Article: August, 2013

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.



Get a Grip: Choosing Grill Tongs

Grill tongs are extensions of your arm and hand and allow you to work over a scorching fire without fear of getting burned. For most purposes one pair of tongs will suffice. However, having a backup pair is also a good idea. Spring-loaded tongs can break making them impossible to use.

Also, if you have a large piece meat, such as a 3-inch-thick Porterhouse, or something bulky and awkward, a whole chicken for instance, having two sets of tongs to lift is a practical idea.



A Steak to Celebrate: Filet Mignon

It seems like there is a holiday out there to celebrate just about everything. And plenty of them are very specific or just plain weird food holidays—such as “Something on a Stick Day,” “Turkey Neck Soup Day,” or “Chocolate Covered Insects Day.” But the one food holiday that we actually look forward to each year is National Filet Mignon Day on August 13.



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.



Burger Bundle Bonanza

Ever get a hankering for a great burger only to find your fridge betrays your hunger by lacking the one ingredient you need most: a great ground-beef burger? Don’t be left empty-handed and craving anymore. (more…)