July 14th, 2014

Recipes for Your Barbecue

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Are you barbecuing? It’s time!

Here are some of my favorite barbecue meal ideas – pick some and have a go!

ENTREES

I absolutely LOVE a good brisket. That smoky flavor makes me so happy. And ribs are a great go-to entree as well. Ever tried burnt ends? They’re boneless and not messy. Delicious! Try beef or pork.

SIDE DISHES

What goes with everything? Twice-baked potatoes! Cheesy, bacony goodness. Another great option my family loves is green beans in mushroom cream sauce. Delish!

BBQ SAUCES

You could buy those store-bought sauces but why not try something fresh? A little extra effort makes it taste that much better. Here are some awesome sauce recipes – give ‘em a whirl!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 18th, 2014

Planning a Cookout? Use This Checklist

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It’s COOKOUT time of year!!!

You want to invite the whole gang over to beat the heat and share some good, grilled grub.

With a little planning, your cookout can be the Greatest Cookout of All Time. And everyone – including you – will have lots of fun.

How does this happen? Follow this simple checklist for a fantastic cookout!

1. INVITATIONS

You can obviously just verbally invite folks over but if you do that you don’t have a concrete RSVP list. And that makes food and supplies hard to judge. My advice is good, old-fashioned invitations in the mailbox. Guests can RSVP by e-mail, but go all out and send ‘em some paper!

2. MENU PLANNING

Think about the number of people who’ll be there, but also WHO will be there. Does everyone like filets? Burgers? Chicken? Seafood? Make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. And load up on sides and desserts, too, like gourmet mac ‘n cheese and red velvet cake. Check out these recipes for inspiration. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

DRINKS

Don’t forget to quench their thirst! Make sure if you’re going to have alcoholic drinks, you also have non-alcoholic drinks. And have lots of water on hand. It’s hot out there!

DECORATIONS

You can really give your cookout a special feel if you decorate just for the occasion. Go Hawaiian or decorate with a down-home Southern twist. Really make it special!

ENTERTAINMENT

This can be as simple as setting out a game of horseshoes or croquet to play while the food is grilling. Or, even designating a DJ. Just give ‘em something to focus on before, during and after the food makes its grand entrance!

 

If you plan it all out ahead of time, you can just go with the flow and enjoy your friends and family at your cookout. And THAT is what summer’s all about!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 4th, 2014

Menu Ideas for Father’s Day

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Now that we have a checklist for planning a celebration of Dad on Father’s Day, let’s talk MENU!

We’ve got to do it up right for Dad!

APPETIZERS

We’re going to want to whet Dad’s appetite, but not TOO much because there’s lots more to come! Try some Jumbo Shrimp or Basil Pesto Gorgonzola Kisses to get him started.

ENTREE

Now on to the main course! Might I suggest a gorgeous Porterhouse steak for such an occasion? It’s manly, it’s delicious and it’ll let Dad know you’re serious.

SIDE DISHES

This celebration meal calls for Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Mushrooms or decadent Twice Baked Potatoes. Delish!

DESSERT

MY dad is all about the German Chocolate Cake. But maybe yours would love Red Velvet Cake or Vanilla Cheesecake. Pick his favorite!

It’s so much fun to plan a meal for someone you love. Make sure you have all Dad’s faves and it’ll be a hit. Click here for more menu inspiration.

Happy celebrating!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


December 24th, 2013

Christmas Eve Shopping!

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Tomorrow’s Christmas!!!

Is all your shopping done?

If not, these are my favorite go-to gifts – E-gift certificates!

Just print them out, put them under the tree and voila! Everyone’s happy!

They get to pick their favorite steak gifts and you look like a superstar. Win-WIN!

A few clicks and your friends and family can pick their favorite steaks, roasts, sides, desserts – even entire meals!

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 23rd, 2013

Holiday Entertaining Checklist

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It’s almost time for holiday meals! Are you ready?

Here’s a wonderful holiday checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Appetizers? Check. Entrees? Check. Side dishes? Check. Desserts? Well, you get the picture.

Check it out and make sure you don’t forget a thing!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


August 30th, 2013

Perfect Labor Day BBQ

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Looking for inspiration for your fabulous Labor Day BBQ?

Look no further.

People magazine has a sweet slideshow of amazing spreads for your perusing pleasure.

Behold the finger-licking goodness of the Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger (above), made with lean ground beef and no bun!

