Dog, cats, ferrets & Soap Crafters, what do they all have in common?
Dan surprised Jeanette & I today with our special request for
Tails, Fat Back( what you use for lard), Liver, Heart , & Feet are now all in stock in .
Tails- $4.50 per pound- Not only a great for pets but also great for stews and veggies.
Fat Back $4 per pound if you want lard or to make your own soap this fat is gold.
Liver-$4 per pound liverwurst, Scrapple or liver pudding you know you want to make your own this summer to go with all those fresh garden veggies. We have a few books in the store to steal some recipes out of for these dishes
Heart- $2.99 per pound great for adventurous eaters (slice and cook like a steak) or for pets
Feet- $2.50 per pound. These are my secret ingredient to so many dishes. I smoke them then add them to beans, collards and pork bone broth. Oh yes, pork broth should be its own magical food group.
Ears-$4 per pound. Not just a great dog treat, these are also my favorite bar food. I braise these till tender (280 F in a dutch oven for 2 hours) then slice and fry.
Neck Bone-$4 per pound try a new flavor of bone broth. If you love beans this will add an extra depth of flavor to them.
Finally Raw Goats Milk ($5 per 1/2 gallon) is back in the store on Fridays and Saturdays. The supply will be limited. Please let Lucy know by Monday if you need an order. Several of the area veterinarians in the area have suggested this for orphaned pets or pets going through medical issues such as Chemo or on raw food diets. Please check with your own veterinarians to see if this is right for you.
Yesterday was a fun day in the store. Our clients for the first time received a taste of my cooking.
Most folks loved the London Broil, this time I cooked it Sous Vide style to make sure everyone got a delicious tender bite. Somewhere around 11 am my Sous Vie changed temp from the 120 degree holding temp to 299 degrees. One person got a very rubbery overcooked piece & I apologize. At this point I rushed out to slice up the 2nd London Broil & make a fresh batch of grits. Instead of relying on my counter top model Sous Vide I brought up my real deal Anova Model. Yes I’m a kitchen gadget junkie who owns 2 type of Sous Vide. Go with the Anova, I wish I had the first time. If using an oven please find instructions in the recipe notes section.
My favorite moment was when a woman who hated grits didn’t realize she was eating grits. She kept jokingly telling me I was lying as there was no way she enjoys grits. She bought a bag, I hand wrote the recipe so she could make herself a batch this morning.
We recently began carrying Yellow & White Corn Meal from Yates Mill. The Mill is less than 10 minutes from the farm & has wonderful classes for families throughout the year. Once a month they grin Corn Meal on the old mill. A few high end restaurants in Raleigh serve it and now we sell it. Most store charge between $10- $15 for Artisan Local Corn Meal. Here at NCF we sell a 2lb bag for $5. Not bad, eh?
I promised many folks the recipe would be up today. Please look in the note section for the traditional method on cooking the London Broil. There are no photos as I did this as a last minute demonstration and began cooking late Friday Night.
Herb Crusted London Broil
A savory marinated London Broil crusted with Rosemary cooked Sous Vide style. This recipe uses Tamari a Gluten-Free type of Soy Sauce.
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!
1 Cut Up Chicken
1 pint plain Kefir
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Cake Flour ( It adds a crispier crunch
2 tsp ground white pepper
2 tsp ground mustard
2 tbsp seasoning salt
Peanut oil for frying
Preheat oven to 350 degrees place a sheet pan with a rack on top to drain
Season chicken with seasoning salt
Soak in Kefir for 12-24 hrs do not go over 24
Bring Chicken up to room temp for 2 hours before cooking
Mix flours in a bowl
Remove chicken from Kefir soak, season with white pepper and mustard
Coat chicken in flour mixture
Set chicken on a rack for at least 20 minutes to cure
In a deep cast iron pan (I use my dutch oven to help prevent splash back) heat 3 inches of oil to to 330 degrees at minimum but not hotter than 350 degrees
Cook each piece 7-10 minutes breasts will take about 15 minutes until the temp is 165 degrees with a thermometer
If you’re not frying much chicken place on paper towels it drain if you are cooking if you are frying more or need to keep it warm place in the 350 degree oven till serving.
Eye of Round every one loves it but they aren’t quite sure how to cook it. It is simple however it is all about technique. Eye of round is great when feeding a large crowd or hosting a holiday party. It is served medium to medium rare with its juices poured over it.
Our sizes of Eye of round range in small a little over 2 lbs or large getting close to 5 lbs. A 2 lb roast will easy feed 5-6 adults, a 5 lb roast will feed 15-20 adults or more especially if it is served as an hor’s devour. Add a tiny roll and some horseradish or fine grain mustard and 5 lb roast will feed a very large crowd. At $10 lb it is less expensive than a steak yet has a tender texture and fabulous beef flavor. There is very little fat and no bone involved to worry about either.
