December 28th, 2010

How Long is Too Long for Leftovers?


The Christmas meal has come and gone. But you still have turkey, ham, prime rib and various and sundry sides in your fridge.

How long can we keep nibbling on them?

As you can imagine, there are many schools of thought on this. But I like Madam Trainer’s explanation here.  She makes some good arguments and I, personally, like to err on the side of caution with this one.

Check out her sage advice here and let me know what YOU think!

December 24th, 2010

Wine to Serve With Christmas Beef


Here’s a tasty tip for your Christmas dinner beverage (if it includes a wonderful roast beef or prime rib).

Serve this wine and your guests will think you divine!

Have a very, very merry Christmas, everyone!

December 21st, 2010

Christmas Rib Roast Recipe!


We’ve known this for a while, but apparently word is just getting around that a rib roast is a superb alternative to a classic ham or turkey for Christmas dinner.

This is something we beef lovers have known since birth. Beef=good.

But this recipe from our friends at Better Homes and Gardens combines beefy flavor with fruit and onions. Oh, the aroma!

Get your roast here for optimal quality and wow your guests this holiday!

Check out that full recipe here!

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December 17th, 2010

School’s Out, Steak’s On


At my house, the kids are out of school for the holidays. Freedom!!!!

We’re celebrating with a steak dinner so we can chat about the exciting days ahead.

Today happens to be Free Shipping Day, so if you’re quick, you can take advantage of that and get some amazing meals ready for the holidays ahead.

Steaks, burgers, prime rib, beef tips, ham, turkey – everything! Go here and get ‘er done!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at my house!!!

November 18th, 2010

Beefy Thanksgiving


Can you believe how close we are to Thanksgiving?

Are you a “Turkey All the Way” family or is there something a little less traditional on your menu?

We like a gorgeous prime rib roast. It’s so visually beautiful and it makes people feel special. Really good meat does that.

Of course, there are the purists in our family who think they cannot get through a Thanksgiving Day without the annual dose of tryptophan. So, a turkey is also served.

But for us adventurous ones, prime rib goes a long way.

And then….have you ever had a leftover prime rib roast sandwich on Black Friday while overdosing on football?


Spice it up a little this Thanksgiving! There’s something to be thankful for. :)

December 21st, 2009

The 12 Meats of Christmas



Sometimes holiday classic tunes need a little updating.  And what better way to spend the 12 Days of Christmas than with the ones you love?

The foods you love, that is.

So here it goes . . . cue the carolers!

“The 12 Meats of Christmas”

On the twelfth day of Christmas, KC Steaks shipped to me:

Twelve roasts a-roasting,

Eleven pork chops sizzling,

Ten seasonings seasoning,

Nine strip steaks smoking,

Eight ribs a-braising,

Seven filets mignon-ing,

Six ribeyes marbling,

Five ste-ak-burgers, (pause, pause, pause)

Four T-bones,

Three prime ribs,

Two tenderloin,

And a hickory smoked tur-r-r-r-key!!!

Whew!  I’m tired.  And hungry.

Wanna send your own 12 Meats of Christmas?  Start here!

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November 27th, 2009

Stockin’ Up on Steak


. . . and other things, too!


I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I sure did.

We ate ourselves silly on all the traditional Thanksgiving players:  turkey (smoked this year in the trusty SmokinTex), mashed taters, green bean casserole, two kinds of cranberry sauce — the real kind and the kind that comes out shaped like the can, pumpkin pie and so many other amazing things.

Now, it’s Black Friday and it’s time to stock up for the next holiday. It’s only just about 4 weeks away!

Where has my life gone? My youth and my sanity are slipping away. But, dangit, I’m going to eat well while it’s happening.

We’ll have lots of company again for the holidays so I’m taking advantage of the sale they’re having now at the Kansas City Steak Company. When you spend $49.95 or more you get 8 free steakburgers sent to you. I need those. My people are hungry.


I’ve got to keep a whole bunch of things on hand because when our family is here it feels like you just finished cleaning up one meal and it’s time to start the next. Ayyyy!

I’m ordering some filets, a roast and some hot dogs. With the steakburgers I’ll get, that should get us through. But ya never know.

After that, they’ll have to call the pizza joint down the street. I’ll be tired . . . but I can’t wait!

The holiday season has officially begun and my freezer is about to be well-stocked!

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April 9th, 2009

Prime Rib Leftovers = French Dip!


