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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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November 20th, 2013

Flat Iron Steaks with KC BBQ Glaze

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The holidays are coming! And that means company and cooking. Are you ready?

Many of us will do the traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. But we’ve gotta eat more than once, right?

So why not make something different and delicious that everyone will love!

Try this Flat Iron Steaks with KC BBQ Glaze recipe from The Kansas City Steak Company. It’s sure to be a hit!

Flat Iron With KC Barbeque Glaze

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Sauce:

Apple Cider Vinegar                    ½ C

Water                                        ½ C

Yellow Mustard                          ¼ C

Ketchup                                     2 T

Tomato Paste                             1.5 T

Sweet paprika                             1 T

Salt                                           ½ T

Ground celery seed                       1 t

Black pepper                               ¼ t

Cayenne                                     ¼ t

Garlic powder                             ¼ t

Onion powder                             ¼ t

Cinnamon                                  pinch

Allspice, ground                          pinch

Cloves, ground                           pinch

 

Flat iron Steaks, 6 oz                   4

Salt and pepper                           to taste

Method:

1. For the glaze, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. This glaze can be made in bulk ahead of time. Omit the water, and you have an excellent Kansas City Barbeque glaze.

2. Preheat the grill.

3. Season the steaks with salt and pepper.

4. Grill the steaks to desired doneness, when they are about 1 minute from being done brush them with the glaze on both sides and let the heat from the grill cook them for just a moment. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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November 13th, 2013

Great Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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Turkey Bolognese! Cranberry-carrot muffins! Turkey spring rolls!

I’ve gotta admit, these are meals made from Thanksgiving leftovers I would NEVER have come up with on my own.

But what great ideas! After the obligatory turkey and ham sandwiches, I usually don’t want the traditional meal again anytime soon. But Turkey Bolognese? That’s a flavor I can get behind. And it’s not even close to tasting like Thanksgiving turkey!

And how about some cranberry-carrot muffins for breakfast the next morning? Genius!

Click to see more really smart – and tasty -  Thanksgiving leftover ideas here.

With these meals, it’ll be a happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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November 6th, 2013

Fall Beef Side Idea: Corn & Squash Casserole

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It’s the time of year when we can take advantage of the amazing fall harvest foods like squash that are in abundance right now.

This recipe is a fantastic side for any kind of beef dish — roast, beef tips, even steak!

Made with delicious corn, squash, cheddar cheese and other goodies, this is one you’ll get requests for again and again!

It may even be your new Thanksgiving go-to side. Click to see the corn and squash casserole recipe here and make it this fall!

Photo courtesy of CDKitchen.com.

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October 15th, 2013

Beefy Fall Recipes

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Oh, autumn, how I love thee!

This time of year makes me want to break out all the yummy fall recipes that make us feel warm and cozy inside.

And this autumn recipe is a wonderful way to spend a chilly fall evening — Baked Stuffed Squash with Beef, Black Beans and Chili Seasonings.

Anything baked at this time of year is absolutely perfect to me. And baked beef? Perfecto!!!

This one comes to us from SouthernFood.About.com’s “Top 15 Fall Recipes” collection. Click here to peruse it and find other yummy fall fare like pork loin, sweet and tart pot roast and beef stew with red wine.

Try them all and you’ll be covered this fall!

Photo courtesy of Diana Rattray via About.com.

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October 9th, 2013

Beef, Barley & Butternut Squash Stew

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These fall days beckon me to cook soups, stews and chili.

I like hearty beef meals and this one fits the bill nicely.

The recipe for this beef, barley and butternut squash stew with blue cheese croutons calls for boneless beef chuck, but I personally use beef tenderloin tips.

This meal is so tasty – it conjures up images of eating it by the fire while watching my favorite team get crushed in football.

I like the stew so much it doesn’t even matter that my team stinks.

Get this stew recipe here and try it at home! Nice and cozy!

Photo courtesy of FineCooking.com.

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October 8th, 2013

Fall Means Ham Time

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No, not Hammer Time – HAM TIME!

Although Hammer Time is fun, too.

These autumn days always have me craving a lovely smoked ham. So filling and fulfilling.

And one of my favorite things to do with a ham is dress it up with a special glaze. Certainly you can enjoy a tried and true, never-miss pineapple ham glaze, but I REALLY like this maple bourbon glaze.

It’s got a robust kick that makes it really feel like fall to me. You can get this yummy ham glaze recipe here. And try some of your own creations, too.

What are some of your favorite fall cooking traditions?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

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October 4th, 2013

Mac ‘N Cheese Burgers

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People are always trying to come up with new things to put on top of burgers. But the newest trend taking shape is creating crazy buns for the burgers.

This one, conceived by Rockit Burger Bar, pairs fried macaroni and cheese and a nice, juicy beef patty.

I like both of those. I’m just not sure if my stomach can handle them both at once, though.

Granted, it does look delicious. But it may be too many things going on at one time in my mouth.

What do you think? Are you willing to try this? Could you replicate this at home?

Photo courtesy of Rockit Burger Bar via People.com.

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October 2nd, 2013

Tailgating For Beef Lovers

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Beef and tailgating, well, they just go together. And – lucky us – both are in season!

Take this First-and-Goal Flank Steak (above), for instance. It’s got the yum factor as well as the wow factor. You can see its beefy recipe here.

That will certainly feed a crowd!

Next, you can serve Hail Mary Meatloaf. I mean, who doesn’t like meatloaf? Very satisfying – especially as temperatures begin to drop.

But my favorite is any Kansas City beefsteaksburgers, dogs, everything! Throw them on a portable grill and you’re good!

Tell me, what’s your dream tailgating menu?

Photo courtesy of H.J. Heinz via About.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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