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Tips and tricks for a “seconds-please!” turkey

Have you been using the same tried-and-true turkey recipe every year? Wondering if it might be nice to change it up this time? Or are you still looking for a turkey recipe that you’ll fall in love with enough to go back to year after year? Every time it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner for our big family, I try a slightly different twist with the turkey. There’s a terrific recipe for a classic roast turkey in the Allen Brothers Cooking Guide, and below are three of my other favorite techniques. What do they all have in common? Allen Brothers all-natural, free-range turkey, a 12-to-14-pound beauty that serves a dozen or more people (even if your uncle Joe can eat enough for three!). Order yours now, then decide on the new turkey twist you’ll try this year—and guarantee a Thanksgiving dinner your family will remember fondly, forever.


A look back: Julia Child’s letters to Allen Brothers

Allen Brothers USDA Prime steaks have attracted lots of celebrity clients since the company launched in 1893. One of the most illustrious? None other than Julia Child. Allen Brothers president Todd Hatoff fondly remembers the days when he used to ship boxes of steaks to the late, great Child:
“She was a wonderful lady. She mail-ordered steaks from us, mostly Prime strips and ribeyes. She liked a lot of fat, the most fat you could get.” Child liked to correspond by mail. “She wrote us letters,” Hatoff recalls.


Cookout tips: Grill the best burgers and hot dogs ever!

Hitting the grill at the beach house or in the backyard this summer? Whether you’re cooking out at home or joining friends and neighbors for an outdoor extravaganza, make sure you’re armed with the most incredible, grill-tastic burgers and hot dogs.


Chef’s fabulous lamb-burger toppings

As Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything , put it so well in a recent New York Times column about burgers:

“Because lamb is the most full flavored of the everyday meats, it makes a more delicious plain burger than beef. Cooked with nothing but salt, it’s fantastic. Cooked with a variety of spices, it’s a game-changer.”

Chef Suvir Saran’s lamb burger, available right here from Allen Brothers, is most definitely a game-changer. If you’re planning to grill some up this summer, take note of Suvir’s tips on how to make sure the burgers come out extra-juicy and delicious: