January 30th, 2015

Celebrate the Big Game Arizona Style – Chimichangas!

Chimichanga

The folklore goes that in 1922, a restaurateur in Arizona accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fryer and exclaimed, “Chimichanga!”

That’s Spanish for thingamajig.

Fill it with some sour cream, cheese and beef and you’ve got yourself today’s version of the chimichanga.

Now, since Sunday’s big game is being played in Arizona, it only feels right to honor that venue by serving up some beef chimichangas while you watch!

Check out this incredible beef chimichanga recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beef-chimichangas/

Many versions of this recipe call for ground beef like you’d find in steakburgers, but you can experiment and use shredded Wagyu beef or any cut of shredded steak you love.

Have fun with your chimichangas and the big game this weekend! I know I will!


January 28th, 2015

Top 10 Tailgate Foods

Steakburgers

We’re gearing up for the ultimate professional football game this weekend. And we’ve got to fuel up with some incredible tailgate foods.

After all, what good is watching a game without something delicious to eat?

Here are my TOP 10 TAILGATE FOODS to give you some inspiration!

  1. Steakburgers
  2. Baby Back Ribs
  3. Brisket
  4. All-Beef Hot Dogs
  5. Steaks
  6. Tenderloin Tips in Kabobs
  7. Steak Sandwiches
  8. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
  9. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  10. Skirt Steak Fajitas

What’s your personal list of favorite tailgate foods?


January 26th, 2015

Game Day Food Battle

Lobster Tails and Salmon

This weekend is the biggest football game of the year! But what’s the most important part of the game? The food!

I like to think of the game in terms of AFC food vs. NFC food.

In this case, it’s the delicious lobster of the AFC New England Patriots vs. the scrumptious salmon of the NFC Seattle Seahawks.

We’ve got two teams from either end of the country – how cool is that? But both areas are known for their seafood…albeit different dishes.

So we’ve got lobster on one end of the field and salmon on the other. Who will win?

We’ll just have to serve them both during the game and see! Let your guests do the officiating.

May the best dish win!


January 23rd, 2015

Complements for Steak

Filet and Fries

No, I don’t mean, “Hello, steak, you’re looking delicious today.” That’s a compliment.

I mean things that complement a steak – like a luscious steak butter melting on top or a mushroom garnish.

One of my favorite things to do is grill up a bunch of filet mignons and serve them with different steak butters – like roasted garlic, tomato chipotle or Tuscan herb flavors.

Everyone can choose their favorite taste!

Another delicious complement is a nice finishing salt.

Now, when my dad taught me how to grill a steak, he never said anything about finishing salts. But sprinkling on a salt flavored with rosemary or garlic gives your steak an edge that kicks your grillmaster status up a notch or two.

Then, there’s the almighty steak sauce. A perfectly blended steak sauce brings out the richness in your steaks and makes sure it’s a steak you’ll remember.

These are my favorite complements for steak. What are yours?


January 21st, 2015

Beef Soup Recipe

Beef and Vegetable Soup

My toes are perpetually frozen this time of year. So a hearty, beefy soup makes perfect sense right now.

I need a meal that’ll thaw me out!

This Beef and Vegetable Soup recipe uses bite-sized beef tenderloin tips made from Filet Mignon and it really does the trick.

Ingredients:                                                                
1 lb. package Beef Tenderloin Tips, minced
2 onions, minced
2 carrots, minced
3 celery stalks, minced
2 cups, diced tomatoes
1 cup barley
1/2 cup lentils
6 cups beef stock
1 tbsp. oil
salt and pepper

Directions: Sear Beef Tenderloin Tips in oil and remove from pan. Add carrot, celery and onion and sweat. Add barley and cook for three minutes. Add tomato and beef stock and bring to a simmer, cook for 30 minutes and add lentils. Continue to simmer for another 10 and add reserved beef. Cook for 10 minutes, season to taste and serve.

Servings: 8

A soup that includes bites of steak? Yes, please! This one’s a winner!


January 19th, 2015

Winter Favorites

Beef Wellington

Wintertime is good eating time!

It’s a great time to enjoy savory tastes and satisfying meals. But winter food is different than light, summertime fare. Cold weather food is hearty and filling. It keeps you warm!

These are my favorite winter meals. They help me get through a cold, hard winter!

  1. Prime Rib Roast. Hearty, delicious and there’s always enough!
  2. Beef Wellington. This one really hits the spot with its flaky crust and tender beef inside.
  3. Filet Mignon. Admittedly, they’re great any time of the year, but I like to add a beefy gravy to my steaks in the winter.
  4. Beef Brisket. This meal may bring to mind summertime barbecues in the backyard, but don’t underestimate its ability to satisfy on a chilly evening around the fire!

What are your winter favorites? I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!


January 16th, 2015

Top Sirloin and Steakburgers – Two At Once

Top Sirloin and Steakburgers

So, in my house, people like to make things difficult. Not everyone likes the same cut of beef.

Okay, I’m just as much to blame.

But, we like what we like, right?

For that reason, I usually cook “options.”

When my boys are involved (which is basically always) I love to do meals on the grill like Top Sirloin steaks AND steakburgers.

Everybody’s happy and there’s no complaining. A real plus when you have pre-teen boys.

