February 8th, 2011

Valentine’s Day Secret? Steak!

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If your sweetie is anything like mine, a steak dinner will go a long way toward saying, “I love you” this Valentine’s Day. You know that old saying about the way to a man’s heart, right?  Well, it works for women also.

Trust me.

I subscribe to the “Say It With Food” theory. Create a beautiful meal and someone will feel loved. It’s cause and effect. And the effect is just right for Valentine’s Day.

Check out this pepper-crusted filet mignon recipe and try it out on Feb. 14th. There will be no question how you feel. It’s even a Martha Stewart recipe – so it has to be good.

You still have time to get the most tender, beautiful filets delivered to you by V-Day from here. Believe me, THIS is good stuff.

Oh, and tell me about your successful steak venture. I like to live through others sometimes.

Bon appetit!

Photo courtesy of Delish.com.


January 21st, 2011

Are You a Cold Steak Fan?

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There is a debate raging out there over whether steak is just as good (or better) straight out of the fridge.

Which side do you fall on?

Now, usually these are leftovers we’re talking about — last night’s grilled filet mignon, strip steak cut up and served as a steak salad, London Broil no longer hot out of the oven.

Are you the “get it while it’s hot” kind or do you prefer the sealed in taste of a refrigerated masterpiece?

Read the debate here and let me know where you stand. Do you LOVE cold steak or is it best hot off the grill (after at least 5 minutes resting, of course)?

Tell me your thoughts!

Photo courtesy of CharlesPhoenix.com.


December 10th, 2010

Steak is On My Christmas List

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OMG!

I’m a sucker for brilliant packaging and marketing. I love pretty things. And with this little item I’m not sure if I like the packaging or what’s inside best!

Okay, I pick “inside,” but it wins by just a hair.

They must have had me in mind when they created this sweet gift box because this is a girl’s dream come true.

Holy smokes – opening up these babies on Christmas morning would make me feel like a princess – or a queen – or a princessy queen.

Plus, I’d know what I’m having for dinner later. No question.

This is just a little hint from me to you:  If you really like someone, THIS is the way to show them! You can check out all the different varieties that come in this lovely gift box here.

And, eh hem, I like boneless ribeyes. You know, just in case, well, you know.

Happy shopping!


November 26th, 2010

Beefy Black Friday!

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It’s Black Friday! It’s Black Friday!

Are you brave enough to get out there with the crowds? I’m not sure I am, but I am woman enough to jump online and take advantage of great deals happening now.

I HAVE to buy these things for the NEXT holiday, so why not save some cash while I’m at it? I just have to be quick.

So, I’m buying this baby

 

A gorgeous Chateaubriand for my holiday meal. I’ll freeze it and thaw it when I’m ready.

Then…I’m going to buy some of these to give as gifts…

Impressive gifts if I do say so myself. Filet mignon is always a winner. Who wouldn’t want to unwrap these?

So what are YOU doing this Black Friday? There are deals to be had out there!!!!! :)


October 13th, 2010

Pan Searing Steaks

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You know how to grill. You know how to broil. But are you an expert on pan searing a delicious, exquisite steak?

Here are a few tips on this yummy cooking method from the Kansas City Steak Company. Don’t forget that there are slightly different methods for different cuts. Did ya know that?

Me neither.

Check out the article here and let me know how it goes for you!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 8th, 2010

Perfect Steak in 20 Minutes

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This video shows you how to cook a great filet mignon indoors in about 20 minutes.

If it has been raining lots where you are, don’t fret! You can still enjoy a great summertime steak. Just cook it inside. Listen to his tips and watch how he works his magic.

Try this out!


June 28th, 2010

8 of the Most Expensive Cuts of Beef You Never Knew You HAD to Have!

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8 of the Most Expensive Cuts of Beef You Never Knew You HAD to Have!

You love steak, and even in a recession you want the best that money can buy.  But how much money are you really willing to drop to buy the “perfect” steak?

Let’s say you have an unlimited budget…what would be the best steak that your money could buy?  Here’s a list of the 8 most expensive types of beef.  The prices listed below are based on USDA Prime quality beef, but prices will vary according to your geographic location, the portion size, and grade of beef selected.

Not all beef is created equal.  If you want to eat the best steak of your life, it’s gonna cost you…and it’ll be worth every penny.

The Best of the Best

1)    Kobe Beef

This beef comes only from Kobe, Japan; therefore, costs more the further you travel from Japan.  What makes it so special?  Well, it comes from Wagyu cows that have been massaged with sake-fed grain fodder and given one beer a day.  This makes the beef tender, flavorful and wonderfully marbled.  You can find this in most of the top, high-end steakhouses in the U.S. like Japonais in Chicago.

At the Renga-tei Restaurant in Kobe, a cut of Wagyu, wrapped in rice paper and seared on an iron grill, then served with salmon and salad is $206.  Chef Varley’s “Triple Seared” Japanese Kobe in Las Vegas costs $33 an ounce.  So, an eight-ounce serving is $264.

