Article: August, 2012

August is National Sandwich & Panini Month!


We love all the crazy national food holidays. It gives us a chance to talk with our fans and customers about a variety of foods, from the unique and odd to the everyday and traditional. This month it’s National Sandwich Month and National Panini Month. So we put our culinary thinking caps on and put together this guide to all things sandwich. We hope you’re hungry, because we’ve gone way beyond PB&J!

Grilled Chicken Kabob Sandwich

Mise en Place Part II: Salt

Talk about multitasking! Salt has been in use since ancient times and has, some say, 14,000 distinct uses. It is our oldest spice, and yet, so much more.

Earliest discoveries of salt-production plants date back to more than 8,000 years to Romania and China. Ancient Egyptians traded salted foods to the Phoenicians in return for cedar, glass, and a dye for the color purple, among other precious goods.

Australian Pink Salt

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Ask the Butcher: What’s your favorite summertime meal?

As summer rounds the bend of the seasonal road, we tend to think of how to make the most of the last few weeks of summer that we have left. Whether it be relaxing on the porch with an iced tea, lounging in the shade reading a book, enjoying your favorite summertime meal with your family, or a backyard barbeque with your friends. We asked the Lobels to share their favorite meals of the season—one they’ll be enjoying before summer’s end!

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Culinary Classics: Steak Diane

Steak Diane is the classic sauté with pan sauce for carnivores who prefer flair in their meal presentation—and enjoy a bit of flare with their tableside preparation.

On the U.S.front in post-WWII days, casseroles, croquettes, creamed vegetables, chiffon pies, TV dinners, anything you could wrap in bacon, drive-ins, and an expanding range of modern boxed, canned, and frozen convenience foods prevailed in the marketplace and on home dinner tables. GIs returning from European and Asian war fronts brought with them a new-found appetite for ethnic foods, albeit considerably dumbed-down in many cases so as not to offend previously cloistered, yet newly experimental, American palates.

And beef was king!

Steak Diane

 

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Ask the Butcher: USDA Grades of Beef

Ever wonder what the difference is between Prime, Choice, and Select beef? How do they look different? What’s the difference in taste, texture, and flavor? In this video Mark Lobel, 5th generation butcher from venerated Lobel’s, explains it all.

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