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Published:February 12th, 2009 16:47 EST

Beef-worthy recipes for home-cooked Valentine`s Day Meals

By Rocco Loosbrock

If you`re a beef fan like me, and you enjoy USDA Prime Beef, visit is the home of great ad campaign, "Beef, it`s what`s for dinner."

The Beef Check-off Program has a wealth of restaurant concepts and recipes
created for the at-home cook. All recipes are created and thoroughly tested
by expert chefs in the Beef and Veal Culinary Center. For you at home cooks,
you can find a ton of beef-worthy recipes for home-cooked Valentine`s Day

I found two recipes that I thought were stand outs: 
Grilled Beef Steaks with Espresso-Bourbon Sauce and the Porterhouse and Twice-Baked Potato for Two.

Grilled Beef Steaks with Espresso-Bourbon Sauce Recipe:
4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick
(about 4 ounces each) or 2 well-trimmed boneless beef top loin
(strip) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 2-1/2 pounds)
Salt and pepper
Espresso-Bourbon Sauce:
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation instructions:

Combine all sauce ingredients, except pepper, in small saucepan; bring to a
boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or until sauce is thickened
and reduced by about half, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper. Keep warm.

Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill tenderloin
steaks, uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes (top loin steaks 15 to 18 minutes) for
medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Season with salt and
pepper, as desired. Serve with sauce.

Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock

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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club