May 9th, 2014

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Foodie

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If Mom is anything like us she LOVES good food.

And whether she likes to create the dishes or just enjoy, she deserves to be pampered with food-related goodies this Mother’s Day.

This slideshow of Mother’s Day gift ideas for food lovers has so many great ideas. One is bound to be perfect.

But most of all, just give Mom some attention this Sunday and let her know you love her. That’s what it’s all about! (A great steak doesn’t hurt, either.)

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

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May 5th, 2014

Brisket Tacos? Yes, Please!

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Garcia’s Original Smoky Brisket Tacos from Tasting Table on Vimeo.

Today is Cinco de Mayo! A great day to celebrate all the beautiful flavors of Mexican food and the culture.

I’m thinking these yummy brisket tacos fill the bill just right. Watch this video from our friends at TastingTable.com and then go celebrate – with food, of course!

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo, everyone!


April 29th, 2014

Cinco Beef-Inspired Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Oh, how I love special days that allow me to focus on food! Beef, in particular.

As you know, I’m kind of obsessed.

So, the fact that Cinco de Mayo is coming up gives me great joy. I can dream up all kinds of beefy delights for that day.

AND, it’s my son’s birthday! We always get to celebrate doubly in spicy style!

The fifth of May, 1862, is when the Mexican army was victorious over the French in the Battle of Puebla and now it’s become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.

So in honor of Cinco de Mayo I give you cinco recipes you can use to celebrate, too!

UNO:  Delicious, nutritious steak fajitas (above). I mean, who doesn’t love steak fajitas? This recipe calls for Kansas City strip steaks sliced up good!

DOSCumin marinated flank steak. A special twist to give your flank steak some zing!

TRESCarne asada. A classic.

CUATROFlat iron steak tacos. I love the heartiness of the flat iron beef. Yum!

CINCO:  Flavorful, colorful pico burgers. Try ‘em and this may just become your go-to burger from now on. Use Wagyu Kobe beef and you’ll be hooked!

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April 18th, 2014

Last-Minute Easter Feasts

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There once was a gal who procrastinated.

And – poof! – a holiday snuck up on her.

I’m not saying WHO that someone might be, BUT if she sounds familiar to YOU, here are some great last-minute meal ideas for Easter from our friends at Heavy.com.

Seriously. It’s this Sunday.

Try out this amazing recipe for Beef Stew with Leeks. Easy, tasty and hello leftovers!

I love serving beef on holidays. It’s so satisfying.

Click here for a great rundown of fab ideas to satisfy the bunnies at your house.

My house? Oh, I’ve got it covered. **Wink, wink.**

Photo courtesy of Christopher Hirsheimer via epicurious.com.


March 28th, 2014

Tips for Setting a Winning Easter Table

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Your meal is prepped. Your Easter guests are due to arrive.

But what about the table? Presentation is half the battle, right?

Setting a delightful Easter table doesn’t have to be difficult.

Take these Easter table setting tips and make them your own – and the holiday will be a smash!

Use fresh greenery, items that recall the season and beautiful colors and you can’t go wrong.

Read on here for more tips for setting an Easter table that reflects you and impresses your guests!

Photo courtesy of Chris Astley via Epicurious.com.


March 14th, 2014

Complete Easter Dinner Ideas

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Easter dinner is right around the corner. And it’s one of those meals that requires a bit of preparation to pull it off.

But it doesn’t HAVE to be formal. Or it can be. You get to choose what kind of holiday you want to have.

Here are some fantastic ideas for Easter meals that range from “easy afternoon” (think sandwiches) and “make-ahead casual” (shrimp cocktail, anyone?) to formal ham dinners, Southern lunch and even an Easter breakfast buffet!

With all these choices you’re bound to find a menu that fits your family, your taste and your mood.

Above all, make it memorable – whatever that means for you. Isn’t that what holidays are all about?

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December 23rd, 2013

Holiday Entertaining Checklist

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It’s almost time for holiday meals! Are you ready?

Here’s a wonderful holiday checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Appetizers? Check. Entrees? Check. Side dishes? Check. Desserts? Well, you get the picture.

Check it out and make sure you don’t forget a thing!

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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.


December 17th, 2013

Holiday Tips: Don’t Start a Beef While The Beef is Cooking

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It’s time to be festive, right?

So why spend time this holiday season squabbling with cousin Mabel over that $11 she still owes you from 1974?

