Category Archives: extremities

The Sugar Mountain Farm Butcher Shop Project launches!

Pull on your galoshes and hurry on over to Kickstarter to back a really fantastic project: Walter, Holly, and their family are building an on-farm butcher shop at Sugar Mountain Farm! This really is good news, not just for those … Continue reading

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Pudding Time

From the Oxford English Dictionary: † ˈpudding-time Obs. The time when pudding or puddings are to be had; hence fig., a time when one is in luck; a favourable or useful time. 1667 Dryden & Dk. Newcastle Sir M. Mar-all … Continue reading

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Pig’s Head Pozole: Thanks, Mexico!

It’s taken two days to make a giant beautiful pot of pozole, and I’ve been thinking about all the things that I love which have their roots in Mexico, and particularly from Mexican kitchens: all the different more-ish salsas, rich … Continue reading

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The Salt Cure: Plain, Savory, and a Fine Paté

This month’s Charcutepalooza challenge involved dry salt curing, and I had a number of projects in mind.  I knew that I needed to start another guanciale because I was halfway finished eating the first one I’d made back in December, … Continue reading

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Making guanciale

I wished for and received the excellent book Charcuterie by Brian Polcyn and Michael Ruhlman around 5 years ago, not long after it came out.  I was entranced by the subject and read the book from cover to cover, and … Continue reading

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Love is headcheese made by mom

I came into a dozen lovely Tamworth pig’s heads recently, and my mom very graciously let me store them in the big chest freezer in her barn.  I told her that she was welcome to use some, and she promptly … Continue reading

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No, really, nibble my ear!

A second recipe from Fergus Henderson’s Beyond Nose to Tail has been wooing me with its siren call (the first was trotter gear, which I’ll post about another time), and I had finally gathered enough pig’s ears together to give … Continue reading

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