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?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.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.


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!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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


June 5th, 2013

Steak: It’s Got Father’s Day Written All Over It

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I like to give my dad something manly every year for Father’s Day:  gorgeous, satisfying steak. (Clarification:  I don’t feel manly when I eat MY steak, but the kind my dad likes, well, is pretty manly.)

Nothing makes his eyes light up more than when he discovers he will soon be one with a steak. So why wouldn’t I want to give that to him on a day to honor Dad?

I’m going to cook mine a lovely, thick, Kansas City strip steak. It’s his fave.

But you could check out these Father’s Day gift options and give your Pops a gift-boxed steak combo, some USDA Prime beef or even a gift card to let him choose what strikes his fancy.

Either way, your dad will know you love him. ‘Cause where I come from, nothing says love like a great steak.

Happy gifting, everybody!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com


May 24th, 2013

Memorial Day Steak Ideas

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Our friends at Serious Eats have created an uber list of “20 Grilled Steak Recipes for Your Memorial Day Grill.”

This is something I can get behind. And it’s just in time!

It includes recipes for such deliciousness as Grilled Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak (see photo above), Steak Sandwich with Onion-Jalapeno Sauce and Grilled Beef Pinwheels. That last one is also a feast for the eyes!

Check out the steak grilling slideshow and recipes here. And have yourself a wonderful Memorial Day weekend filled with grilled delights!

Photo courtesy of SeriousEats.com.


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.


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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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