September 2nd, 2014

Tailgating 101

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Football season is in full effect and baseball is still going on. It’s officially tailgating season!

You know all about bringing folding chairs, your favorite drinks – maybe a huge TV – but what about food?

What’s the best food to bring on a tailgating adventure?

First of all, it needs to be simple, easy and easy to serve.

Anything you can prepare on a portable grill is ideal. Some of my faves are steaks, all-beef hot dogs, burgers, beef kabobs and these tailgating beauties.

Basically, BEEF is the name of the game.

Want to be more adventurous? Check out these tailgating favorites and try some ribs, a brisket or even sandwich steaks.

Visit here for more tailgating ideas. The main thing is you want FLAVOR and FUEL to push your team onto that big win.

Have fun and tailgate on, friends!


August 26th, 2014

Labor Day Favorites

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What are all holidays made for?

Food! That’s what!

And this Labor Day is no different. We’ve got one last summerish hurrah coming up and I intend to do it up right. I know you do, too!

Let’s get in those summer grilling favorites before the crispness of fall sets in…

We’ll start with burgers. I mean, heck, it’s not Labor Day without burgers!

Steaks are a must as well. Is the grill going? Then steaks must be on it!

Throw in some ribs, too. They’re a traditional Labor Day favorite at our house. We’re outside so it’s okay to lick our fingers, right?

Now sides are very important at this soiree. There are plenty of side dish recipes to choose from.

These delicious deviled eggs must make an appearance. Everyone will literally eat them up! Get the recipe here.

BBQ baked beans? Yes, please! These go with everything – and they’ll go fast. Try this fantastic recipe.

Feeding a big crowd? This potato salad recipe will please ‘em all. And check out more recipes here whether you want to go fancy or simple and traditional. There’s something right up your alley!

Have a great Labor Day feast, my friends! And send summer out with a bang!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 11th, 2014

Beach Cookout Checklist

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You’re grilling out at the beach!

Fun times!

What are you going to take?

Well, if there’s not already a grill set up down there, you’ll need a GRILL!

Plus, all the accompaniments — charcoal, lighter, etc. — whatever heat source it requires.

Then, I suggest something customizable like the KABOBS above or BURGERS.

You can marinate or season either before bringing them onto the sand and then just pop them onto the grill when you’re ready.

Everyone can create exactly the kabob or burger they like with the fixings you provide. So offer plenty.

You’ll need a CLEAN PLATTER to serve your main entree on, plus plates for each person.

Ensure that all of your serving trays and plastic tubs are COVERED or coverable. There are lot of flying critters out there by the water and we don’t want them feasting on your beautiful meal.

And aside from all the things we know you’ll remember (sides, utensils, condiments) make sure to bring lots and lots of BEVERAGES. A large quantity and a large variety. The beach is dehydrating so bring tons of liquid!

Summer goes by fast, so have a wonderful time on your next beach cookout — and when you’re prepared it’s easy as pie!


August 6th, 2014

Star Gazing Recipes

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This time of year is perfect for star gazing.

Meteor showers and gorgeous weather make it a great time to get outside and enjoy life under the stars.

When you gather your group together, make sure to have lots to nibble on — we don’t want any hungry (read:  grumpy) star gazers in our midst. You need something hearty like burgers or anything BEEF!

Keep ‘em happy with these star-studded recipes

Inside Out Burger

Ingredients:
Wagyu Kobe Beef Steakburgers
1 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
3/4 cup cooked diced bacon pieces
salt and pepper to taste
4 buns
lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and sauces
as needed for topping
Directions: Split the burger patties in half horizontally, so that you essentially have two thinner burger patties. Place an equal amount of blue cheese and bacon pieces on top of one half pattie, and then place the other half back on top of it and forming it back into one pattie with the cheese and bacon being on the inside. Season the outsides with salt and pepper, and grill, or cook to desired doneness. Toast the buns and place burgers on each bun, and top with toppings of choice. When you cut or bite into the burger the cheese should be melted and creamy.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

 

Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 lb. Classic Ground Beef
1 cup bread crumbs
2 cups heavy cream
2 eggs
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground clove
1 medium onion, minced
2 cups beef broth
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter
Directions: In a heavy bottom skillet, sweat the onion in the butter and reserve. In a stand mixers bowl, add cream and bread crumbs and let sit for fifteen minutes. Add eggs, nutmeg, clove and Classic Ground Beef and onions and mix thoroughly until the mixture gets sticky, about five minutes. Shape the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and cook in the skillet over low heat until all of the meatballs are nicely browned.Remove from pan and set aside. Add flour to pan and cook for five minutes. Slowly stir in beef broth with a whisk to avoid any lumps and cook for fifteen minutes. Add cream and reduce by one third. Add meatballs and cook for twenty minutes. Serve over buttered egg noodles.
Servings: 6
Source: KC Steak Company

 

Need more recipe inspiration? Head on over here and you’ll be sure to find whatever tickles your taste buds.