Eye of Round Roast Beef
No measurements are involved on spices, sprinkle them on evenly
Cayenne (just a very small amount)
1/2 lb-1 lb mushrooms
1 Spanish Onion
2 heads of garlic cut in 1/2
Remove Eye of round and bring up to room temp 2 hours prior to cooking
Preheat oven to 500 degrees
Season roast with spices
On a jelly roll sheet lined with parchment paper or foil place roast in center then arrange veggies around it
Place in oven, drop temp to 475 degrees
Roast at 475 for 7 min a lb, a 3 lb roast would roast for 21 min
DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR, turn off oven and let sit for 2 1/2 hours
Remove from oven remove veggies, slice very thin and pour juices over slices
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.
*make sure to not pepper until the end of this dish*
1lb NCF Boneless Beef for Stew
3 TBS EVOO divided 2/1
8 cups beef broth
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 lb carrots
1 julienned large yellow onion
6 minced cloves of garlic
8 oz sliced baby bellas
2 cups peas
2 chunked ribs of celery
2 medium russet potatoes chunked
1/3 cup flour
10 sprig of thyme or 2 tsp thyme leaves or 1 tsp ground thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Cut Beef into bite sized chunks
Season beef with salt and pepper
In a stock pan or dutch oven on med heat heat 2 tbsp of Evoo
Brown Beef and remaining flour about 5 minutes
Remove beef to bowl add in remaining 1 tbsp of EVOO lower heat to med/low
Add in garlic, onion and mushrooms season with salt cover and cook for 7-10 minutes until onions are translucent
Add in apple cider vinegar
Scrape bottom of pot getting .p all the little crispies
Turn heat up to med. & bring to a simmer
Once simmering add in beef broth & thyme cover and lower heat back to low/med or low cook for 45 minutes
Add in carrots, celery potatoes cook for 20 minutes
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.
Pork Osso Bucco Ragout
3 lbs Pork Osso Bucco
2 Tbsp EVOO
1 Tsp + 2 Tbsp kosher salt
1Tsp + 1 TBSP (divided) fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp Dried Sage Leaves (Not Rubbed)
1 cup Sherry
1 cup unsalted Beef Broth
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cups diced tomatoes – I used frozen tomatoes from our summer garden it was about 1/2 cherry tomatoes and 1/2 beefsteak tomatoes.
1 large yellow onion sliced
5 crushed cloves of garlic
Preheat oven to 280 degrees
In a 6 qt dutch oven heat EVOO on med heat till glistening
Add Onion, Garlic, 1 Tsp salt, and 1 tsp black pepper cook until onions start browning .
Remove onion & garlic to a spare bowl
Turn burner up to med-hi
Salt & Pepper pork with remaining S&P
Brown Pork on each side about 3 min just until it releases from pan.
Remove pork to spare plate
Deglaze pan with Sherry
Add in broth & Apple Cider Vinegar
Now we are going to stack our ingredients
Into the liquid place the onions and garlic
Place the Pork Chops
Cover with dried Sage leaves
Cover with tomatoes
Place lid on dutch oven and place in stove for 2 hours
On a med lo burner place the dutch oven on it uncovered let simmer and reducing until reduce by 1/2
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.
In the NCF Store we carry Pasture Raised Lamb from High Rock Farm and Thistle Down Farm. The shanks are priced at $10 lb. The dish I am making with the shanks pairs well with Rice, Quinoa or Roasted Potatoes. Each Shank should yield about 1 1/2 servings and are packaged in twos. Dinner for 4 will run about $25 making it a great alternative to a leg of lamb if you have a small family. And at this cost you don’t need an occasion to make it. Lamb warms your soul with its depth of flavor.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Red Wine
4 Lamb Shanks
2 TBSP EVOO
2 6″ sprigs of Rosemary
2 cups red wine (for cooking I rely on Rex Goliath Pinot Noir)
1 cup diced prunes
1/2 cup diced carrots
4 crushed garlic cloves
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350
In a Dutch Oven heat EVOO on med hi heat
Season shank with salt & pepper
Working in batches of 2 shanks brown shanks on all sides
Remove shanks to cutting board
Reduce heat to medium add in prunes, carrots & garlic, brown about 3 minutes
Pour in red wine deglazing the pan ( run a heat proof spatula or wooden spoon along the bottom of the pan to get up the crispies)
Add in the lamb shanks
Rest Rosemary on lamb shank cover and place in oven
Cook for 60-90 min. Lamb shanks size are dependent on the lamb if smaller they will cook faster. You want the meat to pull away gently with a fork. If it is not place back in stove and check in another 15 minutes. Lamb shanks take abuse of heat easily so do not fret if you are new to this.
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.
