Salt & How to Cook A Pretty Near Perfect Steak

This is going to seem like a very simple post on cooking a steak but I think it’s one which needs to be written based on A LOT of pandemic cooking photos I see on social media channels. Also, because my mom asked.

Pork Belly Confit – Something You Need in Your Fridge

Happy New Year, hope you had a great holiday season. January is a quiet time for us so it gives me a good opportunity to do some creating and test out a few techniques and recipes. One I’ve been really excited to give a try is this pork belly confit. I will say, as goodContinue reading “Pork Belly Confit – Something You Need in Your Fridge”

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Coppa – Here’s Where Curing Pork Gets Serious

Coppa. This is the one where I’ll look back and say ‘that’s where it really began.’ Of all the curing I’ve done in the past year this coppa is my best. I’ve wanted to make some since I first got Salumi but had to learn how to walk first with some smaller, quicker cures. I’mContinue reading “Coppa – Here’s Where Curing Pork Gets Serious”

New Sausage: Spanish Pimenton and Fennel Sausage

Not sure if you’ve noticed yet but it’s August, halfway through to be exact.  Where did the summer go?  Kids are going back to school and the NFL is already playing pre-season games.  Having eaten up all of our sausage supply I thought it was high time to come up with a new creation andContinue reading “New Sausage: Spanish Pimenton and Fennel Sausage”

Cassoulet – A Labor of Love

Cassoulet is one of my favorite wintertime French dishes.  On the surface it doesn’t seem like anything too special, basically a white bean stew with some meat in it, slow cooked into a rich, hot, warm your bones dish.  I don’t think you simply “cook” or “make” cassoulet, it’s something you actually “build.”  In herContinue reading “Cassoulet – A Labor of Love”

Oink Edinburgh! Awesome Pork Sandwich in Edinburgh, Scotland

Postcard from abroad: There is one place Cheryl and I always stop in at whenever we travel to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Oink.  It’s a little shop on Victoria Street close to the Royal Mile and the Castle which serves up great roast pork sandwiches.  Once you get to Victoria Street just look for the big roastContinue reading “Oink Edinburgh! Awesome Pork Sandwich in Edinburgh, Scotland”

What’s for Sunday Dinner: Braised Pork Ribs with Apple-Curry Sauce

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Chicago.  The sun was shining, temperature was in the mid-60s, and everyone was out soaking it all up.  It reminded me of something I read once about Calvados, the French apple brandy, being like a glass of summer sunshine.  That description has always stuck with me and I thinkContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner: Braised Pork Ribs with Apple-Curry Sauce”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Pecan Crusted Pork with Orange Sauce, Lentils, and Beets

Whew!  So happy Thanksgiving weekend is coming to a close.  I didn’t overindulge too much, but just enough to make going to the gym tomorrow a must.  Sorry, no leftover turkey recipes for this Sunday Dinner.  All turkeyed out after eating it non-stop for the past few days.  We still have almost half a turkeyContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Pecan Crusted Pork with Orange Sauce, Lentils, and Beets”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Ragu Bolognese

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and I haven’t done the shopping yet so the fridge is looking a little bare today.  Cheryl noticed and commented that it didn’t look like there was much to make a dinner out of, then said “but you could probably figure something out.”  Indeed I could. I knew there wasContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Ragu Bolognese”

Eater 38 – The Purple Pig

A couple of weekends ago Cheryl and I had another opportunity to dine at one of Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” restaurants.  We had some friends visiting from DC who were staying downtown so we recommended going to The Purple Pig.  It’s on Michigan just north of the river which is enough to make you thinkContinue reading “Eater 38 – The Purple Pig”