You don’t need to visit a fancy steakhouse to eat like a king or queen at home. Learn how to make the most delectable Steakhouse Onions and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce in the comforts of your own home!

Steakhouse Onions and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce #CertifiedAngusBeef
Have you ever dined at a swanky steakhouse and they offer a variety of sauces to pair with your plump and juicy steak? I always get adventurous and try one of the sauces. I love to have sautéed onions with my steak and my husband loves to have mushrooms with his. I partnered with Certified Angus Beef® brand to show that busy moms (and dad’s) can make a steakhouse meal at home and on a week night!
Steakhouse Onions and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce #CertifiedAngusBeef
Since giving birth to Ryder I crave steak all the time! All my life I’ve been a flexatarian and now since having a cute baby boy I’ve turned into a carnivore. They say your body craves what it needs… beef has Zinc, Iron and Protein –nutrients that are essential to a healthy, balanced diet. Did you know that there are 29 cuts of beef that are lean (less than 10g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat and 95mg cholesterol per 3.5-ounce serving). The best way to find a lean cut, look for ‘round’ or ‘loin’ in the name (i.e. strip loin, tenderloin, round roast).
Steakhouse Onions and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce #CertifiedAngusBeef
After receiving a box of 8 steaks from Certified Angus Beef® brand I decided to treat my husband to a delicious steak dinner on a Monday night. I can’t think of a better way to make Monday better than with steak! I paired our Filet of Sirloin steaks with twice baked potatoes that I had made last month and froze (easy side dish just defrost and bake to warm and crisp up)! I also threw some asparagus on the grill half way through the steaks cooking. While our meal was cooking I sautéed the onions and mushrooms and then added in the ingredients for the red wine sauce.
 Steakhouse Onions and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce #CertifiedAngusBeef
Do you know how to cook steak on the grill? I use to be intimidated until I learned and now I have no fear of grilling steaks. Keep these tips in mind when grilling steaks and you will be a pro in no time!
  1. Place your steaks on the counter 10-15 minutes before your going to cook them. You want to take the chill off them so they can cook more evenly.
  2. Make sure your grill is super hot. Searing each side of the steak for 1-2 minutes to lock in the juices. Then lower the flame to medium-low heat.
  3. Try to limit the number of times you flip your steaks.
  4. Always cover your grill while cooking. Keeping the grill cover closed will help food cook more quickly.
  5. Always use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the steak is done to your likeness.
    • Rare – 140 degree Fahrenheit
    • Medium Rare – 145 degree Fahrenheit
    • Medium – 160 degree Fahrenheit
    • Well Done – 170 degree Fahrenheit
  6. Let steaks sit for a few minutes before serving to keep the juices inside the meat.
  7. Stay food safe by washing everything that comes in contact with raw meat.
So you might be wondering where you can buy Certified Angus Beef® brand? Type in your zip code and you can find what grocery store or even restaurant that sells it! When you see Certified Angus Beef ® brand logo, beef has met 10 standards for premium quality, including abundant marbling. What I love about the Certified Angus Beef ® brand — they support local farmers and ranchers across the country, even the rural neighbors of your community. It’s a tradition of excellence spanning more than 35 years. The brand offers amazing beef you can count on every time you sit down at the table. So the next time you serve beef in your home make sure it’s Certified Angus Beef ® brand!
Do you love steak? What is your favorite cut and how do you typically prepare it? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!
Red Wine Sauce Adapted from Certified Angus Beef® brand
Steakhouse Onions & Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

Steakhouse Onions & Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. Sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a sauté pan, heat one tablespoon of butter. Melt on medium-high heat and then cook onion, garlic, and mushrooms until soft about 5 minutes. Remove all but a spoonful of onion/mushroom mixture and place into a bowl.
  2. In the same sauté pan whisk in wine and dijon mustard. Reduce by half (about 5 minutes) over medium heat. Slowly whisk in butter. Remove from heat and place the onion/mushroom mixture back in the pan add parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of your favorite Certified Angus Beef® brand cut.
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 This is a sponsored post by Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. As always all opinions are my own. Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Try my easy recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup made with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt.

