June 16th, 2014

How Do You Like Your Burger Buns?

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Burger buns don’t just come in the white bread variety anymore. Although, that’s still a fantastic option and one of my faves.

We first began branching out with the old sesame seed bun and that really got our taste buds thinking.

These days, there are so many burger buns to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the top contenders:

CIABATTA

This Italian white bread is made from wheat flour and yeast and it’s light, not heavy. It has only been around since 1982 so it’s a relatively new sensation.

BRIOCHE

Puffy, with a golden, flaky crust, its origins are in the French pastry realm. Made with eggs and butter in the mix, this bun is rich and tasty.

PRETZEL

This bun is baked in the traditional pretzel knot shape and comes to us from Germany. Love soft pretzels? You’ll adore this great alternative to the ordinary.

 

Peruse your local bakery for more options and find one that makes your heart sing!

Want to mix it up a bit? Then try one of these buns on the grill next time it’s burger time. Slice it in half, put the inside down on the grill and leave for 10 seconds. You’ll have a toasty, tasty bun for that delicious burger!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 13th, 2014

Grilling Tools For Different Meats

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You consider yourself a grillmaster. You have immediately earned my respect and admiration.

But as a grillmaster do you have all of the important tools of the trade? Do you have different tools for different types of meat?

Let me explain.

STEAK

It’s heavy and needs to be flipped without steak juices escaping all over the place. A SPATULA is the tool you need at grillside for this delicious dish.

STEAKBURGERS

Lighter than steak, but still substantial, burgers need proper flipping as well. But these babies require a SMALL SIZE SPATULA just large enough for the patty.

HOT DOGS

Hot dogs have a distinctive shape and require a tool to match. TONGS are your best bet for turning and grilling these to perfection.

BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS

Yum! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a favorite around our house as well. Use a PRONGED FORK to do right by this healthy meat.

SALMON

Seafood, especially salmon, is very delicate so it requires extra care and attention. Use ALUMINUM FOIL to wrap this meat before placing it on the grill. It’ll help it cook evenly and keep it all in one piece!

 

Now that you know all the tools of the trade, make sure you’re locked and loaded for grilling season. The right tool makes all the difference!

Photos courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 2nd, 2014

Checklist for Planning Your Father’s Day Cookout

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Dad’s big day is coming up! June 15th is Father’s Day and it’s time to celebrate!

Lots of us equate celebrating with food. Why? Because it’s how humans have shown love since the dawn of man.

And what better way to show Dad you love him than with a steak and beef-filled cookout?!?!!

To make sure we don’t forget a thing, let’s make a checklist of things we’ll need to make this cookout DA BOMB:

 

1. High-quality steaks, burgers and whatever kind of beef Dad loves

2. Veggies for amazing kabobs or fantastic, colorful side dishes

3. A clean grill!

4. Spatula/tongs for optimal grilling

5. Buns or bread

6. Dessert

7. Condiments, condiments, condiments

8. Plates, cups, utensils

9. Ice!

10. Beverages of Dad’s choice

11. A beautiful tablecloth/table setting – Dad-themed, of course!

12. Lots and lots of love!!!

 

Definitely tailor your fiesta to your specific needs but this is a great start. And check out some yummy menu ideas for Dad’s day over here. Hint:  Steak is the main course!

Follow this list and maybe you’ll find, like I have, that planning to celebrate someone is almost as fun as the celebration itself!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


May 27th, 2014

Would YOU Eat This Burger?

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It’s a doughnut and burger lover’s dream!

But if you’re both, have you ever thought to eat them together?

This Krispy Kreme burger has 3 beef patties AND cheese.

I truly love all of those things but I’m not sure if I can stomach them together. Could you?

Read on here for more about this gastro-delicacy. And then decide if YOU’LL partake. Can you take it?

Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk.


May 20th, 2014

Memorial Day Party Checklist

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If you’re like me, hosting parties is fun, but you get a little frazzled just beforehand.

Did I forget anyone? Did I forget anything? Do I have enough food?

All of these questions come tumbling down upon us if we don’t prepare well in advance.

And, well, I never seem to do that.

So here is a Memorial Day Party Checklist for those of us who need a little bit of help.

Location? Check.

Seating? Check.

Clean grill? Check.

So many things to think of, but the beauty here is SOMEONE ELSE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING!

I love it when that happens.

So whether you’re serving burgers or brisket or steaks or hot dogs, you can be sure your party is a success.

Check out that list here — and get checking!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 7th, 2014

Best Burger Toppings

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Oooooohhhh! It’s National Hamburger Month! There’s a MONTH dedicated to our precious burgers, people! Shall we rejoice?

And what makes a burger YOUR burger are the toppings, of course. But what do other people like to use to dress up their burgers?

This list of the best burger toppings gives you the most popular ones as dictated by popular vote. What, no electoral college? I kid, I kid.

And the number one burger topping is …………… BACON!

I’ll bet you guessed that one.

Check out that list here and add your own votes! Happy National Hamburger Month!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


April 21st, 2014

Time for Grill Spring Cleaning!

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It’s time to get out there and fire up that grill for some delicious burgers, steaks, dogs – you name it!

But you don’t want to put that beautiful beef on grates gunked up with last year’s barbecue.

Gross.

So before you curse the gods of BBQs past, just follow these easy instructions for spring cleaning your grill.

An artist must start with a clean canvas, right? So don’t skip this important step, my grillmaster friends.

Click here for those step-by-step instructions. Let’s all clean ‘em up and get out there and grill!

Photo courtesy of MensHealth.com.


April 17th, 2014

Does Your Burger Need a Lift?

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If the answer is YES, then you need a Burger Lift!

