July 30th, 2014

Summer Grilling

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Oh, how I love to play around on the grill in the summertime!

You just WANT to be outside and fill the air with the smell of something delicious grilling.

Here’s a wonderful recipe to perfect this summer. It’s so refreshing with lime juice and cilantro – Grilled KC Strip with Black Bean Sauce. Delicious!

Grilled Strip with Black Bean Sauce

Ingredients:
4 (8oz.) Kansas City Strips
1 cup black beans, canned or cooked
1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. onion, minced
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin, ground
1/4 cup water or stock
salt and pepper
Directions: In a small sauce pan, sweat the onion and jalapeno if using. Add the garlic and cook another twenty seconds. Add beans, cumin and half of the lime juice and stir. Add the water and blend with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth. Season to taste and keep warm.Grill your Kansas City Strips steak until medium, about four minutes per side. Remove from heat and let rest for five minutes. Slice the steak on a diagonal and season the slices with the lime juice and salt and pepper. Plate on top of the sauce. This is a great sauce since it has absolutely no fat. You can add some butter in the blender to make it a little creamier but if not it is a great, healthy accompaniment.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

Try it out this summer!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 15th, 2014

Grilling on the Go

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Taking your show on the road? At the beach, lake or campsite?

Don’t get caught up in making your grilling on the go experience too complicated. Keep it simple with this advice!

1. Marinade/rub ahead of time. Pack it up in a cooler, then just throw it on the grill when you get there. Prep before.

2. Bring seasoning (salt, pepper, etc.) that you can throw away. The less you come back with, the better.

3. Expanding on that theory, pack everything in things you can throw away – ziplock bags, foil.

4. Be sure to pack paper plates that are sturdy enough to withstand your meal. Nothing worse than looking forward to a beautiful steak, then trying to figure out how to cut it on a flimsy plate. Yick.

5. Bring trash bags!

6. Whatever power source you use for your grill, make sure to check that you have enough charcoal/propane/other BEFORE you leave.

7. Have lots of fun! Grilling in the great outdoors is one of the greatest joys in the world! :)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


January 24th, 2014

Grilled Strip Steak Video

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It’s winter and I need some warm weather feelings.

Are you feeling the same way?

Then watch this delicious video on grilling amazing strip steaks. Plus, learn how to make grilled potato chips – pure awesome.

And please note:  Chef Megan Mitchell is wearing spaghetti straps and standing by a pool! Ahhhh…

Dream with me, won’t you?


September 13th, 2013

BBQ on the Balcony!

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Live in the city without a big backyard? That can sometimes pose a problem when you get a hankering for a great grilled steak.

But have no fear, the Balcony Barbecue is here!

Pretty genius! It’s small, compact and perfect for small spaces.

And anything that encourages more grilling, well, that’s awesome in my book.

Check out this article to see the Balcony Barbecue and more fun ways you can grill where you never thought it would be possible.

Grill on, grill warriors!

Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk.


August 20th, 2013

Steak Engine

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Our friend here has found a brilliant way of repurposing his old truck.

Use it as a grill for some tasty, tasty steaks!

How on earth he came up with this one is beyond me. But it sure does make me smile!

Fire ‘em up, grillmaster!

Photo courtesy of myfoodlooksfunny.com via weheartit.com.


August 13th, 2013

Grilled Cat Food?

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Help me understand this.

Do cats know the tasty goodness of an amazingly grilled meal? Do you think they’re thinking, “Yay! Grilled food just in time for summer!”

I’m not sure their tastes are discriminating. But I do like the visual of this cat prancing in front of a cute little grill with steak and chicken on it.

It’s very magical.

But is it realistic to think cats need food that tastes grilled?

Is that for the cat – or for us?

I think we know the answer to that question. “If I like grilled meats, my cat will love them! I must buy this for Mr. Tinkles!”

Marketing at its finest. Well played, Friskies. Well played.


August 9th, 2013

5 Rules For a Perfect Grilled Steak Video

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So many folks have thoughts about how to achieve the “perfect steak.”

This video shows us Dave’s ideas on the matter. And I tend to agree. This strip steak looks absolutely perfect.

