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Pork Chops with Peach and Tomato Salad

Save this recipe for that special time of year when you can find both peaches and tomatoes in abundance at the farmers market. I like yellow peaches because they seem to have a bit more tartness than the white varieties. Pair with a glass of rose and a warm summer evening. Pork Chops with Peach and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Bone Broth for Everyone

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. […]