make sure to bring lots and lots of BEVERAGES. A large quantity and a large variety. The beach is dehydrating so bring tons of liquid!

Summer goes by fast, so have a wonderful time on your next beach cookout — and when you’re prepared it’s easy as pie!


August 8th, 2014

Sunday Dinner Ideas

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When I think of Sunday dinner, images (and aromas) of slow-cooked homestyle meals come to mind.

Roast, meatloaf. Meals that say “home” to me.

What will you be cooking this Sunday?

Sometimes I WANT a meal that takes time to prepare, but I simply don’t have the time. Or I just want to spend Sunday with my family instead of in the kitchen. On those days, these Heat & Serve Gourmet meals are ideal. Everything from Beef Wellington and twice-baked potatoes to brisket to Chicken Cordon Bleu, lobster tails and salmon.

Literally, you just put them in the oven and serve them. Even I can do that.

Want to spend some time preparing a home-cooked meal from scratch this Sunday? There’s a plethora of great recipes over here to try. May I suggest a gorgeous Chateaubriand?

Enjoy your Sunday dinner this weekend – however you plan to spend it!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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