November 20th, 2012

Holiday Meal Inspiration


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!

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October 15th, 2012

Is Prime Rib Prime Beef?


…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!

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June 23rd, 2012

Saveur’s 12 Great Summer Steaks


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.


Music to my ears.

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

Photo courtesy of Todd Coleman via

March 22nd, 2012

Easter Sweep”steaks”


I love a good contest.

And one that involves steak? Well, we’ve hit the jackpot here!

If you haven’t already, enter this “SomeBunny’s Gonna Win Easter Sweepsteaks” for your chance to win all sorts of goodies from the Kansas City Steak Company.

Click to see the contest rules and all the cool prizes!

You could win a gift certificate in the amount of $50, $100 or $500 and then you’ll have your pick of yummy spiral-cut Easter hams, prime rib, twice-baked potatoes, desserts – even steaks!

The great thing is – if you win, YOU get to pick your meal.

What could be better than that?

Hurry, though! Winners will be announced on April 1st!

Didn’t see that link above? Click here for all the details!

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January 6th, 2012

Beefy 12 Month Plan


I’m thinking this might be for me. It might take all the guesswork out of meal planning and ensure that I have something tasty on hand at all times.

It’s a 12 Month Plan with pretty awesome choices like Beef Wellington, T-bones, Prime Rib Roast, Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon…

But…I am going to send them to myself. It’s a gift to myself that will keep on giving.

Seems like a smart way to make sure I’m ready to go with some amazing menu items. I’m all about making life easier for myself this year and this seems like a great option.

Pre-planning. What a concept! I wish I had fully embraced it before. I might have saved myself a whole lot of heartache – and scrambling. Check it out here if you want to try it, too.

Here’s to a less-harried 2012!!!

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December 31st, 2010

Beef Bowl is My Kinda Bowl Game


Football players and steak. They just go together.

And the Rose Bowl competitors get to participate in an additional Bowl game every year that combines those two — the Beef Bowl. It’s sharing some amazing prime rib with teammates and getting ready for a highly competitive, important game. It’s camraderie and good food.

It’s really, really cool.

Here’s how the LA Times describes it:

For the last five decades, the participating teams have taken part in the ‘Beef Bowl’ at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. The restaurant says it’s fed more than 75,000 pounds of beef to about 19,000 players and coaches.

I’ve decided that since I do not – nor will I ever – qualify to participate in the Beef Bowl, I will just have to replicate it for myself at home.

In fact, to celebrate the new year tonight, we’re going to cook up some steaks, rub elbows with friends and just talk. Sounds just like the Beef Bowl to me.

You can read all about the 2010 Beef Bowl here.

And Happy New Year, everybody! May 2011 be filled with good food and great experiences!

Photo courtesy of Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

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


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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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