Culinary Classic: Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are just fine when simply and classically prepared for the purists among us. However, you can take them off the chart by combining them with some tempting add-ins and just a tad more effort.

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Gravy: The Crowning Touch

Nowadays, you can cook a turkey just about any way you want. We have the technology and equipment readily at our disposal, from traditional roasting—radiant or convection—to smoking, deep-frying, and even boiling.

But, if your goal is to bathe just about everything on your Thanksgiving dinner plate with a silky rich, light-brown layer of homemade turkey gravy, then you need to narrow your choices and follow tradition: oven-roast the turkey. As a side benefit, your home will fill with the signature aromas of our annual Thanksgiving traditions.

Roasting—particularly roasting a stuffed turkey—melds the varying flavor components of seasonings on and within the turkey and captures them for transformation into the nectar of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Pork Belly: Getting Back on the Source

Pork belly has been making a bigger blip on the culinary radar in recent months. It’s on menus, in magazine recipes, cooking shows, YouTube videos. The ideas abound. In fact, pork belly is the #1 most-requested product from Lobel’s of New York customers and site visitors.

So, we are very pleased to introduce Lobel’s Berkshire Pork Belly, available in frozen 2-pound slabs.

Given the wild popularity, nay, obsession, fascination, and hype about everything that fuels our craving for bacon, is it any wonder that curious epicureans have discovered, or rediscovered, the joys of fresh pork belly.

After all, bacon is simply pork belly that has been cured and/or smoked.

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Ask the Butcher: Favorites for Fall

The fall season is upon us! The weather is getting colder and sunsets are getting earlier. The days and nights are perfect for cozying up with a hot meal and a comfy blanket!

We’ve asked the Lobel family what their favorite fall ingredients are for cooking at home.

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Culinary Classic: Chinese Barbecued Pork

Though variations of this dish abound throughout Eastern Asia, particularly the many regions of China from Szechuan to Singapore, barbecued pork’s lacquered-mahogany sheen makes it one of the most readily recognizable dishes in the pantheon of Asian cuisine.

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What to pair with roast pork this fall? Chutney!

It’s National Pork Month. It’s also October, and in our kitchens that means lots of delicious roast meats paired with the delicious seasonal produce and aromatic herbs and spices. One of the best ways to combine these favorite fall flavors is by pairing your favorite pork roast with a delightful chutney. (more…)

Cheeseburger Deluxe

Cheeseburgers are loved for their beefiness, their affinity with a wide assortment of toppings, and their ooey-gooey goodness! Everyone, it seems, has a favorite and will most likely weigh in on the subject eagerly. In honor of National Cheeseburger Day–on September 18–we’ve rounded up our best cheeseburger recipes in one place for easy access. We’ve even included some recipes without cheese so you can add whatever cheese you’d like!

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The Art of Reduction

A really great sauce, stew, or soup takes some time to develop. Think of your favorite spaghetti sauce over a low-and-slow, steady simmer for hours upon hours. On the other hand, a rolling boil on high heat achieves the same objective in a matter of minutes when making a quick stove-top sauce.

Either way, the goal is evaporation. Getting rid of excess water naturally concentrates flavors lending depth and complexity, the foundations of a peak taste experience.

When it comes to beef, evaporation plays a crucial role in the dry-aging process. Over the course of the 6 weeks or so that Lobel’s dry ages its USDA Prime, Natural Prime, and Wagyu Beef, the meat loses about 30% of its weight through water evaporation. During this time, the size of the piece of meat physically shrinks and the flavor of the beef concentrates into the buttery, nutty flavor that is the hallmark of Lobel’s dry-aged beef.

Similarly when you let a big pot of sauce, stock, or soup steam away, you’ll notice that, over time, the volume of liquid shrinks and the surface level gets lower and lower in the pot.

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Culinary Classic: Schnitzel

Schnitzel also goes by other regional names—dishes you might not otherwise associate with name schnitzel, but would recognize by the similarity of preparation techniques.

Escalope, scallopine, scallop, cutlet—these are among the myriad names used for the same cuts of meat and poultry that make schnitzel. (more…)

Spotlight on Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is one of those condiments that we consider a must-have in any home chef’s pantry. But not just any old bottle from the supermarket will do. It must be a true balsamic. What constitutes a true balsamic? Read on to find out.

And once you learn more and refine your taste for balsamic vinegar, you’ll likely find that you want to have several in your pantry for different uses.

Photo Courtesy of Sid Wainer & Son

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