November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving – Are You Ready For This?

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One more day and it’s time to feast!

Is your turkey thawing?

Are your side dishes prepped?

Dishes sparkling?

Serving utensils locked and loaded?

Napkins clean and folded?

It’s time to set the alarm and put that turkey in in the morning!

Did you go with a Chateaubriand this year? Prime rib roast?

As I mentioned, I’m serving a traditional turkey with a side of spiral ham – among other things.

My hubby always requests macaroni and cheese so that’s on the menu, too. Oh, and cranberry sauce for my dad, mashed potatoes for me, mushrooms for Mom, and more bread than a freightliner could hold for my boys. They can put away some bread.

The one thing we ALL have on the menu? Thankfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!

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November 25th, 2014

Thanksgiving Serving Tips

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When you’ve got a big meal to serve – and isn’t Thanksgiving the biggest of them all? – success is all in the details.

Plan ahead to make sure you have all the right serving utensils. Planning a spiral sliced ham? Do you have the right serving fork? Side dishes planned?

Thinking of cooking a lovely Chateaubriand or prime rib roast? Make sure to time it just right so there’s just the right amount of aroma to whet the appetite before you sit down.

Make it an enjoyable experience for your guests (and easy for you) by having two each of the essentials on the table. Two baskets of bread – one for each end of the table – so that the entire meal isn’t spent passing and passing, two gravy boats, etc.

Think of the meal from your guests’ perspective and everything will flow nice and easy – the way a holiday should be!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 24th, 2014

Time to Start Thanksgiving Prep!

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Whether you’re serving a Chateaubriand, a prime rib roast or a good ol’ fashioned turkey this Thanksgiving, there are so many things you can do ahead of time to make the day run smoothly.

  1. Make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need and shop way ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush at the supermarket.
  2. Prepare side dishes beforehand, refrigerate them and just pop them in the oven the day of the big feast.
  3. Wash special china now so you’re not scrambling to set the table while you’re worrying about the meal.
  4. Prepare desserts, too, and keep them cold until Thanksgiving Day. Then, when you’re ready for them, just bake!
  5. Or you can even order desserts and let someone else do the baking!

Think through all of the details that can add up to lots of time on Thanksgiving Day itself. Anything you can do ahead of time – do it!

I like to break out my spiral ham a couple of days before as kind of a teaser. No reason we can’t enjoy it even before the big day.

Have fun planning this holiday meal. The prep and anticipation is half the fun!

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November 21st, 2014

Here’s An Idea – Give the Gift of Food!

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If you’re like me, you struggle year after year to land on precisely the right gift for everyone on your list.

It’s pretty difficult.

But one thing I’ve found that EVERYONE appreciates?

Good food!

It’s one of the few things we all have in common. We all have to eat.

And a beautiful meal is so memorable. Isn’t that what we’re looking for at holiday time anyway? Incredible memories?

I’m giving things like gift-boxed steaks and holiday meal combos this year. Can you imagine receiving a prime rib roast and smoked ham from someone? Wouldn’t that make your day, your week, your SEASON?

Plus, it’s a pay-it-forward kind of gift. Your recipient then gets to cook those steak gifts for someone else – and that person will surely thank you, too!

‘Tis the season for eating!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


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