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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie?

I hereby interrupt the replay of recipes from the past few months for something new.  The windstorm that took away our February 70 degree days, got me in the kitchen.  One of my husband’s favorite dishes is Shepherd’s Pie.  What is the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie? Meat, Shepherd’s is made with Lamb while Cottage is made with Beef.

After you decide which type of pie to dig into then it is time to discuss vegetables. The mixture will be topped with mashed potatoes there is no crust however.  For veggies I use onions, mushrooms, celery, carrots & peas. A few folks I know use green beans instead of peas, I prefer the peas.

In the NCF store Ground Lamb ( we also have ground mutton) is $10lb, Ground Beef is $9 lb.  If you would like a steakier flavor the choose Ground Chuck for $10.50 lb. With the other ingredients this will still be an under $20 meal yet it will feed 8-10 people. Erin’s husband stopped by and grabbed 2 serving. One for right then, I got a text the next morning he had the other for breakfast instead of waiting for lunch.

Calorie Count, It is February as New Years Resolutions are still on the mind I am not making a bottom crust from Mashed Potatoes.  Only the top of this pie with have Potatoes. Traditionally the crust is top and bottom is made from Potatoes.

For today’s recipe I’m going to use Ground Lamb, making it a Shepherd’s Pie.  My husband would eat Lamb for every meal if allowed… shh I would too.

 

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.

Beef Stew

Every Sunday, my Grandmother was quite predictable she either made us a Pot Roast or a Beef Stew. My Grandmother was one of my main cooking teachers growing up. Both of my Grandmothers were really, they both believed I had a special talent and would instruct me from behind as I began cooking. This Beef Stew has varied little from the time my Great-Grandmother Rumsey taught my Grandmother Hill. Beef Stew is an American tradition, every family has its own special recipe and this is mine. Unfortunately few pictures were taken of this dish as it was Halloween and the family descended on the pot before I remembered I didn't have a final picture. The recipe provided below few 5 adults and 2 children with no leftovers. The Boneless Beef for Stew price at the NCF store is $8.99 lb. Combined with the veggies you're running about $15 for a meal that easily fed 7 with no empty stomachs afterward. Boneless beef for stew can take time to become tender. Long cook times are recommended. The processor uses leftover that is not being turned into ground beef to make boneless beef for stew.

Savory Brisket

The NCF Store recently started carrying a smaller sized brisket. Instead of 7-8lbs the new cut is more manageable for a family at 2 ½ to 4 lbs. This meal fed 2 families, 5 children and 5 adults for under $70. That’s a big crowd when you realize the kids are hitting peak growth and hunger ages. Yesterday, was a typically busy house day. It’s the beginning of the homeschooling year, creating a bit of chaos.

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I started watch Big Bang Theory years ago, since then I’ve wanted to make Howard’s Mother’s Brisket. It always appears to be one of those sought after items and much discussed. At 11 a.m. I realized, “Oh no the brisket isn’t in the oven yet. Is it too late?” Usually when I smoke a brisket, I like to keep it at 225 F for 12 hours. This however, was going to be served at 6 pm. OOPS!. As I seasoned the roast I discovered I was out of garlic powder. My mise en place was non-existent. I did what any good cook does and turned up the heat, changed the recipe and crossed my fingers.

In the afternoon, I met up with Erin (our neighbor & NCF’s milker) and run a chicken errand. When Erin and I walked in the door at 5:30pm; Bam the smell hit us. Something amazing had happened while we’d been out, the garlic powder missing was a great accident. Erin was planning to make tostadas for dinner and we both thought the kids would love to have dinner together and pulled beef brisket tostadas just sound AMAZING. I must admit they tasted even better, especially since Erin pampered us with fresh fried tostada shells.

Sorry, there aren’t a ton of pictures of the process as I did not plan on blogging this due to my loss of time management. It is too good not to share though.

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Not so Traditional Fried Chicken

This past weekend was a whirlwind of fun. My oldest sister came to town.  I asked what she would like for me to make and instantly she said fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and collard greens. I love that my siblings always know just what they want to eat at my house and let me know they expect it. Now if I could just get those in my house to tell me what they want for dinner daily. Every wife and mother’s dream, right?

Fried chicken is an American classic. While each portion of the US has it’s own style the South has uplifted it and taken it to another level.  Every family has it’s own recipe as well.  I have one myself that only 1 person  has a copy of to give to my daughter upon my death. This person is not my husband but then again he has watched me make it enough he could probably make it and it would be better than mine. While this is definitely a great fried chicken & has some of my secret recipes ingredients, it is not my super secret recipe.

The NCF store has whole cutup chickens for $6.50 lb. Let the work be done for you. We also sell Kefir for $6.50, While there are several flavors we’ll be using plain.  This is a happy accident, I ordered buttermilk, when it didn’t come in I needed a back up plan the kefir was there and it spoke to me. It said I have the lactic acid you seek. So I grabbed it and am so happy I did!

It’s time for a side dish recipe. Scrap pieces of meat are valued in the flavor they bring to a meal.

Scrap meat may not be the most appealing term, I’m talking about the bits of bacon left over after the pork belly has been sliced. Despite what the grocery store would have you believe bacon is not a perfect rectangular cut.  Ham hocks and jowl bacon can be used in this dish.  The fat from these cuts is going to add a silkiness to the collards that you cannot achieve otherwise. That means no pouring the fat off. Fat is not the enemy the news has made it out to be.