Category: Spring

Ask the Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Spring Ingredient?

Spring is finally here! The weather is getting warmer and many plants are waking up from their long winter naps.  We love to incorporate the light, refreshing flavors of springtime into our cooking. We asked the Lobels to share with us their favorite spring ingredient!

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Cut of the Month: Leg of Lamb

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.

Lamb is often on our minds come March. The spring holidays are just around the corner, and lamb is a popular selection for both Passover dinners and Easter celebrations. Likewise, the old English proverb about March weather also brings lamb to mind: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. For these reasons, we’ve selected Leg of Lamb for this month’s Cut of the Month.

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Culinary Classic: BLT

In honor of National Sandwich Month, this Culinary Classic article features a classic sandwich.

Though there is no direct trail to an inventor of the BLT, it appears to have developed in the early 1900s in the United Kingdom and United States as part of the rise in popularity of what were known as club sandwiches. Such sandwiches were built on the foundational ingredients of lettuce, tomato, and then other ingredients—turkey, bacon, or ham, for instance.

What you put into your BLT can be as important as the order in which you put it together. Furthermore, a real and traditional BLT doesn’t take off on flavor tangents. It’s all pretty well defined in our collective consciousness: bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper.

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Spotlight on Grilling Lamb

More and more, backyard cooks are turning to lamb when decided what to grill. It’s delicious when cooked over an open fire and, being a sweet-tasting meat, lends itself to any number of marinades, rubs, sauces, and seasoning. Butterflied leg of lamb, marinated in a heady garlic-infused brew and then grilled, has become something of an American classic.

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Spotlight on Grilling Veal

When you want a milder, lighter option for the grill, veal is the answer. Although veal is not commonly thought of as a grilling item, it’s versatile in that its delicate flavor lends itself to pairing well with other flavors, spices, and sauces. Plus, a lighter-on-the-palate option is always welcome on a sultry, hot summer’s day. (more…)

Matchmaking: Wine and Grilled Foods

Selecting wines for grilled fare follows the same essential rules used for any dish prepared by roasting, braising, or other indoor cooking techniques. Smoking, barbecuing, and grilling foods alter their fundamental flavor composition.

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Spotlight on Grilling Pork

More and more, backyard cooks are turning to pork when deciding what to grill. It is delicious when cooked over an open fire and, being a sweet-tasting meat, lends itself to any number of marinades, rubs, sauces, and seasonings.

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Keeping Grilled Sausages in Shape

There’s a big difference between cooking fresh sausages versus fully cooked sausages on the grill. You’re looking for the same result with each, but how you get there requires different paths.

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Break out the Pork—It’s National BBQ Month!

The term barbecue comes from barbacoa, which is purported to translate as “sacred fire pit.” And fittingly so, because we can hardly think of a more transcendent food experience than sinking your teeth into the melt-in-your-mouth results of true low-and-slow barbecue. The results are fully worth waiting and watching for hours upon hours, and the experience is pure bliss.
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Meat on a Stick – It’s That Simple

Does the prospect of preparing a grilled party menu for more than 10 people make your palms sweat? Kabobs can feed armies. In fact, Middle Eastern armies are credited with the invention of kabobs having used their swords as skewers for meats that were roasted over open-flame fires.

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