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.


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 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!


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.


February 22nd, 2013

Snow Steak!

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Will this be you this weekend? Grilling in the snow?

I’ve done it. Nothing stops me from a juicy steak when I’ve got a hankering.

If you’ll be snow grilling this weekend, try one of these awesome steak rubs.

Because if you’re gonna trudge out in the snow you’d better make the steak go-o-o-od! And these rubs just might do the trick.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Photo courtesy of ifood.tv


August 30th, 2012

Steaky Labor Day Menu

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Looking for some ideas and inspiration for your Labor Day weekend menu?

Look no further! Our friends at DashRecipes.com have put together a “Perfect Labor Day Menu” that includes recipes and tips for making such faves as Grilled Ribeye Steaks (see delicious photo above), Steak and Pepper Kebabs (one of my all-time favorites), Steak Sandwiches with Red Pepper Sauce and Grilled Steak with Vegetable Couscous.

I don’t know how you’re going to decide which ones to prepare – so I say, just make ‘em all!

What? It’s a loooong weekend, right?

And the leftovers will be fantastic for the week ahead.

Check out all the recipes and ideas here and have a wonderful Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of Peter Frank Edwards via DashRecipes.com


June 29th, 2012

Ask a Beautiful Woman How to Grill the Perfect Steak

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Esquire has a great series called “Ask a Beautiful Woman” and there are endless subjects covered by these lovely ladies.

This one is my favorite — “Ask a Beautiful Woman How to Grill the Perfect Steak.”

In this video, model Trish Goff tells us how to make sure our steaks are grilled to perfection.  i.e. Not burned, seasoned perfectly, tender and juicy.

Check it out! And while you’re eating your perfectly grilled steak, thank a beautiful woman!


June 26th, 2012

Steak Grilling Chart

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It’s summer! And it’s time for a refresher on all things grilling.

This handy chart (above) tells you exactly what you need to do to grill the perfect steak every time.

It’s got instructions by cut AND thickness – so you won’t go wrong!

Click here for the chart, plus more great grilling advice.

Check it out the next time you’re grilling a nice juicy one and you’ll be happy you did!

Chart courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 22nd, 2012

Seasonal Steak Recipes

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Keeping with our summer theme (okay, I’m a little obsessed with warm weather), Sunset has put together a guide to steak recipes that are just perfect for the summer months.

It features recipes like Ribeye Steaks with Tomato-Basil Relish and Grilled Steak on Arugula (see photo above).

Light. Fresh. Perfect for outdoor eating and soaking in the weather.

Mmmm, it’s everything I love about summer!

Check out the guide here!

Photo courtesy of James Carrier via Sunset.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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