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup using @stonyfield yogurt #StonyfieldBlogger

I’ve always had a love for cucumbers. From as young as I could remember I would eat slice by slice as a snack. I remember in the summer months visiting my Uncle Sammy’s garden in Pittsburgh, where he grew an insane amount of tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m talking rows and rows of cucumbers and tomatoes. I think of my summers visiting his garden when I eat cucumbers and tomatoes in the summer months. Since it’s so dang hot out right now I figured a nice chilled soup would be good to cool off with. This recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup is just what the doctor ordered and best of all it’s made in 10 minutes.

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup using @stonyfield yogurt #StonyfieldBlogger

All you need to make this soup is a high power blender or even a food processor. I used my food processor and it worked just fine. I may or may not have had to puree this soup in my garage while working on this recipe. My baby boy was finally napping and the last thing I was about to do was take a chance and wake him up thanks to a minute’s worth of food processing.  Instead of using sour cream, heavy cream, or milk or a combination of any one of the three I used one cup of Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt! Did you know that there are 23 grams of protein in just one serving of Greek yogurt. So you can eat this soup guilt free and meat free without having to worry about getting your serving of protein in! Cool off this summer with my super simple and quick recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup!

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup using @stonyfield yogurt #StonyfieldBlogger

Looking for more chilled soup recipes? Check out the following bloggers recipes:

Quick Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Greek Yogurt from Cook the Story
Pea Soup from Peaches Please
Chilled Cucumber Peach Soup from Cooking with Books
Chilled Tomatillo & Avocado Soup from The Kitchen Prep
Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Gazpacho from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Chilled Mango Raspberry Soup from It’s Yummi

Katie Original Recipe

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-1/2 cups

2-1/4 cup servings

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 European Cucumbers, Peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, lightly packed
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper, finely minced

Directions

  1. Peel European cucumbers and cut in quarters. Place in food process (make sure you reserve at least 2 tablespoons of diced cucumber for garnish) along with fresh dill, red onion, Greek Yogurt, salt and black pepper.
  2. Puree for 1 minute until everything is well incorporated. Pour into two bowls and top with one tablespoons each cucumber and red bell pepper.

Notes

You can also add finely diced tomato to garnish. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

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This is post is sponsored by LINDT & SPRÜNGLI (USA) Inc. As always all opinions are my own.

How to Host a Wine & Chocolate Pairing Party #LindtPairing

If you love dark chocolate and love wine then you are going to love todays post. Not only am I going to show you how to host the perfect wine and chocolate pairing party, but I have a pretty sweet giveaway, too! Last month, LINDT contacted me and asked me if I wanted to host a wine and chocolate pairing party… um yeah! I didn’t think twice when the opportunity came about. I love Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate and I drink J. Lohr Estates wine often. It was a match made in heaven. When I started to think about where and when to host this event I decided this would be the ideal event for my brother in-law’s 35th birthday. He is a huge fan of J. Lohr Estates wine and of course loves dark chocolate. My mother in-law and husband had been hard at work on the menu and when I told them I would add in and do a little wine and chocolate pairing after dinner they both got excited. We kept it secret from everyone attending and when the rest of our family and a few friends arrived they are were all shocked and super excited. And also asking when we could start the wine and chocolate tasting! If you follow me on Instagram then you got a sneak peak of the wine and chocolate pairings we indulged on over the weekend.

J. Lohr Estates Wine #PerfectPairing

Here are a few tips on how to host a successful wine and chocolate pairing party:

  1. Set-up everything before your guest arrive. This is a given, but to be honest nothing like running around while guest are arriving to your home. I set this up as soon as I arrived to my mother in-laws house so I wasn’t trying to set up the party while everyone was arriving and/or already at the house.
  2. Don’t forget to chill your wine. As soon as I arrived to my mother in-laws I placed all the bottles of the wine in the wine fridge (my mother in-law is quite the wine connoisseur). Red’s went in the red area and whites in the white area. Give them a few hours to get to the correct temperature. If you don’t have a wine fridge you can place your whites in a regular refrigerator and I like to place the reds in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before drinking. But it’s all preference.
  3. Remove the foil from the bottles prior to the party starting. This will help cut down on time wasted tending to wine bottles and give you more time to tend to your guest.
  4. If at all possible have both red and white wine glasses available. I didn’t have this option, so everyone drank from the single glass I gave them. But if you have enough glasses pair the correct glasses with the correct style of wines.
  5. Have a “dump” bucket available for guest. This is good to have at your table in case your guest don’t decide to drink the sampling of wine you pour for them. Most of my guest would go to the kitchen and rinse out their glasses before we moved on to the next wine.
  6. Keep it casual. Most people are intimidated by wine–not so much by chocolate. So keep it casual. It will make your guest feel more welcomed and they will be interested and not intimidated about learning about the wine and chocolate pairings.
  7. Do your homework. Learn about what wines pair well with what chocolates. You can learn about the five J. Lohr Estates and Lindt EXCELLENCE Chocolates we paired for our party below.