Tonight’s dinner is one to make ahead. Usually on Sunday afternoons I like to chop my veggies for the week so I can toss and go when I’m cooking. Potatoes won’t brown if placed in cold water in the fridge. That trick is only good for about 24 hours though so I still cut mine fresh.
The other thing I have playing in my favor is the green beans I planted the end of July are now ready to harvest. The NCF whole cut up chicken is a great convenience item at $6.50 lb leaving me a few extra minutes. I go for about a 3.5 lb chicken or as close to it as I can get. The total cost with all of the veggies is about $30 and much healthier than the drive thru calling your name on busy nights.
Lemon Chicken Bake
3.5 lb cut up chicken
3 lemons 1 sliced thin, 2 juiced
1 lb green beans
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 sliced bell pepper (go for color)
1/2 of a red onion thinly sliced
1 lb small red potatoes
5 cloves of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 425
Place veggies,sliced lemon. onion, garlic, and Olive Oil in a deep baking dish, add salt & pepper then mix well.
Move potatoes to outer edge of pan.
Pat Chicken dry with paper towels
Place chicken on veggies
Drizzle entire dish with lemon juice
Salt & Pepper Chicken
Bake for 1 hr or until golden brown. (If relying on a thermometer the center of the chicken breast should be 165 degrees)
Once again rest for 5 minutes before serving allowing the juices in the chicken to redistribute.
You’re probably going “Lucy knows it’s chicken parmesan, right?”. Yes I do know, when a craving hits & there is a chicken breast shortage hits (now remedied), you substitute. In this case I used Pork Chops from the NCF farm store coming in at $9.50 lb. It makes for a good fall meal on these still cooling off nights.
In my pictures you will notice the bone & extra fat. Don’t do what I did and leave those on. My crew was startled to find they couldn’t cut their meat under layers of sauce and cheese, from now on I will use my noodle a bit better and remove the extra fat as well as the bone.
There is no parmesan cheese in Parmesan dishes. Why?? The dish is named for the area it is from in France. Also I do not add my seasoning to the breading. I season the meat after egging. I’ve found that this adds a bit more flavor to my fried dishes. And please make sure to let the meat come to room temperature before frying. Cold meat in a fryer = burnt breading
4 NCF bone in pork chops
2 cups bread crumbs
2 eggs whisked
3 tbsp Italian Herbs Seasoning
1 cup Olive Oil
Salt & pepper
8oz jar of Marinara (I prefer Nello’s)
8 Slices Provolone or Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 lb cooked pasta prepared to packages instructions
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Dip Pork Chop in Egg
Season Pork Chops with Salt Pepper and Italian Seasoning
Cover Pork chop in breading (let rest 5 min before frying)
In a heavy bottom pan heat Olive Oil to shimmering state
Cooking 3-4 minutes on each side
In a oven safe casserole add pasta cover lightly with marinara
Lay Pork Chops on pasta, cover lightly with sauce then lay cheese across the top.
A few years ago one of those boxed dinner companies came out with seasoning packets. You were just supposed to throw it in your meat and pasta or rice and poof dinner is served. Upon looking at the ingredient list I was mortified. And then I looked at the nutrition. Whew! Who knew so much sodium could be packed into a couple of tablespoons.
A few months back the NCF Store started carrying flavored Goat Cheeses from Celebrity Goat Dairy. Since then I have been playing around with them and having a blast. The little tubs sell for $5 each and are loaded full of flavor. The flavors are Chocolate(hello adult s’mores anyone), mango, chipotle, garbo (herb), dillamon (dill with lemon pepper), chevre (plain), jalapeno, and curry. Commonly I add goat cheese to dishes, it packs a punch of flavor while low in fat.
The next few meals I present are easy dinner on the run. Currently these 4 weeks are packed to the gills with activity. And if I ever schedule this much at once again… well lets just hope I don’t. The amount of time I have doesn’t allow for dinner out and fast food is being phased out of our house unless we are traveling.
Here we go, the NCF Chicken Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast is $11 lb, Garbo Goat Cheese $5, Peas-$1.69 (broccolli or carrots can be substituted), and Pasta $1.89 16 oz box. Tell me can you feed a family of 4 at a fast food place for under $20? I can’t and keep everyone happy but I can with this and it’s done in 15 minutes.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into bite sized pieces
Garbo Goat Cheese
1 Cup frozen Peas
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 TBSP EVOO
Prepare Pasta to package instructions. Reserve 1/4 of pasta water
Season Chicken with Salt and Pepper
Over Med-Hi heat EVOO.
Once heated brown seasoned chicken
Add Pasta water & Peas cook for 2 minutes
Add Pasta and Garbo Goat Cheese mix thoroughly
There are a few ways to dress this up and down if you have time. Mushrooms & Onions for instance. However on over scheduled nights I recommend this dish to meet the Carb, Veg, & Meat criteria many of us try to have for a meal.