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.

 


May 30th, 2014

Father’s Day Grilling at Home

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It’s almost time to celebrate all the dads in our lives.

And you know what Dad likes most of all? You!

But sitting around staring at you isn’t much of a gesture, so why not treat Dad to a meal at home made by YOU?

Click here for some fantastic grilling ideas like smoked pork shoulder tacos, burgers and much more.

You’re sure to find some of Dad’s faves on this list. And THAT will be the best gift of all.

Check out those summer grilling ideas for Dad here!

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 27th, 2014

Would YOU Eat This Burger?

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It’s a doughnut and burger lover’s dream!

But if you’re both, have you ever thought to eat them together?

This Krispy Kreme burger has 3 beef patties AND cheese.

I truly love all of those things but I’m not sure if I can stomach them together. Could you?

Read on here for more about this gastro-delicacy. And then decide if YOU’LL partake. Can you take it?

Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk.


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 7th, 2014

Best Burger Toppings

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Oooooohhhh! It’s National Hamburger Month! There’s a MONTH dedicated to our precious burgers, people! Shall we rejoice?

And what makes a burger YOUR burger are the toppings, of course. But what do other people like to use to dress up their burgers?

This list of the best burger toppings gives you the most popular ones as dictated by popular vote. What, no electoral college? I kid, I kid.

And the number one burger topping is …………… BACON!

I’ll bet you guessed that one.

Check out that list here and add your own votes! Happy National Hamburger Month!

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 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.


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