August 28th, 2015

How to Plate a Filet Mignon

How to Plate a Filet Mignon

Remember how we discussed being visual people? Okay, ME being a visual person.

Well, that applies to food presentation as well.

When I eat, I like it to be a feast for ALL the senses – not just my taste buds. I think everyone can appreciate the extra effort.

The same meal slapped on a paper plate without rhyme or reason tastes differently when presented on a beautiful dish and arranged in an eye-pleasing manner.

Don’t you agree?

It might be the exact same food, but we will perceive the well-plated version to TASTE better.

We don’t just taste with our taste buds. We taste with our eyes as well.

And a filet mignon definitely deserves to be plated well.

So how does one plate a filet successfully?

  1. Choose a plate that is simple and elegant – like your steaks. A basic, white, circular plate will do nicely. That way, the colors and arrangement of the food can be easily seen.
  2. Consider color and texture. Pair your filet mignon with greens, reds and yellows for beautiful effect.
  3. Think of symmetry, design and balance. A heaping pile on the left side of the plate is not visually pleasing. Space it out – think of it like a painting.
  4. Minimalist is best. Leave space on the plate and don’t pile it on.
  5. Go up. Finer restaurants stack up rather than space outward. It gives the plate visual depth and provides white space on the plate. Beautiful!
  6. Do it sparingly, but do garnish with spices, and a dab of sauce for color and embellishment and flavor.

And, remember, if it’s beautiful to you, it’s probably beautiful to whomever sits down at your table. So take the time to plate your filet mignon well.

Your guests/family/friends will appreciate you – and the filet – that much more!


August 12th, 2015

Back to School Meal Planner

Back to School Meal Planner Steak

In many parts of the country, the kids are starting back to school!

And, if your area hasn’t started yet, it will soon!

That means early mornings, crazy afternoons and evenings, then repeating it all over again the next day.

We need some planning to make this go smoothly.

One thing that we KNOW has to happen every day is EATING.

And without a plan, that can cause stress and too much time spent fussing over it.

Plan it. Execute that plan. And pat yourself on the back when at least ONE thing goes smoothly that day!

During the school year, we like to grill up some steaks for dinner on Sunday evening. We make sure to grill up more than we need for that meal so that we have leftovers for a) lunches; b) a weeknight dinner using the leftover steaks (like fajitas!); and c) a fun steak and egg breakfast at least one morning during the week.

We use Sunday nights for cooking up the meats we’ll use during the week and preparing a calendar of just how we’ll use them.

That way, there’s no guessing. Just a plan and the ingredients to make it happen!

What are your favorite meal planning ideas? Do they help you make school nights easier to endure? I’m all ears!


August 10th, 2015

How to Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day

Filet Mignon

It’s coming up, friends. That holiday we all wait for.

No, it’s not a day off work. The post office is still open. And all government offices will be functioning.

But it’s special to me. And I think it’s special to you, too.

It’s National Filet Mignon Day!

So, how does one celebrate National Filet Mignon Day, you ask?

Well, I’m glad you asked?

Here is a list of ways I’ve compiled for your reading pleasure. Feel free to add your own.

  1. Place a filet-themed wreath on your door, then grill up some filet mignons in the backyard.
  2. Send an Evite to all your friends and family and ask them to join you to . . . grill up some filet mignons in the backyard.
  3. Decorate your home with little pictures of steak (you can use all types of steak if you want) but then . . . grill up some filet mignons in the backyard.
  4. Gather the children for a moment of silence to reflect upon the beauty of a filet, then . . . grill up some filet mignons in the backyard.

Do you see a theme here? It always ends up the same – with you grilling up some filets!

Everybody wins!

How will YOU celebrate National Filet Mignon Day?

 


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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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