Other than a hurricane, September has been lovely. Warm days, cool nights just as fall should be. Minus that whole hurricane part. The cool weather has me wanting to serve stew on a nightly basis. My family though is not willing to eat stew nightly. Beef Osso Bucco to the rescue.
A few weeks ago I bought a Crock Pot (I still haven’t recovered from the shame). This was the first meal other than bone broth I decided to cook. Homeschool classes are in full swing and somehow I let SWMBO talk me into adding on an extra Math class. 7 Classes ya’ll what was I thinking. If Rutabaga doesn’t revolt, my self preservation might.
This act of over scheduling now has me using the Crock Pot. I must admit coming home after work the other day to a house full of good meals was pretty awesome. Dinner was served with 10 minutes. The texture of the meat was good so I can’t complain and I may start using the beast more often.
Beef Osso Bucco is a savory dish with a silky texture that cooking . Osso Bucco is a fatty cut of the shanks. The tendons and fat break down giving us that beautiful texture. It is perfect to serve over mashed potatoes or rice.
One of the recent additions to the NCF Store is also been featured in dish Balsamic Vinegar. SMBO picked Vom Fass as our source for Balsamic Vinegar. While it is not locally made it is a local franchise in Cary. The flavor is brilliant and consistent brightening many a dish up with its flavor. Once you buy the bottle you can bring your bottle back to us for refills. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Rabbit love it hate it, it is a tremendous renewable food source. When we talk about healthy meats this is the one that gives you bang for the buck. There is little fat in rabbit meat and the cholesterol is quite low.
According to Off Grid News “Rabbit has the lowest cholesterol value of any meat product. Compared to the next two lowest, chicken and pork (both with a value of 230 mg per serving), rabbit has a mere 164 mg of cholesterol. Rabbit is the lowest calorie meat per serving at 795 calories per pound vs 810 for chicken, 840 for veal, 1190 for turkey, and 1440 for beef. Pork weighs in at a whopping 2050 calories per pound. Rabbit meat is the HIGHEST in protein compared to chicken, fish, lamb, pork and even beef! Rabbit meat is highly digestible and recommended by the USDA for children and the elderly.The USDA also proclaims rabbit meat “the most nutritious meat known to man.””
After an unfortunate childhood rabbit incident I refused to eat rabbit. At that point in time I got mad at myself and made my husband take me out for rabbit for my 35th birthday. Since then I have extremely slowly begun to work with it. This past spring I took a rabbit butchering class at Standard Foods here in Raleigh. I brought home my rabbit pieces and made them for lunch the next day. We all loved them so yes I’m finally 30 some odd years later am going to regularly make rabbit for dinner.
Tonight’s recipe is for beginners. Something to lesson the blow to the kids that you have a meat source. It won’t be recognizable, I usually find that the best way to start. and with a long slow cooking aromas they won’t be able to resist either.
Bogs are simple, you boil a rabbit or chicken in salted water for 2 hours. Next up you de-bone it(save the water) add rice and cook down until the rice is soft. The rice will take on a new texture making this dish more of a stew. There will be left overs, freeze them and save for another rainy cold night when you won’t have much time on hand.
Organ meats are a new item in my house. The lead in charge of this are two unlikely suspects. Two that forever have told me to go eat my hippie foods. My husband and our daughter, Rutabaga. Earlier this spring Rutabaga decided she liked grossing people out by eating weird things. Her new favorite food coming from this is Lengua or Cow’s tongue tacos.
Getting my hands on a Cow Tongue was harder than you think. They are one of the first things to sell when we get a cow back from Chaudry’s. Only because we took a 2nd cow in July did I get one. And I justified it with my birthday, my wish was to make my kiddos dream of Mama making her favorite dish come true.
Now for the cooking it is a 2 part procedure. First you will boil the tongue with the spices. Next pull out the person in your house that likes to do weird science. Step three chop & fry in a pan. After the boiling & weird science portion you could actually slice the tongue thinly as a roast. There are limited photos in this recipe as many of you have a strong ick factor.
Weeping Radish products have been a great addition to the Ninja Cow Farm Store and our own personal pantries. When we first ordered the new sausages we were faced with lots of decisions. One of the new things we brought in is Linguica. Linguica is a firm peppery sausage made with Red Wine that has Portuguese origins.
I finally sat down and tried it a few weeks back, Red Beans & Rice came to my mind. During our 7 years in Florida I had many chances to work with folks from other countries. One of my favorite recipes I picked up was out of Puerto Rico from a family friend. In her recipe a homemade sausage was used. It was quite reminiscent of the Linguica we are now carrying in the store. The dried nature of this sausage helps it stand up to the cooking time involved. The flavor is powerful enough to help flavor the dish yet it retains flavors for each bite of the Linguica as well.
