Category: Recipes & Techniques

Celebrate National Chili Month!

October is National Chili Month. Nothing is better on a crisp autumn day to chase the chills away than a big bowl of hearty chili.  Whether you go with beans or no beans, beef or chicken, mild or spicy, this comfort food favorite is guaranteed to warm you down to your toes.

In honor of National Chili Month, we’ve compiled all of our best chili resources to help you make the ultimate chili.


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Culinary DIY – How To: Butcher a Tenderloin

The tenderest cuts of beef come from the aptly named tenderloin. And, when you look at the price of the most desirable center portions of tenderloin, filet mignon and Chateaubriand, they are also the most expensive cuts of beef.

Whole Tenderloin

However, the tenderloin also yields cuts that, by comparison to the filet and Chateau, are less expensive yet have the same tenderness and flavor as the prized center cuts.

The shape of the tenderloin tapers from the head (large end) to the tail (small end). Both ends can be roasted, sliced into small steaks, or cut into cubes or strips for kabobs, stir frys, stroganoff, and so much more.

So, with a couple of sharp knives and a game plan, buying a whole tenderloin is a comparatively economic way to enjoy of range of meals with some simple home butchering skills.

To watch a video of this tutorial, click here.

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6 Ways to Make Appetizers Better with Bacon

Pretty much any great party has great appetizers or finger foods—whether they’re passed or plated hors d’oeuvres or a casual spread of one-bite snacks.

And the surefire way to make anything better is to just add bacon. The same holds true for appetizers as well. Here’s a list of 6 delicious ways to incorporate everyone’s culinary favorite into your next party spread.

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Ask the Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Filet Mignon Recipe?

August 13th is one of our favorite food holidays—it’s National Filet Mignon Day! Cut from the aptly named tenderloin, filet mignon is supremely tender. As long as it’s not overcooked, you can cut filet mignon with a fork and it melts in your mouth.

Filet Mignon always ranks among our customers’ favorite steaks. So we asked the Lobel family of butchers: what’s your favorite way to prepare filet mignon?

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Grilled Surf and Turf: Romance is in the Air

What could be better on a balmy summer’s evening? Clear skies and a gentle breeze. Just the two of you. And something hot on the grill to get things started right.

In addition to being synonymous with celebration, extravagance, and special occasions, surf and turf is most closely associated with romance. Two different elements: meat and seafood residing together in harmony on the same plate.

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You’ve Never Seen a Rib Roast Like This…

You might think you’ve seen amazing cooking videos. You might think you know how to cook a rib roast. You might think you know a thing or two about backyard smoking. But you’ve never seen anything quite like this.

Our friend Troy of “T-Roy Cooks” YouTube channel has outdone himself again.

We sent Troy a USDA Prime Dry-Aged Bone-In Rib Roast. Just wait till you see what he did with it.

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Summer Culinary Checklist – 10 Fun & Delicious Ways to Enjoy Summer

It’s finally (officially) summer! The days are long and the nights are warm. Summer is the time for dinners cooked outside on the grill and plenty of backyard barbecues with friends and family. Are you looking for fresh and exciting ways to enjoy this summer? Do you want to expand your culinary horizons?

Here is a list of 10 ways to make this summer fun and delicious.

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15 Recipes with Wine for National Wine Day

National Wine Day is May 25 and we want you to be able to celebrate to the fullest! We’ve put together this list of 15 recipes that feature wine for both outdoor and indoor cooking. So pour yourself a glass—or two—and enjoy some of our favorite recipes with wine!

Couple Sharing Wine

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Top 5 Steaks for Grilling

After a long, cold winter, grilling season is finally here! When it comes to springtime dining, nothing is better than a backyard filled with the amazing, one-of-a-kind aroma of steaks on a hot grill.

Are you ready to get grilling? Here is a list of the top 5 steaks for grilling this Grilling Season.


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How to Take Your Easter Ham to the Next Level

Along with the first blooming crocus, the sighting of the first robin, pro baseball training camps, and the tapping of maple trees for their sap, an Easter ham is one of the most celebrated and classic signs of spring.

In days gone by, hams were cured, smoked, and dried by hanging in the fall, wintering over until early spring when the first emerging hams were brought to table.

And the crowning touch to any magnificent ham is a complementary glaze that counterbalances the fundamental flavors of a smoked ham. It is the point of departure that distinguishes one ham from the next.

Photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com.

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