How’s this for an alternative to the usual turkey for Thanksgiving?
Tired of turkey for Thanksgiving?
Or tired of it being dry and a total letdown?
Then, give the bird the heave-ho and turn your attention to the pig instead.
Ham is too predictable. But a crown roast of pork? Now, that’s not only an unexpected pick, but a dramatic one to boot.
Now, imagine one from heavily marbled Kurobuta pork. Now, we’re really talking.
Recently, Snake River Farms sent me a sample of its crown roast to try. It’s the first one I’ve ever cooked. Now, I’m wondering: What took me so long to discover this show-stopping hunk of pork?
A lemony lamb fricassee that spans the seasons.
It’s hard to believe it’s fall, isn’t it?
Halloween around the corner? How can it be?
But Jamie Oliver makes the change of seasons easier to swallow with his “Incredible Lamb Fricassee My Way.”
Even in the Bay Area, where the days are still pretty summer-like, a big leg of lamb is not the first thing that pops to mind to sit down to at this time of year.
But Oliver’s lamb dish is a great one for easing into the slightly cooler nights. That’s because it’s made with a big handfuls of lettuce that soften and melt into the yogurt-fortified sauce, lightening the dish so that it doesn’t feel too heavy right now. Fresh dill and a generous amount of lemon juice also give the dish a liveliness. Plus, it cooks on the stove-top, so you don’ t have to turn on your oven for hours just yet.
Bently Ranch New York steak right off the grill.
Bently Ranch of Minden, NV aims to do things the right way.
It started out in 1997, raising cattle for the commodity market. But two years ago, family member and San Francisco local Christopher Bently started raising the cows on pasture to create premium grass-fed, dry-aged beef.
Today, the farm also produces hay for other regional farms, and takes in for no charge everything from yard debris to leaves and grass from its neighbors that goes into creating compost for the ranch.
As noble as those efforts are, the real test, of course, is in the taste of the beef.
Now, it’s a lot easier to try it for yourself, as Bently Ranch just launched a new online store last month.
True Gentleman’s Jerky in Sinsa Korean Flavored BBQ flavor.
When I — or most women — are in need of a snack, we reach for fruit, yogurt, a handful of granola, a cookie or some pretzels.
It’s meat. Always.
My husband could have had a burger for lunch and could be preparing a leg of lamb for dinner, yet if he gets the munchies, he’ll still crave a meat product of some sort.
That’s a little of the spirit behind True Gentlemen’s Jerky. It was founded by a group of guys who all went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo together. In search of the perfect snack, they started making their own beef jerky based on a family recipe. Before long, a business was born.
True Gentlemen’s Jerky is made in the Sacramento area from Northern California beef. Recently, I had a chance to try samples.
Pulled pork bun (front) and braised lamb belly bun (back) at Belcampo in Palo Alto.
After opening its first restaurant-retail meat shop last spring in Larkspur, Belcampo Meat Co. has been on a rapid roll.
Since then, it has opened in speedy succession in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and just four weeks ago in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village.
Shortly, Santa Monica will get the largest outpost of the farm-to-table meat company with a butcher shop plus a restaurant that will boast a full bar, as well as 90 seats. A lease also has been signed for a location in West Hollywood.
Belcampo is on a fast-track mission to prove that sustainable not only can be profitable, but feasible on a large-scale.
A butcher packs away the meat just before closing.
Note the whiteness of the fat on the meat — a sign of pasture-fed animals.
It is the brainchild of Todd Robinson, a Wall Street veteran with deep pockets; and Anya Fernald, a California-native and long-time locavore entrepreneur. She may look familiar from her previous appearances as a judge on “Iron Chef America” and as the founder of the Eat Real Festival in Oakland.