Welcome to the Kzoodad Steakhouse!

I have partnered with Life of Dad and Idahoan® Foods for this campaign, but my opinions and story are my own.

My girls, like many kids, love going out to eat. They get excited any time they get the chance to go out to a restaurant. If they were given the choice, we would go out to eat every night. One of their favorite restaurants is the local steakhouse. They love to see the big steaks, eat the biscuits and peanuts before the meal, and of course, they love the hearty soups.

Usually, I am all for going out. It isn’t that I don’t like to cook. I actually enjoy it. But I hate cleaning up after a meal, and anytime I can eat a meal and have someone else do the dishes I’m happy. Unfortunately, as my wife has informed me, we aren’t made of money and going out to eat every night is not an option.

I started to look through the pantry trying to figure out dinner when I saw it… A couple of packages of Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups. A hearty soup that helps bring the steakhouse experience home without the hours it would take to make the soup from scratch. Like I said above I love to cook, especially soup. It isn’t much of a stretch to even call me the #kingofsoup.  From thick chowders to thin broths I can make it all. Often I will spend entire days making sure a pot of soup comes out just right. But I don’t always have the time to dedicate to a full day to cooking. That is why the quick cook time of Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups makes it ideal. Great soup, and less then 15 minutes to make.

Then it hit me. If we couldn’t go out to the steakhouse, I was going to bring the steakhouse here. The girls and I were going to create a steakhouse right at home. The Kzoodad Steakhouse was going to be open for business tonight.

What makes a Steakhouse?

I sat with the girls and we talked about what we needed to make our home steakhouse a reality. Here is their list:

  • A big steak  
  • Potato soup
  • Some sort of veggies
  • Biscuits
  • Peanuts
  • A menu they could color
  • Beer (I added this one)

While the girls started working on the menus and the peanuts, I started to cook.  The biscuits went in first, followed soon by the carrots so they would have time to roast. Next, I prepped and seasoned and started the steak. The soup was the last item to prepare, which consisted of dumping the bag into some boiling water and whisking it together. Quick, easy and only one pot to clean later.
It wasn’t long before my dinner started to come together.  The girls finished making the menus and were ready to order. Luckily for me, they both ordered the steak, carrots, and of course, the potato soup. I don’t know what I would have done if they decided on a last minute change to chicken.

After a quick reminder not to fill up on peanuts, I returned to the kitchen and brought out their Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups, Creamy Potato flavor, which they happily ate and even asked for seconds. Working as fast as I could I assembled the rest of their meal. The girls started digging in, but just a “real” steakhouse they barely touched the steak after filling up on soup, biscuits, and peanuts.  More for me!

As the girls scampered off to play, my wife and I finished our meals. With dinner winding down I asked her “What did you think of my steakhouse?” In a split second, she proclaimed, “The food was great, but who’s going to clean this up?” as she pointed at the ground. There under the girls’ seats were all the peanut shells. So, I guess there is one part of the steakhouse experience I missed!


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Bryan Alkire

Bryan is a Stay at Home Dad from Kalamazoo MI. Every day he is lucky enough to experience the joys and struggles of raising his two young girls. His older daughter, a brain tumor survivor, has just started school. His younger daughter is a ball of energy that always keeps him on his toes. He chronicles his adventures with his girls and beautiful wife on his blog www.kzoodad.com. When not watching the girls he plays golf (badly), enjoys craft beer, and working on that book he keeps promising to get done.

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