March 21st, 2014

Beefy Basketball Snack Ideas

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Some people are just so creative!

When you’re watching college hoops you want to chow down. It’s just the way it works.

But just any old snack definitely will NOT do. It’s gotta have some BEEF to it!

These very inventive Cheeseburger Basketball Cups are a perfect snack.

Made with ground beef, cheese, biscuits and lots of other tasty ingredients, they’re sure to satisfy any basketball-watching fan.

You can see the entire recipe and cooking instructions here. Then, have fun coming up with your own basketball-themed treats!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.


February 28th, 2014

Steak Enthusiast’s Guide to the Weekend

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It’s the weekend!

Time for some great food and relaxing moments. Here’s my guide for making your weekend great — with food, of course!

Saturday Morning

Start off with some steak and eggs. A tried and true steak lover‘s breakfast. You’ll need your energy for the weekend! Might I suggest a Top Sirloin?

Saturday Afternoon

Lunch consists of tender, flavorful steak fajitas (see above). This is a meal meant to be shared so invite some neighbors and get grilling!

Saturday Night

Dinner is filet mignon and twice baked potatoes. It’s Saturday night – that’s Steak Night!

Sunday Brunch

Breakfast tacos with ground beef and sausage get the day started off in the right direction. A brunch with Mimosas and a variety of taco fixings just makes sense.

Sunday Dinner

This is the time to slow down and make family memories. A beautiful beef roast is in order. Perhaps a Chateaubriand, a Prime Rib Roast or even a Brisket. Take your time and savor this one — but leave some leftovers for Monday’s lunch at the office! :)

Now that you’ve got your menu it’s time to get planning the perfect steak enthusiast’s weekend. I know I’m ready!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


January 7th, 2014

Resolving to Eat Lean Steaks in the New Year?

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The New Year is always a good time to reevaluate things we’re doing and making shifts where needed.

So many of us need to watch our waistlines. So how can we do that as steak lovers?

Lean cuts of steak!

Some of my faves are these steaks and beef certified by the American Heart Association to be extra lean.

There are Top Sirloin steaks, steak tips, ground beef patties and more. A great start.

So, you’ve got some lean beef. Now how do you cook it?

Here are some fantastic ideas from Chef Richard Chamberlain – Great Grilling With Lean Beef.

He’s got Mushroom Merlot Burgers for you. And Dijon-Wine Steak Kabobs.

Delish!

Try these out and let’s all have a healthier 2014!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 15th, 2013

Beefy Fall Recipes

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Oh, autumn, how I love thee!

This time of year makes me want to break out all the yummy fall recipes that make us feel warm and cozy inside.

And this autumn recipe is a wonderful way to spend a chilly fall evening — Baked Stuffed Squash with Beef, Black Beans and Chili Seasonings.

Anything baked at this time of year is absolutely perfect to me. And baked beef? Perfecto!!!

This one comes to us from SouthernFood.About.com’s “Top 15 Fall Recipes” collection. Click here to peruse it and find other yummy fall fare like pork loin, sweet and tart pot roast and beef stew with red wine.

Try them all and you’ll be covered this fall!

Photo courtesy of Diana Rattray via About.com.


August 30th, 2013

Perfect Labor Day BBQ

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Looking for inspiration for your fabulous Labor Day BBQ?

Look no further.

People magazine has a sweet slideshow of amazing spreads for your perusing pleasure.

Behold the finger-licking goodness of the Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger (above), made with lean ground beef and no bun!

Then, feast your eyes upon an Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Apple Cider BBQ Ribs and Bacon BBQ Oysters. Yes, oysters! With bacon!

There are gorgeous desserts and fruity drinks, plus decadent sides you can make to create one awesome barbecue.

Or . . . you can just look at the purty pictures and drool.

Either way, check out these masterpieces here. And have a happy, happy Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of Raymond Hom via People.com


June 26th, 2013

Put This Meatball On Your Bucket List

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It’s being touted as the “Giant Meatball You Must Try Before You Die.”

Well, that sounds promising. I’m in!

It’s a one-pound meatball made with high-quality ground beef, onion, garlic, spices, cheeses and more. Music to your ears? Mine, too!

You can read all about this beautiful ball of meat here and get the full recipe to try out at home. If you go on this adventure in the kitchen, be sure and make a few because you just might eat an entire meatball yourself. I personally have been known to do that. Share the love!

Photo courtesy of LAVO New York via FoxNews.com.


February 28th, 2013

National Chili Day!

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You might think chili is just a little ground beef and some spices, but oh it’s so much more!

So much so that today is National Chili Day! Hooray!

Did you know that the first documented recipe for chili con carne was in 1519? 1519!!!

I’d say we as a people have been enjoying this scrumptious dish for a VERY long time!

Click here to see all sorts of fun chili facts and get some great chili recipes. I mean, this is one holiday you’re going to want to get in on. This weather makes today the perfect day to enjoy a bowl of the steaming good stuff!

Happy Chili Day, y’all!

Photo courtesy of NationalChiliDay.com.


February 1st, 2013

Disappearing Menu Items

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Some favorite dishes are fading fast from restaurant menus. But why?

Apparently, tastes change over time and, as is the case in this day and age, we simply don’t want to take the time for complicated recipes and cooking techniques.