It’s just as easy to order this top sirloin steak duo and then cook it together as it would be to just prepare one entrée. And, hey, variety is the spice of life!

What are some of your favorite “duos?”


January 14th, 2015

Paleo Recipes With Some Bite

Grass Fed Tri Tip Roast

A Paleo-style diet seems to be such an enjoyable way to a) lose weight and/or b) maintain a healthy body.

Grass fed beef is exactly what my body is screaming for. I’ve just GOT to eat something I love or I won’t stay the course. So choices like a grass fed Kansas City strip steak don’t feel like a restrictive diet to me.

‘Cause it’s not! I LOVE steaks!

A grass fed filet mignon also fits the bill. And it FEELS so decadent. But it’s not. It’s Paleo. And it’s delicious.

Have you tried eating the Paleo way? For a beef lover like me, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered! Check out these Paleo options and explore for yourself!


January 12th, 2015

Filet and Lobster – Dynamic Duo!

Filet Mignon and Lobster Tails

Is one of your resolutions to eat healthier?

I’ll admit, it’s mine pretty much every year. I seem to slip wildly near the end of the year with all the cookies, gravies, etc. that the holidays bring. So come January, it’s time to get back on track.

Luckily for us steak lovers, there are some great healthy options that include beef. One of my favorites is a tender, juicy filet mignon. It’s lean and it’s just the right size.

And if I want to add a bit more to it, a nice lobster tail is a healthy complement that’s absolutely delicious, too!

So, I’ll be surfing and turfing my way through 2015 and loving every minute of it! My waistline will, too. What about you?


January 9th, 2015

Time To Try a Seafood Bake

Seafood Bake

I simply adore a full meal cooked all at once!

The many flavors blend together for such a delicious final product.

A Seafood Bake mixes Maine lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, scallops, corn on the cob and baby potatoes with a rich, herbed lemon butter sauce.

Sound delicious? It is!

At my house, we add steak on the barbie for the ultimate surf and turf.

Sheer heaven.

I prefer ribeye steaks but my husband is partial to Kansas City strip steaks. But any steak cut makes sense with a Seafood Bake. It all works!

Itching to try it? All you need to do is bake for just under an hour. That’s it! Add a little Chardonnay and you’re all set.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Less time working and more time enjoying!


January 7th, 2015

Game Day Food Ideas

Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Sliders

There are some great games going on this time of year. And we’ve got to have great food to go along with them.

If it’s not a federal law, it should be.

My go-to has always been steakburgers during the game. But why not try smaller sliders with a twist like caramelized onion and gorgonzola sliders or applewood bacon and cheddar sliders?

And then there are steaks when you really want to get serious. Boneless ribeyes are my favorites, but there are so many delicious cuts to choose from – why not grill up a variety?

Hickory smoked baby back ribs are a great finger food that’ll satisfy for sure. Or try a beef brisket or all beef hot dogs. You really can’t go wrong with any of those.

Check out these tailgating options, even if you’re “tailgating” in your own living room. You’re sure to find plenty of game day food ideas that will whet your appetite!


January 5th, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Foodies

Kansas City Strip Steaks and Filet Mignon on Grill

The new year is here!

Time to make some resolutions. And if you’re a foodie (and I know you are) at least one of them must involve food.

How about trying steak tartare in the new year?

Cooking beef bourguignon?

Maybe resolve to host more dinner parties?

For me, I’d like to teach my almost-teenage son how to grill a steak.

It’s a lesson every man or woman needs.

What are your foodie New Year’s resolutions? Happy cooking and eating in 2015!


November 15th, 2013

A Message From a Turkey

By

If you’re open to it, Mr. Turkey here has a suggestion for Thanksgiving dinner that doesn’t involve him:  Beef.

Mmmm, prime rib roast, Chateaubriand, Beef Wellington, steaks. The non-traditional choices are endless.

But, hey, I’m just the messenger. What you eat is between you and the turkey.

Happy weekend, everybody!

Photo courtesy of lefunny.net.


December 16th, 2011

Stolen Steaks

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America’s retailers have compiled a list of the country’s most shoplifted items. Want to know what was number one?

Filet mignon.

Writer John Kass questioned his friends on this topic and got this in response . . .

“Really?” asked a hard-boiled journalist who knows steak. “Filet mignon? Don’t these thieves have any taste buds? You’d think they’d steal something with flavor, like a nice Kansas City strip.”

(There they are together in the photo above. You decide. Which one is better?)

Kass then goes on to share his favorite steak sauce recipe just in case the thieves find those tender filets delicious, yet lacking in taste.

Click here to get that recipe and to read about some other steak-related mishaps from Kass’ childhood.

It’s a Steakapalooza of stories!

Have a great weekend – and if you’ve got a hankering for a steak, my advice is to BUY some!

Excerpt courtesy of John Kass via ChicagoTribune.com.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


February 11th, 2011

Be Still My Heart-Shaped Steak

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Many of us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend – even though the actual date is Monday. Why? Because Mondays are hectic and soccer practice is not romantic.

So today’s post is dedicated to all you lovers out there who will be celebrating/drooling this weekend . . . steak lovers, that is!

I give you: HEART-SHAPED STEAKS.

Courtesy Blogs.BrowardPalmBeach.com.

Courtesy FoodFrenzy.OCRegister.com.

Courtesy SweetTeaInTexas.Blogspot.com.


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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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