Enjoy your star-studded party!

Photo and recipes courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 31st, 2014

Picnic Packin’ Foods

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Since it’s National Picnic Month (what, you didn’t know that?) let’s get outside and pack a picnic!

Now, there’s all sorts of ways we can do this.

1. You can go the safe route and pack bologna sandwiches and chips. Boring.

2. You can grill something delicioso, pack it up and head outdoors.

-OR-

3. You can bring along a portable grill to your picnic destination, grill up some goodies (see those tenderloin kabobs above?) and have yourself a real PICNIC!

I choose #2 or #3.

Honestly, the enjoyment of the picnic is proportionate to the quality of the food you bring.

Your picnic spot may not be conducive to portable grilling. I get that. So #2 is your best bet. Just be sure to grill JUST BEFORE you leave, pack those kabobs/steaks/burgers/what have you in airtight containers and enjoy right away.

Don’t forget all the proper utensils, condiments, plates, drinks, napkins etc. for your picnic. Sometimes a change of scenery makes us lose our minds. Just think through your meal as if you were sitting down at your own table. Only this time, you’ll be sitting on a blanket. Outside. Enjoying nature.

Oh. And pack a blanket.

You really can enjoy just about any meal in picnic form. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t try spaghetti out there. But grilled foods are perfect! Especially ones you can eat with your hands.

So get out there and enjoy your own customized picnic this month and join all the other revelers outdoors who are celebrating National Picnic Month, too!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 28th, 2014

Fair Fare: Fun Foods From the Fair

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It’s almost fair time across the country. And fairs are fantastic places to sample some, er, interesting treats.

Like this donut cheeseburger (above). It’s a contest to come up with the most outrageous food combinations. Some are winners. Some are not.

Fried foods are a HUGE deal at the fair.

Fried Twinkies, fried pineapple, fried burgers, fried milkshakes. You name it.

It’s a gastronomical taste explosion! And so fun!

So tell me, will YOU be going to the fair this year? What’s your favorite fair fare?


July 21st, 2014

Movie Inspired Menus

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This summer is blockbuster movie time! There are some great flicks coming out this summer. And here’s a few movie inspired menus to help you enjoy the experience even more!

HERCULES

The man. The myth. The legend. With all those muscles you just KNOW he feasted on lots of steak! I’m thinking the boneless ribeye above would do the trick.

 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

These hairy guys like to eat. So I’d make ‘em some flat iron steaks with herbed butter with the grilled bananas recipe below for dessert. They like bananas, right? Delicious!

Grilled Bananas

Ingredients:
4 bananas peeled
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rum
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 tbsp. butter or margarine
4 pieces of foil
Directions: Soften butter and coat foil. Mix brown sugar, rum and lemon juice in a small dish. Coat each banana with rum mixture and wrap tightly in foil. Place on grill for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve on top of ice cream or angel food cake.Serves 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

22 JUMP STREET

These fictional guys are in college now and, well, college guys love burgers! Try the Hawaiian Steak Burgers recipe below to get you in the mood!

Hawaiian Steak Burgers

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 small red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 (4 oz.) Classic Steakburgers
Directions: Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey mustard, sesame seeds, minced red onion, and minced garlic. Whisk ingredients and pour into food storage with lid. Marinate Classic Steakburgers in container, refrigerate for 4 hours.Prep time for making marinade: 15 minutes

Type of Meat/Cut: Classic Steakburgers

Source: KC Steak Company

 

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 8th, 2014

Baseball Tailgating Tips

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‘Tis the season to have a cookout in the parking lot! Baseball season, that is!

And to have a successful tailgating experience, you’ve gotta have a plan. So here’s mine…

THINK AHEAD

How many people will be joining you? After you figure that number, add 10. Making friends with other tailgaters is the norm, not the exception. So bring enough plates, napkins, utensils, condiments, drinks, food and fun for that many. Hey, leftovers are always welcome. Oh, and bring a cooler just for leftovers.

