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 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.


April 17th, 2014

Does Your Burger Need a Lift?

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If the answer is YES, then you need a Burger Lift!

It’s an elevated coaster for that really juicy burger. The juice drips onto your plate and doesn’t create a soggy bun.

Genius? Or unnecessary?

I like the idea of a non-soggy burger bun, but I’m not sure I’d go to all the trouble of utilizing a Burger Lift.

I’m kinda lazy like that.

What do you think? Do you think all hardcore burger fanatics should have these?

Read more about the idea behind the Burger Lift here.

Photo courtesy of Burger Lift via DailyMail.co.uk.


February 10th, 2014

Celebrity Dogs And Their Burgers

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Actress Melissa Gilbert gives us a glimpse into the luxurious life of her dog Josephine.

A life that includes $24 burgers in hotels, mind you.

MY life does not include that! What am I doing wrong? Why was I not born Melissa Gilbert’s dog???

Check out the video to see it straight from her lips!


January 28th, 2014

Grill Like a Champion for Super Bowl Sunday Video

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Hot dog on top of a burger? Sure, why not?

Check out this video for more winning grilling ideas for making this Super Bowl feast your best yet!

Steaks, burgers, hot dogs, oh my!


January 15th, 2014

Epic Face-Off: Burger Vs. Hot Dog

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As these football playoffs continue, my mind is always on food. I like to eat while watching games – well, and while doing basically anything.

It reminds me of another epic battle:  The one between burgers and dogs.

There are voracious supporters in either camp, but which one is the real winner?

Well, whoever gets to eat it, is what I say!!!!

The ones I like – burgers AND dogs – are all made with beef. So, to me, everyone wins.

But in this poll, burgers were the clear winner in preference.

So what’s your vote? Burgers or hot dogs?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


January 2nd, 2014

14 Ways to Eat Steak in 2014

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Steak. My favorite. And now that a new year is here it’s the perfect time to try new and different things with my old favorite.

So how about trying these 14 ways to eat steak in 2014?

Some you may have seen before, but some may be completely new. Let’s branch out! Discover new ways of enjoying something.

I’m game. Are you?

Here are my 14 Ways to Eat Steak in ’14:

1) Steak Soup

2) This recipe for Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Celery, ¼ inch bias cut     2 stalks

Carrots, Julienned            2

Green onions, cut on the bias

                                    1 bunch

Asian BBQ flank steak     1 lb

Fresh basil, chiffonade      12 leaves

Cilantro, minced             ½ bunch

Olive oil                                    ¼ C

Rice vinegar                   ¼ C

Jalapeno, minced             ½

Brown Sugar                  2 T

Garlic, Minced                1 T

Sambal                          2 T

Method:

1. Cook the flank steak to medium rare, or desired doneness, and chill.

2. Thinly slice the beef, against the grain, and combine with the rest of the ingredients.

3) Steak and Veggie Kabobs

4) Steakburgers – any way you choose, with Swiss cheese, Vidalia onions, avocado – you name it!

5) Steak Tartare. What? You wanted to try something new and daring, right?

6) Steak Sandwiches – so good with leftover steak, too!

7) Wagyu Kobe Beef Steaks – if you haven’t tried them, now’s the time!

8-14) Try these recipes for everything from Rosemary-Crusted Porterhouse to Rolled, Stuffed Steak

Enjoy this little adventure in steak eating for 2014. I know I will!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 27th, 2013

Gorgeous Prime Rib for the New Year

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We’re all gearing up to ring in 2014 in style. So why not serve a meal that screams, “Special occasion!!!!!”

That would be prime rib. Oh, beautiful, delicious, prime rib.

We make statements with our food. We may not realize it but we do. Cheeseburgers say, “Hey, I’m being casual. Shoes are optional.” But prime rib? That says, “This is important to me and we must celebrate!”

Chef Michael Symon has some excellent advice for making YOUR prime rib the best it can be. See his prime rib tips here.

This one takes time, folks. So if you’re in a hurry the cheeseburgers might be a better option. But if you have the time to do it properly, salt overnight, let it sit after it’s done in the oven – THIS will be a masterpiece.

What better way to usher in the new year???

Photo courtesy of Chef Michael Symon via TastingTable.com.


November 5th, 2013

Dessert Burger!

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This beautiful creation is a masterpiece of ingenuity – bacon burger PLUS dessert in one!

Called the “Deep-Fried Twinkies Burger,” it’s got a pork and beef patty with bacon and American cheese, squeezed in between 2 deep-fried Twinkies which act as buns.

