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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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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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Easy as pie: The Pot Pie Sampler

What’s the ultimate comfort food? Mashed potatoes… meatloaf… lasagna…? All good guesses, but in my humble opinion, pot pie has them all beat. Think about it: A great pot pie has that warm, melt-in-your-mouth filling of tender braised meat or seafood and slow-cooked vegetables, all nestled in a buttery, flaky crust. Just what you need to soothe your spirits after a challenging day, or to get you back in action after a busy weekend of shopping and socializing.

I’ve always been partial to the classic chicken pot pie, which Allen Brothers makes with lean, tender chicken simmered in a hearty gravy with a mix of chunky potatoes, onions, carrots, and peas. But lately I’ve also fallen for the other Allen Brothers varieties too.

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10 reasons to celebrate the holidays with Allen Brothers

I always have the hardest time picking out holiday gifts for my closest friends and family, since they’re the ones I want to please and spoil the most. Luckily, Allen Brothers makes it easy to show the love, with brilliant ideas like the 12-Month Gift Plan or the Epicure Collection.

Stop and think for a minute about what a meat-lover’s fantasy present might be: A year of nightly dinners at his favorite steakhouse? Maybe, but that might be a bit much … How about a freezer stocked with the best steaks and meats in the world? Getting much warmer… Answer: It’s the Allen Brothers Epicure Collection.

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On the first month of the new year, my true love gave to me: The 12-Month Gift Plan

It’s getting to be about that time… time to start fretting about those holiday gifts for friends and family that you haven’t quite picked out yet. Not to worry. We’ve got you covered. Looking for an unforgettable food gift for someone super-special, or for that family of hearty eaters you know and love? Allen Brothers has just the thing: It’s called the 12-Month Gift Plan. Yes, you heard that right. A full year of Allen Brothers surprises, one for each and every month of the year.

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Ask Dr. Marsden: A sneak peek behind the scenes at Allen Brothers

Lately I’ve been wondering: How does Allen Brothers keep its strong competitive edge, decade in and decade out? How does it attract and maintain its fiercely loyal, ever-growing clientele amid a sea of wanna-be competitors? Well, first of all, Allen Brothers sells the hands-down best, most delicious USDA Prime steaks in America, plus a whole range of unique, premium-quality, signature meats and seafood and prepared foods—but we die-hard Allen Brothers fans already know that. Still, how exactly does a family-owned Chicago company that has been in business for more than a century stay at the very top of its field year after year?

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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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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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