Month: January 2016

Braised Fennel Gratin – Yes We Do Eat Vegetables Sometimes

Braised Fennel Gratin

Looking back at recent posts I notice there are a lot of meat-centric ones. Though I do love cooking meat, curing it, making sausages, etc., I think the recent posts are due more to seasonality. It’s winter, we eat more braises and roasts than salads. That’s not to say vegetables disappear altogether from the table, so this week I decided to post about one we like accompanying our roasts: braised fennel gratin! (more…)


Culatello – Another Curing Result is In!

Homemade CulatelloA little more than a month ago I posted about curing a butchered ham into a fiocco and culatello. At the time I was only able to show you the fiocco since being the smaller of the two it was ready in a shorter amount of time. Well, here we are 5 weeks later and the culatello is finally ready for its grand debut! (more…)

Roast beef with Coffee Rub and Bordelaise Sauce

Coffee rubbed beefI had a really nice piece of beef sitting in the fridge and wanted to do something a little different with it. Nothing really jumped out at me from the cookbooks I was looking in but I did see a sauce idea for a rather simple version of Bordelaise sauce. So I thought ok, that’ll work but it still doesn’t help me with the beef. Rummaging through the pantry I moved a bag of coffee…and well…there’s where the idea for a coffee rub came from. Sometimes it just hits you. (more…)

40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken With Tarragon Mustard Sauce

 40 cloves of garlic chicken

I don’t think I had cooked any chicken since before Thanksgiving so this was a refreshing change of pace for us from all of the Christmas/New Year’s overindulging. Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure the last time we had a chicken dinner here at home I made 40 cloves of garlic chicken. It was the first time I tried my hand at it and Cheryl said ‘this would be a good blog post.’ As is often the case, she was correct. (more…)