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.

 


August 13th, 2014

Recipes for National Filet Mignon Day!

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Today is a most revered day — National Filet Mignon Day!

It’s a day we celebrate the tender, succulent filet mignon.

Why isn’t there a filet mignon MONTH or YEAR? Just asking.

To honor this day properly we’ve just gotta cook some fabulous filet mignon meals. These recipes should help us do just that.

And these are my five suggestions for this BIG day:

Filet Poele – using a butter braising technique, this one is so, so flavorful!

Grilled Filet with Avocado Beurre Blanc – a beautiful sauce accompaniment.

Spice Rubbed Filet - you know, to spice it up a bit!

Steak Tartare – looking to walk on the wild side? This is a no-cook option!

Thai Firecracker Filet – goes great with Oriental cole slaw!

Too bad this day doesn’t come around every week. I could go on and on!!!

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 15th, 2014

Cooking Steak in Cast Iron Video

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Have you ever cooked in cast iron? It’s amazing.

This video shows us how to cook a steak using the “constant flip method” in a cast iron skillet.

It’s so good I can smell the aroma through the screen!

Delicious.

Enjoy these amazing tips for cooking a perfect steak!


May 14th, 2014

Regional BBQ Styles

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You like your ribs pork with a dry rub instead of a sauce. Then you’re probably a Memphis-style BBQ enthusiast.

Or maybe you like any and all kinds of meat cooked slow and low over hickory wood. If burnt ends are your favorite, then Kansas City-style barbecue is for you.

Isn’t it great that even in the category of barbecue we’ve got sub-categories depending on your taste? I love America!

Want to know about all the different regional styles of BBQ this National Barbecue Month? Check out this rundown of the various flavors across the nation.

I know that there’s NO WAY I could choose just one style to be loyal to, I’m afraid. I like ‘em all. How about you?

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 29th, 2014

Cinco Beef-Inspired Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Oh, how I love special days that allow me to focus on food! Beef, in particular.

As you know, I’m kind of obsessed.

So, the fact that Cinco de Mayo is coming up gives me great joy. I can dream up all kinds of beefy delights for that day.

AND, it’s my son’s birthday! We always get to celebrate doubly in spicy style!

The fifth of May, 1862, is when the Mexican army was victorious over the French in the Battle of Puebla and now it’s become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.

So in honor of Cinco de Mayo I give you cinco recipes you can use to celebrate, too!

UNO:  Delicious, nutritious steak fajitas (above). I mean, who doesn’t love steak fajitas? This recipe calls for Kansas City strip steaks sliced up good!

DOSCumin marinated flank steak. A special twist to give your flank steak some zing!

TRESCarne asada. A classic.

CUATROFlat iron steak tacos. I love the heartiness of the flat iron beef. Yum!

CINCO:  Flavorful, colorful pico burgers. Try ‘em and this may just become your go-to burger from now on. Use Wagyu Kobe beef and you’ll be hooked!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 23rd, 2014

Perfect Bone-In Ribeye At Home

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Hopefully things are thawing out where you are and you’ve started to get out there and grill up some steaks!

Next time, try your hand at some bone-in ribeyes to delight and titillate the senses.

Our friends at the TT Culinary Institute have put together a little primer on grilling up some really special steaks at home.

So click here to follow their step-by-step instructions for fool-proof bone-in ribeyes. Then, try their recipe for Bone-In Ribeye with Rosemary, Garlic and Thyme.

Yum!

Have fun conquering this one, folks!!!

Photo courtesy of TastingTable.com.


December 9th, 2013

12 Steaks of Christmas

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It’s the holiday season and food is central to all the joyful gatherings at this time of year. That makes it the perfect time to try 12 new steak recipes in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas!

Here’s one I know will knock some socks off:

Japanese Flat Iron with White Soy and Ginger sauce

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Asian BBQ Flank steaks               4

Togarashi* spice mix                   3 T

Sauce:

Lime juice                                  1/3 C.

Ginger, peeled and minced                        2 T

White Soy                                 2 T

Garlic, minced                            2 t

Brown Sugar                              1 t

Dijon Mustard                            1 T

Canola Oil                                 3 T

Method:

1.  Sprinkle steaks With Togarashi spice mix, and sprinkle with salt. Grill or sear in a pan until desired doneness is achieved.

2. While the steaks are resting combine the lime juice, ginger, soy, garlic, brown sugar, and Dijon in a blender, or combine with a whisk. While the blender is blending or you are whisking slowly add in oil until sauce is emulsified.

3. Slice beef and served drizzled with white soy ginger sauce.

*Togarashi is a Japanese spice mix, and can usually be found in the Japanese or Asian section of the grocery store or a Japanese market.

