November 25th, 2014

Thanksgiving Serving Tips

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When you’ve got a big meal to serve – and isn’t Thanksgiving the biggest of them all? – success is all in the details.

Plan ahead to make sure you have all the right serving utensils. Planning a spiral sliced ham? Do you have the right serving fork? Side dishes planned?

Thinking of cooking a lovely Chateaubriand or prime rib roast? Make sure to time it just right so there’s just the right amount of aroma to whet the appetite before you sit down.

Make it an enjoyable experience for your guests (and easy for you) by having two each of the essentials on the table. Two baskets of bread – one for each end of the table – so that the entire meal isn’t spent passing and passing, two gravy boats, etc.

Think of the meal from your guests’ perspective and everything will flow nice and easy – the way a holiday should be!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 24th, 2014

Time to Start Thanksgiving Prep!

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Whether you’re serving a Chateaubriand, a prime rib roast or a good ol’ fashioned turkey this Thanksgiving, there are so many things you can do ahead of time to make the day run smoothly.

  1. Make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need and shop way ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush at the supermarket.
  2. Prepare side dishes beforehand, refrigerate them and just pop them in the oven the day of the big feast.
  3. Wash special china now so you’re not scrambling to set the table while you’re worrying about the meal.
  4. Prepare desserts, too, and keep them cold until Thanksgiving Day. Then, when you’re ready for them, just bake!
  5. Or you can even order desserts and let someone else do the baking!

Think through all of the details that can add up to lots of time on Thanksgiving Day itself. Anything you can do ahead of time – do it!

I like to break out my spiral ham a couple of days before as kind of a teaser. No reason we can’t enjoy it even before the big day.

Have fun planning this holiday meal. The prep and anticipation is half the fun!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 7th, 2014

Lamb: A Little Something Different

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A beautiful piece of meat is always the centerpiece of the table at my house — especially at holiday time.

Looking to try something a bit different? Try lamb! Wouldn’t a rack of lamb present beautifully for your guests?

Roasted or grilled, this meal is made to be savored and enjoyed. Perfect for enjoying the company of your holiday guests!

There are so many meals to be had at holiday time. Why not mix it up a bit for at least one of them?

Lamb is understated elegance and a welcome twist to your holiday traditions!

Go on, live on the wild side! Try something different!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


November 6th, 2014

Ham Makes it a Special Occasion

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It’s hard to present a beautiful spiral-sliced ham on a platter and it NOT be a special occasion.

Seriously, a gorgeous ham like this makes just a regular Tuesday night something to talk about.

But when it comes time for actual special occasions (hey, there are lots coming up in the next two months) a ham really fits the bill.

Holiday gatherings always require ham at my house. And one of the beautiful things about having overnight company and serving ham is that it can be served for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!

Serve a mouth-watering ham and all the right sides for dinner, then, the next morning chop up some ham and create the most amazing omelettes. Lunch? Ham sandwiches! Perfect.

Some food for thought for the holidays to come. Ham should always be a part of the equation. And I can’t wait!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 26th, 2014

Red, White and Bleu Cheese: 4th of July Ideas!

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It’s time to start thinking of fun things to serve on the most patriotic of holidays – the 4th of July!

Try these USA-inspired meal ideas and whoop it up this Independence Day!

BLEU CHEESE BURGERS

Color is of utmost importance with your 4th of July presentation. So try some colorful burgers with white onion, ketchup/tomato and a sprinkle of bleu cheese. You may have to hunt to see the blue – but, hey, that’s half the fun!

LAYERED PATRIOTIC DRINKS

For a fun red, white and blue-colored drink, start with ice cubes that will appear white, pour cranberry juice on the bottom of a clear glass or cup, then add blue G2 Gatorade on top. You’ll have patriotism in a glass!

DELICIOUS FLAG CAKE

Chef Ina Garten’s gorgeous flag cake (seen above) features all of the beautiful colors of the American flag. What better way to show your appreciation for our country? Click here to see the recipe and ingredient list for this beauty.

 

Then, have fun coming up with your own ideas using the red, white and blue theme. Get the kids involved, too. It’s more fun that way! Happy almost 4th, everybody!

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.


December 20th, 2013

Holiday Time Means Feedin’ Time!

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The guests are coming! The guests are coming!

Overnight guests = lotsa cooking.

And it’s not just the holiday meal we have to prepare for, it’s multiple breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, appetizers, desserts – it’s non-stop eating!

I KNOW it’s not just my family.

So I like to try to be kind to myself and get a game plan ahead of time.

My go-to dinners? Burgers (always easy and always a hit) and Bake & Serve meals like the Roast Chicken with Apple and Tart Cherry you see above.

So tasty – and you just pop them in the oven! Voila! Gourmet!

Check out other tasty Bake & Serve ideas here like Beef Wellington and Chicken Cordon Bleu.

And have a merrier holiday without all the stress!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 22nd, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner Guide

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

You sure?

Use this handy dandy Guide to Planning Thanksgiving Dinner just to be positive.

Me? No, I’m not. I’m still trying to get through the week BEFORE Thanksgiving.

