March 24th, 2014

Easter Make-Ahead Menu

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It’s time to start thinking about Easter menus. And, for me, I stress less if I can make most things ahead of time.

So let’s stress less, shall we?

There are so many menu choices that we can prepare beforehand, and then heat or simply serve when mealtime comes.

For me, a ham is a must-have. We don’t sit down to eat a ham often so it’s usually a holiday dinner for us. Luckily, it’s a heat and serve type entree. And that makes me happy.

The sides and dessert? Well, that’s a different story.

Click here to see a beautiful make-ahead Easter menu including glazed carrots with pistachios (beautifully displayed above), spring pea soup, chutney-glazed ham, pepper cheese biscuits and lemon beehive meringues.

This, my friends, is the recipe for a fantastic Easter meal!

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens at BHG.com.


March 21st, 2014

Beefy Basketball Snack Ideas

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Some people are just so creative!

When you’re watching college hoops you want to chow down. It’s just the way it works.

But just any old snack definitely will NOT do. It’s gotta have some BEEF to it!

These very inventive Cheeseburger Basketball Cups are a perfect snack.

Made with ground beef, cheese, biscuits and lots of other tasty ingredients, they’re sure to satisfy any basketball-watching fan.

You can see the entire recipe and cooking instructions here. Then, have fun coming up with your own basketball-themed treats!

Photo courtesy of FamilyDollar.com.


March 17th, 2014

Yummy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day is here! Are you wearing green???

Well, even if you’re not, you can still get in the Irish spirit with your food choices on this festive day.

Take this delicious corned beef above, it’s made by brining a beef brisket in water, sugar, salt and other seasonings for a week OR MORE.

Now THAT’S getting serious about your eats.

Read on here for more St. Patrick’s Day fare like Beef and Guinness Stew and Smoked Salmon. And make this day foodie heaven!

Slainte!

Photo courtesy of Getty Images via ABCNews.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.


March 12th, 2014

What To Do With That Leftover Ham

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You had a beautiful ham dinner.

Now it’s over. What are you going to do with what’s left – just reheat it?

No way!

Try this yummy ham and beans recipe that makes great use of your leftover ham and combines it with delicious flavors and makes it feel like an entirely new meal.

That’s because it is!

Don’t get stuck in the heat and repeat rut. Give that ham a makeover and create something that’s different.

This time of year calls for lots of ham dinners (Easter, springtime get-togethers/celebrations) so let’s make the most of them!

Get ready to ham it up!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


March 3rd, 2014

Fat Tuesday Recipes

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Mardi Gras celebrations call for AMAZING food!

But there are some Fat Tuesday dishes you just HAVE to try. One is this delicious Creole Shrimp and Grits recipe (yummy photo above). It’s a must! Shrimp is one ingredient that absolutely has to make an appearance at any Mardi Gras celebration.

Here are some more essential Fat Tuesday recipes to make – and the desserts? Well, they’re outta this world!

Enjoy and indulge!

Photo courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker via HuffingtonPost.com.


February 25th, 2014

Mardi Gras Meals Made Easy

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It’s time for Mardi Gras parties! And what’s the best part about a great party?

The food!

Classic Mardi Gras dishes are absolutely out of this world. Take jambalaya (above), for instance.

Could there be a more flavorful combination of meats and spices?

Mardi Gras food is reason enough to host a party. Serve dishes like muffulettas, gumbo, etouffee, Cajun shrimp and so much more.

Want recipes for these beauties and others? Click here and keep a napkin close by for all the drool.

It’s time to party on, friends!

Photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com.


February 19th, 2014

American Heart Month: Honey Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Salad Recipe

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February is American Heart Month!

That means it’s time to break out our heart healthy beef ideas and enjoy them!

A favorite of mine is this Honey Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Salad above. It’s light and fresh and good for you, too!

The recipe calls for yummy and delicious Beef Tenderloin Tips or Top Sirloin Tips. I love them! Click here for step by step instructions for this beefy salad.

