How to Cook the PERFECT Steak and Skip the Restaurant this Valentine's Day!




This 'How to Cook the PERFECT Steak and Skip the Restaurant this Valentine's Day!' tutorial and article was developed for Collective Bias, and K-Y®.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #YoursandMine  #CollectiveBias 



How to Sear the Perfect Steak



My love for my husband steak knows no bounds.  I know, I know.  It should be the other way around, right?  Not to worry, it's *thisclose* - and he totally understands.  I mean, meat.  Amiright?  

So this Valentine's Day, I'm proving my love for him by skipping the sitter and the restaurant. (There's not much he loathes more than paying for someone to watch the kids and then waiting and eating at an overpriced-overcrowded restaurant.  Give him the early bird special any day!)  So, seriously.  This is his love language.  (I love you, Wesley!)




How to Sear the Perfect Steak




When we met fifteen (!!!) years ago, Wesley maybe wanted to get married and possibly have 2 kids when he was 40ish.  But, meh.  Maybe he'd just be a bachelor.  On the other hand, I wanted to be hitched in the next couple years and have like 42 kids.  Or more.  Clearly we were a match made in heaven.  

We crossed paths in Spanish class senior year of college when I was about to leave the state for law school.  He was into tall track running girls and beer.  I liked older guys, am barely tall enough to see over a steering wheel, and only run if chased.  Sometimes not even then.  After a few months of inexplicable flirting (I mean seriously, could we be any more wrong for each other?), we finally went out.  

And here we are fifteen years later about to celebrate our twelfth wedding anniversary with 5 kids.  




How to Sear the Perfect Steak




What we've learned in this time is that intimacy evolves over the course of a marriage.  When you're dating it's raw and exciting and all.the.time.  When you're newly married it's playful and exploratory. And when you're deep into the relationship, drowning in kids and mortgages, it's quiet, late, stolen moments.  They're all wonderful, but our time now means so much more than it did five, ten, and fifteen years ago.  

I'll take an evening date on the patio with a great meal and new movie while keeping a strained ear for the baby over the crowded trendy bar from our 20's any day.  We're in this together now.  Like, really.  We don't NEED each other any more, but we still WANT each other.  And that's all I can ask of my marriage.  

Well, that and steak.  


How to Sear the Perfect Steak


How to Sear the Perfect Steak, Ingredients:

  • Steak, thick cut at least 1 1/2" (The better the quality, the better the results.  But you can totally do this with cheap cuts too.  I promise, we don't always eat rib-eye!)
  • Rock salt (also called ice cream salt)
  • Rendered bacon fat (or other fat/oil)
  • Seasoned salt (or a mix of salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
  • Butter
  • Fresh parsley


How to Sear the Perfect Steak, Directions:

  1. Pour a layer of rock salt onto a plate and place the steak over top.  Cover the steak with rock salt.  Let it sit (not refrigerated!) for at least 20 minutes.  Forty-five minutes is better.
  2. Bring a cast-iron skillet to screaming hot on the stove-top.  No, fer realz.  Like so hot you wonder if maybe you should keep the fire department on the line just in case.
  3. Drop some rendered bacon fat into the pan, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. It will smoke a lot.  Now is probably a good time to disconnect the smoke detector.  And open your windows.
  4. Heavily season one side of the steak and lay it gently into the pan, seasoned side down.  Let it sit for 2 minutes.  Really, really.  Two full minutes.  Set your timer.
  5. Season the second side of the steak and, using tongs, gently flip it over.  Let it sit another two minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off and throw a big ol' blob of butter into the pan next to the steak.  (The cast iron will be plenty hot enough to continue cooking the steak).  When the butter's melted, toss a handful of parsley in too.  
  7. Lift the steak up and let some butter and parsley underneath.  Spoon some over top as well.
  8. If you like your steak rare (like me!), you're about finished.  If you like it done more (sigh), flip it every thirty seconds or so until you reach desired doneness.
  9. Remove steak to a clean plate and allow it to rest a few minutes while you put on your good yoga pants and a swipe of cherry lip balm.
  10. Slice (against the grain) with a very sharp knife.
  11. Enjoy!


How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak



How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak



Looking to make after dinner a little sassy?  Grab your steaks, then hit the family planning aisle in Walmart for some K-Y® YOURS+MINE.  Or you can check out the K-Y® DATE NIGHT pack at Walmart.com for discreet purchasing.  

Also look for the K-Y® DATE NIGHT: a $50 value - 1 free meal for two people from PEACHDISH.com delivered to your door for an intimate night of cooking together, a $5 VUDU movie credit for you to stream right at home, and the pleasure of K-Y® YOURS+MINE. Perfect for a date night in! 

For more great ways to celebrate romance this Valentine's Day, visit K-Y.com.


How to Sear the Perfect Steak

How to Sear the Perfect Steak




So, how do you like to spend Valentine's???



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Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip




This 'Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip' recipe and article was developed for Collective Bias, Cheez-It and Pringles.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias 


Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip



And, my obsession with chipotle pepper continues.  Is this a nationwide thing?  Am I a trendsetter?  Probably not, but I'm sure enjoying myself, regardless.  And I think you'll love this Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip too!

The Big Game is soon, so we're stocking up on chips, and dips, and crackers, and dogs.  We always have a big shindig and this year is no different.  I grabbed some Original Pringles and Cheez-It Grooves while I was shopping for my Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip ingredients at Walmart.  I love the way Pringles scoop up food.  It's like a tasty little shovel.  Mmmmm.




Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip




This dip is awesome, because it can be made up ahead of time and stashed in the freezer.  No more slaving over the stove while everyone else is partying it up.  Not a dipper?  Pour it over your hotdog or brat!  Mmmmm, seriously.  I love this stuff.


Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip



Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip, Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 ounces American style cheese (or queso if you want it even spicier!)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis, 10 ounces (drained)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt


Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip, Directions:

  1. Brown and drain ground beef.
  2. In a large skillet add cheese and stir continuously until melted.  
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, chipotle pepper, and garlic salt.
  4. Enjoy!




Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip

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Roasted Cauliflower Rice



Roasted Cauliflower Rice is probably one of my very favorite paleo hacks.  It's totally up there with zucchini noodles and cabbage noodles.  I think this is because rice and noodles are my comfort food, and being able to have a delicious stand-in while I'm grain-free, is every kind of awesome.



Roasted Cauliflower Rice



When I first started making cauliflower rice, I would do it on the stove top.  But much like my adventures with bacon, I figured there had to be a better (easier!) way.  And, of course there is.  Now, I can pop it in the oven and go busy myself with other things.  My favorite kind of cooking!  

Roasted cauliflower rice doesn't taste exactly like white rice, but it does have a nice mild, slightly nutty, flavor, and good texture to replace rice in most dishes or to eat on its own.  My kids even like it, and that's a darn good litmus test!


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Roasted Cauliflower Rice, Ingredients:

  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, cut into florets
  • olive oil


Roasted Cauliflower Rice, Directions:

  1. Pulse florets in your food processor until they are about rice-sized (you may need to do this in two or three batches).
  2. Pour "rice" onto baking sheets (I use two sheets per head of cauliflower) and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  3. Toss until olive oil is well incorporated, then spread into a thin, even layer.
  4. Roast on the middle rack(s) at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Toss and re-spread, then roast an additional 5-10 minutes, until cauliflower is starting to brown.
  5. Enjoy!



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Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Rice



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