How to Render Poultry Fat

The beautiful thing about getting a whole duck or goose is that it gives you so much more than a few meals worth of meat. You also get bones for stock and fat to render. Rendering your own fat is surprisingly easy, especially when done in a slow cooker. You can use poultry fat to […]

Okonomiyaki: Savory Cabbage Pancake

Possibly one of the most enjoyable ways to eat cabbage is in okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style savory pancake. In Japanese, okonomi means “how you like it” and yaki means “grilled” or “cooked.” Okonomiyaki is customized to what you like or what you have on hand, but alway includes cabbage. The batter is made with flour, eggs […]

Pasta with Fennel Sausage & Swiss Chard

This is my favorite no-fuss dinner—pasta with lots of greens and a flavorful sausage. It comes together in 30 minutes and might be the perfect thing after all the extravagant holiday meals. While the pasta water heats, clean the chard and slip the sausage out of its casing. While the pasta cooks, toss the sausage in […]

How to cook your heritage turkey

Heritage birds have rich, flavorful meat, but can be less forgiving during cooking. We’ve adapted a recipe from the November issue of Martha Stewart Living—a perfect way to cook your local, heritage turkey. Heritage Turkey with Citrus and Herbs 1 stick of butter, softened 4 oranges (2 zested and juiced, the other 2 quartered) 2 […]

Our Birds: A Poultry Primer

Sourcing pasture-raised chickens is tough. We’ve learned over the last four years how difficult it is for farmers to raise chickens on a small scale and still be financially viable. Since opening our doors, several of our chicken farmers have simply stopped raising chicken. It’s alway our intention to offer fair prices to both the farmers […]

It’s Grass-Fed Beef Season

Summer is the season we obsess over heirloom tomatoes and colorful stone fruit at summer farmer’s markets.  Here at The Local Butcher Shop, we’re also obsessing over the summer meat, specifically, grass-fed beef and lamb. You might not think of meat having a season. After all, burgers never go off the menu, right? But considering […]

Pork & Chive Dumplings

Dumplings. Gyoza. Potstickers. They go by many names, and they’re all delicious. Here’s a recipe for Chinese-style pork and chive dumplings. For the dumpling filling, it’s important that your meat is not too lean. Fat is flavor! Our pork grind is generally about 15% fat, perfect for a succulent and flavorful dumpling filling. Hand-filled dumplings are time consuming, […]