July 31st, 2014

Picnic Packin’ Foods

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Since it’s National Picnic Month (what, you didn’t know that?) let’s get outside and pack a picnic!

Now, there’s all sorts of ways we can do this.

1. You can go the safe route and pack bologna sandwiches and chips. Boring.

2. You can grill something delicioso, pack it up and head outdoors.

-OR-

3. You can bring along a portable grill to your picnic destination, grill up some goodies (see those tenderloin kabobs above?) and have yourself a real PICNIC!

I choose #2 or #3.

Honestly, the enjoyment of the picnic is proportionate to the quality of the food you bring.

Your picnic spot may not be conducive to portable grilling. I get that. So #2 is your best bet. Just be sure to grill JUST BEFORE you leave, pack those kabobs/steaks/burgers/what have you in airtight containers and enjoy right away.

Don’t forget all the proper utensils, condiments, plates, drinks, napkins etc. for your picnic. Sometimes a change of scenery makes us lose our minds. Just think through your meal as if you were sitting down at your own table. Only this time, you’ll be sitting on a blanket. Outside. Enjoying nature.

Oh. And pack a blanket.

You really can enjoy just about any meal in picnic form. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t try spaghetti out there. But grilled foods are perfect! Especially ones you can eat with your hands.

So get out there and enjoy your own customized picnic this month and join all the other revelers outdoors who are celebrating National Picnic Month, too!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 28th, 2014

Fair Fare: Fun Foods From the Fair

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It’s almost fair time across the country. And fairs are fantastic places to sample some, er, interesting treats.

Like this donut cheeseburger (above). It’s a contest to come up with the most outrageous food combinations. Some are winners. Some are not.

Fried foods are a HUGE deal at the fair.

Fried Twinkies, fried pineapple, fried burgers, fried milkshakes. You name it.

It’s a gastronomical taste explosion! And so fun!

So tell me, will YOU be going to the fair this year? What’s your favorite fair fare?


July 25th, 2014

Celebrate National Culinarians Day!

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Today is a day when we celebrate all chefs and cooks – National Culinarians Day!

So why not celebrate the home chef in you?

To me, one of the fanciest, most delicious dishes you can make at home is a beautiful Chateaubriand or beef tenderloin roast.

I mean, just look at that beauty!!! It’s tender and juicy and so, so, flavorful. I just love its delicate perfection.

Follow this Chateaubriand recipe for excellent results and impress your friends and family for National Culinarians Day!

Slow Herb Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients:
32oz Beef Tenderloin
salt and pepper to taste
20 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Sauce:
5-8 tbsp butter, unsalted, cold
5 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cups red wine, full bodied
2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
3 sprigs thyme
4 cups beef stock
Directions: 1. Season the chateaubriand generously with salt and pepper and let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. While it is resting preheat a 10 inch cast iron skillet over high heat until it is searingly hot, and preheat your oven to 225 degrees
2. Quickly sear all sides of the beef and then remove from the pan.
3. Truss the beef, and then stick all of the sprigs of thyme and rosemary under the trussing. Place in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until internal temperature is 127 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with foil.
4. For the sauce, while the roast is cooking, melt 2 T butter in a sauté pan then sauté the shallots in there until translucent.
5. Add red wine and bring to a simmer and reduce until it is a syrupy consistency, about 10 minutes.
6. Add beef stock and thyme and then simmer until it is reduced to about 1 cup of liquid.
Servings: 4-6
Source: Chef Graham

 

Photo and recipe courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 23rd, 2014

National Hot Dog Day: Dos and Don’ts

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Today is National Hot Dog Day!

Let’s rejoice!

For funsies, our friends at the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council have created a rather serious hot dog etiquette guide. So let’s talk about some hot dog dos and don’ts on this very special day.

DO…

Eat a hot dog in a bun with your hands. This is a hands-only meal.

DON’T…

Put condiments between the dog and the bun — they should always go directly on the hot dog.

DO…

Use paper plates when serving hot dogs. Fine china? Uh, no.

DON’T…

Put ketchup on your dog after the age of 18. This is a hard and fast rule.

Want more hot dog etiquette? Check out this page and study up for your next cookout!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 17th, 2014

Guide to Grilling Seafood

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One of my favorite seafood meals is a beautiful salmon plank.

But cooking it can be tricky. Overcooked salmon planks are simply yucky.

Want to grill it? Season it first (if it’s not already done for you), then wrap planks in foil, skin-side down. Place on grill until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F using a thermometer.

Yes, undercooked salmon is yucky, too! :)

You can also use a special seafood basket on your grill made especially for delicate meat. For me, the clean-up process is so much easier with foil and the meat seems to cook more thoroughly when wrapped.

But you decide!

And, hey, either way, you get to eat salmon when you’re done. Score!

Check out more seafood cooking tips here. Have fun exploring the world of seafood!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 14th, 2014

Recipes for Your Barbecue

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Are you barbecuing? It’s time!

Here are some of my favorite barbecue meal ideas – pick some and have a go!

ENTREES

I absolutely LOVE a good brisket. That smoky flavor makes me so happy. And ribs are a great go-to entree as well. Ever tried burnt ends? They’re boneless and not messy. Delicious! Try beef or pork.

SIDE DISHES

What goes with everything? Twice-baked potatoes! Cheesy, bacony goodness. Another great option my family loves is green beans in mushroom cream sauce. Delish!

BBQ SAUCES

You could buy those store-bought sauces but why not try something fresh? A little extra effort makes it taste that much better. Here are some awesome sauce recipes – give ‘em a whirl!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


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