August 8th, 2014

Sunday Dinner Ideas

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When I think of Sunday dinner, images (and aromas) of slow-cooked homestyle meals come to mind.

Roast, meatloaf. Meals that say “home” to me.

What will you be cooking this Sunday?

Sometimes I WANT a meal that takes time to prepare, but I simply don’t have the time. Or I just want to spend Sunday with my family instead of in the kitchen. On those days, these Heat & Serve Gourmet meals are ideal. Everything from Beef Wellington and twice-baked potatoes to brisket to Chicken Cordon Bleu, lobster tails and salmon.

Literally, you just put them in the oven and serve them. Even I can do that.

Want to spend some time preparing a home-cooked meal from scratch this Sunday? There’s a plethora of great recipes over here to try. May I suggest a gorgeous Chateaubriand?

Enjoy your Sunday dinner this weekend – however you plan to spend it!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 4th, 2014

Highlights of Our Beef and Basketball Posts Past

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Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about steak and a lot about basketball. Because, well, you’ve gotta munch on something while you watch some hoops!

And it SHOULD be something beef-related.

We’ve discussed recipes for basketball-watching parties, a Meat Madness bracket and basketball players fueling up on steak for the big game among other things.

Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane and relive all those wonderful, beefy basketball moments, shall we? Just click here to see them all.

And make some of these recipes while you’re watching the Final Four in action – enjoy!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.


February 28th, 2014

Steak Enthusiast’s Guide to the Weekend

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It’s the weekend!

Time for some great food and relaxing moments. Here’s my guide for making your weekend great — with food, of course!

Saturday Morning

Start off with some steak and eggs. A tried and true steak lover‘s breakfast. You’ll need your energy for the weekend! Might I suggest a Top Sirloin?

Saturday Afternoon

Lunch consists of tender, flavorful steak fajitas (see above). This is a meal meant to be shared so invite some neighbors and get grilling!

Saturday Night

Dinner is filet mignon and twice baked potatoes. It’s Saturday night – that’s Steak Night!

Sunday Brunch

Breakfast tacos with ground beef and sausage get the day started off in the right direction. A brunch with Mimosas and a variety of taco fixings just makes sense.

Sunday Dinner

This is the time to slow down and make family memories. A beautiful beef roast is in order. Perhaps a Chateaubriand, a Prime Rib Roast or even a Brisket. Take your time and savor this one — but leave some leftovers for Monday’s lunch at the office! :)

Now that you’ve got your menu it’s time to get planning the perfect steak enthusiast’s weekend. I know I’m ready!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 2nd, 2013

Tailgating For Beef Lovers

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Beef and tailgating, well, they just go together. And – lucky us – both are in season!

Take this First-and-Goal Flank Steak (above), for instance. It’s got the yum factor as well as the wow factor. You can see its beefy recipe here.

That will certainly feed a crowd!

Next, you can serve Hail Mary Meatloaf. I mean, who doesn’t like meatloaf? Very satisfying – especially as temperatures begin to drop.

But my favorite is any Kansas City beefsteaksburgers, dogs, everything! Throw them on a portable grill and you’re good!

Tell me, what’s your dream tailgating menu?

Photo courtesy of H.J. Heinz via About.com.


August 30th, 2013

Perfect Labor Day BBQ

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Looking for inspiration for your fabulous Labor Day BBQ?

Look no further.

People magazine has a sweet slideshow of amazing spreads for your perusing pleasure.

Behold the finger-licking goodness of the Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger (above), made with lean ground beef and no bun!

Then, feast your eyes upon an Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Apple Cider BBQ Ribs and Bacon BBQ Oysters. Yes, oysters! With bacon!

There are gorgeous desserts and fruity drinks, plus decadent sides you can make to create one awesome barbecue.

Or . . . you can just look at the purty pictures and drool.

Either way, check out these masterpieces here. And have a happy, happy Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of Raymond Hom via People.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.


May 3rd, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Recipe!

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In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo this weekend (hey, that’s the 5th of May) I give you this scrumptious Beef Steak and Black Bean Soft Tacos recipe.

Oh, all the flavors of this beautiful meal will dance on your tongue! So yummy!

It calls for bottom round steaks but I’d use skirt steak myself. You use what makes you happy!

Get creative and add all the toppings YOU like:  salsa, lettuce — whatever!

Enjoy your spicy weekend!

Photo courtesy of Beefitswhatsfordinner.com.


April 26th, 2013

Bacon Love

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I’m SURE this is true for me.

Luckily, my hubby loves bacon as much as I do.

Or is that lucky? Who gets the last piece?

