December 17th, 2014

Reward Yourself This Holiday Season

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You give so much to everyone else, don’t forget to pamper yourself while you have some time off this holiday season.

If you’re like me, a little red wine goes a long way toward smoothing out the kinks of the day. How about a red wine gift set – for you?

And ya gotta eat, right? Steaks are the perfect complement to that smooth red wine. Why not indulge in some American Wagyu Kobe steaks?

They’re a delicacy. Like you.

Or maybe filet mignon is more your style. Try your luck and enter this contest (http://www.andreasworldreviews.com/2014/12/christmas-wishes-kansas-city-steaks.html) and maybe you can even WIN yourself some steaks!

Even better!

This is the time to reflect on a year well lived. To me, red wine and juicy steaks are the perfect way to toast to what you’re thankful for this holiday season.

Me? Well, I’m pretty thankful for steaks and red wine.

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December 10th, 2014

Holiday De-Stressing Tips: Made-Ahead Sides

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With so much going on when you’re hosting a holiday dinner, it’s helpful to cut down on the last-minute scrambling by serving made-ahead side dishes.

Delicious options like twice-baked potatoes you just pop in the oven and steak butters to enhance the flavor of just about anything – from those steaks you have on hand to mashed potatoes with porcini mushrooms you simply heat in the oven.

Creamed corn that just requires heating up is also a great option that just about everybody loves. Don’t labor over EVERY side dish AND the main entree. Save your energy for the showstoppers!

Delicious AND easy is the way to go to keep stress at a minimum. Don’t let the food get you worked up. Remember, Aunt Susie will be there with her advice about your love life. Again.

THAT will be quite enough stress, thank you.

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December 8th, 2014

Tips for Making Your Holiday Less Stressful

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People are coming! People are coming!

Do those words strike fear in your soul?

Don’t fret. Plan!

Holiday time, while joyous, brings an enormous amount of stress. Especially if YOU are the host.

That’s why planning ahead is so important.

  1. Plan a menu now, taking into account who is coming, their dietary needs and preferences, and the time you’ll have to commit to cooking.
  2. Appetizers are important. I like to offer little bacon and cheddar sliders or lobster flatbread to satisfy appetites while I’m finishing up the main course. Nothing worse than grumpy, waiting guests. Plus, if for some reason a guest doesn’t dig the turkey you’re cooking there are other options to fill them up if needed.
  3. Grill or broil a few steaks to have on hand. Why? See #2. There may be guests who are too shy to share their taste preferences with you. You won’t know until you see them fake-nibbling off a virtually empty plate at dinnertime. If no one partakes of the gorgeous steaks, they WILL be eaten. Think of the bazillion mealtimes ahead with overnight guests.

What are YOUR favorite plan-ahead strategies to reduce stress during the holidays?

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December 5th, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Co-Workers

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Co-workers are a tricky bunch.

At holiday time, you’ve got to find the right gift that sends just the right message.

In my book, these are always winners:

1. Steak and wine pairings. Classy.

2. Gift-boxed steaks. Delicious! And beautifully packaged!

3. A selection of appetizers – you know, to serve at parties you’ll be invited to.

Gifts of fine foods speak volumes. They’ll appreciate your taste AND the message.

And THAT sets a nice tone for a fabulous 2015 at work!

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December 3rd, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Him

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It’s pretty stereotypical that men love steaks.

Why?

Because it’s true!

That’s why a gift of tasty T-bone steaks or Porterhouse steaks say “I love you” like nothing else.

Has he ever tried a bone-in ribeye? Send him some!

This holiday, give him what he craves – steaks he can sink his teeth into.

This is one present he would NEVER return. And if you’re lucky, he might share!

Happy shopping!

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December 1st, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Her

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Is it tough to come up with dynamic gifts for the ones you love?

Trying to figure out what to get that special lady this year?

As a female myself I KNOW I would love these:

1. Filet Mignon (with bacon, please)

2. Beef Wellington (I’m in charge of cooking for my family and I can just pop these in the oven and they’re done!)

3. Anything that’s Heat & Serve (ham? yes! sides like twice-baked potatoes? double yes!)

The way to a woman’s heart is definitely through her stomach. And in my case, steaks are a direct route.

Surprise her with something that says “I know you!” this year and she’ll always be grateful.

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November 21st, 2014

Here’s An Idea – Give the Gift of Food!

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If you’re like me, you struggle year after year to land on precisely the right gift for everyone on your list.

It’s pretty difficult.

But one thing I’ve found that EVERYONE appreciates?

Good food!

It’s one of the few things we all have in common. We all have to eat.

And a beautiful meal is so memorable. Isn’t that what we’re looking for at holiday time anyway? Incredible memories?

I’m giving things like gift-boxed steaks and holiday meal combos this year. Can you imagine receiving a prime rib roast and smoked ham from someone? Wouldn’t that make your day, your week, your SEASON?

Plus, it’s a pay-it-forward kind of gift. Your recipient then gets to cook those steak gifts for someone else – and that person will surely thank you, too!

‘Tis the season for eating!

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November 14th, 2014

T-Bone: I’ll Drink To That!

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When I’m enjoying a very, hearty, beef cut like a T-bone or a Porterhouse a great wine is a must!

A smooth red blend will do the trick nicely!

I always need help choosing the right wine for my cut of beef so I reference this list of pairing suggestions.

It gives me choices but helps guide me along the way.

