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The dog days of winter are here: So celebrate with the best hot dogs ever!

Having some friends over for cocktails this holiday season? Or hosting a family get-together involving lots of kids, and more than a few hungry mouths looking for fun foods to snack on? Allen Brothers has you covered. Lay in a package or two of mini steak dogs, and your party will practically host itself. Just like the bigger Great Steakhouse steak dogs—but made especially with cocktail parties and family gatherings in mind—the mini steak dogs are all-beef, with a firm, subtly crisp bite giving way to a super-juicy, perfectly seasoned, beefy interior. No one does Chicago-style hot dogs quite like Allen Brothers.

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Cool idea for a winter dinner party: Sweet, cold-water lobster tails

Summer is for clambakes on the beach, but winter? Winter is for cozy dinners indoors, featuring hearty steaks and roasts and… lusciously juicy cold-water lobster tails. That’s right! This season, celebrate the crisp, cool, bracing air with exquisite lobster plucked straight out of cold waters to preserve its sweet taste, and frozen right on deck to keep its ultra-fresh flavor and supple texture. Allen Brothers has sourced four kinds of lobster tails from some of the most premium waters around the world.

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A royal feast: The stuffed pork crown roast

Chances are you’ve been seeing lots of turkeys and hams so far this holiday season—and don’t get me wrong, those are two of my absolute favorite things to feast on this time of year. But say you want to serve something spectacularly festive, and just a little bit unexpected, to your family and friends for the holidays…. Then you’ve got to go for the stuffed pork crown roast, one of the most stunning dishes ever to grace a December dinner table. Think about it: a majestic presentation of an ultra-juicy, 16-bone pork crown roast, served with a delicious seasonal stuffing made with apples, cranberries, onions, rosemary, sage, and a tinge of maple brown sugar. It’s impossible not to go back for seconds!

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The crowning glory of the holiday table: Crowned filets mignon

The holiday season is already in full swing, and that means one thing: Family and friends swarming around, eager to eat, drink, and celebrate together throughout the coming weeks. Even if you have Thanksgiving dinner all figured out by now, what about all those other nights during the holiday season, from now all the way to Christmas and New Year’s? For spontaneous gatherings, intimate holiday dinner parties, and cozy nights at home after a day of gift-shopping, I like to stock up on a few special dishes that so I can entertain last-minute, or feast with my family at home—with no fuss and no muss! My all-around holiday all-star? Crowned filets mignon, one of Allen Brothers’ most elegant main courses.

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Special seasonal side dishes that put the “Thanks!” in Thanksgiving

Sweet potatoes, yams, squash… those fabulously sweet, plump orange beauties are staples on the Thanksgiving table. Sure, you could serve the same old candied yams for Thanksgiving this year, but why not discover a surprise new favorite? Here’s what’s going to be on my family’s holiday table next week:
Chipotle sweet potatoes. Is there a more perfect Thanksgiving side dish? The subtle sweetness of the sweet potatoes, highlighted with a touch of brown sugar and a heavenly pecan streusel topping, plays so nicely with that spicy, smoky kick from chipotle peppers—and brings a whole new thrill to the Thanksgiving spread.

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A sweet surprise on the Thanksgiving table

You’ve gotta have the turkey; you’ve gotta have the stuffing; you’ve gotta have the sweet potatoes. But pumpkin pie? Hmm, let’s rethink this. Dessert? Yes, dessert is a must—as if we had to tell you that! Should it be something involving pumpkin? Absolutely, since pumpkins are in season. Plus they’re just so… Thanksgiving. But this year, how about a slightly different, utterly spectacular pumpkin dessert that will make your family sit up and say: “Now this takes the cake!” I’m talking about pumpkin-cognac cheesecake. Think about it: All the sweetness and seasonal deliciousness of pumpkin, tinged with spices and combined with the creamy richness of cheesecake. Plus there’s a hint of cognac, and a luscious layer of whipped cream to boot. Just try to resist…

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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.

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The best Halloween party ever, thanks to Allen Brothers treats and sweets

How was your Halloween? This year, I went to the most incredible Halloween party ever. Three of my dearest friends threw a giant, blowout costume bash, and I brought my favorite Allen Brothers treats to round out the gorgeous hors d’oeuvres and dessert spreads. My favorite costumes of the night: Four guys showed up dressed up like characters from Braveheart, with kilts and long wild wigs. Someone showed up as an enormous bunch of Fruit of the Loom grapes. My friends Jim and Allison came as a giant two-person truck, and somehow managed to “drive” through the room filled with a hundred-plus guests. The best part of the evening? Food that ingeniously captured the Halloween spirit.

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The merriest Maryland-Style crab cakes

Last weekend I threw a casual dinner party for a few of my dearest friends— a tricky-to-cook-for crowd of carnivores and seafood-only pescatarians. On the menu? Crab cakes. Hey, everyone loves crab cakes, I thought. And all I have to do is order a couple dozen from Allen Brothers, thaw and pan-fry them (3-5 minutes per side over medium-high heat, in a skillet preheated with a thin layer of oil), and toast up freshly baked brioche buns from my favorite local bakery. To go with the crab cake sandwiches on brioche buns, I’d make a fabulous heirloom-tomato salad, open a few bottles of dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and serve key lime pie for dessert. Wham: an easy, scrumptious summer dinner.

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Festive, fabulous fajitas (or: How not to labor on Labor Day…)

Labor Day, celebrated this year on Monday, September 6, was invented in 1882 to honor the toil and dedication of workers all over America—but let’s be honest: The best way to celebrate the holiday is by not laboring. Allen Brothers is here to help, with the world’s best, juiciest, most grill-ready meats and seafood, designed to help you enjoy Labor Day with as little laboring as possible. My advice for a luscious and memorable holiday: Order up some skirt steaks from Allen Brothers, throw them on the grill, and make the best fajitas ever.

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