The Great American Grocery Store

Our friend and author Michael Ruhlman is one of the best cookbook and food writers today (his book Charcuterie is a favorite), but he’s not only that; his curiosity takes him where it will, and as a result, he’s written both novels and non-fiction, with topics ranging from cooking to boats, his house, and pediatric heart…

International House of Comfort Food

Comfort food encompasses more than just traditional American favorites like mashed potatoes. The basic tenets of comfort food have been embraced by cuisines from around the world, including Italy, France, Morocco, and Japan. The only requirements are that the flavors are familiar and the food fills you up like a hug from mom. The following categories…

Roasted Suckling Pig for Christmas

Today is National Roast Suckling Pig Day! We thought a post about suckling pig was in order…and it will give you just enough time to order your pig for Christmas. In many northern European countries roasted pig is at the center of the traditional Christmas meal. Perhaps this goes back to Saturnalia, that ancient Roman…

Pan Gravy Tips

Nothing is better than delicious, old-fashioned pan gravy. Pan gravy derives its flavor and character from rich stock, and the wonderful juices and dripping fats from the roasting bird that collect in the pan. Mother Sauce Although deceptively simple, pan gravies or sauces are rather sophisticated cuisine. In fact, in French cooking they are highly…

4 Ways to Eat More Turkey Breast

Every family has them: staunch supporters of white breast meat, and the other side that seeks only the darker meat of thighs and legs. Generally a whole turkey will satisfy both parties. But what to do when the white meat lovers outnumber the rest? One clever solution: roast a separate turkey breast. This is also…

Make a Pheasant Feast

Since ancient times pheasant has held an honored place at the table. When was the last time you had pheasant on your table? This could be the perfect bird for a smaller Thanksgiving feast; one pheasant serves two people. We offer our farm-raised domestic pheasants year round, but this is the perfect time to enjoy the Wild…

Stuffing vs. Dressing

Whether a stuffing is a dressing, or vice versa, is as much about semantics as whether it is cooked inside or outside the bird. Some people will tell you that it’s called stuffing when cooked inside the bird, and dressing when cooked separately. And in the south, they call both versions dressing. They are really…

7 Mushroom Recipes You Will Love

Well, it’s National Mushroom Day. We focused on mushrooms throughout September (it was mushroom month), but we still have some love left. If you appreciate fungi like we do, here are 7 recipes that pop with mushroom flavor for you to try. 1. Crispy Mushroom Triangles Because somehow everything is better in phyllo dough, especially when…

Go Ahead, Have a Cheeseburger

The cook that first melted cheese atop a burger should be a national hero. Although we know that the cheeseburger began its popularity in the late 1920s, the precise origin and creator is under dispute. Today as we celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, let us tuck in our napkins and honor that cook, whoever he was (it’s…