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Eat Good Meat, Save the Planet: Grass Farming

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 “Forget the cows,” he tells a visitor on a […]

Meatballs in Red Sauce

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 […]

Roasted Spatchcocked Chicken with Preserved Lemon

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 […]

Christmas Hams and Rib Roasts

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Halloween came and went in a blur and it’s dark out at five o’clock in the evening.  Thanksgiving was a whirling tornado of turkeys, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and oddly enough, potato latkes.  Now we are laying down our hams for Christmas, ordering geese and ducks and trying […]

Holiday Recipe Roundup

  Brined & Glazed Turkey How to glaze & reheat a holiday ham How to prepare & cook a standing rib roast Heritage Turkey with Citrus & Herbs Bacon & Cider Braised Turkey Fennel Garlic Roast Pork Roast Guinea Hen with Raddiccio  Guinea Hen with Bacon Cabbage & Apples The Rocchino’s favorite brisket  

The Story of Love a Bee

As the co-founder and CEO of Love a Bee, Louise Derrick collaborates with beekeepers to source 100% raw, unpasteurized and unadulterated honey from California. We got the full story in this interview with Louise. Stop by for our anniversary celebration Saturday, August 20th to meet Louise and taste Love a Bee honey. Love a Bee grew out […]

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 […]

We’re a Work Local Award Finalist

We’re thrilled to be selected as a finalist for “Best Retail Employer” for the 2016 Work Local Awards, a celebration of the best local employers in the Bay Area. We think our team of hard-working butchers, cooks and dishwashers is the best, and we are overjoyed that the feeling is mutual. The Work Local Awards […]

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 […]