Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Every year around dinner time on Christmas Eve, I reflect about the families all over Lincoln that will be gracing their dinner table with a piece of meat purchased from Leon’s.
It really fills me with pride to imagine them saying, “This is a LEON’S prime rib or Tenderloin!” For fun, I then insert the name of some other big box store and imagine it again…but the effect just isn’t the same!
At Leon’s we are committed to quality. All our meat is aged a minimum of 21 days. During that time the meat becomes more tender and the flavor is allowed to develop more fully. Around Christmas, we age it just a little longer, but shhhh we don’t want everyone to know our secret!
I cook a Christmas prime rib every year for my own family. If I could give any advice I would say, relax it is hard to screw up this piece of meat !
Season it with your favorite seasoning(I use Misty's LIBERALLY) and then simply watch your internal temperature (I take mine out at 130-135). I then let is rest for 20 minutes.
I saw an episode of the test kitchen where they cut a piece of meat that was taken right out of the roasting pan , and the juice ran out all over the counter. Then they let a piece of meat rest before they cut it and the juice had redistributed itself throughout the meat. So when they cut it, the juice stayed in the meat where it belongs!
This extra resting time will also continue cooking your roast if you tent it (and I do). It will leave you with more well done edges and then nice pink center pieces so that everyone gets to choose the doneness they prefer.
Merry Christmas! If you are cooking a Leon’s piece of meat, I will be thinking about you on Christmas Eve…and I know that your meal will be delicious!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Seasons form the natural backdrop for eating. How delicious is that first juicy hamburger cooked on the grill or the first homegrown tomato off the vine during the summer months? When you eat food “in season” it means that you are adjusting your diet to obtain the freshest ingredients available for the time of year.
We feel so strongly about eating food in season that we joined an organization called BUY FRESH, BUY LOCAL. The organization is committed to helping people discover farm fresh, locally grown food. Being a member of BFBL enables us to develop direct contacts with the same producers that you see on the weekends at the farmers markets around town.
These contacts will allow Leon’s to source fruits and vegetables that were grown here and probably in the ground or on the vine less than 48 hours earlier. We will be buying only foods that were naturally grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The foods you eat should change with the seasons…it keeps things exciting and fresh at the dinner table. It can also keep you safe. In fact, with the recent food borne illnesses in the news there has never been a better time to Buy Fresh or Buy Local!
How often does a typical family shop each month? If you kept reusable bags in your car for those grocery store and other stops, you would make a huge difference in the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills, all of which will still be around when your great-grandchildren are alive.
Leon’s now sells an attractive reusable grocery bag for $0.99. Every time you use one for your groceries, Leon’s will give you a .05 discount off your bill for each bag used. In fact, you could fill the bag with old newpapers in between shopping trips and then drop them off right outside at the recycling center before you stop in to do your shopping.
The BRATWURST that we sell in our famous meat department are “made from scratch” right here at Leon’s? In fact, the recipes that we use have been developed over the past two years in a joint effort involving both our meat department staff and the chefs in our deli.
Our brats are made using only the highest quality and leanest pork available, shoulder and loin meat. The result is a brat with at least 20% less fat than leading bratwurst brands. When combined with the finest fresh ingredients the result is the highest quality specialty gourmet bratwurst around.
This Friday and Saturday Aug 8& 9 11-6, we will be cooking out in front of Leon’s featuring all four flavor of our brats for you to try! Enjoy, and as always…Bon Appetit!