February 25th, 2015

It’s Chilly So Let’s Cook Some Chili!

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Did you know that February 26th is National Chili Day?

That excites me because I like warm, hearty food when it’s nippy outside. So this is one holiday I’ll definitely be celebrating!

Chili satisfies during the winter months like no steakburger or beef slider can. It just warms the soul.

BUT, there’s no reason we can’t make chili while paying homage to the Kansas City strip steak or even a beautiful roast. Just look at this delicious chili recipe and add your own twist!

Enjoy your own chili celebration on February 26th – and stay warm!


February 23rd, 2015

Steak Doneness – Yep, It’s a Word!

Kansas City Strips on Grill

We all have our own opinions about how well done our steaks should be.

Like a lot of pink? Lots of people do. The rarer, the better.

But not everyone likes it that way. So…when you’re learning how to grill steaks, one element you MUST master is how to cook to doneness.

What if you’re hosting a barbecue and one guest likes her steak medium well? Do you know how to get it just right?

Do you know how to broil steaks and control the doneness? It’s all in the details, for sure.

Check out these cooking tips for instructions on how to master the art of doneness.

Your guests – and your steaks – will thank you for it!


February 20th, 2015

Meal Ideas for Beating the Winter Blues!

Strip Steak Salad

I’m a summer gal. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

I like the sun on my face and being outside. Eating.

But winter weather isn’t very conducive to patio meals. And since Punxsutawney Phil said we’ve got 6 more weeks of it, I’ve got to get creative.

I’ve just GOT to beat these winter blues.

So… I like to cook meals in the winter that remind me of summer. Hey, there’s no rule that says I can’t have a light strip steak salad with strawberries in the winter.

Or, perhaps, just grill up some ribeyes on the old barbecue and serve them with drinks with little umbrellas in them.

Steaks make me happy any time of year, but they REALLY bring to mind weekends spent outdoors, enjoying the weather and slowly grilling.

So I’m going to recall those glorious days this weekend with a grilled steak on my plate and memories of the sun in my head.

I’ll just do it indoors.

How about you?


February 18th, 2015

Steak and Wine Tasting Tips

Steak and Wine Pairings

I’m always confused which wines to serve with which dishes. I need a personal guide (maybe a cheat sheet) to help me navigate this territory.

I know that the right wine can bring out the flavor of a great steak – and vice versa. So I really want to get this right!

This handy chart shows us just what wine to serve with every meal – namely steak.

Want to serve beef tenderloin tips? Pair them with a nice Zinfandel for optimal flavor acceleration.

How about Sirloin steak? A lovely Mendoza will enhance the meal beautifully.

Try it for yourself and you’ll be a steak and wine pairing expert in no time!


February 16th, 2015

Mardi Gras Recipe

Flank Steak

It’s almost Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate and feast before Lent.

Food is such a big part of this fun time and we’ve gotta do it right!

When you think of traditional Mardi Gras fare there’s Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Fried Rice, Muffulettas and King Cake.

But what if, like me, you’re hankering for some beef this Mardi Gras? Well, lucky for us, there’s a recipe for that!

Check out this Mardi Gras steak recipe. You can create this using whichever steak cuts you love: Kobe beef, ribeyes – the choice is yours!

The Original New Orleans Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras Steak

Ingredients:
2 scallions, white and greens, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped red onions
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. grated, peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced, seeded jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp. ground coriander seeds
1/4 tsp. each black and cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. each dried basil and kosher salt
1 packed tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup each red wine, the soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, bourbon whiskey and olive oil
4 (8 oz.) Kansas City Strip Steaks

Directions: In a small bowl, combine the scallions, red onions, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper. In a large bowl combine the spices, basil, salt and sugar. Whisk the orange juice, both vinegars, soy sauce and bourbon into the spice mixture. Slowly drizzle the olive oil, whisking constantly. Add the scallion mixture and combine. Add the Kansas City Strip Steaks to the marinade and coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.

Bring to room temperature before grilling. Grill the steaks over hot coals 3-4 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes, before slicing against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices. To serve, arrange the steaks on a large platter together with sliced tomato, onion, basil and fresh mozzarella salad.

The Salad:
2 large vine ripe tomatoes, sliced thick, 1 red onion, sliced thin, 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 8 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella. Topped with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with white balsamic vinegar.

 

 


February 13th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

Filet Mignon and Baked Potato

I don’t need a fancy gift for my husband this Valentine’s Day. He knows I love him when I shower him with food!

And it’s got to be beef.

Any beef will do. As long as it’s high quality.

Steaks of any cut. A Chateaubriand simmering in the oven. Beef tenderloin tips in the form of kabobs.

He loves them all!

And because I love him I’ll work in a steak dinner this weekend to make sure he knows I’m paying attention.

With all the hints he’s given me I’d be crazy not to!

What are your Valentine plans?

