November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving – Are You Ready For This?

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One more day and it’s time to feast!

Is your turkey thawing?

Are your side dishes prepped?

Dishes sparkling?

Serving utensils locked and loaded?

Napkins clean and folded?

It’s time to set the alarm and put that turkey in in the morning!

Did you go with a Chateaubriand this year? Prime rib roast?

As I mentioned, I’m serving a traditional turkey with a side of spiral ham – among other things.

My hubby always requests macaroni and cheese so that’s on the menu, too. Oh, and cranberry sauce for my dad, mashed potatoes for me, mushrooms for Mom, and more bread than a freightliner could hold for my boys. They can put away some bread.

The one thing we ALL have on the menu? Thankfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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 21st, 2014

Here’s An Idea – Give the Gift of Food!

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If you’re like me, you struggle year after year to land on precisely the right gift for everyone on your list.

It’s pretty difficult.

But one thing I’ve found that EVERYONE appreciates?

Good food!

It’s one of the few things we all have in common. We all have to eat.

And a beautiful meal is so memorable. Isn’t that what we’re looking for at holiday time anyway? Incredible memories?

I’m giving things like gift-boxed steaks and holiday meal combos this year. Can you imagine receiving a prime rib roast and smoked ham from someone? Wouldn’t that make your day, your week, your SEASON?

Plus, it’s a pay-it-forward kind of gift. Your recipient then gets to cook those steak gifts for someone else – and that person will surely thank you, too!

‘Tis the season for eating!

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 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!


March 5th, 2014

Prime Rib, You Temptress!

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Prime Rib is so divine, in my house, it’s usually reserved for very special occasions – Christmas, a special dinner party, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve … you get the picture.

I can’t ever remember a time when I decided to cook one on a regular old Tuesday night.

But why?

We love it so much, ANY day could be a special occasion. Its flavor and aroma is so, so tempting. I don’t know why we wait so long in between indulgences.

I can see it now. My husband walks in and smells the Prime Rib Roast cooking and he immediately is perplexed and suspicious.

“Is there something you need to tell me?” he’ll ask.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s get out of our routine-ified ruts. Let’s branch out a little!

Next Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday why not cook a Prime Rib Roast just because?

If anything, those days need a little pick-me-up. I know mine do.

Need a little help in the preparation department? Here’s a great page of Prime Rib cooking instructions.

Enjoy your life! And sweeten the deal for the people you love. Give ‘em Prime Rib!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.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.


December 27th, 2013

Gorgeous Prime Rib for the New Year

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We’re all gearing up to ring in 2014 in style. So why not serve a meal that screams, “Special occasion!!!!!”

That would be prime rib. Oh, beautiful, delicious, prime rib.

We make statements with our food. We may not realize it but we do. Cheeseburgers say, “Hey, I’m being casual. Shoes are optional.” But prime rib? That says, “This is important to me and we must celebrate!”

Chef Michael Symon has some excellent advice for making YOUR prime rib the best it can be. See his prime rib tips here.

This one takes time, folks. So if you’re in a hurry the cheeseburgers might be a better option. But if you have the time to do it properly, salt overnight, let it sit after it’s done in the oven – THIS will be a masterpiece.

What better way to usher in the new year???

Photo courtesy of Chef Michael Symon via TastingTable.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 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas Roast!

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Or is it . . . Merry Christmas, Roast!

Either way, you can be sure to find something your heart desires in Saveur.com‘s photo gallery of “34 impressive, satisfying roasts.”

My favorite is the Rosemary-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin above. Subtle, tender, juicy. Perfect.

But you can find your favorite among the delectable items like Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Prime Rib.

Mmmmmm!

It’s fun to just click through the gorgeous photos and drool.

Have a very merry, Christmas, everyone!

Photo courtesy of Todd Coleman via Saveur.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 20th, 2012

Holiday Meal Inspiration

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It’s almost THAT time!

Time to gather around the table and, you know, FEED lots of people.

Need some inspiration? Ideas?

Check out this page for something traditional or different. YOU get to decide!

You’ve got your turkeys (surefire winners), prime rib roasts (exquisite) and smoked ham (no-brainer) but also Beef Wellington (different) and jumbo shrimp (your family will love you).

Have fun planning your best holiday meal ever!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 15th, 2012

Is Prime Rib Prime Beef?

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…and other burning questions answered.

Have you ever wondered this yourself? (Answer:  Not necessarily. And probably not.)

The prime rib name refers to where the beef is cut from, not its grade.

But this article is a good refresher on beef grades and other beefy distinctions if you need a quick guide.

It always helps to brush up on your beef knowledge so that you can make the best choices for the recipes you try.

Click here to read more on this topic that never fails to make me drool!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 23rd, 2012

Saveur’s 12 Great Summer Steaks

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I told you I was obsessed.

Saveur has this beautiful photo gallery of summer steaks I just had to share with you. The photo above is a Porterhouse with Lemon-Thyme Butter.

Simply magnificent.

You’ll see things like Steak Fajitas with Green Sauce and a Smoked Prime Rib with Peach-Chipotle Sauce.

These photos scream SUMMER and HONEY, INVITE THE NEIGHBORS – I GOT TOO EXCITED AND MADE TOO MUCH FOOD!

Music to my ears.

Enjoy your summer eye candy here! The gallery even has links to the recipes!

Photo courtesy of Todd Coleman via Saveur.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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