May 20th, 2016

Juicy Tips for a Sizzling Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial time to wrap up spring and usher in summer. It’s my absolute favorite time!

It’s a time to stop and remember those who sacrificed for our freedom and that’s very important to me to teach our kids.

And it doesn’t hurt that it comes at the most beautiful time of year in my mind.

Warm weather is everything to me. Okay, add great food in there. And my family.

Put all of those together? Perfection.

This Memorial Day, let’s all take advantage of the time we have to be outside, enjoy some steaks at a cookout and welcome summer!

Sizzling Memorial Day

Here are my tips for making this holiday celebration one for the record books:

  1. Make everything you can ahead of time. Bake a dessert the day before. And plan ahead.
  2. Get your steak recipes in order beforehand. Try something new. Ribeye steaks are my favorite.
  3. Need a refresher on how to grill a steak? The right way? Read these tips to ensure everything goes smoothly.
  4. Try serving that delicious food on colorful plates. Melamine works great. It’s MADE for outdoors. And steaks look fantastic served on wooden boards. Make it special and different and it’ll be a cookout to remember.
  5. Beverage dispensers are a great idea for a crowd. Not only are they beautiful to look at – they’re self service! Try floating fruit in water or refreshing juice.
  6. Put your “relaxed hat” on. We have lots of “hats” around our house that I ask my family to wear at times – patience hat, kindness hat, helpful hat. This cookout requires the relaxed hat. Wear it and all the other hats will come into play, too!

Plan to have a great time at your cookout and undoubtedly you will. Work ahead of time and this will be a sizzling Memorial Day to remember!


May 6th, 2016

National Hamburger Month – How to Grill the Perfect Hamburger

When it’s shorts weather, we all want to spend as much time outside as possible. There’s something so freeing about being outdoors. So, we lounge on our patios, pool decks or balconies. And eventually, we get hungry.

So that we can stay outside, we fire up our grills and take the eating adventures outdoors. There’s nothing more enjoyable to me than a gorgeous day and a meal out in nature.

And people seem to share that sentiment, so it’s no wonder that May is National Hamburger Month – because this time of year when it’s time to cook something outside, we want burgers on the grill. Plain and simple. So why not celebrate it?

How to Grill the Perfect Hamburger

Now, it’s always time for steaks at my house, but sometimes you just want a really good STEAK BURGER. This month, we celebrate those times you crave a good ‘ol steakburger.

Whatever you call it – steak burger, burger, hamburger, steakburger – it deserves to be done up right. And when you choose to grill it, there are a few rules to live by to do the burger justice.

  1. Buy quality burgers. It matters.
  2. Use coal or wood for cooking.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of patty with kosher salt and coarse ground white pepper.
  4. Sear burgers 1 minute on each side over direct heat to seal in juices.
  5. Move to indirect heat.
  6. Grill for approximately 6 minutes per side, checking to ensure patties are not burning.
  7. Do not press burgers with spatula.
  8. Add burger toppings as desired.
  9. Enjoy!

Experiment with times and check the bottom of the burger periodically to make sure you are getting the doneness you crave. Keep watch so you don’t overcook them. Hockey puck burgers are the worst! But this method should help you avoid that and get the most out of your National Hamburger Month celebration!


April 29th, 2016

What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Does your mom make sure you’re fed every day of your life? Or, if you’re of the age when you no longer live with her, did she cook for you when you were a child? Does she cook every holiday? Every Sunday? Every time you see her?

You know, Mother’s Day is coming up and – seriously – Mom just wants to be fed for once. And fed well.

What Mom Really Wants

I know this for a fact.

Speaking as a mother who is constantly amazed that the people in my house insist upon eating three times a day with snacks in between, it’s a constant, never-ending job that weighs heavily on a mother. Feeding hungry people every single day is a big job. And it requires a lot of work and planning and preparation. You know, in between all the other amazing feats of organization and flair and love Mom is supposed to perform. (She does it lovingly, I promise.)

Now, there are meals I absolutely love preparing. But that requires time – something a busy mother has very little of. So when’s it’s Mother’s Day I want to be taken care of.

For. Just. One. Day.

Actually. Just. One. Meal. Would. Be. Good.

So if your mom is like me, get working on a Mother’s Day meal of – say – filet mignon, twice baked potatoes and red velvet cake. Not to be too specific or anything. But that’s what I would want.

Now, don’t ask her how to season a steak or where she keeps the steak recipes. Work this all out beforehand. On your own. Research it. Plan it out. And use these recipes and tips to help you.

She will adore you for doing this for her. And it will make her feel loved and appreciated. And isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?

Really, it’s ALL she wants for Mother’s Day. Bon appetit!


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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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