September 17th, 2014

Summertime Favorites

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Oh, those beautiful summer days!

They’re coming to a close. But we still have a few days to savor the tastes of wonderful, glorious summer.

My summertime favorites?

Anything light and easy.

A fresh chicken breast on the grill. A little lemon juice and some greens and I’m a happy gal.

Burgers! Adding avocado at this time of year is so refreshing and delicious.

Grilled tenderloin salad. Try this one with peaches, pecans and limes. It looks, tastes and smells like summer.

And finally … steaks! A ribeye is my fave any time of year. Just sitting outside in the summer sun, smelling the aroma of a steak on the grill puts me in my happy place fast.

How about you? What are your summertime classics? Time is running out!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 12th, 2014

Cooking at Summer’s End

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It’s time to make all those light and wonderful dishes that make summer so amazing – before the weather changes.

Here’s a list with recipes of some perfect “farewell summer” meals. Enjoy!

1. Caribbean Beef Tip Salad with Mango Vinaigrette. Talk about a sunny dish! Delish!

2. Grilled Tenderloin with Avocado Burre Blanc. Avocado SCREAMS summer!

3. Moroccan Pita with Couscous Salad and Mint-Parsley Yogurt Sauce. Refreshing!

4. Chipotle-Citrus Marinated Chicken Breasts with Grilled Tortillas and Avocado Salsa. Soak it in! 

5. This.

6. And this!

7. A beautiful filet mignon. Need I say more?

8. Beef kabobs. Oh yeah!

9. Jack & Coke Marinade. Send the summer off in style!

10. Lemon Herbed Top Sirloin. Nothing says “summer” like citrus!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

 


July 30th, 2014

Summer Grilling

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Oh, how I love to play around on the grill in the summertime!

You just WANT to be outside and fill the air with the smell of something delicious grilling.

Here’s a wonderful recipe to perfect this summer. It’s so refreshing with lime juice and cilantro – Grilled KC Strip with Black Bean Sauce. Delicious!

Grilled Strip with Black Bean Sauce

Ingredients:
4 (8oz.) Kansas City Strips
1 cup black beans, canned or cooked
1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. onion, minced
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin, ground
1/4 cup water or stock
salt and pepper
Directions: In a small sauce pan, sweat the onion and jalapeno if using. Add the garlic and cook another twenty seconds. Add beans, cumin and half of the lime juice and stir. Add the water and blend with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth. Season to taste and keep warm.Grill your Kansas City Strips steak until medium, about four minutes per side. Remove from heat and let rest for five minutes. Slice the steak on a diagonal and season the slices with the lime juice and salt and pepper. Plate on top of the sauce. This is a great sauce since it has absolutely no fat. You can add some butter in the blender to make it a little creamier but if not it is a great, healthy accompaniment.
Servings: 4
Source: KC Steak Company

 

Try it out this summer!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 20th, 2014

Guide to Grilling Summer Ingredients

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We’re all out there grilling up a storm. After all, it’s summertime!

Delicious beef is a given, but what else are you complementing it with? We’ve got to take advantage of summery favorites at this time of year – things like summer squash, zucchini and corn on the cob.

To die for.

When putting these delicate veggies on the grill, we’ve got to be careful to treat them just right. For instance, cutting the SQUASH into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick horizontal slices will ensure they don’t fall through the grill. Start them off in a pan with olive oil, garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Then finish them off on the grill – about 5-10 minutes per side until they’re YOUR desired tenderness. Be sure to brush them occasionally with the oil mixture for great flavor.

On the ZUCCHINI, this recipe is a must for perfection every time:

Grilled Zucchini Medley

Ingredients:
1 lb. zucchini
1/2 lb. yellow squash
1 red pepper
1 medium onion, sliced vertically into thin strips
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
Directions: Cut zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper in matchstick size pieces. On one half of a 22” x 18” sheet of heavy-duty foil, layer vegetables in order listed. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and drizzle with oil. Fold top half of foil over vegetables to meet bottom edge. Grill over hot coals for approximately 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
Source: KC Steak Company

 

For great CORN ON THE COB, remove husks and silk, rinse with cold water and wrap in foil. Place on the grill for about 15-20 minutes until tender, turning occasionally. Create a butter mixture to your taste – add garlic, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, parsley – whatever your fancy. Then spread liberally on each ear of corn after grilling. YUM!

And then try these VEGGIE KABOBS…

Vegetable Kabobs

Ingredients:
Marinade:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp. minced parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, mincedKabobs:
2 large green peppers
3 small zucchini, sliced 3/8 inch thick
1 qt. fresh mushrooms
1 large red onion
Can of potatoes
Directions:Stir together marinade ingredients and pour over vegetables. Toss to coat. Cover and marinade several hours or overnight. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Put vegetables on skewers and broil 6 inches from source of heat for 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with marinadeServes 8-10 skewers.
Source: KC Steak Company

 

With these tips and recipes at your fingertips, you CANNOT go wrong at the grillside this summer! Enjoy!

Photo and recipes courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


June 18th, 2014

Planning a Cookout? Use This Checklist

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It’s COOKOUT time of year!!!

You want to invite the whole gang over to beat the heat and share some good, grilled grub.

With a little planning, your cookout can be the Greatest Cookout of All Time. And everyone – including you – will have lots of fun.

How does this happen? Follow this simple checklist for a fantastic cookout!

1. INVITATIONS

You can obviously just verbally invite folks over but if you do that you don’t have a concrete RSVP list. And that makes food and supplies hard to judge. My advice is good, old-fashioned invitations in the mailbox. Guests can RSVP by e-mail, but go all out and send ‘em some paper!

2. MENU PLANNING

Think about the number of people who’ll be there, but also WHO will be there. Does everyone like filets? Burgers? Chicken? Seafood? Make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. And load up on sides and desserts, too, like gourmet mac ‘n cheese and red velvet cake. Check out these recipes for inspiration. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

DRINKS

Don’t forget to quench their thirst! Make sure if you’re going to have alcoholic drinks, you also have non-alcoholic drinks. And have lots of water on hand. It’s hot out there!

DECORATIONS

You can really give your cookout a special feel if you decorate just for the occasion. Go Hawaiian or decorate with a down-home Southern twist. Really make it special!

ENTERTAINMENT

This can be as simple as setting out a game of horseshoes or croquet to play while the food is grilling. Or, even designating a DJ. Just give ‘em something to focus on before, during and after the food makes its grand entrance!

 

If you plan it all out ahead of time, you can just go with the flow and enjoy your friends and family at your cookout. And THAT is what summer’s all about!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 . . .


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.


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!


July 1st, 2011

Patriotic Steak

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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.


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.

 


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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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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