An article at TheDailyMeal.com tells us about 11 menu items quickly disappearing. Two of which are Beef Stroganoff (yum!) and Salisbury Steak (double yum).

Sad, but the beautiful thing is . . . we can still make these dishes at home! And I don’t know about you, but I still do!

I love to use this Sweet Vidalia ground beef when I make Salisbury Steak. I mean, come on, the onions are already in it! Of course, you can use regular ground beef also and add your own onions to make it just the way you like.

Don’t depend on restaurants to dictate what “trends” you’ll be eating. Cook your favorites and let these classics live on!

Here’s one Beef Stroganoff recipe to try at home and here’s another.

Need to know how to cook a fab Salisbury Steak? Try this yummy recipe.

Read about all the disappearing menu items here and resolve to keep them alive in your home! I know I will!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


January 18th, 2013

Meatball Sub Recipe

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How can you resist that meaty goodness?

Rachael Ray has a great Meatball Sub recipe using ground beef, homemade marinara and topped with provolone. Mwah!

I did mine a little differently (above) using pickles as the topper with the cheese at the bottom. Absolutely scrumptious!

Try her Meatball Sub recipe but don’t forget to personalize it to your taste. After all, you’re eating it, right?

Mangia, and then a big nap. Enjoy!


January 2nd, 2013

Beef Samosas

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Just look at those amazing little packages of goodness. Inside, there’s a beefy treat and outside, well, that’s just crunchy deliciousness.

You can make samosas with lots of things — lentils, sugary treats, etc. — but beef sounds like a party on a plate.

This recipe calls for filling the samosas with ground beef, peas, garlic and lots of other flavorful ingredients.

As always, you can use the recipe as a guide but customize it to your own taste. That’s the fun part!

See the full beef samosas recipe here and let me know how yours turn out!

Photo courtesy of BookCooking.net


October 31st, 2012

Halloween Cheesy Meat Hand

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It’s All Hallow’s Eve and now you can even get your dinner into the Halloween spirit!

With a little ground beef, onions, herbs and cheese you, too, can make this creepy cheesy meat hand.

Spook your neighbors, frighten the children and satisfy your appetite all at the same time!

If you take away the fact that it looks like a creepy dead hand, this meal actually sounds pretty good. Like a cheesy meatloaf. Yum!

Click here to read more about this Halloween treat. And come up with your own version at home!

Happy Halloween, everybody! Mwuahahahaha!

Photo courtesy of DamnThatLooksGood.com.


April 18th, 2012

Salisbury Steak Surprise

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Let me just be the first to say that I don’t normally like recipes with the word “surprise” in them.

It conjures up images of mystery meat or something sinister.

But THIS surprise is a GOOD surprise.

This Salisbury Steak recipe includes bleu cheese in the center.

A burst of unexpected flavor that says, “Hello, taste buds!”

But in a good way.

Check out the recipe here and let me know what you think. Can you really ever go wrong with ground sirloin?

I think not.

Enjoy this surprise!

Photo courtesy of Sandi via Food.com


February 2nd, 2012

Groundhog Meatloaf

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It’s Groundhog’s Day!

And Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling 6 more weeks of winter.

If you believe in that sort of stuff.

Either way, it’s fun to get into the spirit of a seemingly meaningless holiday, so why not make a Groundhog Meatloaf in the shape of our favorite rodent?

See, if you didn’t like his prediction your mind can go all sorts of places while you’re eating this meal. And if you did like it; well, it’s a cute way to honor the little guy who brought you some hope and enlightenment.

Click to see this groundhog ground beef recipe here. And get creative! This winter’s going to be long, people, we’ve gotta do something to spice it up!

Photo courtesy of ImHungryOnABudget.blogspot.com.


September 29th, 2011

Emergency Steak

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This clever idea comes to us from ChefElf and it cracks me up!

Here’s what they say about Emergency Steak:

Do you ever run out of steak? You rummage around foolishly through your fridge to no avail. There is no steak to be found!

Do you happen to have ground beef, milk and Wheaties? For some inexplicable reason do you not want to eat hamburgers or have a bowl of Wheaties?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, then I have the recipe for you: Emergency Steak.

The very idea of this is genius. Ground beef, milk, Wheaties, plus a few other ingredients form together to create a replacement – or “Emergency,” if you will – steak.

Here is what the shaping process looks like:

Here is how the “Terminator” would view the steak-making process:

Hilarious, guys!

Now, go out and gather your ground beef, milk and Wheaties, and head over to LanceandEskimo.com for the full recipe and instructions.

It CAN’T be as good as the real thing, but in a pinch it just might do!

Excerpt and photos courtesy of LanceandEskimo.com.


May 27th, 2011

Memorial Day Steakburger Sliders

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It’s tried and true. How can you go wrong with sliders on a sunny, holiday weekend?

Answer:  You can’t.

Try this recipe for scrumptious goodness on a bun – which includes the ever-popular bacon and some tasty seasonings.

Your crew will be happy and so will you!

Bon appetit, my friends! And have a safe and flavorful holiday weekend!

Let’s all remember the reason for the holiday as well. We have much to be thankful for.

Photo courtesy of MyRecipes.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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