While that luscious roast is in the oven, here are my top 10 things to do to pass the time with the fam INSTEAD of arguing:

1. Drink wine.

2. Talk about how big the kids are getting.

3. Brag about the 92 Billy got in Home Ec (I believe they call it “Skills For Living” now. :))

4. Drink more wine.

5. Discuss the menu so anticipation can build.

6. Avoid the topic of politics at all costs.

7. Lay out your plans to make 2014 “YOUR YEAR.”

8. Drink some more.

9. Brag about your kids again (no one will remember – see #1, 4 & 8).

10. Be sure to tell your loved ones how happy you are that you are together!

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December 9th, 2013

12 Steaks of Christmas

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It’s the holiday season and food is central to all the joyful gatherings at this time of year. That makes it the perfect time to try 12 new steak recipes in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas!

Here’s one I know will knock some socks off:

Japanese Flat Iron with White Soy and Ginger sauce

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Asian BBQ Flank steaks               4

Togarashi* spice mix                   3 T

Sauce:

Lime juice                                  1/3 C.

Ginger, peeled and minced                        2 T

White Soy                                 2 T

Garlic, minced                            2 t

Brown Sugar                              1 t

Dijon Mustard                            1 T

Canola Oil                                 3 T

Method:

1.  Sprinkle steaks With Togarashi spice mix, and sprinkle with salt. Grill or sear in a pan until desired doneness is achieved.

2. While the steaks are resting combine the lime juice, ginger, soy, garlic, brown sugar, and Dijon in a blender, or combine with a whisk. While the blender is blending or you are whisking slowly add in oil until sauce is emulsified.

3. Slice beef and served drizzled with white soy ginger sauce.

*Togarashi is a Japanese spice mix, and can usually be found in the Japanese or Asian section of the grocery store or a Japanese market.

 

And here’s another:

Flat Iron Steaks with Herbed Butter

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Butter                                        4 oz

Fresh Parsley, chopped                 1 T

Lemon Juice                               1 T

Fresh thyme, chopped                  1 t

Flat Iron steaks,  6oz                    4

Butter                                        2 T

Vegetable oil,                             2 T

Shallots, minced                         2 T

Salt and pepper               as needed

Method:

1. In a mixer combine butter, parsley, lemon juice, and thyme. Mix until well combined. Roll up in a piece of waxed paper, and place in the fridge to harden.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

3. In a preheated skillet, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and then add the 2 T of butter. 

4. Just when you see the first wisps of smoke, add the steaks to the pan, making sure to not overcrowd the pan. When the steak is properly seared flip and let sear for one more minute.

5. Add the shallots to the pan, and then put the pan in the oven. When the steaks are cooked to their desired temperature, pull them out and put them on a plate to rest, while they are resting. Divide the herbed butter into 4 and place one piece on tope of each steak. Serve after 5 minutes of resting.

 

I mean, how much more YUM can it get? Visit here for another 10 steak recipes that you like (that equals 12 folks). These steaks are sure to bring smiles this holiday season.

Happy gatherings, everybody!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 5th, 2013

Holiday Sous-Vide Steak Recipe

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This holiday, use this technique for a fantastic steak meal. Filets work beautifully.

Your guests will be so impressed with your prowess. And it’s so delicious!

Turkeys, hams and the like are always wonderful go-to meals for the holidays. Use this as a meal another night (they ALWAYS stay more than one night, right?) or …

Mix it up at the dinner table this year and serve a sous-vide feast! Delish!


November 28th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Hooray! It’s a day centered around eating! What could be better than that?

I hope you are surrounded by loved ones, gratefulness and MEAT!

I am thankful for so many things, but food on the table is pretty high on the list.

May you enjoy a bountiful feast today . . . happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 13th, 2013

Great Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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Turkey Bolognese! Cranberry-carrot muffins! Turkey spring rolls!

I’ve gotta admit, these are meals made from Thanksgiving leftovers I would NEVER have come up with on my own.

But what great ideas! After the obligatory turkey and ham sandwiches, I usually don’t want the traditional meal again anytime soon. But Turkey Bolognese? That’s a flavor I can get behind. And it’s not even close to tasting like Thanksgiving turkey!

And how about some cranberry-carrot muffins for breakfast the next morning? Genius!

Click to see more really smart – and tasty –  Thanksgiving leftover ideas here.

With these meals, it’ll be a happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.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


July 4th, 2013

Best Burgers for Independence Day

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Wanna know what we’re cooking on this Independence Day?

You betcha! Burgers – like most of America, I would suppose.

I mean, it doesn’t get any more American than that, does it?

But if you long for MORE than just burgers (or want some really great burger ideas) click here for some yummo July 4th recipes.

You’ll find recipes for patriotic desserts, grilled chicken and lots of other palate-pleasing fare.

Have fun this Independence Day and let’s all remember why we celebrate – this is the greatest country in the world!

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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