Something to ponder over the weekend – over a plate of bacon!

Graphic courtesy of SomeEcards.com.


January 24th, 2013

Beefy Game Day

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Football fan or not, surely you’ve heard there’s a big showdown coming up.

That’s the Super Bowl on February 3rd for everyone who could care less about the pigskin.

But whether or not you like to watch the game is irrelevant – it’s the perfect time to party and EAT!

Alert your friends and start planning now so you can chow down on some fantastic foods come game day.

Some of my favorites for big crowds are brisket, ribs, burgers – anything BBQ related. They’re total crowd pleasers.

My new favorite obsession is BBQ burnt ends. Here’s what those morsels of goodness look like:

Yeah, I know. Yum.

Put toothpicks in those babies and you’ve got instant finger foods.

You can find all these delectable delights at Kansas City Steak Company. They’ll deliver all your treats right to your door!

And even better, through midnight tomorrow when you buy $125 or more you get free shipping. You just have to use code BIGDAY when you check out.

Peruse all these game day ideas and take advantage of the sales going on. You’ll be the toast of the town no matter who wins on Feb. 3rd!

Photos courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 31st, 2012

Labor Day Backyard Grilling: Steak Kabobs

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This fantastic video gives us all the tips we need to make some incredible steak kabobs on the backyard grill for Labor Day. (Soak wooden skewers beforehand!)

The video suggests Top Sirloin, but you can use the cuts you like best. And play with the vegetable combinations you crave to round out the beefy taste.

Check it out, experiment a little and have a very tasty Labor Day weekend!

 


August 30th, 2012

Steaky Labor Day Menu

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Looking for some ideas and inspiration for your Labor Day weekend menu?

Look no further! Our friends at DashRecipes.com have put together a “Perfect Labor Day Menu” that includes recipes and tips for making such faves as Grilled Ribeye Steaks (see delicious photo above), Steak and Pepper Kebabs (one of my all-time favorites), Steak Sandwiches with Red Pepper Sauce and Grilled Steak with Vegetable Couscous.

I don’t know how you’re going to decide which ones to prepare – so I say, just make ‘em all!

What? It’s a loooong weekend, right?

And the leftovers will be fantastic for the week ahead.

Check out all the recipes and ideas here and have a wonderful Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of Peter Frank Edwards via DashRecipes.com


May 11th, 2012

Mother’s Day Steak Breakfast

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Treat your mom to a steak breakfast in bed this Sunday. She deserves it.

Of course, YOUR mom is much prettier. But you get the idea.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, everyone!

Photo courtesy of dogs.icanhascheezburger.com.

 


October 25th, 2011

Steak: An Act of Love

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See that steak up there?

That’s what love looks like.

My honey prepared that beautiful ribeye for me this weekend – complete with mood lighting, ’80s music (because nothing says “love” like Tone Loc) and clearing of the dishes. All of the things I like.

That’s why I made that photo look like it was in a dream sequence. It was.

After a week-full of “Can you do this?” and “Mom, where’s my _____?” and “You owe me $XXX.XX” – I needed a display of affection.

Apparently, it showed.

Because the hubs planned this meal just for me.

Funny how food is a way to show love, but we know it’s been that way for thousands and thousands of years. Who am I to question it now? It works for me.

And hey, I got a steak out of the deal. It’s not exactly “The Notebook,” but I’ll pray for more nights like those – and I’ll be thankful every single time!

Who in your life could use a steak?


September 23rd, 2011

Spicy Steaks

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Simply gorgeous.

I love thin-cut steaks. Now I know I’m probably in the minority here, because most of you love a thick, red or pink in the middle, medium rare cut.

But I like thinly cut meat. Always have. Some call them “minute steaks.” To me, it soaks in the marinade better and is just more flavorful.

This steak pictured above is wildly spicy with red pepper flakes, lemon juice, brandy and more. I mean, my mouth is watering right now.

Just think how that steak is going to soak in those amazing flavors. Oh, and when you bite into it – ecstasy!

Click on over to Bellalimento.com for the full recipe and more tantalizing photographs. After that, I’m pretty sure I know what you’ll be cooking this weekend while watching some football.

Have at it!

Photo courtesy of Bellalimento.com.

 


September 2nd, 2011

Keep Your Steaks Safe This Labor Day!

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Don’t let this be you . . .

Keep your steaks and other grillable goodies safe this holiday weekend.

Because a steak is a terrible thing to waste.

Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day, everyone!


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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.

I love experimenting with food and I like to get my family, friends and neighbors involved. They add a lot to my cooking experience by helping me perfect techniques and sharing recipes.

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