June 23rd, 2012

Saveur’s 12 Great Summer Steaks

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I told you I was obsessed.

Saveur has this beautiful photo gallery of summer steaks I just had to share with you. The photo above is a Porterhouse with Lemon-Thyme Butter.

Simply magnificent.

You’ll see things like Steak Fajitas with Green Sauce and a Smoked Prime Rib with Peach-Chipotle Sauce.

These photos scream SUMMER and HONEY, INVITE THE NEIGHBORS – I GOT TOO EXCITED AND MADE TOO MUCH FOOD!

Music to my ears.

Enjoy your summer eye candy here! The gallery even has links to the recipes!

Photo courtesy of Todd Coleman via Saveur.com.

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June 22nd, 2012

Seasonal Steak Recipes

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Keeping with our summer theme (okay, I’m a little obsessed with warm weather), Sunset has put together a guide to steak recipes that are just perfect for the summer months.

It features recipes like Ribeye Steaks with Tomato-Basil Relish and Grilled Steak on Arugula (see photo above).

Light. Fresh. Perfect for outdoor eating and soaking in the weather.

Mmmm, it’s everything I love about summer!

Check out the guide here!

Photo courtesy of James Carrier via Sunset.com.

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June 21st, 2012

Time For Summer Steak Salad!

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Summer’s here!

That can mean only one thing . . . it’s time for Summer Steak Salad!

It’s light, it’s filling and it’s healthy. What more could a beef eater ask for?

This salad is known as Shaking Beef Salad in Vietnam and it’s quite the refreshing treat!

Click here for the full recipe.

Serve with brown rice or simply on its own. And have fun personalizing your own variations.

It’s summer, so let’s play!

Photo courtesy of Pornchai Mittongtare via Epicurious.com.

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August 24th, 2011

Steaky Labor Day Choices

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I like great quality meat. But I like a good bargain, too. And I have to start planning for Labor Day now. It will sneak up on me.

So this Labor Day holiday I’m going to stock up on some of our neighborhood favorites – because inevitably, the neighborhood ends up in our back yard.

I really love that because I like being in control. I’m neurotic that way. We have burgers, steaks and chicken. Everyone’s happy.

We eat the food I like, listen to the music I enjoy – you get the picture. So why wouldn’t I want the festivities at my house? What’s a few crumbs on the counter among friends when I can make sure I have Teriyaki sauce for my ribeye? See how that works?

I’m looking forward to Labor Day because it’s that last grasp at a summer feeling. People are off work, it’s still warm out where we live and folks are in the mood to have fun. I like that.

So come on, Labor Day! I’m ready for ya!

I’m just not ready for you to be over.

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Steak Company.

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August 17th, 2011

Steak on the Water

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We went to the river with family this weekend. And as we do not happen to live anywhere near a river, that required a five-hour drive.

With two boys.

Under the age of 10.

Plus a dog.

Once we arrived we felt we deserved something yummy – and to us, that means steak!

We fired up that old charcoal grill down by the river and grilled away while the kids and dog frolicked.

Paradise.

And, as we were on a RIVER, the serveware left a lot to be desired. A piece of aluminum foil had to do as our platter.

Because we’re classy like that, we set it on top of a cooler.

Come and get it!

What we learned is that we don’t care what it’s served on as long as we cook it ourselves and we can fix it up the way each of us likes it.

It was heavenly and we didn’t want it to end. But, alas, summer always does.

We made some great memories while it lasted.

And we’ll always have the steak . . .

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July 28th, 2011

Steak Success

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Here’s some eye candy for ya . . .

. . . and some more . . .

We had fun this past weekend just grillin’ and chillin’ – doing what summer means to us. I’ll bet you feel the same way.

Those simple pleasures are what I live for.

We sat around and didn’t think once about what we didn’t have. It was all about the here and now. What was in front of us. And it seemed pretty good.

A nice steak cooked exactly the way I like it takes me to a place where everything is awesome. At least for that moment.

Until a beach ball hit our heads or our drinks were spilled by a flying Frisbee.

But you know what I mean.

If I can be happy just sitting and being – that’s success to me. And it felt good for the time I had it.

Thank you, summer. And thank you, steak.

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July 21st, 2011

What I Did Over Summer Break: Beef Kabob Edition

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We couldn’t help but bask in the gorgeous weather this weekend.

And here’s what goes along with that . . .

Kabobs, kabobs and more kabobs.

We grilled up seasoned beef kabobs and sprinkled in a few chicken and even salmon kabobs for good measure.

The backyard was filled with the enchanting aroma of sizzling meat and vegetables while the kids swam and goofed off.

An absolutely perfect summer day.

It’s times like this when you wonder if life can get any better. The trick is to not think too much further beyond the moment. It was exquisite.

I hope you are having as much fun with summer as we are!

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July 1st, 2011

Patriotic Steak

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Patriotic cow with steak

As we go into this important holiday weekend, remember, even your steaks can be patriotic!

Don’t believe me? Just click here for a kabob recipe that includes all the colors red, white AND blue. Blue potatoes!

