Article: September, 2013

Cheeseburger Deluxe

Cheeseburgers are loved for their beefiness, their affinity with a wide assortment of toppings, and their ooey-gooey goodness! Everyone, it seems, has a favorite and will most likely weigh in on the subject eagerly. In honor of National Cheeseburger Day–on September 18–we’ve rounded up our best cheeseburger recipes in one place for easy access. We’ve even included some recipes without cheese so you can add whatever cheese you’d like!

BBQ Cheeseburger

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The Art of Reduction

A really great sauce, stew, or soup takes some time to develop. Think of your favorite spaghetti sauce over a low-and-slow, steady simmer for hours upon hours. On the other hand, a rolling boil on high heat achieves the same objective in a matter of minutes when making a quick stove-top sauce.

Either way, the goal is evaporation. Getting rid of excess water naturally concentrates flavors lending depth and complexity, the foundations of a peak taste experience.

When it comes to beef, evaporation plays a crucial role in the dry-aging process. Over the course of the 6 weeks or so that Lobel’s dry ages its USDA Prime, Natural Prime, and Wagyu Beef, the meat loses about 30% of its weight through water evaporation. During this time, the size of the piece of meat physically shrinks and the flavor of the beef concentrates into the buttery, nutty flavor that is the hallmark of Lobel’s dry-aged beef.

Similarly when you let a big pot of sauce, stock, or soup steam away, you’ll notice that, over time, the volume of liquid shrinks and the surface level gets lower and lower in the pot.

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Culinary Classic: Schnitzel

Schnitzel also goes by other regional names—dishes you might not otherwise associate with name schnitzel, but would recognize by the similarity of preparation techniques.

Escalope, scallopine, scallop, cutlet—these are among the myriad names used for the same cuts of meat and poultry that make schnitzel. (more…)

Spotlight on Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is one of those condiments that we consider a must-have in any home chef’s pantry. But not just any old bottle from the supermarket will do. It must be a true balsamic. What constitutes a true balsamic? Read on to find out.

And once you learn more and refine your taste for balsamic vinegar, you’ll likely find that you want to have several in your pantry for different uses.

Photo Courtesy of Sid Wainer & Son

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