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Confit Duck Legs

I cooked not one, but two whole geese for New Year’s Eve dinner. The result was just enough goose meat to feed a crowd, and lots and lots of leftover goose fat. I decided to try my hand at duck confit. For confit, either vegetables or meat are cooked slowly then stored in fat. In French, confit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Essence of Nose to Tail Eating

We cut steaks and roasts, chops and shanks from whole animal carcasses here at The Local Butcher Shop. If you’ve been in the shop, you’ve probably noticed our butchers carving intently next to metal bowls to collect the scraps. Those bits of meat, fat, bones, and skin are not thrown out. Bones go to make […]