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Cumin Lamb Tacos

The preparation of the lamb in this recipe is based on a traditional Moroccan dish of steamed lamb shoulder. Seasoned with salt, cumin and garlic, it’s a simple, hands-off alternative to braising that results in moist flavorful meat. You could serve it simply with couscous and roasted vegetables, or you could do what I did […]

Easter Hams and Lambs

Will you be serving a Glazed Ham or Leg of Lamb from The Local Butcher Shop this Easter Sunday? Here are our tips and tricks for cooking your holiday roast. Glazed Ham Take the ham out of the refrigerator 2-3 hours before you plan to warm it. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Put the ham […]

Stock and Schmaltz for your Matzoh Ball Soup

Anticipating the approach of Passover, we’ve been collecting bones and fat from our pastured chickens to fill our icebox with poultry stock and schmaltz. Matzoh Ball Soup is a simple and comforting dish in which these ingredients will really shine. Pick up some matzoh meal and come on by, we’ve got pastured eggs for you […]

Rancho Feeding Corp. Recall

Dear Customers, You may have heard news of a USDA beef recall issued on February 8th for the Petaluma slaughter plant (Rancho Feeding Corp.).  In an effort to be completely transparent, we want to address this issue with you, our customers, directly. Many of our cattle ranchers do in fact use this slaughter plant to […]

Guest Blog: Kathryn Quanbeck

Land Prices and the Expansion of Pasture-based Production In another installation of our guest blog series, Kathryn Quanbeck writes about the cost of land in areas where new-generation farming would thrive.  Kathryn lives in Portland, OR and works for the Niche Meat Processor Network (, a network and information hub for small-scale meat processors and […]

Autumn Dinners at the Rocchino’s

Autumn is officially here and cool mornings are giving way to warm afternoons. By evening, sweaters go back on and I crave a warm dinner. Produce at the farmer’s market straddles Summer and Fall with tomatoes and eggplant still plentiful, and winter squashes and hardy greens also on display. Aaron and I recently helped with […]

What have we been eating?

It’s been awhile since I posted about what we’ve been eating at home.  Don’t fret – we haven’t been starving.  We’ve been eating quite well actually.  I just haven’t had the forethought or the energy to take photos of our dinner before the dinner becomes dirty dishes… With that being said, I have been cooking […]