September 28th, 2015

Best Recipes for Fall

Best Recipes for Fall Filet Mignon

Yes! Autumn is here! As much as I love summer, times change and I embrace that.

The new season is a welcome respite from blistering hot summer days. I’ll miss the pool and my floppy hat but I’m excited about sweaters, football and a nip in the air.

It’s a nice change of pace and I know the warm weather will be back again someday. For now, I’m happy to begin bundling up and lacing up my boots.

And now is the perfect time to cook delicious meals that warm the heart, the stomach and the soul – my absolute favorite part of fall. My family loves this part!

I have some favorite recipes that always hit the mark this time of year.

My go-to meal for fall is always chili. That soothing ground beef and tomatoes (with or without beans) in a bowl always, always satisfies. Put me in front of a football while eating it and I’m a happy camper. This is definitely a game-watching meal for us.

One item that stays the same in my house no matter what the season is steaks! We will grill or pan sear a filet mignon whatever the weather. Doesn’t matter. That NEVER fails to comfort. For fall, we’ll add a red wine mustard sauce or wild mushroom cream to give it that comforting touch. And, oh, does it comfort!

Or, an exquisite fall sit-down meal that won’t disappoint is a beautiful Mocha Rubbed Chateaubriand with Cocoa Compound Butter. The flavor is out of this world and the aroma will drive you crazy.

How about a Blue Cheese Stuffed Prime Rib? Add some twice-baked potatoes and a perfect pumpkin tart or red velvet cake for dessert and autumn never tasted so good!

So what are your favorite recipes for fall? Share them with me!

August 17th, 2015

Filet Mignon Grilling Recipes and Ideas

Filet Mignon Grilling Recipes and Ideas

What’s the best way to grill a steak?

Depends on the cut.

A filet mignon, for instance, requires extra loving care.

It’s tender and should be juicy. Overcooking it is a total waste of time.

Why do it? It ruins an exquisite piece of meat.

Want to know how long to cook a filet to perfection? Check out this informative Steak Grilling Chart. It’ll tell you exactly how long to grill each side according to how thick your filet mignon is.

Looking to try a complementary wine? Consult this Wine and Food Pairing Guide. It’ll steer you in the right direction, for sure.

I’m thinking something red and sophisticated.

Need tips on how to broil, pan sear or measure doneness? Got your info right here. Along with specific tips for preparing filet mignon like grilling the sides as well as the top and bottom. I know I never thought about that until I read these chef tips.

And once you’ve become thoroughly educated on the intricacies of the beautiful filet mignon, try this amazing filet recipe for Grilled Filet With Avocado Buerre Blanc. Grilled is how I prefer my filet mignon. How about you?

Grilled Filet With Avocado Buerre Blanc

4 (6oz.) Filet Mignon
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 shallot minced
1 stick cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1/2 ripe avocado

Directions: Season both sides of steaks with salt and pepper and place on the grill, after three minutes turn a quarter turn. After three more minutes flip and after three more minutes, one more quarter turn and cook for a final three minutes, this will give your steaks perfect “cross-hatch” grill marks and a medium steak.

Using a fork or food processor, mash the avocado into a smooth paste. Put vinegar, wine and shallot in a small sauce pan and reduce over high flame until only a ¼ cup of liquid remains, remove from flame. Strain out the shallot and dispose. Return the liquid to the pan and add the cold butter a piece or two at a time and whisk to melt evenly. Once the butter is incorporated, add the avocado and stir to create a smooth and creamy sauce. If the sauce is too thick, thin with a little white wine. Strain out any lumps and serve with the grilled Filet Mignon.

Servings: 4

August 14th, 2015

Filet Mignon Rub Recipe

Filet Mignon

Ever wonder how to season a steak?

Honestly, whatever flavors YOU like are the ones you should use.

But sometimes we need some guidance. That’s when I turn to recipes. When they’ve been created by a chef I know they’re gonna be good.

I’m getting in the spirit of National Filet Mignon Day (all month long) and making sure we eat our fair share of filets.

Here is a filet rub recipe I like to use:

Spice Rubbed Filet Mignon

4 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons

For the Spice
1 tbsp. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. chipotle chile powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. cocoa powder

For the Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 cup tomato sauce

Directions: Combine all of the spice ingredients in a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder and mix until evenly combined. Rub the mixture evenly into all sides of the filet and let rest for at least a half of an hour. In a heavy bottomed pan over high heat, sear the filets until done, about four minutes per side for medium. Add the brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and tomato sauce and reduce until thickened.

Servings: 4

It’s spicy and delicious and especially created for a filet mignon.

Delicious! Wanna try it?

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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

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