So, Easter’s over and you’ve got all this Prime Rib left over.

What to do with it?

Never fear. Sandy’s here with some ideas to keep the love flowing from your kitchen.

Check it out . . .  


Fabulous Roast Beef (French Dip) Sandwiches

If you happen to have any of your fabulous Prime Rib or beef roast left over, one of the best ways to enjoy it the next day is to heat it, on the stovetop, in the beef juices left over from your initial cooking.  If you do not have leftover juices, (or if you made it all into gravy) heat a good quality beef consommé to a simmer. 

Use a sharp knife and a sanitary cutting board.  Slice the cold beef as thinly as possible, trimming it to your personal taste.  Prepare your French rolls and any side dishes.  Whether you toast the rolls or not is personal preference.  Butter or garlic butter may be delicious too. You may even want to grill onions and melt some provolone cheese on the roll (kind of a Philly cheese steak kind of thing, not a French Dip in my book). 

I think a nice German potato salad or some good quality potato chips would go great with this sandwich.  Get everything else ready.  Make drinks, set the table.  Finally, one portion at a time, heat the sliced beef in the consommé or beef jus. Pile the beef on the waiting roll, serve a little of the consommé on the side for dipping, and VOILA!

An alternate sandwich would of course be a hot roast beef sandwich, traditionally served open faced.  Good quality white bread, piled high with roast beef heated in gravy.  Also yum!

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April 8th, 2009

Beef Recipe: Prime Rib Roast and Yorkshire Pudding


Fabulous Sister-in-Law Chef Sandy is back!

She’s got a great recipe for a Prime Rib Roast (which we devoured at Christmastime — see photos) and Yorkshire Pudding.


This is a great idea for a wonderful Easter dinner. Seriously, it’s coming up. Follow her tips to the letter and you won’t go wrong!

That’s how I do it anyway.


Prime Rib Roast and Yorkshire Pudding

Although traditionally thought of as a Christmas holiday time dish, I see no reason why not to make Yorkshire Pudding with a Prime Rib Roast for Easter.  It is a good way to use up some eggs that we are going to decorate, because my kids don’t like hard boiled eggs.  Here is my plan for the eggs:

Take the raw eggs required for the recipe and blow out the insides into a clean bowl. 

  1. Carefully punch a hole in each end of the egg with a sharp knife, and work the hole in the bottom to be about a ¼ inch in diameter.
  2. Blow hard into the smaller hole to force the egg out into your clean bowl from the larger hole.
  3. Rinse the eggs under running water, and then carefully bathe them in a bowl with about ¼ cup white vinegar and a few cups of water.
  4. Take the egg shells out of the water, let them dry on paper towels and shake any water out of the inside.
  5. To make sure they are really dry, let them sit out for a few hours before decorating with markers, stickers or whatever your imagination leads you to.  Glitter would be amazing. 
  6. To hang the eggs, there are two options:
    1. Use a fine ribbon threaded onto a tapestry needle and feed the ribbon straight thru the egg to the other side and tie a knot on the far side of the egg (usually the larger end of the egg looks better on the bottom.)  You can also put a large bead on the ribbon to use as a stop-knot.
    2. Wrap a fine thread around half of a toothpick or wooden match.  Feed the small piece of wood thru the small hole at the top of the egg and then shake it a little so that it sits perpendicular to the opening and will support the egg.
  7. Hang from pretty any branches or window locks to enjoy.
  8. These eggs, carefully treated, will last forever.  Keep the clean egg carton to put your finished creations in.

Of course Yorkshire Pudding is not really pudding, in the American sense.  More like a puffy bit of soufflé/bread made with beef drippings.  This is a very traditional accompaniment to a Rib Roast, probably due to the amount of drippings which do make themselves available with this dish.  Prepare the batter for the puddings using the recipe below. 

The tricky thing about these puddings (or any soufflé type item) is the timing.  They are beautiful and showy when they are served immediately upon removal from the oven, but you don’t have a lot of wiggle room.  They will deflate and will be a disappointment if you have to hold them.  Have your other last minute things done and only put these in the oven when the roast is out of the oven and resting.  While the puddings bake, ice your glasses and pour your beverages.  Have the appetizer courses started and plan to have everyone at the table ready to enjoy their Prime Rib Roast and Yorkshire Puddings the moment they get out of the oven.  For a rare roast, count on serving about two hours after you start the roast.  For medium or more done, adjust your timing accordingly.