Have a safe, happy – and flavorful 4th of July!

Cow photo courtesy of Hennybee via Flickr.com.

Kabob photo courtesy of CelebratingHolidays.com.

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June 24th, 2011

Summer Steaks

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Don’t you just love the sound of that?

SUMMER STEAKS.

Two things I adore in this life. Together.

Magic.

This recipe creates a fresh, citrusy marinade that is absolutely perfect for summer. It calls for sirloin steak, but any cut you love best will work.

Try it this weekend and embrace all that is summer – and steak!

Photo courtesy of BusyCooks.About.com.

 

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June 15th, 2011

Video Tips on Grilling Steak

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Good Day Café: Grilling Steak: MyFoxNY.com

It’s that time of year! So many things to celebrate – Father’s Day, graduations . . . summer!

And how do we celebrate things around here? Why, with food, of course!

So to help us do that, here’s a video of Arturo McLeod, executive chef at Benjamin Steak House in NYC, showing us exactly how to grill that perfect steak or burger.

My favorite takeaway from this one? Heat your grill 30-45 minutes before putting on the steaks.

Now that’s a HOT grill! Makes sense, though.

Mmmm, I can hear that beef sizzling now . . .

 

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June 16th, 2010

Cartoon Steak

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So, it’s summer break here at our house. The kids are home. I work from home. And there are lots of cartoons on TV.

Mind you, not all day, but isn’t that what you’re supposed to do in the summer?

And I’ve discovered that even those clever cartoon-makers are steak lovers. This “Phineas and Ferb” episode features the bad guy in town stealing all the steaks and locking them up far, far away. The storage container of steaks blows up and steaks rain down. Yay!

WARNING:  If you are afraid of raining steaks, DO NOT watch this episode — especially at the end!

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June 8th, 2010

Summer Steakburgers

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These amazing steakburgers (just look at that beauty!) are perfect for summer get-togethers.

This is truly a STEAKburger. Steakburgers are made from . . . well, steaks.

This one is ribeye. Oh, yum!

These guys ground up their own ribeyes to make these steakburgers. You can do it too.

OR, you can buy them ready-to-go here.

Check this out to see exactly how it’s done!

Photo courtesy of Food-e-Matters.com.

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June 4th, 2010

Steak Skewers

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Say that three times fast:  Steak Skewers, Steak Skewers, Steak Skewers.

Typing it isn’t much easier.

Summertime weather is teasing us, so let’s get out there and grill!

These steak skewers marinated in pineapple juice, soy and lots of other goodness are just the ticket. So tropical and summery!

Tender and moist, the skewer marinade makes this such a satisfying warm weather meal. Best enjoyed on a patio or poolside. In my humble opinion.

Check this out for more on how to make these beauties for your family this summer!

Photo courtesy of SarahsCucinaBella.com.

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September 2nd, 2009

Steaks This Labor Day?

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So, any and every holiday is an excuse for me to cook steaks.

There, I said it.

Labor Day is no different. In fact, it’s the quintessential holiday for steak grillin’.

There, I said “quintessential.”

Labor Day’s the unofficial close of summer (boo!) and we ALWAYS get outside and swim and eat and soak it in. It’s fun because it signals the start of football season and a break from hot, hot weather.

But, it’s sad because, well, we LOVE summer around our house.

We’re going to relax with some steaks, some ribs and some burgers. Some friends are coming over and we’re going to talk about where the time went and how we could possibly be this old and how it came to be that the top of our kids’ heads now reach our shoulders and how our alma mater’s football team better win this year.

You know, the same stuff we always talk about — but never tire of.

How about you????

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August 27th, 2009

London Broil: The Lean Steak

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londonbroil

Feeling like a steak, but want to feel really, really good about eating it?

Try a London Broil. It’s lean, it’s flavorful, and paired with lots of yummy, summery vegetables it’s just about totally guilt-free!

Grilled London Broil with Summer Vegetables

Makes 4, 10 oz. servings Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating time

Cook Time: 10 minutes

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 T. Giant olive or Giant canola oil
1 T. Giant fresh thyme or oregano
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Giant ground pepper
1 lb Giant beef top round steak (London Broil)
1 cup Giant cherry tomatoes
2 medium Giant zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1 medium Giant yellow summer squash, sliced lengthwise
1 tsp. Giant olive oil
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

For marinade, combine vinegar, oil, thyme or oregano, garlic and pepper in a food-safe plastic bag. Add steak to bag and turn to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.

Toss tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash with oil. Make an aluminum foil boat to contain tomatoes. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Pre-heat your grill and place steak over medium direct heat. Arrange vegetables around steak. Grill steak, uncovered, 8 to 9 minutes for medium doneness, turning occasionally. Grill vegetables 6 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning occasionally.

Remove vegetables to a serving platter and sprinkle with cheese. Carve steak into thin slices against the grain.

Nutrition information per serving: 270 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Photo courtesy of nycotto.com.

Recipe courtesy of chicagotribune.com.

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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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