So this will help me when the time comes . . . soon. There are so many little details to remember, it helps when someone else lays them all out for me!

Check out the Thanksgiving guide here and get all your ducks (or turkeys) in a row for the big day!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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 10th, 2013

Mother’s Day Steak and Lobster

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Your mom deserves the best, right?

Well, does it get any swankier than steak and lobster?

I didn’t think so.

Choose Mom’s favorite cut and pair it with yummy lobster tails this Sunday (you know, Mother’s Day) to show her she’s something special.

Moms like that.

The gorgeous cold water lobster tails above were prepared for me by my honeys.  Awesome, no?

Here’s a fantastic resource for cooking tips for your steak AND lobster. Follow these instructions and you can’t go wrong.

Happy Mother’s Day this weekend!


May 3rd, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Recipe!

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In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo this weekend (hey, that’s the 5th of May) I give you this scrumptious Beef Steak and Black Bean Soft Tacos recipe.

Oh, all the flavors of this beautiful meal will dance on your tongue! So yummy!

It calls for bottom round steaks but I’d use skirt steak myself. You use what makes you happy!

Get creative and add all the toppings YOU like:  salsa, lettuce — whatever!

Enjoy your spicy weekend!

Photo courtesy of Beefitswhatsfordinner.com.


February 27th, 2013

Easter Dinner Giveaway

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Are you thinking about Easter yet? It’ll be here before we know it. It’s on March 31st this year!

If you’re feeling lucky, enter this contest from the Kansas City Steak Company for your chance to win a complete Easter dinner – Smoked Ham or Prime Rib, Twice Baked Potatoes and Carrot Cake or Red Velvet Cake.

I, for one, would LOVE to have my Easter dinner planned out ahead of time. Saves me from scrambling to fit it into all the millions of other things going on in my life.

It sure will be nice to slow down and have a beautiful meal with the ones I love, though. And on cue, my stomach is growling.

Let me know if you’re the lucky winner of the complete meal giveaway. My family and I would love to join you. ;)

Good luck!


December 12th, 2012

Meaty 12-12-12!

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Okay, it’s 12-12-12 and you know how we celebrate everything in my house, right?

Steak!

But, let’s come up with some creative ways to do this every-100-years thing right! Invite some people over, then try these festive ideas:

1. Serve 12 different cuts of steak – come on, you can do it!

2. Combine 12 cool spices and create an awesome rub for your roast.

3. Easy. Just invite 12 friends to eat steak. Boom.

4. Everyone gets a 12-ounce ribeye.

5. Serve whatever steak you want, but then go around the table and collectively come up with 12 things you’re thankful for.

6. Ask a 12-year-old to recite the “12 Days of Christmas” while you eat your steak.

And if you’re celebrating Hanukkah on this spectacular day, you’ve totally got this celebration thing under control.

Okay, now you come up with the next 6 to make 12 cool things to do on this awesome day. I need a 12-minute breather.

It’s amazing how something that had nothing to do with steak turns into a steak-related holiday in my mind.

Really, aren’t all special days steak-related in some way?

Happy 12-12-12, everyone!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 7th, 2012

Kansas City BBQ? Yes, Please!

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‘Tis the season for barbecue?

Totally!

Listen, with all the merry makers coming in and out of your house this month you’ve got lots of meals to provide.

And turkey and ham for two weeks straight just isn’t going to cut it.

At our house, we usually prepare lots of BBQ favorites to have around for BBQ dinners, BBQ sandwiches, even BBQ breakfast (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!).

It helps when lots of the heavy lifting has already been done for you like the sweet BBQ flank steak above that’s already been slathered with a yummy citrusy sauce. You just pick your cooking method (grilling, roasting, pan frying, broiling) and serve!

It seriously makes the holidays more enjoyable for me.

Peruse all the great BBQ options and save your sanity this holiday season.

Bon appetit! (Just pretend I said that with a really twangy accent. Yee haw!)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 6th, 2012

Chef Tips: How To Cook a Prime Rib Roast

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As a beef lover, holiday time is a time to be treasured. So much good food — it’s a gift for the senses!

And in this simple how-to video the corporate chef at the Kansas City Steak Company shows us the best way to cook a gorgeous prime rib roast.

Just in time for guests at the holidays!

Watch how easy it is to make a beautiful beefy roast for your next get-together. Order yourself one of these amazing roasts and have it in time for the holidays this year.

Magnifique!


November 23rd, 2012

Black Friday Beefathon!

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Here we are on Black Friday. And you either love it or hate it.

But one way to save big on the beef you want and need for the upcoming holidays doesn’t require you to pitch a tent, stand in line – or even leave your house.

My favorite steaks are on sale and you can see some awesome Black Friday specials here.

Shop for steaks online and give ‘em as gifts this holiday, plus stock up for incredible meals over the holiday season. If you’re going to have houseguests these are always a big hit!

Seriously, it’s one of my top 10 favorite days of the year. A chance to save on my favorite beef without a stranger breathing down my neck in the checkout line.

Happy holidays, indeed!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.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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