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 19th, 2014

What’s on Your Thanksgiving Menu?

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So I’ve already told you that I MUST have a turkey on my Thanksgiving table.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be other options. I like to have a spiral sliced ham on board, too, so I can make future breakfasts and lunches with it.

Have YOU ever been daring and served something a bit less traditional for Thanksgiving? Perhaps a gorgeous Chateaubriand or a prime rib roast?

That’s not to say that those amazing meals are not classics in their own right, they’re just not strictly by the book like a Thanksgiving turkey.

They’re edgy. Daring. Different.

And I like that.

What will you be serving this Thanksgiving? Traditional or living on the edge? Tell me!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 17th, 2014

Flavorizing With Herb Roasted Turkey

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Turkey is a must-have at Thanksgiving time around my house. It MUST be on the table. No ifs, ands or buts.

But… this year I’m exploring new options to spice it up – or herb it up, as the case may be.

I’ll be serving an herb roasted whole turkey. It’s already infused with a blend of herbs that brings out the juiciness of the turkey while flavorizing it.

Yes, it’s so good I had to make up a new word for it. Flavorizing. You can use it, too.

With a flavorized turkey, beautiful sides, delicious desserts, and the company of my family, I will be in my happy place this Thanksgiving.

There is so much to be thankful for!

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 4th, 2014

Holiday Centerpiece Favorites

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Oh, how I love this time of year!

Halloween is over and it’s time to start thinking HOLIDAY MEALS!

I look forward to this with great anticipation all year long.

When I think of my holiday meals, I first think about the centerpiece of the meal.

My personal go-to centerpieces are a gorgeous Chateaubriand or a prime rib roast (oh the beef!) and a spiral-sliced ham. My family loves them all.

At holiday time especially, presentation is so very important. And these main course centerpieces make quite an impression.

And, of course, they TASTE delicious! You just have to decide which taste to go with.

That’s the fun part! Good thing is, holiday time brings lots of visitors and lots of mealtimes. You really can serve them all over the next couple of months!


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.


June 2nd, 2014

Checklist for Planning Your Father’s Day Cookout

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Dad’s big day is coming up! June 15th is Father’s Day and it’s time to celebrate!

Lots of us equate celebrating with food. Why? Because it’s how humans have shown love since the dawn of man.

And what better way to show Dad you love him than with a steak and beef-filled cookout?!?!!

To make sure we don’t forget a thing, let’s make a checklist of things we’ll need to make this cookout DA BOMB:

 

1. High-quality steaks, burgers and whatever kind of beef Dad loves

2. Veggies for amazing kabobs or fantastic, colorful side dishes

3. A clean grill!

4. Spatula/tongs for optimal grilling

5. Buns or bread

6. Dessert

7. Condiments, condiments, condiments

8. Plates, cups, utensils

9. Ice!

10. Beverages of Dad’s choice

11. A beautiful tablecloth/table setting – Dad-themed, of course!

12. Lots and lots of love!!!

 

Definitely tailor your fiesta to your specific needs but this is a great start. And check out some yummy menu ideas for Dad’s day over here. Hint:  Steak is the main course!

Follow this list and maybe you’ll find, like I have, that planning to celebrate someone is almost as fun as the celebration itself!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


May 20th, 2014

Memorial Day Party Checklist

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If you’re like me, hosting parties is fun, but you get a little frazzled just beforehand.

Did I forget anyone? Did I forget anything? Do I have enough food?

All of these questions come tumbling down upon us if we don’t prepare well in advance.

And, well, I never seem to do that.

So here is a Memorial Day Party Checklist for those of us who need a little bit of help.

Location? Check.

Seating? Check.

Clean grill? Check.

So many things to think of, but the beauty here is SOMEONE ELSE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING!

I love it when that happens.

So whether you’re serving burgers or brisket or steaks or hot dogs, you can be sure your party is a success.

Check out that list here — and get checking!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.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.


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 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 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.


October 31st, 2013

Have a Beefy Halloween!

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It’s that time of year! The time when adults adorn themselves with clothing they would never normally sport – you know, like something in the shape of a cheeseburger or a steak … or Darth Vader.

Children are adorable as princesses, baseball players, Thor and chicken nuggets.

But I think all the kids’ costumes are just to throw us off. This holiday is really for adults who want to dress up.

It cracks me up when of all the things someone could be for Halloween, they choose meat. MEAT.

Like this…

But to each his own, right?

Hope YOU have a beefy Halloween!!!

Photos courtesy of HalloweenCostumes.com and CostumeCraze.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.

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