Article: July, 2012

The Flavors of Summer

From buttery corn on the cob to cool mint mojitos, favorite summertime foods abound. This collection of summer-inspired flavors is sure to whet your appetite. We’ve included all the summertime classics, from basic preparations like pasta primavera, to unexpected treats like grilled balsamic strawberries!
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Getting Saucy with Your Food

There’s absolutely no limit to what combinations of solid and liquid ingredients can be called a sauce. From soy to salsa, the textures, flavors, and purposes vary widely and are used at any and every point in the cooking process from the first step of preparation right up to the point of presentation at table.

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Mise en Place Part I: Oil

In this classic three-part mise en place, oil multitasks by binding the salt and pepper, lubricating the surface of the meat to enhance development of an exterior crust and to keep the meat from sticking to the cooking vessel, and, depending on your choice of oil, contributing to the overall flavor of the prepared meat.

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Ask the Butcher: What do you put on your hot dog?

Hot dogs are the perfect menu item for a lazy summer day, a quick-grill dinner, a picnic on the beach, or a cook-out with friends. To celebrate all that the hot dog is, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council has declared July as National Hot Dog Month! There is even National Hot Dog Day on July 20 for all hot dog lovers to load up the toppings and devour their favorite franks.

It’s not just all about the best steaks with the Lobels—they enjoy a great grilled dog as well! Curious to know what a master butcher puts on his hot dog? So were we—so we asked!

Hot Dog

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