April 17th, 2015

Gift-Boxed Steak for Administrative Professionals Day!

Gift Boxed Kansas City Strip Steaks

Is there an administrative professional who makes your life easier? Thank him or her with delicious steaks on their special day!

Gift-boxed steak makes a statement. It says, “I want you to know you’re appreciated.”

Not only are the steaks inside delicious and gorgeous (think filet mignons or Kansas City strip steak) but they’re packaged so beautifully they invite you to peek inside. And THAT’s where the real gift lies.

And, hey, you get to enjoy making someone’s day. Now that’s a win-win I can get behind!

 


April 15th, 2015

Steak Sandwich Recipes

top sirloin sliced

A delicious steak sandwich works any time of day at my house. And usually we use sirloin sandwich steaks in between the bread, but there are so many variations of amazing steak sandwiches that’s it’s best not to limit oneself to just one cut.

I mean, if we only stuck to one cut of beef like sirloin steak, we’d leave out something incredible like this Peppercorn Steak Hoagie with Watercress, Aged Cheddar and Horseradish Mayonnaise that calls for Kansas City strip steak.

Check here for more great steak sandwich recipes and create some of your own with your favorite cuts!


April 13th, 2015

Spring Ingredients

Top Sirloin with Bacon

Oh, sweet spring! The seasonal flavors are what I live for!

There’s just something about spring that’s, well, refreshing.

Carrots! Asparagus! Blueberries!

So many fresh ingredients to incorporate into, say, a Porterhouse steak to springitize it. (I know it’s not a word, but stay with me.)

Instantly turn steaks into springtime fare with citrus accents. So delicious!

Try this recipe for Lemon Herbed Top Sirloin to really ring in the springtime. It’s filled with fresh herbs and refreshing lemon. Just what spring is all about!

Ingredients:
4 Top Sirloin Steaks
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well. Rub Top Sirloin Steaks with mixture. Allow steaks to marinate for 30 minutes to one hour. Place the steaks on a preheated grill. Sear on each side on high heat for 2 -3 minutes. Turn down the heat and cook to your desired doneness.

Servings: 4


April 10th, 2015

Couple Appreciation Month: Dinner for Two?

Two Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

April is Couple Appreciation Month. I take this to mean we should all appreciate couples and if you’re one half of a couple, appreciate your other half.

The way we do that in my house? Food! Good food.

Namely steaks.

Now appreciating your partner might look like filet mignons to you, Porterhouse steaks to your neighbor or ribeyes to your mother-in-law.

However you see it, steaks are the way to go.

Dinner for two with exceptionally grilled steaks and maybe some candles flickering is basically the international language of appreciation and love.

Am I right?

Don’t let this month pass without some couple appreciation in your life. You – and your other half – will be thankful!


April 8th, 2015

How To Clean a Grill Checklist

Filets Strips Ribeyes on Grill

So maybe your awesome Uncle Fred taught you how to grill a steak when you were a youngster. But did anyone ever tell you how to clean that grill?

Truly, the first rule of grilling great steaks is to start with a clean grill.

Here’s a checklist for spring cleaning your grill:

  1. Make sure burners are off.
  2. Use a wire brush to scrape off last season’s remnants.
  3. If your grates are removable, you can wash them in the dishwasher. Just remember to reseason them once you put them back on the grill.
  4. Check your burners for debris and brush off as necessary.
  5. Check the fuel line for cracks or loose connections.
  6. If propane, check fuel levels.
  7. Clean the exterior of the grill with soap and warm water.

Grilling steaks is an artform, but you’ve got to start with a clean canvas! Happy spring grilling, everybody!


April 6th, 2015

Baseball Tailgating Ideas

Burgers and Hot Dogs

We all know that baseball season is just another excuse to tailgate. And that makes me so, so happy!

Watching America’s pastime while eating a steakburger is pure heaven for me. And gathering friends to tailgate together makes it that much sweeter.

Since the weather is starting to warm up, we like to take it outside and throw some steaks on the grill. And burgers, too!

