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Pickle-brined Chicken

Nothing revolutionary here, but this process made for some great roasted chicken thighs. I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand, so I mixed up a little pickle brine with milk and hot sauce. After soaking overnight, dredge in seasoned flour, … Continue reading

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Barely Pickled

Nope, not an afternoon of gin-and-tonics, and not Hendrick’s pickles (an idea via From Belly to Bacon that’s brilliant on a number of levels). That’ll have to wait for another time and another post. But these are quick pickles, truly … Continue reading

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Into the Brine

The brisket went into the brine yesterday. I’m a little behind on the 5-day soak, but somewhat intentionally. We’re away this weekend and aren’t planning to have our corned beef and cabbage until Sunday night. That, and we don’t normally … Continue reading

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Hot Smoking – the gateway technique

We were very excited when we read about the April Charcutepalooza Challenge. In fact, hot smoking is what got me started in on Charcuterie about 5 years ago. I started out by smoking fresh pork belly, then moved on to … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Reuben

I’m totally ready for the “Reuben From Scratch” