Head Scratchin' Bacon

C’mon. Surely I can figure out what to do with homemade bacon. I mean, it’s bacon. It’s salty, fatty, and comes from a pig. What’s not to like?

A lot, it turns out. I’ve been trying to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t thrilled about my homemade bacon since mid-February, the Charcutepalooza deadline. [...]

Salt+Meat=Love

It’s true. I’ve slipped down the slippery slope of food preservation: meat. With the encouragement of Mrs. Wheelbarrow and The Yummy Mummy, I’ve thrown my hat in for a year of charcuterie. It helps that it’s my kind of challenge: you can participate, or not, as the mood strikes. And since I always have a [...]

Hooray, hooray, for yellow mole!

Perhaps you’ve picked up on the themes in my recent posts. A) I like to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. B) I am really, really sick of this year’s epic Philadelphia winter, and prefer to imagine that I am elsewhere until the tulips start blooming. The good news is that, by the time this post is [...]

Strata with Sausage and Broccoli

Perhaps it has not escaped your notice that I seem to have a lot of eggs and cheese. It’s inevitable. I’m often on the road this time of year, but the CSA, with its dozen eggs, half pound of cheese, and two pounds of meat, arrives every week. My husband and I therefore eat a [...]

Turkey in Pipian Sauce

Pipian is a rich, thick kind of green mole—the wonderful sauces that play starring roles in real Mexican food. In Oaxaca, they just call it “mole verde,” but in Puebla, it’s “pipian.” When Americans see “mole,” they usually think of the dark brown version with chiles and a touch of chocolate. While still rich, this [...]

Meatballs!

Have you been wondering what I’m going to do with all that stuff I canned and froze this summer? Me, too! In honor of this problem, and my basement full of food, we have a new category of post: Stuff made from preserved foods. We inaugurate this category with a messy throwback: meatballs. Mmmmmm. Meatballs.

Meatballs [...]

Better Dried Cherries (and a beef stew)

Remember how sad I was when I tried to dehydrate some Ranier cherries earlier this summer? It turns out it’s all in the variety. Cherries, it seems, can be divided into categories besides sweet and sour. You’ve also got your juicy cherries (think big, dark varieties) and your fleshy cherries (think Bings and Raniers: almost [...]

Stuffed Cabbage (or, Cabbage and Pork, Part II)

Y’all know I love my cabbage and pork. Once again, the picture doesn’t really do this meal justice. Imagine succulent cabbage melted onto the form of a giant pork meatball, equally sweet and sour. This recipe had the additional advantage of using up a variety of items filling my refrigerator, freezer, and winter pantry: homemade [...]

Lamb burger love

I live in a rural area where the code amongst neighbors is strong  and firm: you do not ever show up empty handed, ever. We’re blessed with the sort of neighbors whose hands are frequently full of delicious lamb, locally raised and generously shared. We took advantage of our wealth one night and dined on [...]

Bigos (Or, Cabbage and Pork, Part I)

The Poles know how to do their pork and cabbage right. I’m totally sold on bigos, a Polish hunter’s stew based on either cabbage or sauerkraut and as many kinds of pork as you can get your hands on. My version hit the pork trifecta: bacon, sausage, and pork shoulder (in the form of pork [...]

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