A really nice twist is some delicious sirloin steak sandwiches. Sandwiches are always a hit. But put some steaks inside there and you’ve got fans for life!

What are your favorite baseball tailgating treats?


April 3rd, 2015

Fish Fridays: Crabcake Sauce, Anyone?

Crab Cake

We’ve arrived at another Fish Friday and we’ve got to keep it fresh. Literally.

How about some delicious crabcakes with several sauce choices?

You know, sauces aren’t just for steaks.

But if you absolutely love a certain steak sauce, there’s no reason you can’t try it on your crabcakes. You just might discover a new flavor sensation you didn’t know you were missing in your life!

Or try this amazing Sweet Orange Sauce on for size:

Sweet Orange Sauce

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. & 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
4 tbsp. honey
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced

Directions: Whisk ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Have fun testing out a variety of sauces with your crabcakes this Fish Friday!


April 1st, 2015

Maybe an Easter Dinner Instead?

Spiral Ham with Carrots

We’ve covered the Easter brunch option. But what if you and your family are more accustomed to the sit-down dinner for Easter?

Of course you can still serve a spiral ham. I always do no matter what time it is.

But there are so many more choices to be the star of this show.

If beef is what you’re craving, you can do a standing rib roast or even a prime rib roast. So juicy and delicious!

A Chateaubriand is also very elegant as an Easter dinner. After all, it’s French!

Add twice baked potatoes, a veggie, bread and a carrot cake for dessert and you’re set!

So what are your Easter dinner go-tos?

 


March 30th, 2015

Easter Brunch Ideas

Boneless Ham

Are you a brunch person? Will you be serving a brunch this Easter?

We all know brunch is a breakfast/lunch hybrid that’s served usually mid-morning to around 2 pm. But what you serve is entirely up to you!

One thing that MUST be on my Easter brunch table is a spiral sliced ham. No question.

Spiral ham is just so agreeable. It fits in nicely as a breakfast option but serves just as well at lunch or dinnertime. Thanks, ham!

If its brunch time I always set out lots of fruit – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, apples, melons, you name it!

Not only is fruit light and a wonderful accompaniment, it’s just so colorful and pleasing to the eye!

A quiche is a great option to serve alongside your ham as well. We like egg, cheese and bacon in ours, but have fun experimenting with recipes you like.

If you go the brunch route, what will you be serving at your special Easter brunch?

 


March 27th, 2015

Ever Tried a Lobster Loaded Potato?

Lobster Potato

Fish Friday is a time to get really creative with seafood.

Beef isn’t on the menu so fish/seafood is the star of this show. And we’ve got to do it right.

I’m a huge baked potato lover (hello, it’s a classic steak side!) so when I discovered this Lobster Loaded Potato from The Kansas City Steak Company, I thought I had found nirvana.

Take one stuffed potato – or twice baked potato – and fill it with mouth-watering Maine lobster, Mascarpone cheese and flavorful herbs and seasonings.

Oh, glorious heavens!

This beautiful creation can be a wonderful appetizer, but for me, it’s the main entrée. It’s a protein, vegetable and side dish all in one!

Try it for one of your Fish Fridays!

 


March 25th, 2015

Kabob Ideas

Beef Kabobs

Kabobs are such fun because they allow you to get really creative on the grill.

For me, beef is always a part of a kabob. It’s just the other elements that change.

I like to use sirloin steak (Top Sirloin, to be exact) or beef tenderloin tips. They really work well on a skewer. Filet mignon cut into bite-sized pieces also works beautifully.

Want some extra flavor on your beef kabobs? Try this recipe for Pistachio Crusted Steak Kabobs, then add whatever veggies you like to your skewers – corn, onions, peppers, anything!

