Beef Tenderloin Stew with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Beef Tenderloin Stew with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms

Beef Tenderloin Stew with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms

Staying home on Valentine’s Day has more appeal to me than dinner at a fancy restaurant.  Avoiding the hectic rush of a crowded restaurant sets the tone for a romantic evening.  With a roaring fire, a full-bodied bottle of wine, and a heart and soul warming meal, a quiet evening spent with my favorite date is the perfect celebration. Even if your culinary skills are not up to chef status, preparing a cozy and elegant Valentine’s Day dinner for two can be a breeze. Guys and gals alike love meat and...

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Java Rubbed Strip Steaks

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Beef, Entrees, Gluten Free, Recipes | Comments Off on Java Rubbed Strip Steaks

Java Rubbed Strip Steaks

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and dad deserves the best of everything on his special day.  From breakfast in bed, to time spent golfing or basking in the sun at the beach, to a man’s man dinner, nothing is too good for dad on his day of days.  With Father’s Day falling on the third Sunday in June when the grilling season is peaking, celebrate Father’s Day with a perfectly seasoned and grilled steak dinner. It is easy to pick up one of the many premade spice rubs at the grocery store. ...

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Balsamic Herb Steak and Red Onion Salad

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Beef, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Balsamic Herb Steak and Red Onion Salad

Balsamic Herb Steak and Red Onion Salad

A crisp, cool, and delicious answer to “what’s for dinner” is a steak salad.  Perfectly grilled steak, balsamic roasted red onions, and crumbled blue cheese top crunchy greens for a meal that packs a flavor punch. Balsamic Herb Steak and Red Onion Salad can be served warm or cold.  If dinnertime is hectic around your house, it is an ideal make-ahead meal.  The red onions and steak can be cooked in advance.  Once they are cool, store them in the refrigerator until it is time to eat.  Shake up the...

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Caramelized Onion Patty Melts

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Caramelized Onion Patty Melts

Caramelized Onion Patty Melts

My middle daughter is a burger aficionado.  She is known to order a burger for breakfast while the rest of the family is eating fluffy pancakes, eggs over easy with crispy hash browns, and overstuffed omelets at our local diner.  I recreated a diner staple menu item, the Patty Melt, so she could get her burger fix at home too. Caramelized Onion Patty Melts are a combination of juicy burgers and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.   Two slices of rye bread bookend provolone cheese, sweet and savory caramelized...

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Sweet Soy Glazed Steak Rolls with Asparagus and Scallions

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Beef, Cooking video, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Sweet Soy Glazed Steak Rolls with Asparagus and Scallions

Sweet Soy Glazed Steak Rolls with Asparagus and Scallions

My oldest daughter’s first year away from home was spent living in a dorm. This year, she decided it was time to spread her wings and give independence a try. She shares a 4 bedroom apartment with 3 friends. With this new found freedom comes more responsibility. Unlike the dorm life, there is not an around the clock meal plan when an apartment is your home. She has learned that even though it is cheap and tasty, one cannot survive on macaroni and cheese alone. She enjoys cooking at home, but realized that...

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Slow Cooker Korean Barbecue Short Ribs

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Beef, Make ahead, Recipes | Comments Off on Slow Cooker Korean Barbecue Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Korean Barbecue Short Ribs

I recently ran into a friend at the grocery store and inevitably our conversation was centered on recipes.  Like many home cooks, she lamented of being bored from preparing the same few dinners for her family.  Whether it was tacos on Tuesdays or pizza on Fridays, she was looking to jazz up her family’s weekly at-home dining options.  And with her busy schedule, my friend was in search of easy, tasty and something a little out of the ordinary to serve her family for dinner.  I suggested she dust off her slow...

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