recipes & techniques
On January 26,2020
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
Some of the most iconic appetizers and snacks were created out of the necessity to calm unforeseen hunger cravings when the pantry is all but depleted.
Who can forget Teressa Bellissimo who invented Buffalo (chicken) wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, one night in 1964 when her teenaged son and his band of party-reveling friends showed up at the restaurant hungry.
Mrs. Bellissimo took some chicken wings that were intended for the stock pot, deep-fried them, then coated them with a mixture of hot sauce and butter. On the side, she served celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing.
The rest is history.
On January 16,2020
At the beginning of a new year, we tend to dial back on extravagance and entertaining to focus on the return to busy, everyday family life. And in doing so, we look for ways to economize—not only our budget, but our most precious commodity as well: time. To that end, we've put together our most valuable resources to help you create crowd-pleasing, braised comfort food in your own kitchen.
On January 9,2020
Although Russian in origin, Beef Stroganoff is largely a variation on a French dish of sautéd beef and a pan sauce made with mustard as the primary flavor agent. What makes Stroganoff Russian is the pre-eminence of sour cream in the dish's flavor profile. In the French classic, Emincé de Boeuf à la Moutardee, the recipe calls for créme fraiche and a mid-strength prepared mustard. In Stroganoff, those ingredients are exchanged for sour cream. The result is a piquancy in the Stroganoff that is not evident in the French original.
On December 17,2019
A braised brisket is the epitome of family-centered feasts. Imagine sitting down with your family and friends amidst the heady aroma of a meal that is the very essence of comfort food, community, and connections.
A big platter of tender meat surrounded by aromatic vegetables is no single-serve enterprise, braised dishes are meant to be consumed around a communal table with banter and lively conversation.
Stanley Lobel claims, "Nothing says family supper like a brisket braised with carrots, potatoes, onions, and garlic".
On December 5,2019
No roast is more elegant than a Chateaubriand Roast. Even with a simple preparation, this roast is exquisite.
Chateaubriand is cut from the center of the whole tenderloin. One of the most versatile and highly prized of all beef roasts, tenderloin is leaner than most and tender beyond belief.
This roast, paired with a rich and flavorful Bordelaise sauce, will be the perfect centerpiece for an intimate dinner party or Sunday supper.
On October 16,2019
Picture yourself sitting down to a warm and cozy meal with your family. You have all the components ready to go: the table is set, the drinks are poured, and family is just sitting down. On the table you've got creamy mashed potatoes and a crisp garden salad. What comes out of the oven? Mark Lobel would say, "My meatloaf recipe!" Mark loves using Lobel's All-Purpose Savory Seasoning so much that he created this recipe just to showcase it!
On October 14,2019
To quote classic Sinatra: "You can't have one. You can't have none. You can't have one without the other."
As with peanut butter and jam, mashed potatoes and gravy, lo mein and oyster sauce, strawberries and whipped cream, certain foods have certain affinities for certain other foods that create indelible and unique taste memories.
From a hearty, grilled, perfectly medium-rare rib steak topped with a garlicky mushroom sauté, or Beef Wellington coated with mushroom duxelles and wrapped snugly in a blanket of puff pastry, to the earthy, slow-cooked classic of Boeuf Bourguignon, beef and mushrooms share that type of affinity.
On September 18,2019
The tenderest cuts of beef come from the aptly named tenderloin. And, when you look at the price of the most desirable center portions of tenderloin, filet mignon and Chateaubriand, they are also the most expensive cuts of beef.
However, the tenderloin also yields cuts that, by comparison to the filet and Chateau, are less expensive yet have the same tenderness and flavor as the prized center cuts.
The shape of the tenderloin tapers from the head (large end) to the tail (small end). Both ends can be roasted, sliced into small steaks, or cut into cubes or strips for kabobs, stir frys, stroganoff, and so much more.
So, with a couple of sharp knives and a game plan, buying a whole tenderloin is a comparatively economic way to enjoy of range of meals with some simple home butchering skills.
On April 12,2019
A well-made, classic Eggs Benedict is like rolling out the red carpet for your palate. It's a dish that's all about a mingling of tastes and the interplay of textures…from crisp to oozy, from slippery to chewy.
Contrary to its appearance, Eggs Benedict is of New York origin, not France, although the recipe includes one of the five Mother Sauces of French cuisine: Hollandaise.
On April 5,2019
Generally, pot roast is cut from the forequarter, a portion of the chuck—a working muscle that needs slow, moist-heat cooking, such as braising, to render the muscle's connective tissue tender. Water or stock halfway up the roast and aromatic vegetables are cooked for hours in the same pot as the beef. Baby potatoes can be added about an hour before the end of cooking time.