Pork Osso Bucco Ragout

Last week left me without much time to cook. Due to Hurricane Matthew most meals were eaten at friends houses or out. Then the end of the week was so busy with obligations that dinner was out once again.  Now the evenings are longer and cooking is something I want to fill our home as well as our stomachs.

NCF carries pork osso bucco for $4.50 lb. Osso bucco comes in all sizes, from small to large. Personally I prefer the smaller more delicate cuts.They take less time to cook and are very flavorful. Fortunately we carry all sizes in the store.  The tomatoes, potatoes and sage came from the NCF garden making this a fairly inexpensive dinner for our family. Ragout is a french stew of vegetables usually served with meat.  I served the Ragout on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes although rice polenta or noodles would serve wonderfully.

 

 

At Last Oven Pastrami

The Big Finally is here lets make some Pastrami!

Last week I brined my brisket, Sunday night I slice it & made corned beef. Today were are going to use the power of smoked paprika to make this brisket into something magical.  This whole week I have struggled back in forth. Do I cold smoke to I hot smoke, then it came to me. Most people do not have access to a smoker hot or cold, they do however have access to the grocery store & an oven. The whole premise of how I cook is to make it easy for those at home to follow and do the same. Let’s go!

As you can see the left over portion of my brisket is small, There will only be a few servings. Next time I make this I will order one of the giant 12 pounders and make enough for left overs.

 

Corned Beef & Cabbage

St Patrick’s day is getting closer do you have your Brisket yet. The good new is that you still have time. The recipe I posted last week only takes 3-5 days. For you last minute folks out there (like me) this one is for you.

The dark color is due to not using nitrates in the brining process. I used beet juice unfortunately it was not dark enough to preserve the color

 

This past weekend my family hosted a farm game night for all of us that live here at NCF. We served the Corned Beef with Cabbage, it was a big hit.  It scored a solid 8 out of 10, every last morsel of the beef was consumed.

Mark & Dustin grabbing their dinners.
SWMBO didn’t even get a bite.

The only issue we had was coloring and it may have been due to my beet juice not having enough of the coloring in it. My beet juice was not nearly as colorful as other brands I’ve seen out there. In fact it was downright pale.

 

 

Brisket to Corned Beef to Pastrami

This is a several part series stay tuned…

Brisket, that mighty versatile cut of beef.  While I was mostly raised in Nashville, TN I was born in Missouri meaning smoked K. C. brisket is my favorite. We can make it sweet, savory, BBQ,  & corned. Dan claims Ribeye is king, nope Brisket is king for this girl.  

Corned Beef is an American Classic for St. Patty’s Day sorry folks it’s not Irish. The reason being most Irish at the time this recipe came together could not afford the cut of meat. The good news is today you can afford it and it is readily accessible in our store at NCF.

The NCF Brisket sells for $12.99 lb. Last summer we decided that our clients preferred a smaller family sized cut ranging from 3 lbs to 5 lbs instead of the giant 12 pounder our processor was sending. Even a small 3 lb roast will feed a large party of people. I’m using this one brisket to make 2 things. Add in a hash and that is 3 meals.

The recipe I’m using today is not my own. I’m using a recipe from  Katie at the Wellness Mama website . This is a new recipe for me, it has good reviews. The reason why I am going with a new recipe is to use a recipe that is nitrate free.  I hope we all enjoy it. The good news is my family gets to go first.

After we have corned the beef we will the make 2 separate dinners corned beef & cabbage & pastrami.  Where many recipes will call for you to remove the excess fat here we need to keep it  for the pastrami.

The beautiful fat cap there to the left. LEAVE IT!

Lemon Basil Broccoli Chicken

Weeknight activities are the bane of my existence. By 6 p.m. at night I want  dinner on the table with my family around it followed by Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune.  Yes, I’m a thoroughly middle aged Mom & nights as I described are rare.  That is where Lemon Basil Broccoli Chicken comes into play, this has been my child’s favorite meal since she was a toddler.  

In the NCF Farm Store we carry Boneless Skinless Breast from Brittany Ridge Farms for $11 lb. The birds are pasture raised and taste great.  The color of the meat will show you the difference before the flavor.  Once you taste it you will notice a difference between our chicken & large scale production.

Lemon Chicken Bake

School is back in session full swing & while we homeschool year round  this means our school year activities are keeping us busy.

Monday – Friday afternoons we race from horse back riding, girl scouts and art lessons.  That mean we need dishes we can prepare ahead of time then throw in the oven while the little one takes a bath & we do evening chores. It’s a farm ya’ll, there are always chores.

Braised Lamb Shanks with Red Wine

Fall has finally arrived here in North Carolina, the past few days I have been at the NC Choices Women in Meat Conference. The Conference was held at a camp over in Efland, NC. There the leaves were beginning to change slightly. I came back with many new ideas full of inspirations from the talented women I was surrounded by.

With cool mornings and crisp sunsets it is time for some heavier flavored dishes. Lamb can be a finicky creature but the shanks are a great part to start with as a beginner. They can take a bit of abuse with cooking times and still turn out melting in your mouth. Lamb Shanks are a cool weather treat when braised with Carrots & Prunes. My braising liquid will be Red Wine. The wine lifts the flavor of the lamb and the prunes add a sweetness without leaving the savory realm.