Have fun kabobing! Kabobling? Kabobicizing…

Pistachio Crusted Steak Kabobs

Ingredients:
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup finely crushed pistachios
4 Top Sirloin Steaks, each cut into 8 cubes
16 (10 in.) wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Directions: Place the first 5 ingredients into a ziplock freezer bag. Shake to combine. Place Top Sirloin Steaks cubes into ziplock bag, a few at a time, and shake to coat completely. Thread 4 steak cubes onto each skewer. Grill kabobs over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until done. Remove from grill; quickly roll kabobs into finely crushed pistachios. Serve immediately.

 


March 23rd, 2015

Burger Recipe Time!

Burgers on Grill

Spring is here! Spring is here!

The official start to spring makes me insanely happy. It signals sunnier days and, truthfully, better moods in my house.

With warm weather naturally comes lots of grill time and that means BURGERS!!!

I prefer steakburgers – made from ground beef of steaks – because they just taste better. Plain and simple.

And you know I adore my steaks, so it only makes sense that my burgers follow suit.

I’m always on the lookout for ways to spice up my burgers and the beginning of a new season seems like a great time to try out some new recipes. Like this Tropical Burger made with Wagyu Kobe beef:

Tropical Burger

Ingredients:
4 Wagyu Kobe Beef Steakburgers
salt and pepper
4 buns, toasted
4 fontina cheese slices
4 pineapple slices
1/2 cup prepared mango chutney
1 red onion, sliced
4 lettuce leaves

Directions: Season burgers with salt and pepper, and then grill on a hot grill. While the burgers are grilling, also place the slices of pineapple, and red onion on the grill, and grill them as well, to cook them slightly. When the burgers are almost done, place 1 slice of fontina cheese on each burger, and melt slightly. Remove burgers from heat and let them rest for five minutes. To build, place one slice of grilled red onion, on the bottom half of the bun, place burger on top with a slice of pineapple, and lettuce leaf on top, and the mango chutney on the top half of the bun.

Servings: 4

Wanna try more steakburger recipes? Check out these equally delicious recipes and tell me your favorites!


March 20th, 2015

Spring Catches

Sea Bass

It’s Fish Friday again! Only this time it’s spring. This makes me jump for joy!

Since we won’t be having surf and turf or steak, let’s celebrate springtime with some beautiful salmon.

It’s light and delicious – just like spring!

Looking for something a bit more filling? Sea bass is a great option. Drizzle some lemon on top and it’s seafood heaven.

Now, you can never, ever go wrong with coldwater lobster tail or jumbo shrimp. Those are perfect for Fish Friday. But have you ever tried lobster flatbread or crab stuffed sole? They’re absolutely not to miss!

Seafood really does give us lots of choices when steaks are not an option.

What spring catches will YOU be serving on Fish Fridays?


March 18th, 2015

Host a Watch Party for the “Big Dance”

Sliders

It’s the perfect time to host a watch party!

Any excuse is a good one if it involves gathering friends and serving great food!

Cheer on your favorite teams as they find out who will go to the “Big Dance.” Have fun with your food selections by using a basketball theme.

Try serving steakburgers with cheese shaped like basketballs. And cupcakes are fun to easily decorate to mimic a basketball – they’re already round!

Anything ball-shaped can quickly fit into your hoops-themed party. Cake balls become basket-cake-balls. Cookies are easy to decorate. And so is pizza! Just use pepperonis to create the distinctive lines of the basketball.

Not feeling that creative? Serve your favorite foods (like steak) on basketball-themed plates and napkins. Your fans will be just as appreciative!

Happy hosting!


March 16th, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Food!

Corned Beef

Even if you’re not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun time to cook some Irish foods that make us beef lovers very happy!

I mean, when else will you try a Guinness Steak Pie or Corned Beef and Cabbage?

And Shepherd’s Pie is a perfect way to gather those leftovers (like that yummy meatloaf you made or some extra steaks) and create a whole new batch of deliciousness . . . Irish style.

See? We’re recycling here! Keeping it “green!”

Or try some Irish Pub Beef Stew or Chipped Beef on Toast – just to get into the spirit of it. So many tasty beef dishes to choose from.

And when you’ve finished your cake with green food coloring and your green beverage of choice, you’ll be happy you celebrated the day!


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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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