If You Can’t Take The Heat

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

Get out of your kitchen. When it is too hot to turn on the oven, when the great outdoors beckons, or when too many cooks are cramping your style, take your meaty goods outside to cook on the grill. Sausage is the grill cook’s obvious choice but a roast, cooked over a wood fire, is […]

The Secret Ingredient

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

Salami is a curious beast. Sausage and salami begin as nearly identical twins. But links destined to become salami are “cured” or finished by undergoing a process of fermentation spawned by microorganisms that acidulate the salami or lower its pH. These good bacteria, usually a relative of Lactobacilli plantarum, are salami’s secret ingredient. Like a […]

Pigs For The Planet

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

As Earth Day nears, it’s a good time to take stock of the environmental impact we can make in our own lives. While planting your yearly tree and engaging in a little armchair activism (how many pipeline petitions does a gal have to sign?) certainly helps, adopting realistic small changes in your daily routine can […]

Watching The Asparagus Grow

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

The fact that I didn’t kill the asparagus crowns entrusted to me was nothing short of a gardening miracle owed entirely to the impressive will that this herbaceous perennial possesses. When we moved onto the ranch a year and a half ago, we set up home in a little house at the edge of the […]

Spring Lamb

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

What makes spring lamb so irresistible? The little lambs born in Autumn seem to thrive in our mild California coastal climate. Our rainy winters produce an abundance of green pasture for the young lamb to graze upon. Come spring they are robust, naturally fattened on lush grasses and sweet alfalfa. At The Fatted Calf, we […]

Celebrating Spring

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

The Call of Spring Spring is calling. It is beckoning you outdoors to pluck its tender sprigs of mint and tarragon, marvel at its buds and shoots and inhale its lavender scent. It is summoning you back to the farmers market with sugar snap peas and tender fava beans. It is inviting you to the […]

Peeling Garlic

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

We all have tasks we gravitate towards in the kitchen and others that we do more reluctantly. Making peace with prep work and learning to love the process of cooking from start to finish usually comes with experience. Often, young cooks want to plunge head first into the fire, glossing over tedious prep work. While […]

Cooking Corned Beef

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

Corned beef is the dish that keeps on giving. We always cook a corned beef twice as big as we think we might reasonably need in hopes that the next day there will be a hot corned beef sandwich heaped with sauerkraut, caramelized onions and Muenster cheese. Any those tasty end bits can be shredded […]

The Egg and the Chicken

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

Sixteen eggs, in hues ranging from pale blue to terracotta, filled my collection basket this morning. Spring is in the air and our raucous flock of Auracanas Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and one lone Transylvanian Naked Neck (a.k.a. Audrey Hepburn) is beginning to hit an egg-laying stride. These wild women spend their days ravaging the […]

The Spring Sting

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Calf Chronicles

The calendar may claim that spring is still a few weeks off but the breaking buds and leafing branches feel otherwise. I too, have felt the sting of spring walking on the sunny hillside near my home where miner’;s lettuce, clover, flowering mustard and (ouch!) stinging nettle have sprouted in lush patches. The stinging or […]

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