March 1st, 2012

Steak At Home

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I love it when this . . .

…and this…

…is the evening’s entertainment.

Seriously, give us a ribeye and a Kansas City strip steak and my hubby and I are occupied for hours.

Preparing a marinade, letting them sit, grilling and anticipating, eating and THEN talking about how good the steaks were.

That takes, what, all day long?

Oh, the joy of eating a beautiful meal! It’s one of life’s best gifts. And when I can enjoy it at home – it’s even better.

Here’s to simple pleasures!

P.S. Do you like the blue lights on the grill? They don’t do anything but they sure are cool at night!

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December 5th, 2011

Grilled Steak 101

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Grilled Steak 101 — powered by ehow

This informative video shows us a simple method of how to grill a great steak. This guy is a purist and I really like that about him.

Sometimes you just want a simple, great steak. If so, this is your video.

I disagree about the boxed steaks from the freezer statement – convenience is key in my life! And. . . my steaks are always perfect from the freezer! But other than that, he’s got some great insights and tips.

Check it out and let me know how your grilled steaks turn out!

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November 17th, 2011

Steak Joy

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This is the sight that made me happy last weekend.

Gimme a steak on a grill and I’m a contented gal. A ribeye and a couple of Kansas City strips have such an effect on me.

What is it about the prospect of eating a beautiful steak that just sends me into orbit? Maybe it’s because I’m pretty much guaranteed I’m gonna like it.

That’s something I don’t find in my everyday life very often.

Plus, things just don’t bother me as much if I’m eating a steak. My kids could be chasing each other around, making extremely high-pitched noises – and I just don’t care as much as I would if I were eating, say, a Lean Cuisine.

I’m looking at this meal as an investment in my mental health. And it’s doing the trick.

Whatever gets you through the day, right?

 

 

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September 14th, 2011

Perfect Steak Cooker

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There is something in the U.K. called the “Steak Appreciation Society.” I must delve into this more deeply.

But for now, here is something they have unearthed that may revolutionize your steak cooking from this day forward. . .

Or not. You decide.

It’s called the Perfect Steak cooker and it has a grill and timer to help you cook – you guessed it – that perfect steak every time.

It’s available on Amazon.com here:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Steak-temperature-vegetables-perfection/dp/B001644WLM

Note the U.K. URL. Apparently they have really good stuff over there that we don’t have. Jealous.

Check out this device and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I shall investigate this Steak Appreciation Society and report back.

Is it weird that I’m starting to talk like Harry Potter now? Hmmpf. I can’t help myself.

Photo courtesy of SteakAppreciationSociety.com.

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September 2nd, 2011

Keep Your Steaks Safe This Labor Day!

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Don’t let this be you . . .

Keep your steaks and other grillable goodies safe this holiday weekend.

Because a steak is a terrible thing to waste.

Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day, everyone!

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August 24th, 2011

Steaky Labor Day Choices

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I like great quality meat. But I like a good bargain, too. And I have to start planning for Labor Day now. It will sneak up on me.

So this Labor Day holiday I’m going to stock up on some of our neighborhood favorites – because inevitably, the neighborhood ends up in our back yard.

I really love that because I like being in control. I’m neurotic that way. We have burgers, steaks and chicken. Everyone’s happy.

We eat the food I like, listen to the music I enjoy – you get the picture. So why wouldn’t I want the festivities at my house? What’s a few crumbs on the counter among friends when I can make sure I have Teriyaki sauce for my ribeye? See how that works?

I’m looking forward to Labor Day because it’s that last grasp at a summer feeling. People are off work, it’s still warm out where we live and folks are in the mood to have fun. I like that.

So come on, Labor Day! I’m ready for ya!

I’m just not ready for you to be over.

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Steak Company.

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August 17th, 2011

Steak on the Water

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We went to the river with family this weekend. And as we do not happen to live anywhere near a river, that required a five-hour drive.

With two boys.

Under the age of 10.

Plus a dog.

Once we arrived we felt we deserved something yummy – and to us, that means steak!

We fired up that old charcoal grill down by the river and grilled away while the kids and dog frolicked.

Paradise.

And, as we were on a RIVER, the serveware left a lot to be desired. A piece of aluminum foil had to do as our platter.

Because we’re classy like that, we set it on top of a cooler.

Come and get it!

What we learned is that we don’t care what it’s served on as long as we cook it ourselves and we can fix it up the way each of us likes it.

It was heavenly and we didn’t want it to end. But, alas, summer always does.

We made some great memories while it lasted.

And we’ll always have the steak . . .

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July 28th, 2011

Steak Success

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Here’s some eye candy for ya . . .

. . . and some more . . .

We had fun this past weekend just grillin’ and chillin’ – doing what summer means to us. I’ll bet you feel the same way.

Those simple pleasures are what I live for.

We sat around and didn’t think once about what we didn’t have. It was all about the here and now. What was in front of us. And it seemed pretty good.

A nice steak cooked exactly the way I like it takes me to a place where everything is awesome. At least for that moment.