The Prime Rib Roast 101 with Yorkshire Pudding recipe below is courtesy of The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, First Edition.

For the pudding:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

6 large eggs

2 ½ cups milk

Sift together flour and salt.  Place in a large bowl; make a well and place the eggs in the center. Slowly whisk the eggs into the flour mixture until a smooth paste forms.  Gradually whisk in ½ cup milk and then the remaining 2 cups of milk.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

For the roast:

3# prime-rib roast, first cut, trimmed and tied, at room temperature (set out 2 hours before cooking)

2 tbsp kosher salt

1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

3 short ribs, tied

1 ½ cups dry red wine

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, with oven rack on the lowest level.  Rub the roast all over with the salt and pepper, trying to get an even coating.  Transfer to a heavy 13 x 16 metal roasting pan, arranging the meat fat side up, on top of the short ribs.  The ribs will act as a roasting pan and will flavor the drippings.


Cook 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 and continue cooking until an instant read thermometer reads 115 for rare.  The temperature of the roast will increase 10-15 degrees after removing from the oven, so keep this in mind if you want a different doneness.   For rare, this will take about 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Use a probe thermometer or check every 10 minutes after this point to insure you do not over cook.

Let the roast rest uncovered for 30 minutes in a warm spot.  Tenting the roast will cause the crust to get soggy. Return oven temperature to 425.

Pour fat and drippings into a fat separator or glass measuring cup, set aside to let fat separate from meat juices.  Put roasting pan over medium high heat and add red wine to deglaze the pan.  Cook about 6 minutes, until reduced by half.  Place a fine sieve over a medium bowl and strain the sauce into the bowl.  Do not clean the pan. 

Making the Yorkshire Pudding:

Place ¼ cup of reserved fat from the roast into the roasting pan, and place it in the hot oven until very hot, about 5 minutes.  Remove the batter from the refrigerator and whisk well; quickly and carefully pour the batter into the hot pan and cook until the Yorkshire Pudding is crisp and golden, about 25 minutes.  Make sure it is nicely browned before removing it; it will deflate more quickly if it is not thoroughly cooked.  Cut each person a wedge of warm pudding with the crispy edge, which will help it hold its shape.  Transfer the red wine sauce to a gravy boat and serve with the Prime Rib Roast and Yorkshire Pudding.

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what to do with those Prime Rib Roast leftovers. Your family will love you for it! – Dena

April 3rd, 2009

Beef for Easter??


Do you celebrate Easter?

Do you have a big Easter dinner every year?

We like to have family over but we have yet to establish a true tradition as far as what we serve.

Sometimes it’s ham. Sometimes it’s a prime rib (if we’re feeling fancy). And sometimes it’s a brisket.

Yeah, it’s not very Easter-y, but who cares?

What are you having?

And can I come over?

October 10th, 2008

Salt Crust Prime Rib


Doesn’t that name just SOUND intriguing?

And delectable.

My mouth is watering just thinking of the flavor of a juicy prime rib with a salt crust. Hoo boy!

Try this one this weekend and let me know how it tastes! (As if I can’t already imagine it. . . flavorful, tender, yummy . . . )

Salt Crust Prime Rib
(serves six to eight)
1 5 lb. Prime Rib Roast
6 Cups Kosher Salt
3 Egg Whites
1 Cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, thyme etc.)
Fresh Ground Pepper

Mix the Salt and egg whites in a large bowl to create a stiff, snow-like consistency. Cover the roast with pepper and the herbs. Place one third of the salt in a pan and place the roast on top. Pack the rest of the salt around the roast until it is completely covered and encased tightly. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes per pound of roast or until a thermometer reads 130 degrees. Remove from the oven and let stand 30 minutes before slicing. Remove the salt crust at the table with a hammer for a dramatic flair.

September 15th, 2008

Try This One, Old Chap!


All right, that was my attempt at sounding British.


Perhaps not.

At any rate, try this recipe for prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and your whole family might be saying things like,

“This meal is spot on!”

“I’d fancy some milk with this, Mum!”

“Darling, this is so brilliant I’m tickled down to me knickers!”