THINK COMPACT

Bring a portable grill (think camping style) for your chef. Plus grill supplies. Nothing that needs plugging in, unless you have a generator or other power source.

MAKE A MENU

Go with tried and true favorites – burgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, drinks and condiments. Anything unusual at a tailgate party and you might not have takers. Then what will they eat? And don’t forget dessert!

GET COMFORTABLE

Bring lots of folding chairs and at least one table. You’ve got to have a place to set all this stuff! Make it inviting for folks to hang around and talk about your favorite team. A tent to shade your group from the sun is also a great idea. Your relish and mayonnaise will thank you, too.

HAVE FUN!

Make lasting memories with your friends and family – all while eating your favorite foods! It’s a WIN/WIN!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


July 7th, 2014

Ball Park Inspired Menu

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Summertime’s baseball time! And one BIG reason we like to go to the ball park? Why, the food, of course!

Bring the excitement of the ball park home with a ball park inspired menu and it’ll be a home run for sure!

Start with …

HOT DOGS

I mean, how can you not start there? Hot dogs, franks, frankfurters – whatever you want to call them – make sure to have lots of condiments – sauerkraut, relish, mustard, the works! Just make sure it’s Kansas City beef for the best taste.

Then offer …

BURGERS

Hot dogs and burgers just go together. And at the ball park, you ALWAYS get a choice.

Then make sure to have …

BEER-BATTERED ONION RINGS

Absolute perfection. And they go with everything. Try this recipe for killer rings!

And finish up with …

GRAND SLAM CUPCAKES

Cupcakes in the spirit of baseballs with licorice laces. Adorable and delicious. Get the recipe here.

 

Have fun creating your own customized menu and bring the ball park to your house!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 26th, 2014

Red, White and Bleu Cheese: 4th of July Ideas!

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It’s time to start thinking of fun things to serve on the most patriotic of holidays – the 4th of July!

Try these USA-inspired meal ideas and whoop it up this Independence Day!

BLEU CHEESE BURGERS

Color is of utmost importance with your 4th of July presentation. So try some colorful burgers with white onion, ketchup/tomato and a sprinkle of bleu cheese. You may have to hunt to see the blue – but, hey, that’s half the fun!

LAYERED PATRIOTIC DRINKS

For a fun red, white and blue-colored drink, start with ice cubes that will appear white, pour cranberry juice on the bottom of a clear glass or cup, then add blue G2 Gatorade on top. You’ll have patriotism in a glass!

DELICIOUS FLAG CAKE

Chef Ina Garten’s gorgeous flag cake (seen above) features all of the beautiful colors of the American flag. What better way to show your appreciation for our country? Click here to see the recipe and ingredient list for this beauty.

 

Then, have fun coming up with your own ideas using the red, white and blue theme. Get the kids involved, too. It’s more fun that way! Happy almost 4th, everybody!

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.


June 25th, 2014

Steakburger Toppings: It’s Personal

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Summer is burger time. And with that comes the age-old question — What shall I put on my burger?

Some folks have their tried-and-true favorite burger topping combo and they stick with that. Every time.

Mustard, lettuce, cheese.

Others get adventurous and try something different every once in a while.

Sriracha. Avocado. Maybe some Tabasco and bacon.

Possibly something like the BBQ Bacon Steakburger seen above.

Delicious!

But whatever you choose to top your burger with, it’s a very personal decision. Let no one force you into the same little box every time. Branch out! Do your own thing with your burger!

So next time you’re ready for a new burger experience, here’s a couple of fun burger recipes to try that definitely do not smack of the ordinary. Enjoy!

Honey-Mustard Dipped Steakburgers with Apple Relish

Ingredients:
4 (4 oz.) Steakburgers
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
3 tsp. honey, divided use
1 braeburn or red delicious apple; cored, quartered, and thinly sliced
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried
1 tbsp. sweet onion, minced
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
Directions:Before cooking steakburgers, make apple relish.For Relish:
Combine apple, lemon juice, basil, onion, grated ginger, and 1 tsp. honey; mix well. Refrigerate.Heat large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter. Season Steakburgerswith salt and pepper. Place in skillet and sear both sides. Cook until done (about 3 minutes per side). Remove and keep warm. Add garlic to skillet; stir and cook just until softened do not brown.Remove from heat. Stir in mustard and 2 tsp. honey; mix well. Dip steakburgers into mustard sauce; coating one side. Place on serving platter, coated side up. Place a tablespoonful of apple relish on each steakburger and remaining relish on platter around brugers. Drizzle any remaining mustard sauce over burgers.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

