July 25th, 2014

Celebrate National Culinarians Day!


Today is a day when we celebrate all chefs and cooks – National Culinarians Day!

So why not celebrate the home chef in you?

To me, one of the fanciest, most delicious dishes you can make at home is a beautiful Chateaubriand or beef tenderloin roast.

I mean, just look at that beauty!!! It’s tender and juicy and so, so, flavorful. I just love its delicate perfection.

Follow this Chateaubriand recipe for excellent results and impress your friends and family for National Culinarians Day!

Slow Herb Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Sauce

32oz Beef Tenderloin
salt and pepper to taste
20 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
5-8 tbsp butter, unsalted, cold
5 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cups red wine, full bodied
2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
3 sprigs thyme
4 cups beef stock
Directions: 1. Season the chateaubriand generously with salt and pepper and let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. While it is resting preheat a 10 inch cast iron skillet over high heat until it is searingly hot, and preheat your oven to 225 degrees
2. Quickly sear all sides of the beef and then remove from the pan.
3. Truss the beef, and then stick all of the sprigs of thyme and rosemary under the trussing. Place in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until internal temperature is 127 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with foil.
4. For the sauce, while the roast is cooking, melt 2 T butter in a sauté pan then sauté the shallots in there until translucent.
5. Add red wine and bring to a simmer and reduce until it is a syrupy consistency, about 10 minutes.
6. Add beef stock and thyme and then simmer until it is reduced to about 1 cup of liquid.
Servings: 4-6
Source: Chef Graham


Photo and recipe courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

November 25th, 2011

Holiday Steak


So, one holiday is down.

One to go.

Now’s the time to start planning for an amazing holiday meal that will surpass all others.

Maybe this one will feature a beef tenderloin so unique they’ll be begging you to repeat it year after year. Like the Pistachio-Crusted Tenderloin With Cabernet Sauce pictured above.


Click here for more incredible recipes like petite steak sandwiches — AND wine pairings! Now that will make the meal – and your next holiday – absolutely complete.

Photo courtesy of Kendall-Jackson Winery via Marketwire.com.


January 7th, 2010

Steak Recipe: Beef Tenderloin

Doesn’t that look absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious?

This beef tenderloin with black peppercorn and mushroom sauce is a specialty at Lavendou in Dallas. Oh yum!

But — here’s the great thing — we have the recipe right here so you (and I) can make this at home!

You’ll need beef tenderloin for this recipe, and I like to use tenderloin tips — you can get them from my favorite place here.

Lavendou Recipe?Tournedos Felix Faure?Beef Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn and Mushroom Sauce

Recipe to Serve 4

The Ingredients

4- 8 oz Beef Tenderloin

2 Teaspoons of Salt

4 Teaspoons of coarse Black Peppercorns

2 Cups of  Diced  Mushroom

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

¼  Cup Butter

½ Cup of Cognac

½ Cup of Veal Stock

¾ Cup of Heavy cream

The Method Season both sides of each tenderloin with salt and pat them in the black peppercorns. Heat oil and butter in a large heavy skillet over high heat, and then sauté the tenderloins, 2 at the time, for 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the tenderloins to a heatproof dish and keep them warm in a 175 degree F oven.?In the skillet, add the mushroom, sauté for 2 minutes, until cooked. Add the tenderloin to the skillet and carefully add the cognac and flame it. Add the veal stock, then a minute after, the cream, bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. ?Serve the tenderloin coated with the sauce with some Pommes Frites!

Photo and recipe courtesy of SavorDallas.com.