Here is the opening slices of the smoked & stuffed lamb leg from the 4th. Yes, it was that good.
I feel funny. Like I had 2 Monday’s this week. Work Monday, eat Tuesday, back to work on Wednesday. Yup, 2 Mondays, this can’t possibly be a good thing. So, when the Fatted Calf Newsletter rolled in, I felt a little better and it grounded me as to where I am in the day.
This week’s menu steers towards ease of prep and no fuss. I had the lamb brochettes (meat on sticks) a few weeks ago and now they gots pork brochettes. Damned they were good, and easy. Not that grilling a crepinette is all that tough in itself. But you don’t even have to put the meat on the sticks, just my style. Open package and insert to fire, turn, eat. They good, you get.
The pork crepinettes this week is stuffed with chard, lemon and pine nuts. Heeeee, it makes my toes curl when I even remotely consider seeing them lay on my grill. Cook carefully my peoples, they tender. Do not over cook, dry pork sucks.
The newsletter mentions Ciccioli. I googled it and it seems kinda like a creamy pate deal. I’ve clearly never had it, but I’d like to stick my face in and wooly it about a little to see what the scoop is. Maybe this weekend?
I see something else looming out of the meat pile, Salami Cotto. While I know we’ve all had some of this at one time or another, I’d like to see what Fatted Calf does with it. The stuff we find at our local grocery store is usually just a bland & fatty piece of nothin’. I can’t imagine Taylor doing anything remotely like that. I’m going to try some, fer sure.
As my eyes wander around, I notice clear down there at the bottom I see something about Beef Jerky. Eh? That’s new too. What’s that about? Beef Jerky?
Ooo Ooo Ooo, hey! I nearly missed it but they’ve got the Sicilian al’ Arancia this week. This is still my favorite meat stick. It’s a little bright and happy Sicillian salami with orange zest in it. Not sure why, but it really makes my day to bite in to a little slice. MmmMmMm, citrus zest.
I can hardly wait for Satuday, I’ve got all kinds of great things planned for the day. I hope to see you at the market!
ps – If you want to have any near remote chance of picked up the brochettes this week, I would strongly suggest you pre-order your needs today.
Has your lover stormed off in a huff leaving you sad, solo and starving? Maybe you were too busy belly dancing around town and now your cupboard is bare. Perhaps you have a certain newsletter that needs to be written right now but your demanding stomach persists. We know how things go.
There is no shame in needing a quick fix.
There are days that call for hours spent carefully laboring over an elegant meal and there are days when the work beast and your fabulous social life will spare you no more than a few meager minutes to concoct a convenient dinner.
The term”convenience food” generally conjures images of a frankenfood packed in it’s own cooking/serving tray requiring a madly beeping microwave and a serious shortage of taste buds. Thankfully, there is the Charcuterie, the traditional stop for a delicious but expedient meal. This week’s Pork Crepinettes with Pine Nuts and Chard are meat and green vegetable rolled into one happy package. Or perhaps you’d prefer the hand held convenience of the Berkshire Pork Brochettes, which can be nibbled as you multi-task to your heart’s content. If even turning on the stove seems too taxing might we suggest the creamy, flavorful Ciccioli where one need only open jar, insert spoon and enjoy the spreadable pork heaven with bread. The ultimate in convenience food is Beef Jerky, made from Marin Sun Farms Beef with a splash of sweet bourbon, which easily slips into a purse or jacket pocket.
Now, if only Fatted Calf delivered!
See you at the market!
Saturday, July 8
Berkshire Pork Brochettes with Herbes de Provence 4 per package
Pork Crepinettes with Chard, Lemon and Pine Nuts
Mexican Style Chorizo
Pâtés, Confits & Terrines
Guinea Hen Terrine
Duck Liver Mousse
Petit Sec Aux Herbes
Sicilian al’ Arancia
Spanish Style Chorizo
Other Meaty Goods