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2)    American Wagyu

This type of beef comes from Wagyu cows imported from Japan but raised here in the U.S.  They are rare (there aren’t very many of them) so they are expensive.  They, too, are tender and very flavorful.  You can find this type of beef at BLT Steak in New York City.  There, an American Wagyu 12-oz. ribeye runs $92.

3)    Tenderloin

Typically, the most expensive cuts of beef are taken from the most tender parts of the cow.  These are the parts that don’t get “overworked” in the animal’s lifetime.  Therefore, they’re tender.  Tenderloin is an amazing example of this.  Try The Tenderloin Room in St. Louis.

The “Pepperloin a la Tenderloin” dish at the Tenderloin Room (which consists of slices of specially seasoned, marinated tenderloin) costs $38.

4)    Filet Mignon

Now, this is exquisite.  Filet mignon is taken from the small end of the tenderloin (called the short loin) and is known as the “king of steaks.”  It can often be cut with a fork, it’s so tender.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  You can find delectable filet mignon at most any upscale steakhouse, but I prefer an at-home version delivered by the Kansas City Steak Company.  They’re widely known for their corn-fed beef – especially the filet mignon.

A 12-oz. filet at BLT Steak in NYC is $42.  Six 6-oz. filets from Kansas City Steak Company run $64.95.  Definitely a better buy.

www.kansascitysteaks.com

5)    Kansas City Strip

Strip steaks, taken from the short loin, are particularly tender, but not as tender as the tenderloin.  They can, however, but cut into thicker portions which is appealing to lovers of more rare beef.

Sometimes called New York Strip or Delmonico, you can find strip steaks just about everywhere!

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6)    Porterhouse

Ahhh, the Porterhouse!  Part tenderloin and part strip steak, this hefty favorite divides the two with a bone that helps provide amazing flavor.  The Porterhouse has a larger side of tenderloin than the strip.  A T-bone is just the opposite.  Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, NY, is famous for its 2-person Porterhouse.  Newsday describes it as “Fibrous, mineral-sweet beef, crusty and tender.”  Yum!

A single Porterhouse at the Tenderloin Room in St. Louis runs $39.

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7)    T-Bone

The yin to the Porterhouse’s yang, the T-bone is a more conventional favorite, yet still pricey in upscale restaurants.  The fact that this type of steak comes from the short loin section of the cow (and, thus, the most tender) makes it expensive.  Find a great T-bone at Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses across the country.  A good bet.

8)    Bone-in Ribeye (Cote de Boeuf)

It’s the bone that gives this cut its flavor.  Leave the bone in and you leave the rich flavor intact.  The ribeye comes from the rib section of the cow, which gives it its hearty flavor.  Bob’s Steak and Chop House in Dallas, TX, has a bone-in beauty to die for!

www.tenderloinroom.com


May 19th, 2010

Citrus + Steak = Heaven

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I’m sorry, will you look at that?

I love, love, love when my food is as beautiful as it is tasty.

Gorgeous oranges, dark, lovely greens and — of course — the star of the show lightly pink filet mignon.

Click here for more on this wonderful, light, flavorful steak salad.

It’s yummy. It’s healthy. And it can be yours.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Photo courtesy of designeatplay.com.


January 1st, 2010

Steak Recipe: Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon

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Happy New Year, everyone!!!

And to welcome 2010, it only seems appropriate to cook some fantabulous steaks, right?

If you’re going to do it, why not just go for it and spring for the most tender cut — the amazing filet mignon?

Here, Derrick Riches gives us his incredible recipe for herb-crusted filets. Enjoy!

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Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon

What can be better than filet mignon? It’s delicious and tender. This recipe calls for dried herbs though you can substitute with fresh herbs instead. If you are going to do so, double the amount that the recipe requires.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

4 filet mignon, about 1 1/2 inches thick

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon rosemary

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon marjoram

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

Heat olive oil and garlic in a covered microwave safe bowl for 50-60 seconds. Remove and allow to cool. Add herbs and stir. Place filet mignon into a shallow glass dish. Pour herb mixture over and turn steaks to coat. Cover and let marinate for 1-4 hours in refrigerator. Preheat grill for high heat. Remove steaks, remove excess oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place on grill and cook for 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from heat and serve.

Recipe courtesy of About.com.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas, Steak!

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If you celebrate Christmas today, have a merry, merry one!

More and more families are celebrating this day with a sumptuous steak dinner.

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This photo is of a luscious filet with herb butter. The rest of the menu consists of a creamy potato casserole, carrot pineapple salad, a brie with cherry chutney as an appetizer and a caramel banana cream pie for dessert.

Does yum come any bigger than that?

Check out all the recipe details here and don’t forget to let me know what you think!

Photo courtesy of Linda Larsen at BusyCooks.About.com.


December 21st, 2009

The 12 Meats of Christmas

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Sometimes holiday classic tunes need a little updating.  And what better way to spend the 12 Days of Christmas than with the ones you love?

The foods you love, that is.

So here it goes . . . cue the carolers!

