April 17th, 2015

Gift-Boxed Steak for Administrative Professionals Day!

Gift Boxed Kansas City Strip Steaks

Is there an administrative professional who makes your life easier? Thank him or her with delicious steaks on their special day!

Gift-boxed steak makes a statement. It says, “I want you to know you’re appreciated.”

Not only are the steaks inside delicious and gorgeous (think filet mignons or Kansas City strip steak) but they’re packaged so beautifully they invite you to peek inside. And THAT’s where the real gift lies.

And, hey, you get to enjoy making someone’s day. Now that’s a win-win I can get behind!

 


April 10th, 2015

Couple Appreciation Month: Dinner for Two?

Two Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

April is Couple Appreciation Month. I take this to mean we should all appreciate couples and if you’re one half of a couple, appreciate your other half.

The way we do that in my house? Food! Good food.

Namely steaks.

Now appreciating your partner might look like filet mignons to you, Porterhouse steaks to your neighbor or ribeyes to your mother-in-law.

However you see it, steaks are the way to go.

Dinner for two with exceptionally grilled steaks and maybe some candles flickering is basically the international language of appreciation and love.

Am I right?

Don’t let this month pass without some couple appreciation in your life. You – and your other half – will be thankful!


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 11th, 2015

Primed for USDA Prime

USDA Prime Filet Mignon

Know what time it is?

It’s Prime Time!

I like to treat myself to some really high quality USDA Prime steaks when the mood strikes. And when I do, I know I’ll get steaks that are tender and finely marbled and – most importantly – delicious!

The cold weather has me searching for any way possible to change my mood to a sunnier one. And, well, great food does that for me!

What I really like, especially when my mother comes over, are some Super Trimmed Filet Mignons. She’s a big fan of the petite tenderness of filets. And when they’re USDA Prime – they’re that much tastier.

Good food and good people definitely put me in a better mood. And that’s good for everyone around me.

So what are your cold weather blues solutions? Do they involve Prime steaks, too?


March 9th, 2015

Grass-Fed Goodness

Grass Fed Filet Mignon

Have you tried grass-fed steaks? They’re lean and perfect if you’re following the Paleo lifestyle.

I love that there are no artificial ingredients or hormones.

This week, I’m going to pan sear some grass-fed filet mignons and enjoy a delicious night in. It’s been so cold lately, I need a pick-me-up in the worst way.

The flavor of these filets is absolutely wonderful. And since they’re a great addition to a healthy diet I don’t feel deprived of anything. I just get delicious, healthy steaks!

I’m trying my hardest to stick to my New Year’s resolution of healthy habits. And this is a great way to keep on track.

How about you? Are you a grass-fed steaks fan?


March 4th, 2015

The Best Way to Cook a Steak Indoors

Filet Mignon and Crabcakes

I’ve been known to pull out my George Foreman Grill when I’m too cold to even think about going outside. I like the feeling of grilling my steaks even though I’m inside the house.

But grilling isn’t the only way to get the results we want from the comfort of our homes. True chefs prefer the pan searing method. And I can respect that. A good pan and the right love and care can bring out a beautiful flavor in a steak. You can read more about how to properly pan sear a steak here: http://www.kansascitysteaks.com/Recipe-Pan-Searing/Index.htm

And don’t forget you can always bake a steak in the oven. It’ll do the trick but you’ve got to watch them closely or they’ll come out dry.

Or, why not broil your steaks? I particularly like this method when I’m having filet mignons. So tasty!

Need some guidance on how to broil a steak? I KNOW I do. Check out this wonderful indoor cooking chart for all the steps including temperature and timing.

Don’t let your fear of the mountain of snow in your backyard deter you from cooking the steaks you crave this time of year. Just cook ‘em indoors!


March 2nd, 2015

What is the Best Steak?

Dinner for Two Club

That question is like saying, “Who is your favorite child?”

How can you possibly answer?

