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 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 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!


February 27th, 2015

How To Cook a Fabulous Steak

Ribeyes on Grill

How did you learn to cook a steak? Did your parents teach you? Did a buddy in college show you the ropes?

Maybe, just maybe, they had a limited knowledge to share with you. Want to up your game a little bit?

Try using this grilling chart to customize the grilling experience depending on doneness and cut of steak. Yes, the cut makes a difference in grilling time as well.

Want to try broiling your steaks? Consult this indoor cooking chart according to type of meat and your desired doneness.

See? It’s not just a matter of eyeballing it and flipping occasionally. That’s what I used to think. But a few crispy, burned steaks later and I’m singing a different tune.

Just like anything, a little education and forethought go a long way toward cooking a fabulous steak versus a mediocre one.

Happy cooking!


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 5th, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Foodies

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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!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


January 2nd, 2015

15 Ways to Beef Up Your 2015

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We beef lovers have so many choices when it comes to main courses. And it’s so fun to be able to explore all those options.

This is my list of 15 ways you can BEEF up the new year in style:

  1. Applewood Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon
  2. Tenderloin Medallions
  3. Chateaubriand
  4. Flat Iron Rubbed Steak
  5. Steakburgers!
  6. Peppercorn and Sea Salt Kansas City Strips
  7. Flank Steak in Sweet BBQ Sauce
  8. Beef Brisket
  9. Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Sliders
  10. All Beef Hot Dogs
  11. Wagyu Kobe Beef
  12. Garlic and Herb Prime Rib Roast
  13. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  14. Porterhouse Steak
  15. USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye Steak

So many choices … and only a year to get through them.

Now go get some beef and start working on this list. This’ll be fun!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 31st, 2014

New Year’s Meal Pairing Ideas

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I like meal ideas that are quick, but don’t cut corners. These full meal pairings help to get the dinner on the table fast without sacrificing quality and flavor. Plus, they’re not the same old same old.

Try ‘em in the new year!

  1. 3 Cheese Arancini (can be an appetizer or a side), Chicken Spiedini and Lemon Coconut Cake.
  2. Crabcakes, Filet Mignon and Red Velvet Cake.
  3. Lobster Flatbread, Veal Cutlets and Hand-Dipped Chocolate Macaroons.

Want more full meal ideas? Create your own customized meals here!

Happy (tasty) New Year!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 29th, 2014

14 Favorite Things From 2014

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What I should really call this post is “14 Things That Made Me Happy in 2014.”

A bit wordy. But more accurate.

The nightly news was filled with dramatically terrible things that happened this year – devastating weather events, shootings, etc.

For me, in light of all that can and will go wrong in the world, it’s been the day-to-day simple pleasures that brought a smile to my face. 2014 was filled with them. But you have to stop and look for them. These are mine, so here goes:

  1. Giggling through the movie Big Hero 6 with my youngest son. Animated. Silly. Perfection.
  2. A visit to the beach. Brief, but very necessary.
  3. Prince George’s Christmas photographs.
  4. That one time I had five minutes to myself in the bathroom. Moms and dads, you know what I’m talking about.
  5. Grilled steak on the patio, my husband pouring me a glass of wine and Garth Brooks on the radio.
  6. The love my dogs showed me every day.
  7. My husband’s silly texts. He’s got a way with emojis.
  8. My boys hitting the baseball over the fence. Exhilarating.
  9. Finding “Friends” reruns when I couldn’t sleep.
  10. Summer. Just the whole thing.
  11. “The Voice.” It’s a show my kids actually watched with me.
  12. Good friends coming to my rescue when I needed it most.
  13. Lupita Nyong’o. Don’t know who she is? Check her out.
  14. Gathering around the dinner table and seeing faces I adore.

This is my personal list for 2014. What’s yours?


December 24th, 2014

Holiday Table Ideas

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Everyone has their own ideas of what makes a great holiday table.

Some cannot veer from the classic turkey, spiral ham and sides combo.

And I understand that. I’m in touch with that.

Sometimes, holiday time is the only time of year you serve those dishes.

But, for some, the holiday table allows you to try something out of the ordinary and special like Chateaubriand or prime rib.

The most important thing is that your holiday table makes YOU happy.

Have you ever served a nice salmon or lobster on your holiday table?

How about lasagna?

Tell me, what are you serving on your holiday table this year?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 22nd, 2014

Recipe for a Happy Life This Holiday Season

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What really makes you happy?

For me, it’s good food, good people and gratefulness.

Here’s my RECIPE for a happy life during the holidays (and all year ‘round):

 

Add equal parts juicy steak and potatoes

Place happy, smiling people around my table

Sprinkle liberally a good dose of humility and thankfulness

 

That’s it.

It’s simple, really.

If we all focus on the truly wonderful things we have in this life, there’s no room for the negative.

I did mention steak, though, too, right? Make sure there’s steak.

Hungry people tend to be grumpy.

The taste of a perfectly grilled steak with its hearty, yet tender, flavor makes everything right in my world. The happiness recipe definitely calls for steak.

Enjoy the holidays with this recipe, friends! And be sure to share it!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 19th, 2014

Gift Ideas for Hard-to-Buy-For Folks

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We’ve all got ‘em.

Those people on your gift list who either have everything or don’t like anything.

What do you get them at holiday time?

I always go with my gut. Literally. Food is something we ALL enjoy.

Give steaks!

Steak gifts always make a huge impression. And with all the variety of steaks out there – from ribeyes and T-bones, to filet mignon and Kobe beef – you can customize it so that it’s just right.

And if steak gift packages are too tall an order, just give ‘em a gift card and let THEM choose which steaks they like best.

Problem solved. It’ll be a happy holiday for all!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.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.

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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