It’s an elevated coaster for that really juicy burger. The juice drips onto your plate and doesn’t create a soggy bun.

Genius? Or unnecessary?

I like the idea of a non-soggy burger bun, but I’m not sure I’d go to all the trouble of utilizing a Burger Lift.

I’m kinda lazy like that.

What do you think? Do you think all hardcore burger fanatics should have these?

Read more about the idea behind the Burger Lift here.

Photo courtesy of Burger Lift via DailyMail.co.uk.


February 10th, 2014

Celebrity Dogs And Their Burgers

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Actress Melissa Gilbert gives us a glimpse into the luxurious life of her dog Josephine.

A life that includes $24 burgers in hotels, mind you.

MY life does not include that! What am I doing wrong? Why was I not born Melissa Gilbert’s dog???

Check out the video to see it straight from her lips!


January 15th, 2014

Epic Face-Off: Burger Vs. Hot Dog

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As these football playoffs continue, my mind is always on food. I like to eat while watching games – well, and while doing basically anything.

It reminds me of another epic battle:  The one between burgers and dogs.

There are voracious supporters in either camp, but which one is the real winner?

Well, whoever gets to eat it, is what I say!!!!

The ones I like – burgers AND dogs – are all made with beef. So, to me, everyone wins.

But in this poll, burgers were the clear winner in preference.

So what’s your vote? Burgers or hot dogs?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


January 2nd, 2014

14 Ways to Eat Steak in 2014

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Steak. My favorite. And now that a new year is here it’s the perfect time to try new and different things with my old favorite.

So how about trying these 14 ways to eat steak in 2014?

Some you may have seen before, but some may be completely new. Let’s branch out! Discover new ways of enjoying something.

I’m game. Are you?

Here are my 14 Ways to Eat Steak in ’14:

1) Steak Soup

2) This recipe for Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Celery, ¼ inch bias cut     2 stalks

Carrots, Julienned            2

Green onions, cut on the bias

                                    1 bunch

Asian BBQ flank steak     1 lb

Fresh basil, chiffonade      12 leaves

Cilantro, minced             ½ bunch

Olive oil                                    ¼ C

Rice vinegar                   ¼ C

Jalapeno, minced             ½

Brown Sugar                  2 T

Garlic, Minced                1 T

Sambal                          2 T

Method:

1. Cook the flank steak to medium rare, or desired doneness, and chill.

2. Thinly slice the beef, against the grain, and combine with the rest of the ingredients.

3) Steak and Veggie Kabobs

4) Steakburgers – any way you choose, with Swiss cheese, Vidalia onions, avocado – you name it!

5) Steak Tartare. What? You wanted to try something new and daring, right?

6) Steak Sandwiches – so good with leftover steak, too!

7) Wagyu Kobe Beef Steaks – if you haven’t tried them, now’s the time!

8-14) Try these recipes for everything from Rosemary-Crusted Porterhouse to Rolled, Stuffed Steak

Enjoy this little adventure in steak eating for 2014. I know I will!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


November 5th, 2013

Dessert Burger!

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This beautiful creation is a masterpiece of ingenuity – bacon burger PLUS dessert in one!

Called the “Deep-Fried Twinkies Burger,” it’s got a pork and beef patty with bacon and American cheese, squeezed in between 2 deep-fried Twinkies which act as buns.

Of course, let’s not forget the oozy filling inside those buns.

One lady who was lucky (?) enough to taste it remarked, “It tasted like magic in my mouth.”

Enough said.

Read more about this amazing burger here. Might I suggest trying it at home?

If you dare!

Photo courtesy of PYT via DailyMail.co.uk.


October 30th, 2013

Fuel Up With Beef for Halloween

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It’s almost time to trick or treat!

But in all the excitement of costumes, candy and spookiness, let’s not forget to eat! We’ve all got to keep our strength while traipsing through the neighborhood!

Since tomorrow’s a special night, I recommend trying something a bit different for dinner. I’m gonna make some Wagyu Kobe beef steakburgers.

The kids love them, I love them and the night will be that much memorable!

These aren’t just ANY burgers – they’re Kobe beef. That makes them more flavorful and a bit indulgent.

It’s Halloween – it’s time to be indulgent!

Check out this Kobe beef or serve some USDA prime steaks! Now THOSE scream “Special!” also. And isn’t it a night for special?

Enjoy your Halloween … I hope you get way more treats than tricks!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


October 4th, 2013

Mac ‘N Cheese Burgers

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People are always trying to come up with new things to put on top of burgers. But the newest trend taking shape is creating crazy buns for the burgers.

This one, conceived by Rockit Burger Bar, pairs fried macaroni and cheese and a nice, juicy beef patty.

I like both of those. I’m just not sure if my stomach can handle them both at once, though.

Granted, it does look delicious. But it may be too many things going on at one time in my mouth.

What do you think? Are you willing to try this? Could you replicate this at home?

Photo courtesy of Rockit Burger Bar via People.com.


September 6th, 2013

Bacon Cheese Avocado Steakburger!

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Feast your eyes upon the most beautiful – and delicious – steakburger this household has ever seen!

It is a most masterful creation. And I can’t even take credit for this one. My mother lovingly crafted this baby and we almost didn’t want to eat it. We didn’t want to disturb its beauty and grandeur.

But we ate it anyway.

I mean, let’s see, we’ve got bacon (drool), avocado (good for you) and cheese (makes everything better) on top of a meaty steakburger.

I can’t see anything wrong with this picture.

Try this one yourself. But try to control yourself a little better than we did. We wished we had more time with it before it was gone.

Maybe you’ll have more luck.

But fat chance.

Enjoy!


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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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