April 24th, 2015

Spring Grilling Ideas

Steak is perfect at any time of year. And spring is no different.

But there’s so much more we can do in addition to grilling steaks. Springtime is a time to mix it up a bit. Create some dishes you’ve been craving all winter.

Go for some tenderloin tips and grill some killer beef kabobs. Steaks on a stick, I like to call them.

Steak Kabobs

Try some skirt steak and make a great, fresh steak salad with all your favorite veggies.

Strip Steak Salad

Create some beautiful steak pinwheels and roll your beef in fresh dough for a treat that’s as tasty as it is beautiful!

The sun is out and it’s time for some creative spring grilling! What are you going to try?


April 22nd, 2015

The Best Way to Grill a Steak

Filet Mignon on Grill

When you learned how to grill steak, no doubt you just covered the basics.

That’s what we all do in the beginning.

But now that you’re a bona fide steak aficionado, we’ve got to step up our technique a bit.

People are counting on you.

Grilling steaks is an artform. But like all art, there are some guidelines to follow, then you can put your own artistic flair on it.

Watch this steak grilling video for some great chef advice on the best way to grill a steak.

Then, use this handy dandy steak grilling chart for guidelines on how to achieve the doneness you desire for the cut you choose.

Check these steak cooking tips out for cut-specific tips. Yes, each cut has its own set of rules.

See? There’s so much to consider. It’s more than just flipping meat on a grill! But follow advice from chefs who know and you’ll have the greatest tasting steaks around!

 


April 15th, 2015

Steak Sandwich Recipes

top sirloin sliced

A delicious steak sandwich works any time of day at my house. And usually we use sirloin sandwich steaks in between the bread, but there are so many variations of amazing steak sandwiches that’s it’s best not to limit oneself to just one cut.

I mean, if we only stuck to one cut of beef like sirloin steak, we’d leave out something incredible like this Peppercorn Steak Hoagie with Watercress, Aged Cheddar and Horseradish Mayonnaise that calls for Kansas City strip steak.

Check here for more great steak sandwich recipes and create some of your own with your favorite cuts!


April 13th, 2015

Spring Ingredients

Top Sirloin with Bacon

Oh, sweet spring! The seasonal flavors are what I live for!

There’s just something about spring that’s, well, refreshing.

Carrots! Asparagus! Blueberries!

So many fresh ingredients to incorporate into, say, a Porterhouse steak to springitize it. (I know it’s not a word, but stay with me.)

Instantly turn steaks into springtime fare with citrus accents. So delicious!

Try this recipe for Lemon Herbed Top Sirloin to really ring in the springtime. It’s filled with fresh herbs and refreshing lemon. Just what spring is all about!

Ingredients:
4 Top Sirloin Steaks
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well. Rub Top Sirloin Steaks with mixture. Allow steaks to marinate for 30 minutes to one hour. Place the steaks on a preheated grill. Sear on each side on high heat for 2 -3 minutes. Turn down the heat and cook to your desired doneness.

Servings: 4


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!


April 8th, 2015

How To Clean a Grill Checklist

Filets Strips Ribeyes on Grill

So maybe your awesome Uncle Fred taught you how to grill a steak when you were a youngster. But did anyone ever tell you how to clean that grill?

Truly, the first rule of grilling great steaks is to start with a clean grill.

Here’s a checklist for spring cleaning your grill:

  1. Make sure burners are off.
  2. Use a wire brush to scrape off last season’s remnants.
  3. If your grates are removable, you can wash them in the dishwasher. Just remember to reseason them once you put them back on the grill.
  4. Check your burners for debris and brush off as necessary.
  5. Check the fuel line for cracks or loose connections.
  6. If propane, check fuel levels.
  7. Clean the exterior of the grill with soap and warm water.

Grilling steaks is an artform, but you’ve got to start with a clean canvas! Happy spring grilling, everybody!


April 6th, 2015

Baseball Tailgating Ideas

Burgers and Hot Dogs

We all know that baseball season is just another excuse to tailgate. And that makes me so, so happy!

Watching America’s pastime while eating a steakburger is pure heaven for me. And gathering friends to tailgate together makes it that much sweeter.

Since the weather is starting to warm up, we like to take it outside and throw some steaks on the grill. And burgers, too!

A really nice twist is some delicious sirloin steak sandwiches. Sandwiches are always a hit. But put some steaks inside there and you’ve got fans for life!

What are your favorite baseball tailgating treats?


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!


February 27th, 2015

How To Cook a Fabulous Steak

Ribeyes on Grill

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 23rd, 2015

Steak Doneness – Yep, It’s a Word!

Kansas City Strips on Grill

We all have our own opinions about how well done our steaks should be.

Like a lot of pink? Lots of people do. The rarer, the better.

But not everyone likes it that way. So…when you’re learning how to grill steaks, one element you MUST master is how to cook to doneness.

What if you’re hosting a barbecue and one guest likes her steak medium well? Do you know how to get it just right?

Do you know how to broil steaks and control the doneness? It’s all in the details, for sure.

Check out these cooking tips for instructions on how to master the art of doneness.

Your guests – and your steaks – will thank you for it!


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!


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.


April 23rd, 2014

Perfect Bone-In Ribeye At Home

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Hopefully things are thawing out where you are and you’ve started to get out there and grill up some steaks!

Next time, try your hand at some bone-in ribeyes to delight and titillate the senses.

Our friends at the TT Culinary Institute have put together a little primer on grilling up some really special steaks at home.

So click here to follow their step-by-step instructions for fool-proof bone-in ribeyes. Then, try their recipe for Bone-In Ribeye with Rosemary, Garlic and Thyme.

Yum!

Have fun conquering this one, folks!!!

Photo courtesy of TastingTable.com.


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.

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