October 5th, 2015

Best Surf and Turf

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Do you love the beautiful contrast and complement of surf and turf like I do? I adore my steaks, but add a fresh catch to it and I’m REALLY in heaven! It just enhances my steak like nothing else can. When I want to take my mealtime up a notch THIS is what I do.

Surf and turf is something delicious from the sea and another from land. The combination is absolutely extraordinary. That’s why it’s been a favorite for many, many years.

And this time of year is a great time to experiment with different surf and turf combinations. Fall makes you want to warm up with special meals and seafood and steak really fits the bill.

Fish and seafood are light and delicate – a perfect contrast to the hearty taste and texture of various cuts of steak like filets, strip steaks or ribeyes.

Strip Steak and Lobster Surf & Turf

For instance, a Kansas City strip steak paired with a sweet, firm, fresh lobster tail is a real delight – not to mention it makes a gorgeous plate! The two tastes play off each other and, really, isn’t TWO better than one?

Another combo that I love? Try crispy crabcakes with a Top Sirloin steak for a nice pairing that really hits the spot. Or a delicious filet mignon and a unique side dish of lobster mac and cheese. Yes! Your “surf” can be a side dish! Genius!

Lobster Mac and Cheese with Filet Mignon

Or how about a little bit of fresh salmon along with your T-bone? Split a piece of fresh fish with your significant other and you’ll both get to experience a little bit of the sea with your juicy steak.

Foodies have been raving about surf and turf combinations for eons. Isn’t it time we all got on board?

Check out all these surf and turf combinations and then create your favorites at home! What seafood and steak combos do you like?

September 4th, 2015

Steak Humor

Steak Humor

If you’re a steak lover, a steak enthusiast if you will – and I know that you are – you absolutely love all things steak.

I know I do. Anything having to do with steak is entertaining for me and probably you, too.

And I mean ANYTHING about steak. Everything associated with it in any way. The more the better. Steak is in your heart, your mind and your soul. It’s even on your phone. If you can’t eat it, you like to talk about it, read about it, plan for it, watch videos about it and think about it.

Things that have to do with steak like:

Recipes for steak, cooking tips, grilling videos, info about types of steak, pictures of steak, pictures of people eating steak, history of steak, places to buy steak, things to eat with steak, how to season a steak, things to eat on steak, things to eat next to steak, things to eat steak on, things to eat steak with, occasions on which to eat steak, different ways to eat steak, types of people who eat steak, quizzes about steak, memes about steak, TV shows about steak, steak apps, books about steak, movies about steak, steak sauce ideas, steak greeting cards, steak clothing, steak gifts AND…

steak humor!

That’s right. Steak funnies! People who like to joke around about steak are a rare breed. But that’s us, right?

Lots of memes these days about steak are funny. But I like to see a play on words or a funny story.

Here’s one of my favorites – you may have heard it before:



Okay… two steaks walk into a bar…

Still no?

Tough crowd.

Try this one on for size:

What’s it called when one cow spies on another cow?
A steak out.

Okay, you know you laughed at that one.

So, tell me, what’s your favorite steak joke?

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!


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About Me

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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