How to Host a Wine & Chocolate Pairing Party

My guest were excited to learn more about Lindt EXCELLENCE and how it allows you to elevate yourself to the ultimate chocolate pleasure experience. I think everyone has heard about the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier’s. Every single piece of chocolate is created by the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier’s unmatched expertise to perfectly combine the most refined intense dark chocolate and the finest ingredients into thin shapes. After we were done with dinner we all headed to the formal dining room where I had our party set-up. Everyone found a spot at the table. My husband is currently installing wood floors for his parents so we all stood around the table (hence the concrete in the background in the above picture). We kept our party super casual. Everyone had been swimming earlier in the day–no one was dressed up. I think it’s important to keep it casual when dealing with wine. Especially for those who might enjoy drinking an occasional glass but feel intimidated. For the purpose of our party and by the request from some of my guest they asked that I not photograph their faces, so I respected their wishes!

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

This by far was my favorite pairing of the evening. The brand new EXCELLENCE Pineapple was delicious. I’m so glad I have a bar leftover from our party because I’ve been eating a square each day as a little daily indulgence. At least half of my guest loved this pairing the best as well!

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: Bright aromas of apples, pears and lemons in this rich, well-balanced Chardonnay pair perfectly with the naturally sweet pineapple and roasted hazelnut pieces in the EXCELLENCE Pineapple bar, providing a delightful finish of caramel and cream. EXCELLENCE Pineapple, masterfully made to pair perfectly with Chardonnay, provides the perfect pairing for lovers of both Chardonnay and dark chocolate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

The EXCELLENCE Intense Orange is intense and full of flavor. It paired beautifully with our second wine of the night. Reislings are on the sweeter side and worked well with this chocolate. It was a toss up as to who loved this pairing, but the end result–everyone was happy they got to try the two together.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: Enticing notes of lychee, pear and orange are present in this bright and luscious wine. It is the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile and equally complex EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. Full fruit flavors and a balanced seam of refreshing acidity work in harmony to create perfection!

Lindt EXCELLENCE Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

Lindt EXCELLENCE Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

This was my husband’s favorite pairing of the night. He loved the sea salt in the EXCELLENCE chocolate.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: The fresh ripe berries in this wine are accompanied by a touch of earth and brown sugar that complement the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt. Together they invoke flavors reminiscent of fresh cream, butter and finish with a pleasant tanginess.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

You have to like spicy food to like the EXCELLENCE Chili! Just keep that in mind with this pairing.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: This is an elegant red wine with deep, rich fruit aromas and flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and prune with a spicy finish. Experience it with EXCELLENCE Chili, a fine aromatic sweet dark chocolate perfumed with premium red chili. Enjoyed together they create spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Everyone decided to clink glasses one last time since we were on our last pairing.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a bouquet of chocolate and hazelnut in this superb wine. Pair it with the balanced and rich EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa, which features notes of tobacco, leather and roasted nuts. They are a match in both depth and body and finish with a creaminess that coats the palate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark Assortment

The next time you want to host a party think about how you can master the art of refinement, and host your very own wine and chocolate pairing party. All of my guest got to go home with a bag of Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark Assortment bags of chocolate as well as a chocolate bar or two of their choice.

Everyone had a great time. The next day, my father in-law was still talking about how much he loved the wine and chocolate pairing party. And then insisted that my mother in-law start opening up multiple bottles at a time so he can have his own wine tasting.

