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Spice Explorer: Za ‘atar

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Do you find yourself using the same tried-and-true spices and herbs for seasoning the same dish over and over again? Want to get exotic? You don’t have to fly around the planet to get that experience. You can do it right in your own kitchen.

With Spice Explorer, we’re going to take you on a trip, a journey of palate-pleasing discoveries. Every culture has certain flavor characteristics that make its cuisine unique, distinctive, identifiable. Take for example garam masala, the foundation of Indian curries; 5-spice powder in Chinese dishes; togorashi in Japanese cuisine; or jerk seasoning in Jamaican cookery.

Inject your cooking with new life and new flavors from around the world by following Lobel’s Spice Explorer. Buckle up! Here we go!

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Culinary Classic: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

How can so many home cooks and restaurants bastardize one of the most fantastic and classic Roman pasta dishes as if it doesn’t matter?

Originally created from pantry staples for a fast, late-night meal, Spaghetti alla Carbonara is so sorely misinterpreted. It is difficult to find the real thing unless you make it yourself.

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Cut of the Month: St. Louis Ribs

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

Unlike Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and the Carolinas, St. Louis, MO, is not often mentioned in the same breath when listing the capitals of American Southern-style barbecue. But it does lend its name to one of the primary types of pork ribs.

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Ask the Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Grilled Meal?

Summer is in full swing! The days are long and the weather is beautiful, which can only mean one thing—it’s officially cookout season! We asked the Lobels to tell us about their favorite grilled meals for backyard entertaining.

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Grilled Pizza: You Might Never Want Store-Bought Again

“As American as apple pie” is often heard to convey our deep and abiding affection for a bakery staple that is symbolic of everything entwined with our national identity and patriotic pride.

But as history proves, apple pie isn’t originally American at all. And given the run of popularity, we could just as easily claim that another import tugs at Americans heart strings and palates: “As American as pizza pie.”

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Culinary Classic: Pasta & Macaroni Salad

There are few people who have never enjoyed a good pasta or macaroni salad. These side dishes have become synonymous with picnics and cookouts. However, that was not always the case. These dishes did not start to gain popularity in the United States until the mid-20th Century. Now, they are a staple at any summer gathering and come in many different varieties.

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Not your Ordinary Burger

Not Your Ordinary Burger

Of course, starting with Lobel’s Ground Beef is the shortest route to an unforgettable burger. But the way you top it, stuff it, or spice it makes that burger uniquely yours—your signature recipe for the indelibly incredible homemade burger. (more…)

Sweeten up Springtime with Grilled Desserts

Sweeten up Springtime with Grilled Desserts

In addition to soaking up sunshine, one of the best parts of springtime is heading outside and taking a deep breath of that fresh spring air–and then you smell it–someone in your neighborhood is grilling! It smells so wonderful–it makes you want to fire up your own grill right there on the spot.

And we’re all in favor of that. In fact, we think there’s hardly anything that can’t be made on the grill. Have you ever prepared your entire meal on the grill? Dinner, sides, and dessert? That’s right–even sweet, delicious desserts can be grilled.

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Culinary Classic: Argentine Grilled Skirt Steak

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Gaucho Cuisine: Wood, Fire, and Skirt Steak

Argentines are mad about beef. As a nation, they consume more beef per capita than any other populace on the face of the earth. And among all cuts of beef, skirt steak is the hands-down favorite.
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Grilling Tools: Instant-Read Thermometer

A digital instant-read thermometer is the quickest and most accurate way to know the internal temperature of whatever you are cooking. And measuring the internal temperature is the most accurate way to know how “done” your food is.

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