Category: Recipes & Techniques

Tabletop Searing: Mission Accomplished

From apartment dwellers to the inveterate griller who wants a grill at the ready whenever and wherever, charcoal tabletop grills, like Weber’s Smokey Joe, are ideal for a day at the beach, an off-road adventure, tailgating in a stadium parking lot, or a picnic in the park. They are a practical solution anywhere a full-size grill is impractical.

Small size is a distinct advantage when you’re talking about travel worthiness. However, it’s a disadvantage when you want a fire hot enough to handle searing effectively.

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How To: Braise Video

Braising is a moist-heat method of cooking that renders large and/or tough cuts of meat and poultry fork-tender and surrounded by luscious gravy and aromatic vegetables.

Braising and stewing are related in that they are a technique of cooking meat in liquid at relatively low temperature for an extended period of time. The differences are in the size of pieces being cooked and the amount of liquid used to cook the dish. The end product is a delight to the senses and the very definition of comfort food.

Presented by David Lobel, our new “How-To: Braise” video is a short step-by-step procedure for braising the Lobel way.

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Are you ready to bring back the flavors of spring?

It’s that time of year again—that stretch when the calendar says it’s spring, but there’s still a chill in the air. Half the country is breaking out their flip-flops, while the other half is still bundled up in warm coats.

It’s the time of year when we’re hankering to bring our barbecues out of storage—just on the cusp of grilling season.

We like to transition into spring by mixing some indoor cooking methods with light, refreshing springtime flavors. Here are some of our favorites. (more…)

Coq au Vin: From Humble Origins to Haute Cuisine

Born of frugality, Coq au Vin is a slow-cooked classic French recipe that combines poultry and wine into a braised dish of delectable proportions. Traditionally, the recipe is highlighted by its inclusion of button mushrooms, pearl onions, and lardons—matchstick-sized pieces of bacon.

Coq au Vin is the second cousin to Boeuf Bourguignon, which is essentially the same recipe, except that cubes of beef are used instead of pieces of poultry.

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How To: Pan-Broil a Steak Video

Customers are always asking us what the secret ingredient of a perfectly cooked steak is. The answer is simple: An incredible steak. You don’t even need a grill. If you’re cooking indoors, you can still achieve an unbelievably juicy, perfectly cooked steak. Pan broiling is a two-stage method that uses your broiler for searing and finishing to your preferred degree of doneness. In this video, Stanley Lobel takes you step-by-step through the technique of pan-broiling a steak.
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Culinary DIY: Make Your Own Corned Beef

Although corned beef takes five days to cure, it is otherwise very simple to make and more than worth the time. The result is a revelation to those familiar only with the stuff found in delis and diners, and if you’ve got leftovers, you can make the best Reuben Sandwiches and Corned Beef Hash you’ve ever had.
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Culinary Classics: Surf and Turf

It’s a holiday that only comes around every four years: National Surf and Turf Day is February 29! Surf and turf, surf ‘n turf, beef and reef, pier ‘n steer, or whatever variation you might call it, this center-of-the-plate combination of beef raised on land and treasures from the sea is a fairly recent classic. It’s also a culinary playground for the curious epicurean.

Variations abound, but the most frequently found components are lobster and filet mignon.

No clear origin of the term surf and turf is commonly accepted, but at least two contenders are in the running. And, although attributions differ, the one thing they are close in agreement about is the approximate timing of the term’s coinage.

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How To: Pan-Roast a Steak Video

When you start with a great raw steak, any way you choose to do it, you’ll wind up with a great-tasting cooked steak. In this video, Mark Lobel walks you through how to pan roast a steak. Pan roasting is a two-stage method incorporating high-heat searing on the stove top and lower-temperature finishing in the oven. A steak seared in a hot pan develops an intensely flavorful caramelized crust that seals in juices that simply burst in your mouth with every bite.

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Super Menus for Super Sunday

It seems like everyone we know has football fever and is gearing up for the big game.

If you’re looking to create a memorable spread for Super Sunday, why not try one of our exciting menus for your game-day entertaining. Use the whole menu, or pick and choose the recipes that you like. Just click on the menu name below for the full recipes and links to specific ingredients.

No matter what your party style, one of these menus is sure to please your hungry crowd of football fans. (more…)

New Video! How to Butcher a Tenderloin

Whether you’re looking to be more economical by buying larger cuts and breaking them down at home, or if you want to be more hands-on with your food, or if you’re just a DIY-er at heart, this new video is for you. Evan Lobel walks you through how to butcher a whole tenderloin at home.

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