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Beef...Its On The Menu! (Beef! It's What's For Dinner) 
Aug. 23, 2013 12:47 pm 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2013 7:00 am

Hello everyone! I've been hiding in a hole the past few months but thanks to the Allstars program, I had to emerge for a bit to tell you about this month's activities. I have to say, in the year I've been an Allstar, this was one of my very favorite months! Not only did I pick up an amazing dish to add to our recipe collection but it gave my family and I a couple great nights of bonding through food and I learned a few things about beef that I never knew! 

We were asked to partner up with Beef! Its Whats For Dinner. Now as long as I've been alive, beef has been a main staple. Growing up, we had it all the time (had a pasture full of cows right across the road from us - nighttime cow tipping is NOT all its cracked up to be.) My kids love anything to do with beef, hamburgers being my oldest son's favorite meal. My husband, Michael, is a self proclaimed meat and potatoes kind of guy. This month brought excitement to our household for everyone. 

After being given the recipe list to choose from, it took me maybe five whole seconds to choose. How could I pass up T-Bone steaks? Not only were they T-Bones, but they were GRILLED T-Bones. To be precise, Greek-Seasoned T-Bone Steaks with Cucumber and Tomato Salad. This recipe especially stood out to me as lately we've been grilling 90% of our meals (part of my diet plan that is going extremely well - 30 pounds down since May 15th!) What sealed the deal was the Greek seasoning it called for. I've wanted to try it for ages and now had a perfectly good reason to! 

So we went out, bought some beautiful T-Bone steaks and decided to invite some family over to grill out. Well, the grilling didn't go quite as planned (the guy manning the girl did NOT know what he was doing) but we managed to spare three steaks that awful fate while he literally butchered the rest. We all ate it (beef is beef!) but Michael and I knew we had to try again.

The very next night, I had to work; 5pm - 1am, thank goodness its from home! Michael wanted to try again with the steaks. On my break, I threw together the salad with the boys while he went outside after work and grilled the steaks to perfection. He's been working himself to the bone lately so it meant a lot that he helps so much with my program activities when they conflict with work. I cannot begin to explain how good these were. I like mine medium rare and these were spot on. They cut like butter and the seasonings on top of the grilled flavor had me wanting another one. The kids also liked them and they aren't big steak eaters yet. The salad was also awesome - my oldest wanted seconds of it :) Michael stated these were the best steaks he's ever grilled (I'm inclined to agree) and actually got mad all the rest of the steaks went to waste - wish we'd have let him cook them all! 

After having such a great success with those, we decided a week or so later to prepare Burgers with Grilled Onions. This was equally as delicious. My sons and Michael, self proclaimed onion haters, loved them! This will be yet another staple we incorporate into our rotations. We can't wait to mix and match it with various condiments, veggies and cheeses. 

Throughout the month, I also did some research about beef. I figured why not, maybe it would influence me to work it in out menu a bit more! After seeing it helps our bodies use oxygen (thanks to iron) and helps convert food into fuel (due to riboflavin), I was sold. This will help SO much with the exercises I've been doing daily to try and get back into shape. It also helps build bones and teeth which I've been a stickler about with my boys. We don't want brittle bones and bad teeth if we can help it! Not to mention beef is delicious. What more could you ask for? 

I will leave you with a photo of our delicious meals. Here's to beef, hopefully its whats for dinner in your near future ;) 

Greek-Seasoned T-Bone Steaks with Cucumber and Tomato Salad
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Burgers with Grilled Onions
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Aug. 24, 2013 6:40 am
Burgers and T-Bones, it doesn't get much better than that.
Oct. 26, 2013 7:00 am
My husband would wholeheartedly agree! All I need is a salad, then it couldn't get any better ;)
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 26 year old work from home mom to two sons (7 & 4.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 9½ years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "ups" category. We never went outside the box although I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients - I jump on the idea of anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
My sweet potato pie & homemade biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or Ramen. It had too much seasoning, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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