Now, for the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a Lindt Chocolate Gift Box (retailed at $45)! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win. United States residents only, must be 18 years of age or older. One winner will be selected at random. If the widget does not load, please click on the link to enter.

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Learn how easy it is to make this Egg White & Chive Soufflé recipe for your next brunch party!

Egg White & Chive SouffléI’ve loved egg whites from as long as I could remember. My mom tells me that she would serve me sunny-side up eggs when I was 3/4 years of age. I would eat around the yolk and only eat the egg white. So she finally realized that I didn’t like the yolk. And that’s how I began eating egg whites. It’s definitely not a decision I made at the ripe age of 4 to eat healthier. It was simply by taste. To be honest, to this day, the yolk repulses me. I finally learned how to make scrambled eggs in my 20′s. My husband will tell you it took me a lot of practice, because I refused to taste them. So I learned by him telling me what it needed. Now I can make mean scrambled eggs. Just in the past two years I’ve learned how to make eggs over medium or easy… my husband loves them and tries to make them he says he can never make them as good as I can. So I’ve totally mastered cooking the yolk filled eggs, but it’s just not my thing. When I was pregnant I pretty much stopped making my husband eggs because I would gag wayyyyy too much during the 2 minute cooking process. The yolk was repulsing me even more so than ever before. Even making egg whites would give me challenges some days.

Egg White & Chive Soufflé

So I was happy once I gave birth that I could finally eat some eggs! Egg whites to be exact.
The same morning I made my husband and cousin the ham egg and cheese breakfast casserole is whipped up two lovely egg white and chive soufflés. Light and fluffy and full of flavor. The best part is that I made an extra one and reheated the next morning for a quick breakfast. I’ve yet to make individual soufflés while entertaining but one of these days I plan too. They are so easy to make and seem fancy enough to impress others!

Katie Original Recipe

Egg White & Chive Soufflé

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2

Egg White & Chive Soufflé

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsp 2% Milk
  • 1 tbsp Chives
  • 2 tbsp White Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cooking Spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together egg whites until bubbles appear. Then add in the 2% milk, chives, and salt and pepper.
  3. Coat ramekins with cooking spray. Then pour in the egg white mixture, and top each ramekin with one tablespoon white cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for 400 degrees for 20 minutes until golden brown on top and egg whites have risen. Enjoy immediately, or cool to room temperature and reheat the next day to eat!
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Learn how to make this irresistible rub and make my recipe for Grilled Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin.

Learn how to make this irresistible rub and make my recipe for Grilled Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin.

We probably eat pork tenderloin at least twice a month in our home. I buy a 2-pack from Costco, make one while it’s fresh and the other goes in the freezer for a rainy day. I almost always make a Greek Pork Tenderloin… it’s easy to make and super flavorful. The other one will get grilled or sometimes I’ll get fancy and turn my oven on and roast it. I’ll season it with salt and pepper and cut a few slits in the meat and stuff it with garlic cloves. I wasn’t in the mood for either the other week and decided that I would make a rub.
I love to grill the pork tenderloin. This sweet and savory rub for the pork tenderloin is out of this world delicious. I combined chili powder, smoke paprika, a little brown sugar and cinnamon. The rub and pork tenderloin turned out delicious. I paired it with baked sweet potatoes, wilted spinach and grilled black pepper asparagus. I’m all for making two vegetables with dinner each night and most nights I’ll make a salad too. I love to get our veggies in. The photos of this pork tenderloin do not do it justice, but trust me its delicious. So if your looking to switch up your dinner regimen… try grilling a pork tenderloin with this easy to make brown sugar chili rub!
Katie Original Recipe
Grilled Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4

Grilled Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil

Directions

  1. Preheat grill on high heat. Clean and reduce heat down to medium.
  2. While grill is preheating make the rub. In a bowl, combine the chili powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and ground cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. Rinse and dry off the pork tenderloin, place on a plate. Then pour the grape seed oil on top of the pork tenderloin. Sprinkle half the rub on top, rub seasoning all over the pork tenderloin then flip the pork tenderloin over and use the rest of the rub on the pork. Once the pork is fully coated place on the grill. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping once at the 10 minute mark. Internal temperature of pork should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice and serve immediately
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