Ask the Butcher: What’s your favorite breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s essential to fuel up first thing in the morning so you have enough energy to make it through a long, busy day. With myriad breakfast selections to choose from, we asked the Lobel family of master butchers to tell us about their favorite breakfasts.

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Mirepoix: The Building Block of Flavor

In cultures around the world, cooked dishes have a very common element that links them in a very significant way: a foundation of aromatics—a blend of vegetables that contribute aroma, depth of flavor, nuance, and richness.

Probably the most prominent of these in American cuisine is borrowed from the French: mirepoix, a combination of diced vegetables of 2 parts onion to 1 part each of celery and carrots.

 

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Spotlight on 5th-Generation Butcher Mark Lobel

“I always had the passion for the business,” says Stanley Lobel’s youngest son Mark, who started working at Lobel’s in 1986. Despite trying his hand at other jobs, Mark always preferred the family business, and after receiving a degree in Business Administration from Long Island University he began working full time in the store.

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4 Things We Can’t Wait to Eat this Super Sunday

When it comes to Super Sunday Game Day parties, there are three types of people: Those who are there for football, those who are there for the ads, and those who are there for the food.

And that’s what gets us most excited—Super Sunday food.

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Spotlight on 5th-Generation Butcher David Lobel

Stanley Lobel’s oldest son David calls himself the black sheep in the family as he spent almost seven years practicing law before eventually finding his way back to the family business at their Madison Avenue butcher shop.

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Spotlight on 5th-Generation Butcher Evan Lobel

It’s no exaggeration to say that Evan Lobel grew up in the business. “After I learned to walk, my father put a knife in my hand and said, ‘Start cutting, son,’” says the fifth-generation butcher, whose father Leon began taking his young son to work at the Madison Avenue shop in the early 1960s.

Evan describes his father, who passed away in 2006, as his Superman. He was very strict and slowly brought Evan into the business by making sure he learned every aspect of the trade from sweeping the floors to working the cash register. This early training gave Evan a well-rounded approach and an understanding that no task was beneath him—he was expected to perform the work as well or better than any other employee.

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Choosing a Roast for your Holiday Dinner Party

No other time of year can top the festivity of the December holidays. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, or the holiday season in general—nothing compares to the ambiance of this time of year with the lights, the music, and—of course—the opulent parties. At the center of every great party is the delicious meal.

Whether you’re hosting a festive family affair or an intimate dinner party, Lobel’s has the perfect roast for your event.

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Get to Know 4th-Generation Master Butcher Stanley Lobel

“Lobel’s is a one in a billion establishment. We will not disappoint our customers—we provide quality, quality, quality,” says Stanley Lobel, the company’s president who began working alongside his father, Morris, over 60 years ago.

The family business’s patriarch shows no sign of slowing down. And if he is not in the Madison Avenue shop cutting meat or giving out recipes, he is likely on the phone or out buying for the store.

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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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Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Prepare with our videos!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to get prepared for the long-awaited day.

We’ve gathered three of our most helpful Thanksgiving videos together in one convenient spot to get you ready for Thanksgiving dinner!

Whether you want to know how to use a compound butter under the skin for a moist turkey, how to season the bird for better flavor throughout, or even how to carve the meat for your guests, we’ve got videos for that!

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