February 25th, 2015

It’s Chilly So Let’s Cook Some Chili!

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Did you know that February 26th is National Chili Day?

That excites me because I like warm, hearty food when it’s nippy outside. So this is one holiday I’ll definitely be celebrating!

Chili satisfies during the winter months like no steakburger or beef slider can. It just warms the soul.

BUT, there’s no reason we can’t make chili while paying homage to the Kansas City strip steak or even a beautiful roast. Just look at this delicious chili recipe and add your own twist!

Enjoy your own chili celebration on February 26th – and stay warm!


February 16th, 2015

Mardi Gras Recipe

Flank Steak

It’s almost Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate and feast before Lent.

Food is such a big part of this fun time and we’ve gotta do it right!

When you think of traditional Mardi Gras fare there’s Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Fried Rice, Muffulettas and King Cake.

But what if, like me, you’re hankering for some beef this Mardi Gras? Well, lucky for us, there’s a recipe for that!

Check out this Mardi Gras steak recipe. You can create this using whichever steak cuts you love: Kobe beef, ribeyes – the choice is yours!

The Original New Orleans Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras Steak

Ingredients:
2 scallions, white and greens, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped red onions
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. grated, peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced, seeded jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp. ground coriander seeds
1/4 tsp. each black and cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. each dried basil and kosher salt
1 packed tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup each red wine, the soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, bourbon whiskey and olive oil
4 (8 oz.) Kansas City Strip Steaks

Directions: In a small bowl, combine the scallions, red onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper. In a large bowl combine the spices, basil, salt and sugar. Whisk the orange juice, both vinegars, soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture. Slowly drizzle the olive oil, whisking constantly. Add the scallion mixture and combine. Add the Kansas City Strip Steaks to the marinade and coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.

Bring to room temperature before grilling. Grill the steaks over hot coals 3-4 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes, before slicing against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices. To serve, arrange the steaks on a large platter together with sliced tomato, onion, basil and fresh mozzarella salad.

The Salad:
2 large vine ripe tomatoes, sliced thick, 1 red onion, sliced thin, 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 8 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella. Topped with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with white balsamic vinegar.

 

 


February 4th, 2015

Homemade Soup Recipes

Steak Soup

Need something to really warm you up this time of year?

A good homemade soup will do the trick!

I like to make mine with different cuts of steak. Sirloin steak is especially good and holds up well in soup. And beef tenderloin tips are the perfect size for adding bite-sized bits of goodness to your creation.

This homemade soup recipe is exactly what I need right now.

Beef and Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb. package Beef Tenderloin Tips
2 onions, minced
4 cups fresh mushrooms, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 brandy or sherry
4 oz. dried shitake mushrooms
4 oz. dried morel mushrooms
3 cups, heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
6 cups beef stock
salt and pepper

Servings: 8

Directions: Bring six cups of water to a boil and pour over dried mushrooms. Let stand ten minutes. Strain mushrooms, chop and reserve liquid. In a heavy bottomed stock pot, sauté Beef Tenderloin Tips in butter, remove and reserve. Add onions and sauté. Add fresh mushrooms and cook for five minutes. Add garlic and cook for three more minutes. Add flour and cook for five minutes. Deglaze pan with brandy. Add stock a little at a time and until soup becomes smooth. Add reserved mushroom liquid and reduce by half. Puree soup in a blender or with a stick blender. Add beef, cream and reconstituted mushrooms and season to taste.

This recipe uses beef tenderloin tips and just thinking about this soup makes my mouth water!

Treat yourself and your family to a tummy-warming homemade soup!


January 30th, 2015

Celebrate the Big Game Arizona Style – Chimichangas!

Chimichanga

The folklore goes that in 1922, a restaurateur in Arizona accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fryer and exclaimed, “Chimichanga!”

That’s Spanish for thingamajig.

Fill it with some sour cream, cheese and beef and you’ve got yourself today’s version of the chimichanga.

Now, since Sunday’s big game is being played in Arizona, it only feels right to honor that venue by serving up some beef chimichangas while you watch!

Check out this incredible beef chimichanga recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beef-chimichangas/

Many versions of this recipe call for ground beef like you’d find in steakburgers, but you can experiment and use shredded Wagyu beef or any cut of shredded steak you love.

Have fun with your chimichangas and the big game this weekend! I know I will!


January 21st, 2015

Beef Soup Recipe

Beef and Vegetable Soup

My toes are perpetually frozen this time of year. So a hearty, beefy soup makes perfect sense right now.

I need a meal that’ll thaw me out!

This Beef and Vegetable Soup recipe uses bite-sized beef tenderloin tips made from Filet Mignon and it really does the trick.

Ingredients:                                                                
1 lb. package Beef Tenderloin Tips, minced
2 onions, minced
2 carrots, minced
3 celery stalks, minced
2 cups, diced tomatoes
1 cup barley
1/2 cup lentils
6 cups beef stock
1 tbsp. oil
salt and pepper

Directions: Sear Beef Tenderloin Tips in oil and remove from pan. Add carrot, celery and onion and sweat. Add barley and cook for three minutes. Add tomato and beef stock and bring to a simmer, cook for 30 minutes and add lentils. Continue to simmer for another 10 and add reserved beef. Cook for 10 minutes, season to taste and serve.