Plus, it’s just fun!

My favorite thing is to try them all at different sittings to come up with a winner.

And when I find the right wine, my big, beautiful steak tastes THAT much better!

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November 12th, 2014

Wine and a Fabulous Filet

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A mouth-wateringly tender, juicy filet mignon deserves an accompaniment just as divine.

These wine pairings fill the bill magically!

A Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice for this particular cut of beef. It goes so well with a butter-tender filet.

I’m dreaming of a delicious night with a beautiful glass of red and this perfectly grilled steak. Maybe by the fire.

What could be better than that?

Check out more wine pairing suggestions to go perfectly with your filet. And plan a cozy night with vino and steak of your own.

Cheers!

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October 16th, 2014

Boss’s Day Foodie Ideas

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Like your boss a lot (or just want to keep on her good side)?

How about a thoughtful gift for today – Boss’s Day – that fills the stomach?

If you really want some brownie points, give some lovely gift-boxed steaks. Male or female, your boss will love ‘em!

Maybe a beautiful dessert is more his or her style? Try these delicious goodies.

Did you wait until today like most of America to think about a gift? No sweat! Try an E-gift certificate.

It’ll arrive in your boss’s inbox and no one will be the wiser. Except you. YOU are the brilliant one who got your boss a gift.

Happy, happy day, bosses everywhere!

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October 14th, 2014

Fall Food Faceoff: KC vs. Philly Cheesesteak

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It’s safe to say if you’re a steak lover you know what a Philly cheesesteak is. Thinly, thinly sliced top sirloin with ooey gooey cheese and whatever else you crave – peppers, onions, etc.

But, what’s a Kansas City cheesesteak? Well, see above, my friends. It’s a variation, but a distinct difference. Want a fantastic KC cheesesteak recipe? Try this one.

Now, once you’ve partaken of both cheesesteak varieties, tell me, which one wins the faceoff? KC cheesesteak or Philly cheesesteak?

The fate of a city is in your hands.

Choose wisely.

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October 10th, 2014

Top 10 Comfort Foods

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The weather has taken a turn and it’s comfort food time! Can you believe it?

Here’s my personal list of Top 10 Comfort Foods

1. Roast. The aroma while it’s cooking is absolutely heavenly.

2. Anything with cheese. Homestyle mac and cheese, cheesy creamed spinach and on and on!

3. Beef Wellington. This is one of those bake in the oven and devour by the fire meals.

4. Brisket. It’s great any time of year, but is so satisfying in cooler months.

5. A full turkey dinner. Total comfort food.

6. While we’re at it. Let’s add ham. Oh yum.

7. Stuffed pork chops. So warm and filling!

8. Twice baked potatoes. Again with the cheesy stuff. I can’t help it!

9. Wine! Okay, maybe it’s not technically “food,” but it sure is comforting!

10. We can’t forget dessert. Molten chocolate cake? Yes, please!

Make your own list and see how it compares to mine. I’ll bet we’ll have some duplicates!

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October 2nd, 2014

Tailgating Hacks

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Are you a heavy-duty tailgater?

Then you probably have this tailgating thing down!

For the rest of us non-professionals, some tips might be useful before heading out to cheer on your team – and eat like a champ!

Tip #1 – Prepare as much food as you can beforehand. You don’t want to spend ALL your tailgate time working away over a hot propane stove.

Tip #2 – Keep it simple. Do you really want a four-course meal with dijonnaise sauce and delicate fritters? No! You’re out in a parking lot for goodness’ sake. Try brisket. Ribs. Burgers. Steak. Bite-sized appetizers.

Tip #3 – Never, ever run out of food. We don’t want a brawl on our hands. Those fans get hungry!

Tip #4 – Since you will be following tip #3, make sure to bring a cooler specifically for leftovers. Tailgate food is great even the next day! But you have to store it properly so it will keep.

Tip #5 – Don’t make it so complicated that you won’t have time to have fun yourself. Try sides – and even meals – you can just heat and eat.

Have fun cheering on your team at your next tailgate party. And eat a rib for me!

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September 30th, 2014

Fall Soup Serving Suggestions

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It’s soup and stew time of year – hooray!

So you’ve got your hearty bowl of goodness – beef stew, steak soup – but what do you serve WITH it?

Here are my ideal soup and stew sides…

1. Good ole grilled cheese sandwich. Oh, I can taste the melted cheese right now.

2. Delicious, nutritious salad. The perfect accompaniment.

3. A second serving of soup/stew! ‘Nuff said.

4. Fresh bread. You know, for dipping.

5. Panini sandwich. Delish!

Okay, those are my top 5 fall soup and stew serving suggestions to get your taste buds going this fall. What are yours?

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September 25th, 2014

Steak + Kale and Spinach Recipes

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Fall flavors are upon us!

Colorful spinach and kale are especially delicious at this time of year.

Know what’s delicious all year long?

Of course, you guessed it — steak!

And steak with spinach and/or kale is a bountiful autumnal treat.

Pair the creamed spinach dish above with any steak (may I suggest a ribeye?) and you’ll find yourself in dinnertime nirvana.

Or try this squash and kale salad with mustard vinaigrette recipe. Add some flank steak or petite diced sirloin on top and you’ve got yourself a MEAL!

Gorgeous autumn dishes are not to be missed so experiment with your own combinations of fall flavors, colors and textures. This season is the perfect setting for satisfying, beautiful meals!

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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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