There’s no question the QUALITY of a steak is a good measure. And grade – like USDA Prime steaks or even Wagyu Kobe beef – makes a difference.

But what is the best cut? Depends on what you’re after.

Want something tender and juicy? Filet mignons. Hands down.

Hearty and meaty? Ribeye, T-bone steaks and Porterhouse steaks.

Flavorful? Kansas City strip steaks. Definitely.

So… what is the best steak TO YOU?

That answer will probably be different for everyone. And that’s one thing I love about steak!


February 11th, 2015

Romantic Dinners for Two

Filet Mignon

The most romantic day of the year is coming up! Thinking about a romantic couple’s dinner at home?

Me too!

For Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a dinner of tender, succulent filet mignons. They’re fork tender – like your love!

Looking for something more hearty? Try cooking some Beef Wellingtons. The flaky pastry crust gets me every time. I’m a sucker for this all-in-one meal. It’s delicious!

Now, if you are showering affection on a man this Valentine’s Day, statistics show (okay, my life experience, really) that a manly T-bone steak says, “I love you” like nothing else.

Seriously, the way to ANYONE’s heart is through the stomach!


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 28th, 2015

Top 10 Tailgate Foods

Steakburgers

We’re gearing up for the ultimate professional football game this weekend. And we’ve got to fuel up with some incredible tailgate foods.

After all, what good is watching a game without something delicious to eat?

Here are my TOP 10 TAILGATE FOODS to give you some inspiration!

  1. Steakburgers
  2. Baby Back Ribs
  3. Brisket
  4. All-Beef Hot Dogs
  5. Steaks
  6. Tenderloin Tips in Kabobs
  7. Steak Sandwiches
  8. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
  9. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  10. Skirt Steak Fajitas

What’s your personal list of favorite tailgate foods?


January 19th, 2015

Winter Favorites

Beef Wellington

Wintertime is good eating time!

It’s a great time to enjoy savory tastes and satisfying meals. But winter food is different than light, summertime fare. Cold weather food is hearty and filling. It keeps you warm!

These are my favorite winter meals. They help me get through a cold, hard winter!

  1. Prime Rib Roast. Hearty, delicious and there’s always enough!
  2. Beef Wellington. This one really hits the spot with its flaky crust and tender beef inside.
  3. Filet Mignon. Admittedly, they’re great any time of the year, but I like to add a beefy gravy to my steaks in the winter.
  4. Beef Brisket. This meal may bring to mind summertime barbecues in the backyard, but don’t underestimate its ability to satisfy on a chilly evening around the fire!

What are your winter favorites? I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!


January 14th, 2015

Paleo Recipes With Some Bite

Grass Fed Tri Tip Roast

A Paleo-style diet seems to be such an enjoyable way to a) lose weight and/or b) maintain a healthy body.

Grass fed beef is exactly what my body is screaming for. I’ve just GOT to eat something I love or I won’t stay the course. So choices like a grass fed Kansas City strip steak don’t feel like a restrictive diet to me.

‘Cause it’s not! I LOVE steaks!

A grass fed filet mignon also fits the bill. And it FEELS so decadent. But it’s not. It’s Paleo. And it’s delicious.

Have you tried eating the Paleo way? For a beef lover like me, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered! Check out these Paleo options and explore for yourself!


January 12th, 2015

Filet and Lobster – Dynamic Duo!

Filet Mignon and Lobster Tails

Is one of your resolutions to eat healthier?

I’ll admit, it’s mine pretty much every year. I seem to slip wildly near the end of the year with all the cookies, gravies, etc. that the holidays bring. So come January, it’s time to get back on track.

Luckily for us steak lovers, there are some great healthy options that include beef. One of my favorites is a tender, juicy filet mignon. It’s lean and it’s just the right size.

And if I want to add a bit more to it, a nice lobster tail is a healthy complement that’s absolutely delicious, too!

So, I’ll be surfing and turfing my way through 2015 and loving every minute of it! My waistline will, too. What about you?


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.


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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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