Hawaiian Steak Burgers

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 small red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 (4 oz.) Classic Steakburgers
Directions: Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey mustard, sesame seeds, minced red onion, and minced garlic. Whisk ingredients and pour into food storage with lid. Marinate Classic Steakburgersin container, refrigerate for 4 hours.Prep time for making marinade: 15 minutesType of Meat/Cut: Classic Steakburgers
Source: KC Steak Company

June 18th, 2014

Planning a Cookout? Use This Checklist

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It’s COOKOUT time of year!!!

You want to invite the whole gang over to beat the heat and share some good, grilled grub.

With a little planning, your cookout can be the Greatest Cookout of All Time. And everyone – including you – will have lots of fun.

How does this happen? Follow this simple checklist for a fantastic cookout!

1. INVITATIONS

You can obviously just verbally invite folks over but if you do that you don’t have a concrete RSVP list. And that makes food and supplies hard to judge. My advice is good, old-fashioned invitations in the mailbox. Guests can RSVP by e-mail, but go all out and send ‘em some paper!

2. MENU PLANNING

Think about the number of people who’ll be there, but also WHO will be there. Does everyone like filets? Burgers? Chicken? Seafood? Make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. And load up on sides and desserts, too, like gourmet mac ‘n cheese and red velvet cake. Check out these recipes for inspiration. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

DRINKS

Don’t forget to quench their thirst! Make sure if you’re going to have alcoholic drinks, you also have non-alcoholic drinks. And have lots of water on hand. It’s hot out there!

DECORATIONS

You can really give your cookout a special feel if you decorate just for the occasion. Go Hawaiian or decorate with a down-home Southern twist. Really make it special!

ENTERTAINMENT

This can be as simple as setting out a game of horseshoes or croquet to play while the food is grilling. Or, even designating a DJ. Just give ‘em something to focus on before, during and after the food makes its grand entrance!

 

If you plan it all out ahead of time, you can just go with the flow and enjoy your friends and family at your cookout. And THAT is what summer’s all about!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 16th, 2014

How Do You Like Your Burger Buns?

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Burger buns don’t just come in the white bread variety anymore. Although, that’s still a fantastic option and one of my faves.

We first began branching out with the old sesame seed bun and that really got our taste buds thinking.

These days, there are so many burger buns to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the top contenders:

CIABATTA

This Italian white bread is made from wheat flour and yeast and it’s light, not heavy. It has only been around since 1982 so it’s a relatively new sensation.

BRIOCHE

Puffy, with a golden, flaky crust, its origins are in the French pastry realm. Made with eggs and butter in the mix, this bun is rich and tasty.

PRETZEL

This bun is baked in the traditional pretzel knot shape and comes to us from Germany. Love soft pretzels? You’ll adore this great alternative to the ordinary.

 

Peruse your local bakery for more options and find one that makes your heart sing!

Want to mix it up a bit? Then try one of these buns on the grill next time it’s burger time. Slice it in half, put the inside down on the grill and leave for 10 seconds. You’ll have a toasty, tasty bun for that delicious burger!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 13th, 2014

Grilling Tools For Different Meats

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You consider yourself a grillmaster. You have immediately earned my respect and admiration.

But as a grillmaster do you have all of the important tools of the trade? Do you have different tools for different types of meat?

Let me explain.

STEAK

It’s heavy and needs to be flipped without steak juices escaping all over the place. A SPATULA is the tool you need at grillside for this delicious dish.

STEAKBURGERS

Lighter than steak, but still substantial, burgers need proper flipping as well. But these babies require a SMALL SIZE SPATULA just large enough for the patty.

HOT DOGS

Hot dogs have a distinctive shape and require a tool to match. TONGS are your best bet for turning and grilling these to perfection.

BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS

Yum! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a favorite around our house as well. Use a PRONGED FORK to do right by this healthy meat.

SALMON

Seafood, especially salmon, is very delicate so it requires extra care and attention. Use ALUMINUM FOIL to wrap this meat before placing it on the grill. It’ll help it cook evenly and keep it all in one piece!

 

Now that you know all the tools of the trade, make sure you’re locked and loaded for grilling season. The right tool makes all the difference!

Photos 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.

 


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