Then, feast your eyes upon an Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Apple Cider BBQ Ribs and Bacon BBQ Oysters. Yes, oysters! With bacon!

There are gorgeous desserts and fruity drinks, plus decadent sides you can make to create one awesome barbecue.

Or . . . you can just look at the purty pictures and drool.

Either way, check out these masterpieces here. And have a happy, happy Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of Raymond Hom via People.com


November 30th, 2012

Trio of Beef

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Tasting menus are popular at fine restaurants. But why not try them at home?

This amazing thought had never occurred to me before. And I can’t wait to try this at my next dinner party.

The gorgeous photo above is the Tasting Trio of Beef from the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess in Arizona. It features a wood-grilled ribeye, flat iron American Wagyu and a NY strip — all paired with complementary sides. Who wouldn’t love this at a dinner party?

It’s mix and match beef! Genius!

Read all about this gorgeous steak dinner and then create your own version at home. Try your favorite cuts of beef and sides and totally impress your guests.

You heard it here, beef lovers!

Photo courtesy of : Dean Stevenson, Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011


June 28th, 2011

Sunny Steak Dinner

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Oh, yum! What’s better than a steak dinner?

A summer steak dinner!

Eating outside, soaking in the sun and enjoying being alive. THAT’S what summer’s about!

Check out this video filled with great ideas to make an amazingly sunny steak dinner at your house!

And, seriously, the steak in this video just might be the biggest steak I have ever seen. And the vegetable? Cactus! Plus, chipotle mashed potatoes. You’ve GOT to check it out.

Enjoy!


March 30th, 2011

You Could Win a Complete Easter Dinner!

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Spiral sliced hamTwice baked potatoes. Dessert!

If those words are music to your ears, here’s your chance to indulge your taste buds with the ultimate Easter dinner.

The Kansas City Steak Company is giving away five (5) Easter dinner packages with a 7-8 lb. ham as the star of the show.

Just think, all the mouth-watering goodness of a first-class holiday meal without all the fuss!

Where do I sign up?

Well, here’s how to enter:

1)   Sign up at KansasCitySteaks.com or the Kansas City Steak Company Facebook page (one entry per person, per week).

2)   Get additional entries by spreading the word.  Tell your friends, family, co-workers, mailman about the launch of the Kansas City Steak Company Easter Dinner Giveaway via Twitter, Facebook and/or a blog post.   You can only use each way once, but go ahead – use each option for multiple chances to win!

3)   Come back and leave a comment.  Include the link to your Tweet, Facebook or blog post about the Easter Dinner Giveaway.

Need some inspiration?  Here’s a suggested Tweet/update (but feel free to add your own personal touch to it):

KansasCitySteaks.com is giving away 5 yummy Easter Dinner Packages! Enter to win: www.kansascitysteaks.com/contest-contest

But don’t wait too long – this Easter Dinner Giveaway is only through April, 13, 2011!  Check out the official rules here.

 


March 6th, 2011

Steak Inspiration

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This meal inspires me to do more, be more.

Do I ever think to make homemade buttermilk dinner rolls with my steak?

No.

Should I?

Perhaps.

They look divine. And dinner rolls are such an amazing complement to a steak dinner. Maybe going that extra mile is just what the doctor ordered!

Here is the recipe and all the details on this meal. It looks like a total winner in my book – especially if those rolls are fresh out of the oven! Enjoy!

Photos courtesy of DubDew.com.


January 7th, 2011

Steak with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce

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This is so gorgeous, it just HAS to taste good!

This steak is enveloped in a beautiful pomegranate and wine sauce. Delish.

If you’re up for something a little different, try this recipe, plus the garlicky potato recipe that accompanies it this weekend. . . and let me know how it goes!

Happy weekend, everybody!

Photo courtesy of SunshineAndBones.blogspot.com.


December 28th, 2010

How Long is Too Long for Leftovers?

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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!


November 4th, 2010

Sweet Tomato Beef

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Simply beautiful.

Sweet. Tangy. Smooth. Crunchy. It’s all in there.

This beef in a sweet tomato sauce with sugar snap peas is a wonderful, quick meal for those nights when you’re short on time – but long on hunger.

And I don’t know about you, but I seem to crave beefy meals even more in the cold months. Hearty, satisfying meals are always on my winter menu.

Check out the full recipe here and don’t forget to pair this with the steamed jasmine rice Jackie suggests.

Magnifique!

Photo courtesy of PhamFatale.com.


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