“The 12 Meats of Christmas”

On the twelfth day of Christmas, KC Steaks shipped to me:

Twelve roasts a-roasting,

Eleven pork chops sizzling,

Ten seasonings seasoning,

Nine strip steaks smoking,

Eight ribs a-braising,

Seven filets mignon-ing,

Six ribeyes marbling,

Five ste-ak-burgers, (pause, pause, pause)

Four T-bones,

Three prime ribs,

Two tenderloin,

And a hickory smoked tur-r-r-r-key!!!

Whew!  I’m tired.  And hungry.

Wanna send your own 12 Meats of Christmas?  Start here!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 27th, 2009

Stockin’ Up on Steak

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. . . and other things, too!

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I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I sure did.

We ate ourselves silly on all the traditional Thanksgiving players:  turkey (smoked this year in the trusty SmokinTex), mashed taters, green bean casserole, two kinds of cranberry sauce — the real kind and the kind that comes out shaped like the can, pumpkin pie and so many other amazing things.

Now, it’s Black Friday and it’s time to stock up for the next holiday. It’s only just about 4 weeks away!

Where has my life gone? My youth and my sanity are slipping away. But, dangit, I’m going to eat well while it’s happening.

We’ll have lots of company again for the holidays so I’m taking advantage of the sale they’re having now at the Kansas City Steak Company. When you spend $49.95 or more you get 8 free steakburgers sent to you. I need those. My people are hungry.

ALL THE TIME.

I’ve got to keep a whole bunch of things on hand because when our family is here it feels like you just finished cleaning up one meal and it’s time to start the next. Ayyyy!

I’m ordering some filets, a roast and some hot dogs. With the steakburgers I’ll get, that should get us through. But ya never know.

After that, they’ll have to call the pizza joint down the street. I’ll be tired . . . but I can’t wait!

The holiday season has officially begun and my freezer is about to be well-stocked!

Photo courtesy of the KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 18th, 2009

Tips for a Great Steak

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So you think you’ve got it down, this whole grilling thing. I mean, you just fire up the grill, stick on your steaks, turn them and eyeball when they’re done, right?

You COULD do it that way. But you might be disappointed with the results.

Here’s a handy dandy tip center to help you get the most out of each cut of steak.  Did you know that cooking a filet mignon is a bit different than cooking, say, a T-bone?

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The Kansas City Steak Company gives us some pointers on the best way to cook each cut of steak here.

Here’s a sample . . . read it, follow it, enjoy!

Preparing Filet Mignon

  • This cut is so tender that it should never be cooked beyond medium-rare. The longer you cook it, the less tender and drier it becomes 

  • Use a dry, high heat method such as grilling, roasting, pan-frying, or broiling 

  • Cutting into the meat to check doneness lets juice escape. Use the touch method. Touch the meat. If it feels soft and leaves an imprint, it is rare. If it is soft but slightly resilient, it is medium-rare. When it feels firm, it is overdone 

  • Filets are a thick steak, so grill the sides as well as the top and bottom

Excerpt and photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 13th, 2009

I Need Steak

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Maybe it’s because it’s lunchtime.

Maybe it’s because I had yogurt for dinner last night.

But I NEED STEAK.

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Beautiful, beautiful steak. Do you see that bacon? Oh, I need bacon, too.

Excuse me, I have to make a phone call. No, not to the Steak Fairy. To my husband.

I know what we’re having for dinner tonight.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 23rd, 2009

Beautiful Steak & Boursin Wrapped Bells

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Oh. My. Gosh.

Aren’t these gorgeous?

You know, presentation means so much when it comes to a wonderful meal.

I’ve found that to be true with my kids. If I turn the carrots into a smiley face they get eaten up with much more vigor than if I just slapped them onto a plate.

We adults are a bit more sophisticated, so we don’t really want our food to smile at us. But we do want it to be pleasing to the eye. It makes the whole experience more, well, pleasing.

That’s why these colorful Steak & Boursin Wrapped Bells are perfect for a dinner party — or just when you want to please someone special.

Steak & Boursin Wrapped Bells

EatingWell Test Kitchen

For an even quicker preparation, try deli roast beef.

Servings: 16 pieces
Total Time: 10 minutes
Ease of Preparation: Easy
Health: Low Sodium, Diabetes Appropriate, Heart Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Sat Fat, Low Carb, Low Calorie???

Ingredients: Steak-&-Boursin-Wrapped Bells
16 thin slices grilled steak, such as filet mignon (about 8 ounces)
1 cup light Boursin cheese, divided
4 ounces thinly sliced bell pepper ???

Steps:

1. Spread each steak slice with 1 teaspoon Boursin cheese and top with bell pepper slices.

2. Roll the steak around the bell pepper slices.

Nutrition: (Per piece)

Calories – 37

Carbohydrates – 1

Fat – 2

Saturated Fat – 1

Monounsaturated Fat – 0

Protein – 5

Cholesterol – 13

Dietary Fiber – 0

Potassium – 66

Sodium – 34

Nutrition Bonus – Protein, vitamin C, potassium, zinc.

Photo and recipe courtesy of arcamax.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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