It’s an easy way to be good to your heart this month and your taste buds, too!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


February 5th, 2014

Eat Like the Olympians Do

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Winter Olympians need fuel for their bodies.

And one thing they are not in short supply of at the Olympic Training Center? Beef!

This Russian/Ukrainian-themed soup above (called Borscht) meets the standards of many an elite athlete.

Its beefy goodness will be propelling athletes through the rigorous training and competition that is the Olympics.

Want to see the Borscht recipe they use at the Olympic Training Center? Click here for that and many others you can try at home.

Enjoy and may the eating begin!

Photo courtesy of Shalaya Kipp via OutsideOnline.com.


January 30th, 2014

Football-Shaped Food Ideas

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It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday!

That means it’s time to dust off our thinking caps and come up with some creative menu ideas for the big day.

Isn’t that the funnest part?

Oh, yeah, there’s a game, too. But what’s a game without great food to munch on?

These incredible football-shaped food ideas are so fun to try at your party for the big game.

Take the mini meatloaf you see above. Meat. Good. Football. Good.

There are also recipes for making football-shaped pretzels, oatmeal cream pies and more. There’s something for everyone – all shaped like a football, of course.

Check ‘em out – they’re sure to be a touchdown!

Photo courtesy of A Family Feast via FoxNews.com.


January 21st, 2014

It’s Steak Soup Time!

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It’s cold out and nothing warms us up better than soups and stews at this time of year.

And a soup with steak? Yes, please!!!

There are lots of great steak soup recipes out there, but here’s a surefire winner to try — Kansas City Steak Soup recipe.

It’s full of beautiful ingredients like carrots, onions, tomatoes, and — of course — steak!

Not in the mood to start from scratch? Try this steak soup mix which even includes the diced sirloin. Easy peasy!

Enjoy your hearty, soupy feast – and stay warm!

Photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com.


January 17th, 2014

Recipes for Game Day

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Okay, these Wolfgang Puck prime beef mini sliders even kinda look like footballs to me. So how perfect are they for game day eats?

But there are so many yummy options for game day like beef hoagies, steak sandwiches and so much more!

What do you like to munch on while cheering on your favorite team?

Me? It’s always something beef. Kabobs are awesome because they’re bite-sized. Mmmm.

Here are some great game day ideas from Food Network to help rev up YOUR menu for the big day.

Go team!

Photo courtesy of Darko Zagar via FoodNetwork.com.


January 2nd, 2014

14 Ways to Eat Steak in 2014

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Steak. My favorite. And now that a new year is here it’s the perfect time to try new and different things with my old favorite.

So how about trying these 14 ways to eat steak in 2014?

Some you may have seen before, but some may be completely new. Let’s branch out! Discover new ways of enjoying something.

I’m game. Are you?

Here are my 14 Ways to Eat Steak in ’14:

1) Steak Soup

2) This recipe for Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Celery, ¼ inch bias cut     2 stalks

Carrots, Julienned            2

Green onions, cut on the bias

                                    1 bunch

Asian BBQ flank steak     1 lb

Fresh basil, chiffonade      12 leaves

Cilantro, minced             ½ bunch

Olive oil                                    ¼ C

Rice vinegar                   ¼ C

Jalapeno, minced             ½

Brown Sugar                  2 T

Garlic, Minced                1 T

Sambal                          2 T

Method:

1. Cook the flank steak to medium rare, or desired doneness, and chill.

2. Thinly slice the beef, against the grain, and combine with the rest of the ingredients.

3) Steak and Veggie Kabobs

4) Steakburgers – any way you choose, with Swiss cheese, Vidalia onions, avocado – you name it!

5) Steak Tartare. What? You wanted to try something new and daring, right?

6) Steak Sandwiches – so good with leftover steak, too!

7) Wagyu Kobe Beef Steaks – if you haven’t tried them, now’s the time!

8-14) Try these recipes for everything from Rosemary-Crusted Porterhouse to Rolled, Stuffed Steak

Enjoy this little adventure in steak eating for 2014. I know I will!

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.


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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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