I like mine a bit more cooked, but take a gander and see what you think. Try his tips and grill YOUR perfect steak this weekend!


July 11th, 2013

Grilling Tips Video

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It’s National Grilling Month! To make sure we get the most of out this most sacred month, here’s a video from the corporate chef at the Kansas City Steak Company.

He shows us the best way to grill our steaks, keep our grill clean and create a fantastic meal.

I know I’m going to need this advice because we’ve been grilling up a storm this month – steaks, burgers, kabobs – and I see no stopping ahead.

Check out the video and celebrate National Grilling Month in style! :)

 


June 28th, 2013

Natural Born Griller

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Is this little guy you?

I saw him in the supermarket (note the price tag) and actually thought about my husband. He’s got the grill thing down.

So what are you grilling this weekend? Hotdogs? Burgers? Steaks?

We’ve got a whole summer ahead of us to enjoy grilling weather. Check out some of these yummy grilling essentials – especially for your 4th of July celebration.

We should all whoop it up right! And Independence Day is just around the corner!


June 17th, 2013

Summer Grill Fiesta

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How was your Father’s Day?

Ours was pretty good, I must say! And I wasn’t even the one being celebrated!

My dad and the hubby got sufficiently feted and fussed over. And steaks were on the menu as you can see. It was a regular SUMMER GRILL FIESTA!

Someone was using his noggin when setting the permanent date for Father’s Day in June when the sun is shining and the grill is smoking.

I hope all you dads out there felt as cherished as ours did. A steak always says “I love you” at our house!


June 14th, 2013

Beautiful Steak Kabobs

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Is is just me or are steak kabobs total eye candy?

We made these last weekend with chicken and marinated steak and gorgeous veggies.

It’s like fireworks on a stick!

Grilling just appeals to all the senses and that’s what makes us feel so good, I think.

The whole experience from top to bottom is pure joy.

I especially like the eating part, don’t you? :)

Get out and enjoy some of these this weekend!


May 31st, 2013

Summer Grillin’

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Fire up the grill, it’s summer! (At least it is in my mind.)

Try cooking something you’ve never tried before. Like steak with a chimichurri sauce (doesn’t that look yummy????).

Or a simple beef kebab with assorted veggies – or even fruit!

Working Mother has some great grilling ideas for us to try and conquer this summer. Check them out here. And while the grilling part is fun, the eating part is more fun!

So, go – grill to your heart’s content!

Photo courtesy of WorkingMother.com.


May 24th, 2013

Memorial Day Steak Ideas

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Our friends at Serious Eats have created an uber list of “20 Grilled Steak Recipes for Your Memorial Day Grill.”

This is something I can get behind. And it’s just in time!

It includes recipes for such deliciousness as Grilled Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak (see photo above), Steak Sandwich with Onion-Jalapeno Sauce and Grilled Beef Pinwheels. That last one is also a feast for the eyes!

Check out the steak grilling slideshow and recipes here. And have yourself a wonderful Memorial Day weekend filled with grilled delights!

Photo courtesy of SeriousEats.com.


May 8th, 2013

Best Steak Cuts for Grilling

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The Huffington Post has a great slideshow with the “Best Steak Cuts for Grilling.”

I always like to see what other people choose for this category. Porterhouse (see scrumptious photo above) was one of their choices.

What are yours?

My all-time favorite is the ribeye. So, so flavorful!

Check out the best steak cuts slideshow here and you can OOOHH and AAAHHH over the photos like I did. Then grill your favorite!

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Quentin Bacon/Food & Wine via HuffingtonPost.com.


April 16th, 2013

Steak – So Many Choices, So Little Time

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You’ve seen this handy dandy grilling chart, right? It makes it simple to figure out how long to cook your steak depending on the cut and how well done you like it.

But how do you decide which cut you want?

That’s the hard – and fun – part.

Check out this little steak decoder. It takes the guesswork out of choosing the right cuts for you – complete with pros and cons!

Like a little tender filet AND strip? The T-bone is for you.

Want full body flavor? Ribeye‘s your cut.

It goes on and on. It’s like a steak-flavored dream.

Check it out and let it guide you to your ultimate cut.

Happy eating!

Chart courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.