March 2nd, 2015

What is the Best Steak?

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That question is like saying, “Who is your favorite child?”

How can you possibly answer?

There’s no question the QUALITY of a steak is a good measure. And grade – like USDA Prime steaks or even Wagyu Kobe beef – makes a difference.

But what is the best cut? Depends on what you’re after.

Want something tender and juicy? Filet mignons. Hands down.

Hearty and meaty? Ribeye, T-bone steaks and Porterhouse steaks.

Flavorful? Kansas City strip steaks. Definitely.

So… what is the best steak TO YOU?

That answer will probably be different for everyone. And that’s one thing I love about steak!


February 27th, 2015

How To Cook a Fabulous Steak

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How did you learn to cook a steak? Did your parents teach you? Did a buddy in college show you the ropes?

Maybe, just maybe, they had a limited knowledge to share with you. Want to up your game a little bit?

Try using this grilling chart to customize the grilling experience depending on doneness and cut of steak. Yes, the cut makes a difference in grilling time as well.

Want to try broiling your steaks? Consult this indoor cooking chart according to type of meat and your desired doneness.

See? It’s not just a matter of eyeballing it and flipping occasionally. That’s what I used to think. But a few crispy, burned steaks later and I’m singing a different tune.

Just like anything, a little education and forethought go a long way toward cooking a fabulous steak versus a mediocre one.

Happy cooking!


February 23rd, 2015

Steak Doneness – Yep, It’s a Word!

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We all have our own opinions about how well done our steaks should be.

Like a lot of pink? Lots of people do. The rarer, the better.

But not everyone likes it that way. So…when you’re learning how to grill steaks, one element you MUST master is how to cook to doneness.

What if you’re hosting a barbecue and one guest likes her steak medium well? Do you know how to get it just right?

Do you know how to broil steaks and control the doneness? It’s all in the details, for sure.

Check out these cooking tips for instructions on how to master the art of doneness.

Your guests – and your steaks – will thank you for it!


January 30th, 2015

Celebrate the Big Game Arizona Style – Chimichangas!

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The folklore goes that in 1922, a restaurateur in Arizona accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fryer and exclaimed, “Chimichanga!”

That’s Spanish for thingamajig.

Fill it with some sour cream, cheese and beef and you’ve got yourself today’s version of the chimichanga.

Now, since Sunday’s big game is being played in Arizona, it only feels right to honor that venue by serving up some beef chimichangas while you watch!

Check out this incredible beef chimichanga recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beef-chimichangas/

Many versions of this recipe call for ground beef like you’d find in steakburgers, but you can experiment and use shredded Wagyu beef or any cut of shredded steak you love.

Have fun with your chimichangas and the big game this weekend! I know I will!


January 28th, 2015

Top 10 Tailgate Foods

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We’re gearing up for the ultimate professional football game this weekend. And we’ve got to fuel up with some incredible tailgate foods.

After all, what good is watching a game without something delicious to eat?

Here are my TOP 10 TAILGATE FOODS to give you some inspiration!

  1. Steakburgers
  2. Baby Back Ribs
  3. Brisket
  4. All-Beef Hot Dogs
  5. Steaks
  6. Tenderloin Tips in Kabobs
  7. Steak Sandwiches
  8. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
  9. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  10. Skirt Steak Fajitas

What’s your personal list of favorite tailgate foods?


January 16th, 2015

Top Sirloin and Steakburgers – Two At Once

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So, in my house, people like to make things difficult. Not everyone likes the same cut of beef.

Okay, I’m just as much to blame.

But, we like what we like, right?

For that reason, I usually cook “options.”

When my boys are involved (which is basically always) I love to do meals on the grill like Top Sirloin steaks AND steakburgers.

Everybody’s happy and there’s no complaining. A real plus when you have pre-teen boys.

It’s just as easy to order this top sirloin steak duo and then cook it together as it would be to just prepare one entrée. And, hey, variety is the spice of life!

What are some of your favorite “duos?”


January 5th, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Foodies

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The new year is here!

Time to make some resolutions. And if you’re a foodie (and I know you are) at least one of them must involve food.

How about trying steak tartare in the new year?

Cooking beef bourguignon?

Maybe resolve to host more dinner parties?

For me, I’d like to teach my almost-teenage son how to grill a steak.

It’s a lesson every man or woman needs.

