October 30, 2008

La Cense Petit Sirloin with Beurre Blanc and a giveaway


There have been a couple of offers for free foodstuffs that I've passed up since I started my foodblog but the offer of free grass-fed beef was beyond my breaking point. What intrigues me tremendously is the better heath of the animals as well as a better product that is potentially better for you. I've searched for good local grass-fed but haven't really been thrilled with what I've found in the Detroit area. Then I was contacted by the Grass-fed Party site with an offer to try their beef.

Last week I received my package. I was on my way out of town and the still solidly frozen meat transferred easily to my freezer to await my return. My trail package contained 4 burgers, 2 petit sirloins and a rib eye. This week I decided to defrost and try the whole steaks first. I knew they would be ready to go today so I made an extra special purchase at Whole Foods yesterday...REAL BUTTER. I know, this is supposed to be a dairy-free site but I just had to!

When it came time to eat I reduced the wine, shallot and a splash of champagne vinegar until syrupy and then pan seared the two sirloins. For the sauce, I followed the proportions in The Professional Chef but they are the same as the Alton Brown recipe that I'll link to at the end. The petite sirloins were both a perfect deck of card sized portion of meat which was great for me. While the steaks rested I added the butter to finish the sauce (no cream, that's cheating). The steaks were flavorful and fairly lean. John, who is the pickiest steak eater, liked his a lot. We're probably going to fight over the rib eye for a steak and egg breakfast.

Follow these links to learn more:
Alton Brown's Raymond Beurre Blanc
Join the Grass-fed Party
La Cense Beef

The Giveaway!
If you'd like to try a sample of La Cense grass-fed beef leave a comment between now and midnight Saturday November 8th with the line Where's the beef? (My grandmother Margaret loved to say that back in the day.) To be eligible you must live in the US. You'll receive: 2 burger patties and 1 petit sirloin

Update: La Cense is offering 1lb. of free Ground Steak Burger for any purchase over $75. The only way to get this offer is by visiting this link to La Cense Beef and using the code “GFP75”.

36 comments:

doggybloggy said...

where's the beef- simple enough...that steak looks tasty

Pam said...

Lucky! That looks lovely. The sauce is making my mouth water.

Cherylharris said...

gosh, I'd love it. I can't afford grass fed usually, and just can't get myself to eat the other stuff.
thanks so much!

Adam said...

Where's the Beef? Hopefully in my stomach :)

I laughed at the banner on the top post. I wish grass fed beef was running for president :)

Kate said...

I can't pass up possible free meat! So here goes--Where's the beef?

Cheryl said...

Yum, steak!

Only, mine without the buerre blanc, please. Just some freshly cracked black pepper and maybe a little garlic. ;-)

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Deda said...

Where's the beef? -Hoping it's on it's way to us in Brooklyn.

Jennifer said...

Wow, that looks amazing!

NHmommy said...

Where's the beef? Come to NH!!!

Stacy and Brian said...

Yummy! This looks fantastic. A recipe I'd love to try. Thanks for the give-away! Stacy

Drew Kime said...

Where's the beef?

I've been looking for local grass-fed, too. I guess if my meat is going to be shipped long-distance, it might as well be shipped from a pasture instead of a CAFO.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Where's the beef? I love and only eat grass fed but I have yet to try La Cense Beef. I would love to give it a try!

Leanna said...

Where's the beef?

Jessi said...

Where's the beef?

I've recently decided to give up corn fed beef and I would love to try this.

Colloquial Cook said...

;-) "Where's the beef" - I can almost hear your grandma!
Your pictures are mouthwatering - I mean, the pumpkin soup I'm having for dinner is lovely, but I would be please with a rib eye too :-)
Thanks!

We Are Never Full said...

wow. i know this is a dairy free blog but WHOA... i'm drooling over that sauce.

Patsyk said...

Where's the beef? I haven't thought about that phrase in AGES! I've wanted to try grass fed beef for awhile, but haven't been able to find anything locally so far.

Passionate About Baking said...

That looks great to me...I think you've done the free offer full justice dear girl. Never let a good offer go by!!!

Dawn said...

Where's the beef? Hopefully, on its way to my house! ;)

Tessa said...

Where's the beef? Send it to my boyfriend, he'll love it!

Jude said...

Looks great.. I've recently converted to grass fed beef and I should've done it a long time ago.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness! Where's the beef?

I hope it's on its way to me! :-)

tastefultart said...

Hi Maggie,

Thanks for you comment today. How did you come across me?
I like your site too, the mushroom post is fascinating.
Where's the Beef?

Good luck with the kitchen, what a joy to create your own culinary kingdom.
Johanna.

Bekah said...

would love to win!

Courtney said...

I have never heard of this company but plan to look into it.

Where's the beef? I love that line cause well I am a beefacholic!

Paul said...

Looks delicious! Where's the beef?

Jen (Modern Beet) said...

WHERE'S THE BEEF?
yum! your dish looks delicious... at first glance I thought it was a mustard sauce, but no! it's Beurre Blanc... mmmmmm, a favorite around here

Anonymous said...

Where's the beef?

I wish there was a place to purchase grass fed beef in my small GA town... :(

Anonymous said...

Where's the beef?

Watch King Corn- A documentary about corn growers that is based off the book Omnivore's dillema by Michael Pollack. It'll tell you all about corn fed beef.

Melissa said...

Where's the beef?

Amy said...

Where's the beef?? I love a good steak!

Chaya said...

Where's the beef? Is this where we're supposed to leave the comment? Do you need my address?

Hillary said...

I did an interview with Bill Kurtis on grass fed beef. I would love to win some! Thanks for the opportunity.

Ron Merlin said...

Where's the beef?

Todd and Alan said...

Where's the beef? :-)

Sam Sotiropoulos said...

Ahh, that steak looks amazing. Grass-fed is always the better way to go IMO. After all, the corn and grain-fed animals are a large part of the reason our food supply is making many people sick these days. I long for the day when Big Food is replaced by small farms producing whole foods once again. My wife and I keep a kitchen garden through the summer and autumn, and we shop at a local farmer's market weekly where we find real foods and though we pay a little more than we would at a "mainstream" supermarket, it is worth every penny.