Think Spring

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Calf Chronicles

A Brisket In Your Basket Lately, I’ve got brisket on the brain. It might be the bins of brine filled to the gills with corned beef or the piles of pastrami being sliced for stacked sandwiches but the versatile, humble brisket has become the object of my affection as of late. It is the perfect […]

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

18 Reasons To Celebrate Harvest is a time worthy of celebration. As autumn begins, the farmers market becomes awash in tantalizing color. Peppers bump up against pears and tomatoes cozy up to pumpkins. In The Fatted Calf kitchen we are celebrating the harvest with bushels of fruits and vegetables to enjoy with our meaty goods. […]

Between Two Slices Of Bread

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

When life gets busy, I get a sandwich. Carbs be damned, the sandwich is efficient, delicious and satisfying! A late night at the Fatted Calf kitchen will likely result in a sandwich for supper. An afternoon sifting through the wreckage of my desk requires the fortification of a sandwich. Need to hit the road? Best […]

Diet Like An Italian

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

A beautiful Umbrian woman once confided in me that when Italians wanted to squeeze into their sleek new Prada number they would adopt a strict diet of prosciutto e melone. Delicate slices of salty cured ham wound around chunks of juicy, musky melon is so delicious I could almost imagine eating it for colazione, pranzo […]


Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

Baskets of beautiful, fat, dusky figs have arrived at the market. There are classic Black Missions with their jammy centers, silky Kadotas and Brown Turkeys oozing with droplets of ambrosial sap. The hearty fig was one of the first plants to be cultivated by humans in the Neolithic period. Plucking its fruit laden branches pre-dated […]

Gone Country

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

The amazing pig is chock full of delicious parts. Its streaky belly gives us smoky bacon and umami-rich pancetta. Its versatile shoulders provide us with the makings for Basque coils, pork rillettes, sugo di carne and more. Even its liver can be turned into irresistible liverwurst. But when I want to roast a bit of […]

Good Food Radio

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

The radio is nearly always on in our home kitchen. We might enjoy a little Paco de Lucia while preparing a pan of paella with Spanish style chorizo or crank up Cissy Strut while stirring a pot of Andouille laden gumbo. Good tunes and good food go hand in hand but music isn’t the only […]

Vive la France

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

If you are a good food aficionado, a devotee of restaurants, a wine enthusiast, or a lover of charcuterie, you’ve got tip your beret to the French. During the Middle Ages they established a guild system that governed the processing of meats and gave birth to many of our favorite saucisses, pâtés and jambons. Then […]

Pork Of July

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

Pasture-raised heritage pigs embody the American spirit. They are tenacious, hearty and lively. These freedom loving hogs exercise their rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the great outdoors where they can roam and root, unfettered. These are no cookie cutter, CAFO pigs. They are individualistic. Each breed is unique and while most […]

Maybe Tonight?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

Is tonight the night? The signs of summer feel full of promise. The air is warm and drenched in a heady scent. You’ve been disappointed before, led astray by desire that failed to satisfy. It is a leap of faith to open yourself anew. But you are wiser and this is a new beginning, a […]

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