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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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October 14th, 2010

Steakhouse Style Baked Potatoes!

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I’m always looking for delicious sides to serve with my steaks. And what’s better than a gorgeous baked potato like they serve in fancy steakhouses?

Isn’t it beautiful? It looks like it’s smiling at us.

This is a bit more advanced than the potatoes I usually make, so I’m excited to try something new.

This recipe claims to create a “fluffy, soft center and a crisp, well-seasoned skin.”  Totally yummy.

Check it out here! And send me photos when you try it out!

Photo courtesy of ChaosInTheKitchen.com.

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August 4th, 2010

Baked Beans With Beef

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Wow.  These hearty baked beans can be a meal all on their own.

They’re a meaty mix of ground beef (try this — it’s my fave), sausage, bacon and lots of other good stuff.

You can use them as a dip . . .

. . . or as a side dish with steaks, pork chops, burgers, brisket — anything!

So what are you waiting for? Check out this recipe from awesome Paula at Salad-In-A-Jar.com.

She rocks. And so will you if you bring this to the next neighborhood party.

Photos courtesy of Salad-In-A-Jar.com.

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May 26th, 2010

Thoughts on Seasoning

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Super Sister-in-Law and Amazing Chef Sandy is back with her wisdom on the subject of seasoning today.

I always learn so much from her. Whether it’s the steak itself or the sides to that yummy steak dinner:  seasoning matters.

Class is in session . . .

Let’s face it; some meals are just better than others.  Why do some meals just resonate with us?  Sometimes it’s the company, or the setting.  But when we get to the brass tacks of the food on our plate, what makes one meal better than another?

Usually it is because of the quality of ingredients, and perfect seasoning.  The quality of the food we cook at home is dependent on using the best ingredients we can get our hands on.  Use great cuts of meat, and the best seasonal vegetables you can find.

When it comes to seasoning properly, one of the best tips I can give you is to taste what you are cooking, often.  I taste the water that I am going to cook pasta in.  Water salted for cooking any kind of carbohydrate (pasta, potatoes, vegetable) should taste slightly salty.  Not “Oh my god that’s salty” but just kind of a slight taste of the sea.  Properly seasoning the water that you cook in before you add the starch will mean using a lot less total salt in your cooking.  You may not have to add more salt after cooking and the food will taste like what it is – you want the potatoes to taste like potatoes, not salt and certainly not bland.

I taste raw asparagus before it goes on the grill.  If you are making a risotto, taste the stock and correct it for seasoning before you add the rice.  If you are making a pilaf, season the vegetables as you are sautéing them, then add perfectly seasoned stock.  Before you serve, taste the food again.  You may need to adjust the seasoning again.

For many vegetables and other starches, a little bit of acid (in the form of citrus juice – a squeeze of lemon juice, for example or a few drops of a great vinegar) added just before serving perks up the flavor in an indescribable way – it just makes the flavor fuller and brighter.  If you need a little more salt flavor, you may want to consider adding a little grated parmesan cheese or a little soy sauce to give that boost.  If you have added cheese to a dish, adding a few drops (really – less than a teaspoon) of balsamic vinegar will make the cheese taste cheesier.

When adding any kind of seasoning, add a little, taste and adjust.  We all know that it is impossible to take out seasoning when you have added way too much.  Pour salt onto the back of your hand or into a measuring spoon, not directly into a soup or stew from its container.  If you accidently dump too much you may be able to salvage your meal by quickly scooping up what you dumped in.  When you add vinegar or lemon juice, also add just a few drops at a time to enhance the flavor – no one wants their risotto to taste of balsamic vinegar.

If you have slightly over salted something like a stew or soup, one of my grandmother’s tricks was to add a few chunks of raw potatoes.  Let them cook for 20-30 minutes, and then either scoop them out or leave them in if you desire.  A few drops of acid will also help a slight over-salting.  You may be able to add more unseasoned liquid to take some of the over saltiness out.

Acid-y                                                                     Salt-y

Lemon, Lime Juice                                            Salt

Wine                                                                        Soy Sauce

Balsamic Vinegar                                              Parmesan Cheese

Other Fine Vinegars                                         Feta Cheese

Garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular seasonings used in this country, after salt and pepper of course.  Of course, garlic is really a vegetable, from the onion family.  You can buy garlic in many forms in this country – garlic salt, garlic powder, garlic in a tube, jar or from the freezer.  And then of course there is a fresh bulb of garlic, which may be intimidating to some people.  When you get familiar with the fresh form of garlic, and how easy it really is to use, you may be ready to clear all those other jars from your pantries!

First, a little terminology:

Head of Garlic/ Bulb of Garlic – this is the onion-sized whole product of garlic, which is covered by a pale, papery skin.

Clove of Garlic – each head of garlic has numerous papery-skinned cloves, usually upwards of 8-9.  These are held together with a plate at the bottom, which will be discarded.

The pungent flavor of garlic is released when the cells inside the clove are broken.  The more they are broken, the more pungent the flavor – a slice of garlic will be much less strong tasting than crushed fresh garlic.

Personally, I don’t like to bite into a chunk of garlic, so for most of my cooking purposes I use crushed garlic, although often just one or two small cloves.  I take a whole, unpeeled clove of garlic and place it on my cutting board.  Then I lay the flat side of my heavy chef’s knife over the clove, I use one hand to really pound the knife onto the garlic.  This smashing will loosen the skin from the clove, making it easy to remove.  I remove the skin, and then continue using the knife side to really crush the garlic.  If I also need a little salt in the recipe, I often add kosher salt to the garlic on my board, because the kosher salt really abrades the garlic into a paste.  Then scrape the board and the knife into my sauté pan, where I sauté the garlic just briefly over medium heat and continue with my recipe.

This salty garlic paste is also delicious added to a quantity of softened butter, for yummy garlic bread or to finish a delicious hot off the grill steak.  I use one large clove of garlic, smashed, then crushed with about a teaspoon of kosher salt (2/3 garlic, 1/3 salt) and mix this with 4 tablespoons of softened butter, plus fresh parsley, chopped, if available.

A quick and easy way to make garlic bread without smashing the garlic to smithereens is to toast good quality rustic bread.  When the toast is crunchy, simply slice a clove of garlic and rub the cut side of the clove on the toasted surface of the bread.  Spread with butter or drizzle with a little olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and you have a delicious, authentic garlic toast to go with that juicy, tender steak!

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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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