Servings: 8

A soup that includes bites of steak? Yes, please! This one’s a winner!


December 31st, 2014

New Year’s Meal Pairing Ideas

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I like meal ideas that are quick, but don’t cut corners. These full meal pairings help to get the dinner on the table fast without sacrificing quality and flavor. Plus, they’re not the same old same old.

Try ‘em in the new year!

  1. 3 Cheese Arancini (can be an appetizer or a side), Chicken Spiedini and Lemon Coconut Cake.
  2. Crabcakes, Filet Mignon and Red Velvet Cake.
  3. Lobster Flatbread, Veal Cutlets and Hand-Dipped Chocolate Macaroons.

Want more full meal ideas? Create your own customized meals here!

Happy (tasty) New Year!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 26th, 2014

Those Glorious Christmas Leftovers

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It’s that time!

Leftover time!

The holiday dishes have all been put away, but there’s a delicious reminder in the fridge of all that merriment and cheer.

It’s turkey and Chateaubriand and prime rib roast and spiral ham all tucked in their Tupperware beds. Just waiting to be called upon for the Leftover Parade.

There are two ways to go about this.

One: Reheat and serve.

I’m partial to this one because I’m usually exhausted.

-OR-

Two: Repurpose those leftovers into equally dazzling second meals.

My sister-in-law Chef Sandy is a master at this.

Roast turkey becomes turkey soup, turkey stew, turkey enchiladas.

Spiral ham becomes ham omelettes and ham soup.

Chateaubriand? Why, beef sliders, of course!

What are your favorite leftover ideas? Time to whip them up!

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!

Photo courtesy of instructables.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 14th, 2014

Fall Food Faceoff: KC vs. Philly Cheesesteak

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It’s safe to say if you’re a steak lover you know what a Philly cheesesteak is. Thinly, thinly sliced top sirloin with ooey gooey cheese and whatever else you crave – peppers, onions, etc.

But, what’s a Kansas City cheesesteak? Well, see above, my friends. It’s a variation, but a distinct difference. Want a fantastic KC cheesesteak recipe? Try this one.

Now, once you’ve partaken of both cheesesteak varieties, tell me, which one wins the faceoff? KC cheesesteak or Philly cheesesteak?

The fate of a city is in your hands.

Choose wisely.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


October 9th, 2014

Fall Grilling Tips

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Fall grilling, while very similar to summer grilling, is a bit different. There ARE some adjustments we’ve got to make.

Here are some tips for making your fall grilling truly spectacular:

1. Tank tops and shorts? Probably not. Don’t forget to bundle up for this job. It’s getting cold out there!

2. Mix in seasonal flavors in your grilling. Fall spices, pumpkins and autumn vegetables like squash say, “Hello, fall!”

3. Use this handy dandy steak timer app. It’ll guide you along the way step-by-step. And it’s free!

4. The grilling app also includes recipes, too. Find something that gets you in an autumny mood.

Hope you have a blast grilling up fall favorites this season!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 3rd, 2014

Fall Foodie Fun

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Apples, pumpkins, spices. Those scream FALL to me.

Some of my favorite things to do with those fall favorites are a bit out of the ordinary.

Like the chicken breast roast with apple and tart cherry above. Check it out here for inspiration.

Ever tried spiced apple streusel tartlets for dessert? With ice cream? To die for! Feels like you’re sitting at Grandma’s table wearing a cable knit sweater every time.

Want a great fall meal? Try a hickory smoked turkey followed up by a pumpkin cheesecake.

Holy autumn that’s good!

What are your favorite fall foodie dishes? Dish ‘em out here so we can all drool over them, will ya?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 26th, 2014

Fall Beef Casseroles

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It’s casserole time of year!

The weather starts to turn and our minds begin to turn to foods that bring warmth.

To celebrate the season, Southern Living has put together a tasty list of 7 beef casseroles to warm your heart and your belly.

Most use ground beef in these amazing recipes like beefy lasagna, chili hash brown bake and the classic shepherd’s pie.

Take a look at all 7 and try them out this fall. They’ll put a smile on your face and pep in your step – even when there’s a nip in the air!

Happy casseroling!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 25th, 2014

Steak + Kale and Spinach Recipes

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Fall flavors are upon us!

Colorful spinach and kale are especially delicious at this time of year.

Know what’s delicious all year long?

Of course, you guessed it — steak!

And steak with spinach and/or kale is a bountiful autumnal treat.

Pair the creamed spinach dish above with any steak (may I suggest a ribeye?) and you’ll find yourself in dinnertime nirvana.

Or try this squash and kale salad with mustard vinaigrette recipe. Add some flank steak or petite diced sirloin on top and you’ve got yourself a MEAL!

Gorgeous autumn dishes are not to be missed so experiment with your own combinations of fall flavors, colors and textures. This season is the perfect setting for satisfying, beautiful meals!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


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.

 


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