Until a beach ball hit our heads or our drinks were spilled by a flying Frisbee.

But you know what I mean.

If I can be happy just sitting and being – that’s success to me. And it felt good for the time I had it.

Thank you, summer. And thank you, steak.

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July 26th, 2011

Humidifier for Steaks?

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Have you seen this gadget?

It’s a grill humidifier. You pour in any liquid whose flavor you’d like to see infused in your meat, set it on the grill next to your steak – and voila!

It flavors the meat while you grill.

I can see so many possibilities with this. Orange juice. Beer. Vodka steak?

I don’t know, would the vodka explode?

Anyway, it’s an interesting theory. I wonder if it truly does work in reality.

Has anyone ever tried this? It sounds yummy!

Photo courtesy of CoolMaterial.com

 

 

 

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July 22nd, 2011

How To Grill a Steak Video

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So, this video is so gorgeous it will make your mouth water. It includes some great tips about using high heat to create a tasty outside, yet keep a juicy inside.
Watch it for its sheer beauty if nothing else.
Then go grill a steak!  Happy weekend, everybody!

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June 20th, 2011

Father’s Day Steak Fest

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Did you have a great Father’s Day?

We did. You know why? ‘Cause we did this . . .

. . . and this . . .

It was a full-on frenzy of beef-eating magic.

The dads in my life were quite pleased. And stuffed. And celebrated.

I hope you had a fabulous one, too!

 

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June 15th, 2011

Video Tips on Grilling Steak

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Good Day Café: Grilling Steak: MyFoxNY.com

It’s that time of year! So many things to celebrate – Father’s Day, graduations . . . summer!

And how do we celebrate things around here? Why, with food, of course!

So to help us do that, here’s a video of Arturo McLeod, executive chef at Benjamin Steak House in NYC, showing us exactly how to grill that perfect steak or burger.

My favorite takeaway from this one? Heat your grill 30-45 minutes before putting on the steaks.

Now that’s a HOT grill! Makes sense, though.

Mmmm, I can hear that beef sizzling now . . .

 

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May 26th, 2011

Smoked Steaks – A Rockin’ Idea

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Here’s an idea for smoky steaks – just in time for Memorial Day!

This requires a smoker to give the meat that amazing smoked flavor, and then finishing them off on the grill. This recipe comes to us from SmokinTex for use in their electric outdoor smokers. But you can use any smoker you can get your hands on.

See what ya think! Sounds delectable to me!

Zip’s Smoked Steak

1-1/2″ thick Sirloin
2″ Filet (or bigger)
Seasoned to taste or Zip’s Steak Rub
Add 2 oz. Hickory Wood to SmokinTex
Place steaks in smoker @ 225 degrees and smoke for 30 to 45 minutes depending on thickness and desired doneness of steak.
Once steak is in the smoker, fire up the grill – either gas or charcoal – and get it hot. I use a charcoal grill and want the coals at their hottest when I pull the steak from smoker.
Remove steak from SmokinTex and lightly reapply seasoning to taste.
Place steak over direct heat to sear the meat to your desired doneness. 2 minutes per side for medium rare.
No steak knife needed, only a fork.

Zip’s Steak Rub

  • 2 T.    Sugar
  • 2 T.    Onion Powder
  • 4 T.    Seasoned Salt
  • 5 T.    Garlic Pepper Seasoning
  • 2 T.    Paprika
  • 1 t.     Cayenne
  • 1/2 t.  Allspice
  • 2 T.    Ground Coriander
  • Mix together and apply heavily to steak.

    Photo and recipe courtesy of SmokinTex.com.

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    May 11th, 2011

    Eat More Steak – It’s BBQ Month!

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    So, it’s National BBQ Month. Who knew?

    Apparently, lots of people knew – and know. This thing is huge, people.

    In celebration of National BBQ Month, here are some hints for making it successful from D Magazine (D as in Dallas – and they know barbecue).

    Be sure to heed the advice about when exactly to put those steaks on the grill.

    Hint:  Ya gotta give it time.

    Click here to see those tips – and click here for more ways to get the most bang for your buck outta National BBQ Month. Let’s milk this thing, folks!

    I hope YOU go all-out to celebrate this special month. It deserves to be feted!!!

    Photo courtesy of WikiHow.com.

     

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    May 6th, 2011

    Try Different Methods of Cooking a Great Steak

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    We all love a steak on the grill. But have you tried other ways?

    Pan frying? Oven roasting?

    Sometimes it’s fun to step outside the box and try something new.

    Especially when it’s raining. Or 40 degrees below zero outside.

    Here are some ways you might consider cooking the next time you’ve got a super duper marinated T-bone ready to go.

    And my favorite bonus tip from this informative article?  “Don’t just gobble up the steak the moment you start cooking it.”

    What? I shouldn’t just shove it all in my mouth immediately like the Cookie Monster?

    Hilarious. But sage advice. I will try it – but no promises.

    Happy cooking!

    Click here to explore other ways to cook a great steak.

    Photo and quote courtesy of StartCooking.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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