The secret to my Red Beans & Rice is a homemade Sofrito. You take onions, peppers, tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, & cilantro. You cook them all down together for a short while letting the flavors meld. I must confess though. For the 2nd year in a row my onions didn’t grow. And I never got around to planting garlic last year fall. This year though I have grand plans. With my peppers still growing and my cilantro dead I did have to take a trip to the grocery store. At least my jalapenos & tomatoes are growing well.
This recipe makes a massive amount, feeding at least 10 people if not more. And it will be more. I froze several meals worth after dinner. In the Ninja Cow Farm Store we sell Linguica doe $10.50 lb. With only using 1 lb of sausage in this dish along with the remaining ingredients should bring this dish to under $25. Not to bad for a one dish meal that feeds a crowd.
I can see the Eww’s coming across the screen already. Hold tight though and take a trip further into the Culinary World. Recently we’ve had several international clients request Chicken Hearts. After consideration and a few rounds of cooking them. I declare they are tasty must have treats. Easy to make and man are they good, like I now crave them type of good. The taste and flavor is as if a steak and a chicken thigh mixed together.
This past March my husband had to travel to Brazil on business. When he returned he raved about the food and being forced to try new things. Now the man is not the most adventurous eater due to some food allergies (okra and shellfish). In fact we were a bit worried about the language barrier and proceeded to take a crash course in Portuguese so he could safely eat. To hear he was trying new food excited me so I asked what his favorites were to spice up our weekly menu. When he said chicken hearts I about dropped my jaw on the floor. In fact he couldn’t wait to share them with the family. I’ll cook most anything he requests. Let’s go!
Chicken Hearts are provided by our wonderful partner Christy over at Brittany Ridge Farms located in Hookerton, NC. We charge $4 lb for these tasty morsels. These are quite simple to cook quickly and would be great served with salad or as the meat component to a meal. Have a party and offer them as a daredevil bite. Drop by today from 2-6 to get your own.
Have I scared you off yet? Just remember in this whole Farm to Fork world we need to eat all parts of the animal not just a few. Try them you won’t regret it.
Last weekend my family hosted the tween girls on the farm for dinner & movie. Having 4 tween girls between 3 families is full laughter and sometimes a tiny bit of drama, I brought the drama on myself this night. We made homemade pizzas for 3 of the girls then came the 4th, who has a strong dislike of pizza. For her I made oven smoked bbq style ribs. Next thing I hear from my very own Rutabaga. ” Mom, will you make me some BBQ Brisket for the 4th of July?”
Now for those of you who have met Rutabaga she is cute as can be. When she asks for something so sweetly & homemade to boot I can’t resist. Then to top it off she said those works all Momma’s want to hear. ” Mom, will you teach me how to make it too.” This led to a tiny bit of jealousy from Daddy who she normally bakes with. They are my baking team. After the BBQ was going Daddy promptly made a cherry dump cake with Rutabaga to get in a cooking lesson himself.
With our recent March 1st price cut on Beef our brisket became alot more affordable. The price went from $12.99 lb to $9.25 lb, nice eh? Our briskets are also cut family style into quarters making them between 3-4 lbs each. Enough to feed a crowd. To top off the Brisket I used Buh’s The Sweet Side Sauce which retails in the NCF Store for $5 a bottle. I only used the sauce to drizzle across the brisket, leaving enough for at least 2 more dinners if not more.
Full disclosure- my smoker is off limits to me at the moment (I got sick). If you want to to this on the smoker I recommend using hickory wood and keeping the grill at 225. Cook for 3-4 hours until fork tender. These smaller cuts cook quick so keep an eye on the heat. Always remember fat side up. If you need a little insurance cover extremely loosely in aluminum foil
Squash Season is upon us once again. Sadly this year there will be no squash here at Ninja Cow Farm other than what folks bring us or the State Farmer’s Market provide. Last year we got blight in the gardening beds and until I can wrap them in black plastic for a month in September there shall be no squash.
My husband however is thrilled he absolutely detests squash. He will eat Zucchini bread though if you don’t tell him what it is. Finally though I found a method to get him to eat his Squash. Hopefully I will one day get him to eat Okra & Eggplant as well.
The folks at Alarita have been wonderful. This last weekend they came out to the farm for a tasting day. The brothers always have a warm smile with quick wit. Their Dry Rub Seasoning Blend has also quickly come to be my go to seasoning for meat and veggies. For an $8 rub it may seem pricey however it is a locally family made item that is incredibly versatile. Remember the Citrus Pork Recipe, well that was Alarita Dry Rub doing its magic there too. I keep saying I’m going to try it on eggs but so far I haven’t had a chance.
Try this dish out and see if your picky squash eater enjoys it too. With quick broiling it stays firm for those with texture issues.