Category: Culinary DIY

Culinary DIY: Candied Bacon – Making a Good Thing Even Better

Bacon, bacon, and more bacon. Bacon at every turn.

Has any other sort of meat ever caused such frenzied euphoria?

No, it’s not a cult—too many believers, and more and more converts every day.

The fascination with bacon has exploded exponentially.  It is a mass movement, or—some might say—mass hysteria over salty, smoky strips of lean and fat joined in a marriage made in epicurean heaven.

Culinary DIY: Candied Bacon

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Culinary DIY: Sweetheart Steak

When you mean “I love you,” say it with steak

Here’s a delight for the eye as well as the palate: The Sweetheart Steak—a boneless rib or strip steak butterflied into the shape of a heart. As you might imagine this is a popular presentation for birthdays, anniversaries and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

And while you can have one of Lobel’s master butchers butterfly a steak for you, here are DIY instructions to butterfly at home.

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Culinary DIY: Dumplings

Dumplings are one half of the quintessential comfort food: chicken and dumplings. There’s a reason we’ve already written about it in our Culinary Classic: Chicken and Dumplings. Sure, you can have chicken soup without dumplings and you can certainly enjoy it that way, but once you add dumplings to soup, you really take it to the next level.

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Culinary DIY: Compound Butter

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Butter makes everything better, right? Spreading some on a freshly baked roll, adding a pat to a muffin that’s hot out of the oven, slathering it on toasted cornbread—or just about any baked good.

Did you know you can even make butter better? Try making a compound butter. You might have tasted a delicious concoction in some form or another at a restaurant. A compound butter is very simply butter with a few additional ingredients that can enhance the flavor of whatever you’re making.

Think it would be too difficult to create at home? It’s not!

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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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Culinary DIY: Salsa

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Salsa, which is literally translated as the Spanish word for “sauce,” can take many forms. Salsa roja uses cooked tomatoes, while salsa cruda, pico de gallo, and salsa fresca use all raw ingredients. Salsa verde calls for tomatillos and is a delightful green color. And these are just a few of the many variations.
Prepared salsas sold in jars in the United States are always cooked to lengthen their shelf life so they can be sold in grocery stores and markets.
However, once you’ve tried fresh, homemade salsa, practically no mass-produced, jarred variety can compare. Here we show you how to make a chunky pico de gallo.

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Culinary DIY: Gravy

Every fluffy mashed, crunchy roasted, crispy fried, or creamy boiled potato cries out for a bath of concentrated richness of pan juices treated right.

Leftover gravy need never go to waste. So versatile, you’ll run out of gravy before you run out of ways to incorporate it into other recipes—from pot pies, hot sandwiches, and rice dishes to a topping for breakfast hash or Benedict-style egg entrees.

But don’t worry, you can always make more.

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Culinary DIY: Guacamole

Guacamole is a Mexican side dish that can seem like a difficult task to take on at home. Following these steps will guide you on your way to making crowd-pleasing guacamole.

Culinary DIY: Guacamole

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Culinary DIY: BBQ Sauce

A good barbecue sauce is a complex interplay of flavors, balanced among sweet, sour, salty, and savory.

Regional styles of barbecue sauces vary most in their sweetness. Starting in the east with Carolina barbecue, which is noted for its tart, vinegary emphasis. Mustard is another characteristic flavor of eastern barbecue sauce. The farther west you travel, barbecue sauce becomes thicker, more tomatoey, and sweeter.

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Culinary DIY: Bacon-Wrapped Steaks

When it comes to DIY in the kitchen, some things are harder than others. For instance, getting a hollandaise sauce just right might take some patience and practice. But today we’re bringing you something so simple, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it with every steak you’ve ever eaten.

Wrap it in bacon.

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