Traditional Roasted Prime Rib Au Jus w/ Yorkshire Pudding

(serves six to eight)

1 5 lb. Prime Rib Roast

2 Tablespoons neutral Oil such as Canola or Safflower

1 Cup Red Wine

1 Cup Beef Stock

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

½ white Onion, minced

1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Milk

4 Eggs

1 tsp. Salt

Salt and Pepper

Cover the prime rib liberally with salt, pepper, onion and garlic and sear in a hot pan with the oil over high heat. Transfer the pan to a 250 degree oven and continue cooking for about two and a half to three hours, about 30 minutes per pound, or until an internal read thermometer reads 130 degrees. Towards the end of the roasting time, combine milk, flour, eggs and salt. Whip with a whisk or hand mixer to incorporate air and set aside. Remove pan from oven and place the prime rib on a platter to rest for 20 minutes. Bring oven temperature up to 450 degrees. Drain off liquid from roasting pan and reserve. Return pan to high heat and add wine, using a wooden spoon to scrape all of the drippings up. Reduce wine by half and add beef stock and reduce by half. Separate the fat and the liquid from reserved drippings. Add liquid to the Au Jus and whisk in the mustard and Worcestershire and set aside. In a muffin tin, add equal portions of the reserved fat into the bottom of each muffin tin. Add the flour mixture to each tin and fill half way. Place into a 450 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Be careful not to open the oven while the pudding is baking or it could fall. Remove and serve.

September 8th, 2008

Mmmm . . . With Cherries On Top


Good Monday to you! Here’s a great way to start your week off right . . . a recipe for a sumptuous prime rib with cherry glaze.

Can’t you just see the colors in the cherries and smell the aroma of the garlic and prime rib?

Oh, it’s making me hungry.

Try this one and your family will rave for days.

Mt. Morency Cherry Glazed Prime Rib
(serves six to eight)

1 5 lb. Prime Rib Roast
3 cups Beef Stock
3 Cups Dry Sherry
1 Cup Dried Mt. Morency Cherries
1 Shallot Minced
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 Cup Honey
2 Tbsp. Sherry vinegar
1 Tbsp. neutral oil, like canola
Salt and Pepper

Sweat the shallot and garlic in the oil and add two cups of the sherry and the cherries.  Reduce by half and add two cups of the beef stock and reduce by half.  Strain out the cherries, shallot and garlic and discard.  Bring the liquid back to a boil and add the honey and vinegar and reduce by half.  Season to taste, it should be both salty and sweet.  Using a pastry brush or basting brush, apply the glaze liberally over the roast and cook in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 250 and continue cooking until an internal read thermometer reads 130 degrees, about two hours.  Remove the roast from the oven and let rest 30 minutes before slicing.  Degrease the pan, reserving the liquid and deglaze the pan over high heat with the remaining sherry and beef stock.  Reduce by half and add reserved drippings.

September 4th, 2008

Prime Rib — Smoky Style


This recipe is for a fancy-Dan prime rib that is to-die-for. It’s gently smoked and garlicky. YUM.

I have an outdoor smoker that I love. You can check out the one I have here. I have the model 1400 and I really dig it.

One thing about the recipe below and my smoker is that I don’t have to soak the wood chips in water for use in mine. You just put the wood chips directly in the wood box — sparingly. So keep that in mind depending on what kind of smoker you’re using.

And check out the selection of prime rib here. Oh, sweet juicy goodness.

Grilled, Smoked Prime Rib
(serves six to eight)

1 5 lb. Prime Rib Roast
2 Clove Garlic minced
2 Tbsp. Ancho Chile Powder
1 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Oregano
1 Tbsp. Sage
Salt and Pepper
Wood chips for smoking, such as hickory, apple or cherry

Combine the spices and garlic in a bowl with the garlic, salt and pepper and mix to combine.  Coat the Prime Rib heavily and evenly and set aside until the coals are ready.  Get coals ready for grilling and soak wood chips in water, wine or apple juice for smoking.  When the coals are extremely hot, sear the roast over the hottest part of the grill evenly on all sides.  Add the wood chips to the smoker and move meat to the coolest part of the grill.  In a flat smoker, this is farther from the firebox.  In a column smoker, this is higher up from the coals.  In a separate outdoor smoker, this is at the very bottom. The ideal smoker heat and time is 300 degrees for two hours.  If you don’t have a thermometer on your smoker, continue checking the coals and/or wood chips.  Use a meat thermometer until your roast has an internal temperature of 130 degrees.  Remove from the smoker and let rest thirty minutes before slicing.


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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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