Warm Up Colder Months with These Budget-Friendly, Aromatic Braises

At the beginning of a new year, we tend to dial back on extravagance and entertaining to focus on the return to busy, everyday family life. And in doing so, we look for ways to economize—not only our budget, but our most precious commodity as well: time.

To that end, we’ve put together our most valuable resources to help you create crowd-pleasing, braised comfort food in your own kitchen.

Braised Brisket


This Decadent Recipe will Make Your Valentine’s Day Delicious

A rich, decadent treat, these stuffed veal chops—crisp with bread crumb crust and oozing with fontina cheese—are an impressive and elegant choice for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home.

The chops can be assembled long before dinnertime and take only about 15 minutes to cook. Serve with simply prepared spinach or Swiss chard and sautéed mushrooms.


10 Perfect Cuts for the Holiday Made for Two

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”  — Dr. Seuss

Valentine’s Day, the lovers’ holiday for just the two of you. It’s time to let the rest of the world fall away and embrace what brings you together. It’s time to celebrate your union.

In Shakespeare’s time, it became fashionable to send sentiments of love on February 14. That was the day on which two fifth-century Christians named Valentine were martyred on the same day, but in different years.

From there, as they say, the rest is history.

Today, Valentine’s Day is known as a day for pulling out all the stops and spoiling your sweetheart. Rather than braving the hustle and bustle of a crowded restaurant, consider a romantic dinner for two created in your own kitchen with your own hands.

These are some of our favorite cuts for celebrating an intimate Valentine’s Day in.


New Recipe! Mark’s Savory Meatloaf

Picture yourself sitting down to a warm and cozy meal with your family. You have all the components ready to go: the table is set, the drinks are poured, and family is just sitting down. On the table you’ve got creamy mashed potatoes and a crisp garden salad. What comes out of the oven? Mark Lobel would say, “My meatloaf recipe!”

Mark loves using Lobel’s All-Purpose Savory Seasoning so much that he created this recipe just to showcase it!


Sous Vide: The Race for Counter Space

Two of the most popular new appliances on the market are instant pots, otherwise known as multi-function pressure cookers, and air fryers, an appliance that uses convection cooking—rather than hot fat—to produce crispiness.

In recent years, it has seemed as if instant pots and air fryers were going to slug it out as to which appliance would win the battle for limited counter space in home kitchens.

Then, sous vide came into play when the technology was scaled down from large-scale, heat-and-eat product manufacturing to an appliance that fits on your counter top.

Sous vide is French for “under vacuum,” a warm water-bath method of cooking that offers epicureans at home a level of predictable precision like no other cooking method, producing consistent results every time.


How To Pan Roast the Perfect Steak

How To Pan-roast the Perfect Steak

Do you know how to pan-cook a perfect steak? Let America’s #1 family of butchers show you how!

There are 8 steps to a perfect steak and the ingredient list is simpler than you think.


Culinary Classic: Beef Stroganoff

Although Russian in origin, Beef Stroganoff is largely a variation on a French dish of sautéed beef and a pan sauce made with mustard as the primary flavor agent. What makes Stroganoff Russian is the pre-eminence of sour cream in the dish’s flavor profile.

In the French classic, Emincé de Boeuf à la Moutarde, the recipe calls for crème fraiche and a mid-strength prepared mustard. In Stroganoff, those ingredients are exchanged for sour cream. The result is a piquancy in the Stroganoff that is not evident in the French original.


Ask the Butcher: Heading Towards 2019

New Year’s is a time to reflect on the past and consider what the future holds. When looking back on the year just passed, certain things stand out and become embedded in our lives.

A new year is also a very personal occasion to celebrate: Do you just go to bed and hope for the best or do you bring in the new year with fanfare, gusto, and a positive outlook?

We decided to ask the Lobel family of butchers what food finds stood out most for them in 2018. And, we asked about their plans for New Year’s Eve and Day.


8 Recipe Ideas for your New Year’s Eve Celebration

Sometimes you just need to indulge—and ringing in the new year is the perfect occasion for decadent celebrations.

Whether you’re entertaining a large group of friends or hosting an intimate gathering for New Year’s Eve, make the night memorable with delicious recipes from Lobel’s of New York.

We’ve put together a list of 8 of our favorite recipes for a New Year’s Eve celebration.


Recipe: Chateaubriand Roast with Bordelaise Sauce

No roast is more elegant than a Chateaubriand Roast. Even with a simple preparation, this roast is exquisite.

Chateaubriand is cut from the center of the whole tenderloin. One of the most versatile and highly prized of all beef roasts, tenderloin is leaner than most and tender beyond belief.

This roast, paired with a rich and flavorful Bordelaise sauce, will be the perfect centerpiece for an intimate dinner party or Sunday supper.


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