Of course, let’s not forget the oozy filling inside those buns.

One lady who was lucky (?) enough to taste it remarked, “It tasted like magic in my mouth.”

Enough said.

Read more about this amazing burger here. Might I suggest trying it at home?

If you dare!

Photo courtesy of PYT via DailyMail.co.uk.


October 30th, 2013

Fuel Up With Beef for Halloween

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It’s almost time to trick or treat!

But in all the excitement of costumes, candy and spookiness, let’s not forget to eat! We’ve all got to keep our strength while traipsing through the neighborhood!

Since tomorrow’s a special night, I recommend trying something a bit different for dinner. I’m gonna make some Wagyu Kobe beef steakburgers.

The kids love them, I love them and the night will be that much memorable!

These aren’t just ANY burgers – they’re Kobe beef. That makes them more flavorful and a bit indulgent.

It’s Halloween – it’s time to be indulgent!

Check out this Kobe beef or serve some USDA prime steaks! Now THOSE scream “Special!” also. And isn’t it a night for special?

Enjoy your Halloween … I hope you get way more treats than tricks!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 22nd, 2013

Burgerbilia and a Hamburger Harley

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“Hamburger Harry” (seen above), from Daytona Beach, FL, loves burgers SO MUCH that he has been collecting burgerbilia for 23 years.

And he ain’t stopping now.

His collection includes a custom-made cheeseburger bed, a motorcycle shaped like a burger (the Hamburger Harley) and enough patty-themed knickknacks to fill an entire house.

Dude is reminded of his obsession every second of every day. Could YOU do it? Live in hamburger house, ride a hamburger bike and sleep on a burger bed?

I love burgers just as much as the next guy (well, maybe not THIS guy) and I’m pretty sure this would put me on overload. Wanna see more pictures of burgerbilia? Click here.

Love the passion, though, Hamburger Harry! Burger on!

Photo courtesy of Caters News Agency via DailyMail.co.uk.


October 4th, 2013

Mac ‘N Cheese Burgers

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People are always trying to come up with new things to put on top of burgers. But the newest trend taking shape is creating crazy buns for the burgers.

This one, conceived by Rockit Burger Bar, pairs fried macaroni and cheese and a nice, juicy beef patty.

I like both of those. I’m just not sure if my stomach can handle them both at once, though.

Granted, it does look delicious. But it may be too many things going on at one time in my mouth.

What do you think? Are you willing to try this? Could you replicate this at home?

Photo courtesy of Rockit Burger Bar via People.com.


September 6th, 2013

Bacon Cheese Avocado Steakburger!

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Feast your eyes upon the most beautiful – and delicious – steakburger this household has ever seen!

It is a most masterful creation. And I can’t even take credit for this one. My mother lovingly crafted this baby and we almost didn’t want to eat it. We didn’t want to disturb its beauty and grandeur.

But we ate it anyway.

I mean, let’s see, we’ve got bacon (drool), avocado (good for you) and cheese (makes everything better) on top of a meaty steakburger.

I can’t see anything wrong with this picture.

Try this one yourself. But try to control yourself a little better than we did. We wished we had more time with it before it was gone.

Maybe you’ll have more luck.

But fat chance.

Enjoy!


September 5th, 2013

Megaburgerpizza

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Want a burger that tastes like a pizza?

Or a pizza that tastes like a burger?

You’re in luck!

You can have both!

It’s the Megaburgerpizza from Pizza Little Party in Japan.

This thing is serious. It’s got several patties with cheese, pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard. All this in between two pizza crusts with pizza sauce . . . and cheese you’d find on a pizza.

Hope you’re hungry ’cause this guy is HUGE. I can tell you I think I could only get through one or two bites before calling it a day.

Read more about this burger within a pizza here.

And tell me, would YOU order one?

Photo courtesy of Pizza Little Party via dailymail.co.uk.


August 30th, 2013

Perfect Labor Day BBQ

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Looking for inspiration for your fabulous Labor Day BBQ?

Look no further.

People magazine has a sweet slideshow of amazing spreads for your perusing pleasure.

Behold the finger-licking goodness of the Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger (above), made with lean ground beef and no bun!

Then, feast your eyes upon an Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Apple Cider BBQ Ribs and Bacon BBQ Oysters. Yes, oysters! With bacon!

There are gorgeous desserts and fruity drinks, plus decadent sides you can make to create one awesome barbecue.

Or . . . you can just look at the purty pictures and drool.

Either way, check out these masterpieces here. And have a happy, happy Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of Raymond Hom via People.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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