Are you “in between” Valentines this year? Then make yourself a beautiful steak dinner and show yourself some love!

You deserve it!


February 11th, 2015

Romantic Dinners for Two

Filet Mignon

The most romantic day of the year is coming up! Thinking about a romantic couple’s dinner at home?

Me too!

For Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a dinner of tender, succulent filet mignons. They’re fork tender – like your love!

Looking for something more hearty? Try cooking some Beef Wellingtons. The flaky pastry crust gets me every time. I’m a sucker for this all-in-one meal. It’s delicious!

Now, if you are showering affection on a man this Valentine’s Day, statistics show (okay, my life experience, really) that a manly T-bone steak says, “I love you” like nothing else.

Seriously, the way to ANYONE’s heart is through the stomach!


February 9th, 2015

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Gift Boxed Steak Combo

Romantic gifts for men can be tricky.

But the simplest way to come up with a winner is to think, “What does he like?”

Sounds easy enough, right?

My hubby LOVES beef. A steak cooked on our backyard grill is probably the pinnacle for him.

So what are the top steak gifts men like for Valentine’s Day? Here are my suggestions:

  1. T-bone steaks. They’re hearty. And manly. And shaped like a heart!
  2. Porterhouse steaks. These babies are man-sized and so delicious.
  3. Kansas City strip steaks. You can’t go wrong with the meaty flavor of this cut. It’s my husband’s absolute favorite.

Try sending him a beautiful gift-boxed steak set. It’s sure to win his heart this Valentine’s Day.

And, if you’re lucky, he might even share with you!


February 6th, 2015

Steak Fry Toppings

Fries-recipes

Maybe you weren’t aware (as I wasn’t not too long ago), but steak fries can be the building block of a great meal.

Don’t believe me? It’s time to try Carne Asada Fries!

Diced carne asada, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream all on top of delicious, crispy fries. Oh, the flavors!!!

Or maybe Cheeseburger Steak Fries are more your speed?

Ground beef, cheese sauce, ketchup, mustard and all your cheeseburger topping favorites.

I mean, you were gonna eat fries with your cheeseburger anyway, right? Why not all at once?

And for the cheesesteak lover in us all, try Cheesesteak Fries.

Melted provolone over thinly sliced top sirloin, peppers, onions and fries? Where do I sign up?

Get creative with your own steak fry toppings and create a meal or an appetizer you never thought was possible!

 


February 4th, 2015

Homemade Soup Recipes

Steak Soup

Need something to really warm you up this time of year?

A good homemade soup will do the trick!

I like to make mine with different cuts of steak. Sirloin steak is especially good and holds up well in soup. And beef tenderloin tips are the perfect size for adding bite-sized bits of goodness to your creation.

This homemade soup recipe is exactly what I need right now.

Beef and Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb. package Beef Tenderloin Tips
2 onions, minced
4 cups fresh mushrooms, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 brandy or sherry
4 oz. dried shitake mushrooms
4 oz. dried morel mushrooms
3 cups, heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
6 cups beef stock
salt and pepper

Servings: 8

Directions: Bring six cups of water to a boil and pour over dried mushrooms. Let stand ten minutes. Strain mushrooms, chop and reserve liquid. In a heavy bottomed stock pot, sauté Beef Tenderloin Tips in butter, remove and reserve. Add onions and sauté. Add fresh mushrooms and cook for five minutes. Add garlic and cook for three more minutes. Add flour and cook for five minutes. Deglaze pan with brandy. Add stock a little at a time and until soup becomes smooth. Add reserved mushroom liquid and reduce by half. Puree soup in a blender or with a stick blender. Add beef, cream and reconstituted mushrooms and season to taste.

This recipe uses beef tenderloin tips and just thinking about this soup makes my mouth water!

Treat yourself and your family to a tummy-warming homemade soup!


February 2nd, 2015

Romantic Meal Ideas

Filet Mignon

February is a month to be romantic. We’ve got Valentine’s Day coming up and it’s still cold outside so it’s pretty conducive to snuggling!

But – man or woman – nothing says romance like a romantic dinner.

One of my all-time favorite romantic meals is a couple of filet mignons, whipped potatoes, side salad and a delicious red wine.

That’s a lighter option. If you want something hearty that’ll warm you both up, mouth-watering Beef Wellington is an excellent choice. And… as a bonus, this is a heat and serve gourmet meal. Just pop ‘em in the oven and serve on some lovely china! The flaky pastry crust makes this dish so unique!

Now, if you REALLY want to impress your sweetie, Chateaubriand is the way to go. A gorgeous roast simmering in the oven is one of my favorite aromas. It creates an ambience that’s so important for setting a romantic stage.

Plus, it’s tender and juicy, and, well, it’s French. It just seems more romantic if it’s French.

So, what will you feed your sweetheart? These romantic meals are in themselves a gesture of love. And that speaks volumes!


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?


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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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