Concerned about climate change? We are, too! Pastured animals are an essential part of regenerating our soil. Soil regeneration combats climate change. This new year we resolve to educate our friends and customers about the virtues of pasture-raised animal husbandry. —Monica & Aaron Rocchino & The Local Butcher Shop Team These days we’re all trying to walk a little ...
Concerned about climate change? We are, too! Pastured animals are an essential part of regenerating our soil. Soil regeneration combats climate change. This new year we resolve to educate our friends and customers about the virtues of pasture-raised animal husbandry. —Monica & Aaron Rocchino & The Local Butcher Shop Team Like a lot of ranchers, Loren Poncia has a [&he...
If you pick up a pack of our house-made beef ricotta meatballs, we recommend making Chef Jason’s red sauce. It’s a simple tomato sauce that comes together easily with stuff you probably have on hand. Simmer the meatballs in the sauce, and serve over hot cooked pasta (we love Baia pasta) or polenta with grated […]
Spatchcock is a butchery term that refers to splitting open poultry or game birds for cooking. The backbone is removed and the carcass is pushed flat. The benefit to spatchcocking a chicken is faster, more even cooking. I also find it much easier to carve for serving. It’s particularly good for grilling and a great […]
Two reasons to love Shepherd’s Pie: First, it does not involve rolling out a pie crust; and second, it does involve mashed potatoes. This spring-inspired shepherd’s pie is adapted from Felicity Cloake’s recipe for a very classic version. For a lighter touch, the potatoes are mashed with yogurt and olive oil. (For a dairy free […]
When it comes to chicken, I am firmly in the dark meat camp. Chicken breast are too often dry and rubbery, so I usually avoid the white meat altogether. However, the steam treatment I gave this chicken made it so delicious that I had a difficult time saving the breast for the chicken salad recipe for which […]
A few of our favorite products come together in a smoky, spicy chili. This particular chili recipe is light on the beans. If you like a beany chili, cook a full pound of beans and add them all to the pot. Serve with sour cream, jalapeños, grated cheese, and tortilla chips. It’s also perfect with our savory […]
This is a favorite cornbread recipe and a great way to use up any lard or tallow you have on hand. We used Tortillas de la Tierra’s heirloom blue cornmeal, which you can find at The Local Butcher Shop. Heating the cast iron pan in the oven before filing it with batter ensures a beautiful […]
Spring and Summer in the Bay Area can be frustrating and deceiving. Warm and lovely during the day and then BAM, the fog rolls in and the night can be near frigid. Last week this happened and it gave me the great excuse to make a soup for dinner that was light in flavor and […]
Since the new year, The New York Times, The Today Show, Time Magazine and chef blogs have extolled the virtues of bone broth. The terms bone broth and stock are used interchangeably, though some folks differentiate them by the ratio of bone to meat used. Whatever you like to call it, it’s good stuff; and we’re serving it hot by the cup at The Local Butcher Shop. […]