Category: Recipes & Techniques

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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Culinary Classic: Meat Pies

It’s said that the word pie comes from magpie, a type of bird known for collecting and hording small items. In that way, a pie can be thought of as a collection of ingredients, secreted away inside a crust.

A pie is technically a dish with a baked filling topped with a crust. The top crust is usually pastry but can be another topping, such as biscuit or mashed potato (as in a shepherd’s pie).

Traditionally a pie, whether savory or sweet, has just a top crust. However, it can have a bottom crust, as in most American-style pies. And on the other hand, in Britain a sweet filling baked in just a shallow bottom crust is called a tart.

But our interest lies in those all-in-one meals, those warm-you-to-your-toes dishes, those comfort-food favorites: savory meat pies.

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Grilled Pork Hand Pie. Photo courtesy of the National Pork Board. For more information visit porkbeinspired.com.

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3 Delicious Recipes to Celebrate Spring Holidays

Spring is almost here! We see the tell-tale signs—the weather is getting warmer, the foliage is getting greener, and it’s almost time for Easter and Passover. The most memorable way to celebrate these spring holidays is with family, friends, and great food. We’ve compiled 3 great recipes for oh-so-perfect springtime dishes for your holiday feasts.

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Culinary DIY: Queso

Queso, which is Spanish for cheese, is an appetizer of melted cheeses and peppers. Queso is typically served as a sauce for nachos in Tex-Mex restaurants. Want to wow your guests with a homemade version of this restaurant-style appetizer? We’ll walk you through the steps for a seriously good queso!

Culinary DIY: Queso

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Bone-In Hip Sirloin: Big, Bold & Beefy

Sirloin is right up there among the most popular steaks cuts, second only in most peoples’ preference to filet mignon, rib steak, or strip steak. While it is inherently big on beefy flavor and tenderness, sirloin’s general availability nowadays is limited to cuts from which the bone has been removed. And as everyone should know, bone-in beef has more flavor than boneless beef.

Wagyu Bone In Hip Steak

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Foam on the Range: Cooking with Beer

You can do a whole lot more with beer than just drink it.

In fact, Men’s Health Magazine cites a total of 31 uses for beer, none of which have anything to do with tossing one down the hatch, yet 8 of which have to do with cooking—if you count the one about scaling fish (with the bottle cap, not the brew).

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