June 4th, 2014

Menu Ideas for Father’s Day

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Now that we have a checklist for planning a celebration of Dad on Father’s Day, let’s talk MENU!

We’ve got to do it up right for Dad!

APPETIZERS

We’re going to want to whet Dad’s appetite, but not TOO much because there’s lots more to come! Try some Jumbo Shrimp or Basil Pesto Gorgonzola Kisses to get him started.

ENTREE

Now on to the main course! Might I suggest a gorgeous Porterhouse steak for such an occasion? It’s manly, it’s delicious and it’ll let Dad know you’re serious.

SIDE DISHES

This celebration meal calls for Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Mushrooms or decadent Twice Baked Potatoes. Delish!

DESSERT

MY dad is all about the German Chocolate Cake. But maybe yours would love Red Velvet Cake or Vanilla Cheesecake. Pick his favorite!

It’s so much fun to plan a meal for someone you love. Make sure you have all Dad’s faves and it’ll be a hit. Click here for more menu inspiration.

Happy celebrating!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 2nd, 2014

Checklist for Planning Your Father’s Day Cookout

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Dad’s big day is coming up! June 15th is Father’s Day and it’s time to celebrate!

Lots of us equate celebrating with food. Why? Because it’s how humans have shown love since the dawn of man.

And what better way to show Dad you love him than with a steak and beef-filled cookout?!?!!

To make sure we don’t forget a thing, let’s make a checklist of things we’ll need to make this cookout DA BOMB:

 

1. High-quality steaks, burgers and whatever kind of beef Dad loves

2. Veggies for amazing kabobs or fantastic, colorful side dishes

3. A clean grill!

4. Spatula/tongs for optimal grilling

5. Buns or bread

6. Dessert

7. Condiments, condiments, condiments

8. Plates, cups, utensils

9. Ice!

10. Beverages of Dad’s choice

11. A beautiful tablecloth/table setting – Dad-themed, of course!

12. Lots and lots of love!!!

 

Definitely tailor your fiesta to your specific needs but this is a great start. And check out some yummy menu ideas for Dad’s day over here. Hint:  Steak is the main course!

Follow this list and maybe you’ll find, like I have, that planning to celebrate someone is almost as fun as the celebration itself!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


May 28th, 2014

Dry Rub 101

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The weather’s warmer and you wanna get out there and barbecue!

Wanna make the most of your meats this summer?

Then you’ll want to brush up on your dry rub acumen. Sometimes, we just need a refresher course.

Check out this “Dry Rub 101” lesson and you’ll be all set to rub up some great ribs, burgers, steaks, brisket – whatever you like!

Happy studying, my friends!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 23rd, 2014

Marinating By Meat Type

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A marinade adds wonderful flavor and juiciness to any type of meat – whether poultry, beef, fish or other.

But did you know that some marinades are better suited to one type of meat over another?

Once you know these secrets, your steaks, burgers, chicken – you name it – will rise to a different level!

Check out this “Marinating 101″ lesson from our friends at StartCooking.com.

It’ll open your eyes to a whole new world of marinating. Try it this weekend!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 21st, 2014

Video: Steakhouse Secrets – Perfect Steak at Home

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Looking for the secrets of the pros? Check out this video on making your own PERFECT steak at home.

Tips and techniques from chefs always make at-home meals better.

Try it this weekend – this LOOONNNG, EXTENDED weekend!

And while we’re enjoying a day off, let’s remember the folks who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day.


May 20th, 2014

Memorial Day Party Checklist

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If you’re like me, hosting parties is fun, but you get a little frazzled just beforehand.

Did I forget anyone? Did I forget anything? Do I have enough food?

All of these questions come tumbling down upon us if we don’t prepare well in advance.

And, well, I never seem to do that.

So here is a Memorial Day Party Checklist for those of us who need a little bit of help.

Location? Check.

Seating? Check.

Clean grill? Check.

So many things to think of, but the beauty here is SOMEONE ELSE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING!

I love it when that happens.

So whether you’re serving burgers or brisket or steaks or hot dogs, you can be sure your party is a success.

Check out that list here — and get checking!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 15th, 2014

Cooking Steak in Cast Iron Video

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Have you ever cooked in cast iron? It’s amazing.

This video shows us how to cook a steak using the “constant flip method” in a cast iron skillet.

It’s so good I can smell the aroma through the screen!

Delicious.

Enjoy these amazing tips for cooking a perfect steak!


May 14th, 2014

Regional BBQ Styles

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You like your ribs pork with a dry rub instead of a sauce. Then you’re probably a Memphis-style BBQ enthusiast.

Or maybe you like any and all kinds of meat cooked slow and low over hickory wood. If burnt ends are your favorite, then Kansas City-style barbecue is for you.

Isn’t it great that even in the category of barbecue we’ve got sub-categories depending on your taste? I love America!

Want to know about all the different regional styles of BBQ this National Barbecue Month? Check out this rundown of the various flavors across the nation.