What are your foodie New Year’s resolutions? Happy cooking and eating in 2015!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


January 2nd, 2015

15 Ways to Beef Up Your 2015

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We beef lovers have so many choices when it comes to main courses. And it’s so fun to be able to explore all those options.

This is my list of 15 ways you can BEEF up the new year in style:

  1. Applewood Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon
  2. Tenderloin Medallions
  3. Chateaubriand
  4. Flat Iron Rubbed Steak
  5. Steakburgers!
  6. Peppercorn and Sea Salt Kansas City Strips
  7. Flank Steak in Sweet BBQ Sauce
  8. Beef Brisket
  9. Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Sliders
  10. All Beef Hot Dogs
  11. Wagyu Kobe Beef
  12. Garlic and Herb Prime Rib Roast
  13. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  14. Porterhouse Steak
  15. USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye Steak

So many choices … and only a year to get through them.

Now go get some beef and start working on this list. This’ll be fun!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 31st, 2014

New Year’s Meal Pairing Ideas

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I like meal ideas that are quick, but don’t cut corners. These full meal pairings help to get the dinner on the table fast without sacrificing quality and flavor. Plus, they’re not the same old same old.

Try ‘em in the new year!

  1. 3 Cheese Arancini (can be an appetizer or a side), Chicken Spiedini and Lemon Coconut Cake.
  2. Crabcakes, Filet Mignon and Red Velvet Cake.
  3. Lobster Flatbread, Veal Cutlets and Hand-Dipped Chocolate Macaroons.

Want more full meal ideas? Create your own customized meals here!

Happy (tasty) New Year!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 29th, 2014

14 Favorite Things From 2014

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What I should really call this post is “14 Things That Made Me Happy in 2014.”

A bit wordy. But more accurate.

The nightly news was filled with dramatically terrible things that happened this year – devastating weather events, shootings, etc.

For me, in light of all that can and will go wrong in the world, it’s been the day-to-day simple pleasures that brought a smile to my face. 2014 was filled with them. But you have to stop and look for them. These are mine, so here goes:

  1. Giggling through the movie Big Hero 6 with my youngest son. Animated. Silly. Perfection.
  2. A visit to the beach. Brief, but very necessary.
  3. Prince George’s Christmas photographs.
  4. That one time I had five minutes to myself in the bathroom. Moms and dads, you know what I’m talking about.
  5. Grilled steak on the patio, my husband pouring me a glass of wine and Garth Brooks on the radio.
  6. The love my dogs showed me every day.
  7. My husband’s silly texts. He’s got a way with emojis.
  8. My boys hitting the baseball over the fence. Exhilarating.
  9. Finding “Friends” reruns when I couldn’t sleep.
  10. Summer. Just the whole thing.
  11. “The Voice.” It’s a show my kids actually watched with me.
  12. Good friends coming to my rescue when I needed it most.
  13. Lupita Nyong’o. Don’t know who she is? Check her out.
  14. Gathering around the dinner table and seeing faces I adore.

This is my personal list for 2014. What’s yours?


December 22nd, 2014

Recipe for a Happy Life This Holiday Season

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What really makes you happy?

For me, it’s good food, good people and gratefulness.

Here’s my RECIPE for a happy life during the holidays (and all year ‘round):

 

Add equal parts juicy steak and potatoes

Place happy, smiling people around my table

Sprinkle liberally a good dose of humility and thankfulness

 

That’s it.

It’s simple, really.

If we all focus on the truly wonderful things we have in this life, there’s no room for the negative.

I did mention steak, though, too, right? Make sure there’s steak.

Hungry people tend to be grumpy.

The taste of a perfectly grilled steak with its hearty, yet tender, flavor makes everything right in my world. The happiness recipe definitely calls for steak.

Enjoy the holidays with this recipe, friends! And be sure to share it!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


December 19th, 2014

Gift Ideas for Hard-to-Buy-For Folks

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We’ve all got ‘em.

Those people on your gift list who either have everything or don’t like anything.

What do you get them at holiday time?

I always go with my gut. Literally. Food is something we ALL enjoy.

Give steaks!

Steak gifts always make a huge impression. And with all the variety of steaks out there – from ribeyes and T-bones, to filet mignon and Kobe beef – you can customize it so that it’s just right.

And if steak gift packages are too tall an order, just give ‘em a gift card and let THEM choose which steaks they like best.

Problem solved. It’ll be a happy holiday for all!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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?

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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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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