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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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Allen Brothers all-natural veal: It’s the real deal

Who doesn’t love veal? When veal is good, it’s very, very good—oh, that delicate, buttery, meaty flavor, and that soft, heavenly texture. But truly exceptional veal is hard to find, and that goes double for the all-natural, pasture-raised variety. Leave it to Allen Brothers to track down a producer that specializes in the best veal on the market: Strauss Meadow Reserve veal comes from the elite Limousin heritage breed, and it’s all-natural, milk-fed, and pasture-raised—and fed a secret, high-quality diet that gives it its meltingly tender texture and beautiful milky-white color. Food & Wine Magazine recently chose Strauss Meadow Reserve veal as a top holiday food gift—so start putting that holiday shopping list together early, for all your veal-loving friends.

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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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Trend watch: Korean-style ribs

If you live in the L.A. area—or even if you don’t—you might have heard the buzz about the Korean-style tacos at Kogi BBQ, made from sweet-and-spicy barbecued beef or pork topped with tangy condiments and rolled up in a warm tortilla. The runaway success of Kogi BBQ’s tacos is inspiring imitators to offer their own versions of Korean-inspired tacos and burritos, and now a slew of spots specializing in this tasty hybrid invention are opening up around the country. Want to preview the trend at home? It’s easy.

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Steak: not just for lunch (or dinner) anymore

Steak for breakfast: Is it a decadent treat, or a protein-and-energy packed way to kick off the day? It’s both! I’ve always been partial to eating steak-and-eggs for breakfast—a nice juicy steak, a fried egg or two, and maybe some sautéed mushrooms or tomatoes on the side. Lately I’ve also been experimenting with other ways to get my A.M. steak fix. Mind you, I don’t eat a big 16-ounce steak in the morning; I go for one of the smaller cuts (between 4 and 8 ounces each). Luckily, Allen Brothers makes it easy, with the Petite Breakfast Steak Sampler—which includes two 4-ounce filets mignon, two 6-ounce sirloin strips, and two 8-ounce ribeyes. Here are my top three ways of enjoying the different steaks that come with the sampler.

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Sensational summer recipe: sirloin steak sandwich

If you live in the Midwest, or in the South, or on the East Coast, or on the West Coast—or, well, just about anywhere—you know how hot it’s been this summer. And you’ve probably been craving ice-cold drinks, extra-cold air-conditioning, and cool summer foods. Check our blog all summer to find our favorite recipes for cold dishes that will cool you down on the most blistering-hot days—starting with the Allen Brothers signature Sirloin Strip Slices Steak Sandwich.

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A spontaneous, stylish summer party

Time for a pop quiz! What’s ultra-elegant, ultra-easy, and so delicious your guests will swoon? Three guesses:

1) A lobster boil. Nope! Lobster boils are lots of fun, but they’re not exactly easy…

2) A clam bake. Not quite! Clam bakes are wonderful, but they’re not what I’d call elegant…

3) A summer soirée featuring a gorgeous spread of luxurious Truffle Mousse, Paté de Campagne with Cognac, and Duck Mousse with Port, served with chilled champagne. Score!

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Your steak dilemmas solved … introducing the Baseball-Cut Strip Steak

Like your eggs over-easy or sunny-side up? Prefer chocolate ice cream or vanilla? Love living in the city or in the country? Crave a filet mignon or a strip steak for dinner? Life is full of dilemmas—but if you’re stumped over that last one, Allen Brothers has an ingenious solution: the new Baseball-Cut Strip Steak, a beautifully marbled, intensely flavorful Allen Brothers strip steak cut into a compact 6-ounce size. Extra-thick and with nicely rounded edges, it looks almost like a baseball, hence the name.

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