I know that there’s NO WAY I could choose just one style to be loyal to, I’m afraid. I like ‘em all. How about you?

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 9th, 2014

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Foodie

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If Mom is anything like us she LOVES good food.

And whether she likes to create the dishes or just enjoy, she deserves to be pampered with food-related goodies this Mother’s Day.

This slideshow of Mother’s Day gift ideas for food lovers has so many great ideas. One is bound to be perfect.

But most of all, just give Mom some attention this Sunday and let her know you love her. That’s what it’s all about! (A great steak doesn’t hurt, either.)

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 5th, 2014

Brisket Tacos? Yes, Please!

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Garcia’s Original Smoky Brisket Tacos from Tasting Table on Vimeo.

Today is Cinco de Mayo! A great day to celebrate all the beautiful flavors of Mexican food and the culture.

I’m thinking these yummy brisket tacos fill the bill just right. Watch this video from our friends at TastingTable.com and then go celebrate – with food, of course!

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo, everyone!


May 2nd, 2014

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Steak Enthusiast Mom

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Mother’s Day is next week!

If the moms in your life are anything like me (hey, I’m a mom) the way to her heart is through her stomach.

This method is not just for men, I promise.

If I were to receive, say, a Mother’s Day gift, here are some of MY steak enthusiast faves:

1. Filet Mignon. Make Mom a beautiful dinner (see above) – she’ll eat it up!

2. Gift her some Bake & Serve Gourmet meals like Beef Wellington. YOU can serve the first meal to her, then stock her up for the rest of the month when she’s got to feed YOU. These are easy peasy – just bake . . . and serve!

3. Wanna get REALLY fancy pants on her? Cook her a steak with Wagyu Kobe beef. Pick her favorite cut and really spoil her with this delicacy.

4. A Monthly Steak Plan. Yes, it’s the gift that keeps on giving – 3, 6 or 12 month delivery!

5. Give her a gift card and SHE can pick the steaks she loves most! It doesn’t get easier than that.

Have fun celebrating the moms in your life!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 29th, 2014

Cinco Beef-Inspired Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Oh, how I love special days that allow me to focus on food! Beef, in particular.

As you know, I’m kind of obsessed.

So, the fact that Cinco de Mayo is coming up gives me great joy. I can dream up all kinds of beefy delights for that day.

AND, it’s my son’s birthday! We always get to celebrate doubly in spicy style!

The fifth of May, 1862, is when the Mexican army was victorious over the French in the Battle of Puebla and now it’s become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.

So in honor of Cinco de Mayo I give you cinco recipes you can use to celebrate, too!

UNO:  Delicious, nutritious steak fajitas (above). I mean, who doesn’t love steak fajitas? This recipe calls for Kansas City strip steaks sliced up good!

DOSCumin marinated flank steak. A special twist to give your flank steak some zing!

TRESCarne asada. A classic.

CUATROFlat iron steak tacos. I love the heartiness of the flat iron beef. Yum!

CINCO:  Flavorful, colorful pico burgers. Try ‘em and this may just become your go-to burger from now on. Use Wagyu Kobe beef and you’ll be hooked!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 25th, 2014

Get Ready for Spring with this Steak Toaster

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So you’re looking for a new way to cook your steak this spring?

Look no further! This glass toaster can cook your steak – and just about anything else – the “natural” way by heating it against glass.

How is that “natural,” you ask? I have no idea. That’s just what the guy in the video said.

It’s a pretty cool concept, really. I’m just not sure I’m willing to shell out a grand for the novelty of it.

Yes, one THOUSAND dollars.

Watch the video and tell me what YOU think. Yay or nay?

Either way, I still applaud anyone who’s thinking of ways to cook steak. Bravo!


April 23rd, 2014

Perfect Bone-In Ribeye At Home

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Hopefully things are thawing out where you are and you’ve started to get out there and grill up some steaks!

Next time, try your hand at some bone-in ribeyes to delight and titillate the senses.

Our friends at the TT Culinary Institute have put together a little primer on grilling up some really special steaks at home.

So click here to follow their step-by-step instructions for fool-proof bone-in ribeyes. Then, try their recipe for Bone-In Ribeye with Rosemary, Garlic and Thyme.

Yum!

Have fun conquering this one, folks!!!

Photo courtesy of TastingTable.com.


April 21st, 2014

Time for Grill Spring Cleaning!

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It’s time to get out there and fire up that grill for some delicious burgers, steaks, dogs – you name it!

But you don’t want to put that beautiful beef on grates gunked up with last year’s barbecue.

Gross.

So before you curse the gods of BBQs past, just follow these easy instructions for spring cleaning your grill.

An artist must start with a clean canvas, right? So don’t skip this important step, my grillmaster friends.

Click here for those step-by-step instructions. Let’s all clean ‘em up and get out there and grill!

Photo courtesy of MensHealth.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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