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  • How to Cook a Tender Juicy Steak

    How to Cook a Tender Juicy Steak

    You invest a lot of time and money into the steaks for a special occasion and when dinner time comes, they are tough. What happened? How can you cook steaks as tender as your favorite restaurant? The first step to cooking a good steak is to choose the right grade of steak. The top quality beef is graded USDA Prime and commands top prices. USDA Prime grade meats are sold to the restaurant industry and specialty markets and are not as likely to be found at your local grocery chain. The next grade of beef is USDA Choice. USDA Choice is tender, flavorful and only slightly lower in quality than USDA Prime. The meat is well marbled with fat and will be tender and juicy when properly prepared. USDA Choice makes up about 70% of all graded beef and is readily available in your supermarket. USDA…

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  • Creamy Fresh Leek Soup

    Creamy Fresh Leek Soup

    Time-saver tip: Cook up a double batch and freeze half for another dinner. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup diced potato 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (scallions) 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano leaves 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 11/2 pounds white leeks, sliced (about 9 cups) 1 cup white wine or water 11/2 cups low fat milk Directions: In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add potatoes, onions, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper; cook, stirring often, until onions just begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add leeks, broth, and wine; bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove 1 cup of the vegetables; set aside. In a blender or food processor, place half of remaining soup from the saucepan; puree…

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  • Top 10 Best Chili Dishes

    Top 10 Best Chili Dishes

    There’s something about eating a nice, hearty bowl of chili that warms us down to our toes. Doesn’t matter what time of year – anytime is chili time! It’s amazing how many varieties of chili recipes exist in the cooking universe. Here’s a small sample of some great chili recipes. Award Winning Chili – Made with beef brisket, garlic, V8 juice, jalapeno pepper, spices, beer and your commitment to making great chili. You’ll win awards in your own kitchen after making this delicious chili. Authentic Texas Chili – Made with top round beef, garlic, green peppers, dried chilies, beef stock and hot sauce. This chili brings you a taste of the old Southwest – open prairie, a cozy fire and a cowboy strumming a tune on his guitar. Bill’s Prize Winning World Best Chili –…

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