February 27th, 2015

How To Cook a Fabulous Steak

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How did you learn to cook a steak? Did your parents teach you? Did a buddy in college show you the ropes?

Maybe, just maybe, they had a limited knowledge to share with you. Want to up your game a little bit?

Try using this grilling chart to customize the grilling experience depending on doneness and cut of steak. Yes, the cut makes a difference in grilling time as well.

Want to try broiling your steaks? Consult this indoor cooking chart according to type of meat and your desired doneness.

See? It’s not just a matter of eyeballing it and flipping occasionally. That’s what I used to think. But a few crispy, burned steaks later and I’m singing a different tune.

Just like anything, a little education and forethought go a long way toward cooking a fabulous steak versus a mediocre one.

Happy cooking!


February 20th, 2015

Meal Ideas for Beating the Winter Blues!

Strip Steak Salad

I’m a summer gal. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

I like the sun on my face and being outside. Eating.

But winter weather isn’t very conducive to patio meals. And since Punxsutawney Phil said we’ve got 6 more weeks of it, I’ve got to get creative.

I’ve just GOT to beat these winter blues.

So… I like to cook meals in the winter that remind me of summer. Hey, there’s no rule that says I can’t have a light strip steak salad with strawberries in the winter.

Or, perhaps, just grill up some ribeyes on the old barbecue and serve them with drinks with little umbrellas in them.

Steaks make me happy any time of year, but they REALLY bring to mind weekends spent outdoors, enjoying the weather and slowly grilling.

So I’m going to recall those glorious days this weekend with a grilled steak on my plate and memories of the sun in my head.

I’ll just do it indoors.

How about you?


January 30th, 2015

Celebrate the Big Game Arizona Style – Chimichangas!

Chimichanga

The folklore goes that in 1922, a restaurateur in Arizona accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fryer and exclaimed, “Chimichanga!”

That’s Spanish for thingamajig.

Fill it with some sour cream, cheese and beef and you’ve got yourself today’s version of the chimichanga.

Now, since Sunday’s big game is being played in Arizona, it only feels right to honor that venue by serving up some beef chimichangas while you watch!

Check out this incredible beef chimichanga recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beef-chimichangas/

Many versions of this recipe call for ground beef like you’d find in steakburgers, but you can experiment and use shredded Wagyu beef or any cut of shredded steak you love.

Have fun with your chimichangas and the big game this weekend! I know I will!


January 28th, 2015

Top 10 Tailgate Foods

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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 9th, 2015

Time To Try a Seafood Bake

Seafood Bake

I simply adore a full meal cooked all at once!

The many flavors blend together for such a delicious final product.

A Seafood Bake mixes Maine lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, scallops, corn on the cob and baby potatoes with a rich, herbed lemon butter sauce.

Sound delicious? It is!

At my house, we add steak on the barbie for the ultimate surf and turf.

Sheer heaven.

I prefer ribeye steaks but my husband is partial to Kansas City strip steaks. But any steak cut makes sense with a Seafood Bake. It all works!

Itching to try it? All you need to do is bake for just under an hour. That’s it! Add a little Chardonnay and you’re all set.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Less time working and more time enjoying!


January 7th, 2015

Game Day Food Ideas

Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Sliders

There are some great games going on this time of year. And we’ve got to have great food to go along with them.

If it’s not a federal law, it should be.

My go-to has always been steakburgers during the game. But why not try smaller sliders with a twist like caramelized onion and gorgonzola sliders or applewood bacon and cheddar sliders?

And then there are steaks when you really want to get serious. Boneless ribeyes are my favorites, but there are so many delicious cuts to choose from – why not grill up a variety?

Hickory smoked baby back ribs are a great finger food that’ll satisfy for sure. Or try a beef brisket or all beef hot dogs. You really can’t go wrong with any of those.

Check out these tailgating options, even if you’re “tailgating” in your own living room. You’re sure to find plenty of game day food ideas that will whet your appetite!


January 5th, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Foodies

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The new year is here!

Time to make some resolutions. And if you’re a foodie (and I know you are) at least one of them must involve food.

How about trying steak tartare in the new year?

Cooking beef bourguignon?

Maybe resolve to host more dinner parties?

For me, I’d like to teach my almost-teenage son how to grill a steak.

It’s a lesson every man or woman needs.

What are your foodie New Year’s resolutions? Happy cooking and eating in 2015!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 22nd, 2014

Recipe for a Happy Life This Holiday Season

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What really makes you happy?

For me, it’s good food, good people and gratefulness.

Here’s my RECIPE for a happy life during the holidays (and all year ‘round):

 

Add equal parts juicy steak and potatoes

Place happy, smiling people around my table

Sprinkle liberally a good dose of humility and thankfulness

 

That’s it.

It’s simple, really.

If we all focus on the truly wonderful things we have in this life, there’s no room for the negative.

I did mention steak, though, too, right? Make sure there’s steak.

Hungry people tend to be grumpy.

The taste of a perfectly grilled steak with its hearty, yet tender, flavor makes everything right in my world. The happiness recipe definitely calls for steak.

Enjoy the holidays with this recipe, friends! And be sure to share it!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 12th, 2014

Wine and a Fabulous Filet

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A mouth-wateringly tender, juicy filet mignon deserves an accompaniment just as divine.

These wine pairings fill the bill magically!

A Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice for this particular cut of beef. It goes so well with a butter-tender filet.

I’m dreaming of a delicious night with a beautiful glass of red and this perfectly grilled steak. Maybe by the fire.

What could be better than that?

Check out more wine pairing suggestions to go perfectly with your filet. And plan a cozy night with vino and steak of your own.

Cheers!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


September 17th, 2014

Summertime Favorites

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Oh, those beautiful summer days!

They’re coming to a close. But we still have a few days to savor the tastes of wonderful, glorious summer.

My summertime favorites?

Anything light and easy.

A fresh chicken breast on the grill. A little lemon juice and some greens and I’m a happy gal.

Burgers! Adding avocado at this time of year is so refreshing and delicious.

Grilled tenderloin salad. Try this one with peaches, pecans and limes. It looks, tastes and smells like summer.

And finally … steaks! A ribeye is my fave any time of year. Just sitting outside in the summer sun, smelling the aroma of a steak on the grill puts me in my happy place fast.

How about you? What are your summertime classics? Time is running out!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


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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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