Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Come What May

Today, May 1st, Mt Pisgah arboretum is almost in full bloom and we are finally getting into a bit warmer Spring.  We have Cinco de Mayo on the 5th, then the Eugene Rhododendron festival coming up on the 7th, and Wildflower and Music Festival at the Mt Pisgah Arboretum on the 19th. However, the most important day on the 12th is Mother's Day and this day is definitely sacred. Usually no cooking is done by the mother of the household. In this newsletter, we have some ideas for you to use or pass to those who can if you are a mother. A quick reminder that we have fresh cuts daily and will cut to order.

Best Mother's Day Meat Recipes - Ok, we searched not quite far and wide and came up with some top rated meat recipes for Mothers Day, and it all depends on what you think or know she will love besides the fact that you prepared and cooked it. 5 star recipes : Chinese Chicken Salad / Easy Chicken Marsala Video / Beef Wellington Video / Roast Beef Tenderloin - from

Long’s Meat Market featured on KVAL
USDA label change clears up mysteries of meat

While this FDA new labeling ruling affects how supermarkets and chains name their meats, Long's Meat Market owner Mike Wooley points out that it still doesn't address where it comes from. "One of the things that I was surprised that wasn't brought up in this labeling is the place of origin," Wooley said”

Cured Meats Make Comeback - Register Guard
In a recent article in the Register Guard, cured meats were claimed to be making a comeback. We have been carrying cured meats for years and here's some of the brands that stand by. Saag’s – In 1933,George Saag set out to create authentic German specialty meats and sausages. Using old-world recipes in a small butcher shop in downtown Oakland, California, he perfected his craft and Saag’s quickly became a local favorite. Molinari – since 1896 in San Francisco, with old world salami and sausages. Boar's Head – since 1905 in New York, premium cured meats that we also use on our Panini sandwiches made fresh to order our Wine and Cheese Shop.

The Season of the Barbeque

Pictured left: King Estate Winery's special events chef Sean Winder slathering up Texas Tri-Tip from Long's Meat Market in preparation for a Tower Club BBQ that took place in July 2012.

How About Lamb on the Grill ? 
One of the biggest secrets of great grilling is in the meat selection. This is particularly important when it comes to lamb. Knowing what you are getting is vital to getting the meat you want. While lamb might not be a one of the meats think about grilling, no other meat benefits more from the fire like lamb.
Lamb on the Grill Recipes 
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Steaks - A Few Steak Ideas from

Tri-Tip Steak
The tri-tip roast or steak (also called a triangle roast) is the 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds of meat that sits at the bottom of the sirloin. Not only does it have a rich flavor, but also tends to be lower in fat than most other cuts. Of course, this means that it can dry out faster, but with a good marinade you really can't go wrong with this cut.
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The Flat Iron Steak - 
A nearly perfect steak for the grill, The Flat Iron (supposedly named because it looks like an old fashioned metal flat iron) is uniform in thickness and rectangular in shape. The only variation is the cut into the middle of the steak where the connective tissues have been removed. This steak has a deep, rich flavor which makes it perfect not only on its own, but also as meat for many dishes. Full Article

Chuck Steaks on the Grill - Selecting a Chuck Steak: There are several great chuck steaks, but you need to know which is which to get the best one, and the best deal. Talk to us if there is any question. Frequently, retailers label steaks with nonstandard names. The price of a steak (per pound) is going to be determined largely by the quality of the cut so the better the steak the more you pay. Also remember that the more you grill a steak the tougher it will be so try to stay at medium or medium rare to get the tenderness of a great steak.

  • Chuck Eye Steak: This steak is cut from right next to the rib eye steak. It is the best, in my opinion, of the chuck steaks and a great deal when compared to the rib eye. This is a perfect steak for grilling and can go from the package to the grill with just a little salt and pepper.
  • Shoulder Top Blade: Also known as the Flat Iron Steak, this is a perfect steak for the grill. The characteristic marbling gives this steak plenty of flavor. It is also a tender steak.
  • Shoulder Center or Ranch Steak is a thin, tender. It generally has less fat than other chuck steaks so the flavor might be a little light. I suggest brushing this steak with olive oil, sprinkling with salt and pepper, and adding some basic herbs like oregano to bring out the flavor a little more. This is a thinner steak so watch it closely to prevent overcooking it.
  • Shoulder Petite Tender or Mock Tender Steak comes from point of the chuck primal next to the Top Blade. While generally a flavorful little steak, this cut definitely needs a good marinade if you intend to grill it.
  • Chuck Steak is cut from next to the Chuck Eye Steak but lacks the tenderness of the chuck eye. This steak needs to be marinated before you cook it to get it tender. While still a flavorful cut of meat this isn't one of the best steaks for the grill.
  • Shoulder Steak: Like the Chuck Steak this is a tougher cut of meat and should be marinated before grilling. This steak is better used when you plan to cut up the meat for dishes like fajitas.
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Almost forgot: Barbeque Ribs Recipe 

Meat Packages Provide Bulk Savings

Enjoy high quality with lower costs with our options for meat packages. View our web page for more information Meat Packages

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Wishing you a great Spring season from all of us at Long’s Meat Market

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