 

And here’s another:

Flat Iron Steaks with Herbed Butter

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Butter                                        4 oz

Fresh Parsley, chopped                 1 T

Lemon Juice                               1 T

Fresh thyme, chopped                  1 t

Flat Iron steaks,  6oz                    4

Butter                                        2 T

Vegetable oil,                             2 T

Shallots, minced                         2 T

Salt and pepper               as needed

Method:

1. In a mixer combine butter, parsley, lemon juice, and thyme. Mix until well combined. Roll up in a piece of waxed paper, and place in the fridge to harden.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

3. In a preheated skillet, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and then add the 2 T of butter. 

4. Just when you see the first wisps of smoke, add the steaks to the pan, making sure to not overcrowd the pan. When the steak is properly seared flip and let sear for one more minute.

5. Add the shallots to the pan, and then put the pan in the oven. When the steaks are cooked to their desired temperature, pull them out and put them on a plate to rest, while they are resting. Divide the herbed butter into 4 and place one piece on tope of each steak. Serve after 5 minutes of resting.

 

I mean, how much more YUM can it get? Visit here for another 10 steak recipes that you like (that equals 12 folks). These steaks are sure to bring smiles this holiday season.

Happy gatherings, everybody!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 10th, 2013

Food Superstitions

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This Friday is a Friday the 13th. So what better time to plan ahead for that superstitious day than now?

Of course I relate everything to food so here’s what comes to mind for me…

Garlic!

The old thought goes that garlic will ward off bad spirits and prevent someone from giving you the “Evil Eye.”

Want to keep away demons, werewolves and vampires? Get a little garlic.

So for me, I’ll make it easy on myself and just cook with the stuff. How about Garlic Steaks? Yes, please!

This steak recipe makes the most sense on a day filled with superstition. And, hey, it couldn’t hurt, right?

Try it – just to be sure you won’t be visited by any vampires this Friday. :)

Photo courtesy of Health24.com.


August 7th, 2013

Flat Iron Steaks Hit the Spot

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Have you ever tried Flat Iron steaks?

They’re really meaty and savory. They’re definitely a steak-lover’s steak.

If you know what I mean.

These flat iron steaks are to die for. They’ve got a sun-dried tomato and roasted red pepper rub already on them.

Just grill and go! Simple.

Try ‘em and let me know what you think!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 31st, 2013

Summer Grillin’

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Fire up the grill, it’s summer! (At least it is in my mind.)

Try cooking something you’ve never tried before. Like steak with a chimichurri sauce (doesn’t that look yummy????).

Or a simple beef kebab with assorted veggies – or even fruit!

Working Mother has some great grilling ideas for us to try and conquer this summer. Check them out here. And while the grilling part is fun, the eating part is more fun!

So, go – grill to your heart’s content!

Photo courtesy of WorkingMother.com.


May 24th, 2013

Memorial Day Steak Ideas

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Our friends at Serious Eats have created an uber list of “20 Grilled Steak Recipes for Your Memorial Day Grill.”

This is something I can get behind. And it’s just in time!

It includes recipes for such deliciousness as Grilled Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak (see photo above), Steak Sandwich with Onion-Jalapeno Sauce and Grilled Beef Pinwheels. That last one is also a feast for the eyes!

Check out the steak grilling slideshow and recipes here. And have yourself a wonderful Memorial Day weekend filled with grilled delights!

Photo courtesy of SeriousEats.com.


April 4th, 2013

Steak Secrets

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On April 9 at 2 pm ET/PT, the Food Network will be airing “The Secret to Steak.”  This episode is billed as being chock full of insider tips on how to make a steakhouse favorite at home.

It’s like they’re reading my mail or something!

They’ll be featuring a dry-rubbed ribeye. Can you say, “Mmmmm?” That’s my fave cut ever.

Check it out and see if you can replicate your favorite steak from your favorite restaurant.

At least you’ll have fun trying!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


March 27th, 2013

Once Upon a Steak

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You love a good steak. But you want to jazz it up sometimes. Try something different.

That’s where a good steak topping comes in.

Be it a butter, sauteed mushrooms, bearnaise or a fried egg (!) we’ve got endless choices.

I’ll bet you guys have lots of other great ideas for steak toppings. You’re steak connoisseurs.

This article is full of great ideas to top your next steak. Try some and you might find your new favorite.

Until the next one you try, that is!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


February 22nd, 2013

Snow Steak!

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Will this be you this weekend? Grilling in the snow?

I’ve done it. Nothing stops me from a juicy steak when I’ve got a hankering.

If you’ll be snow grilling this weekend, try one of these awesome steak rubs.

Because if you’re gonna trudge out in the snow you’d better make the steak go-o-o-od! And these rubs just might do the trick.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Photo courtesy of ifood.tv


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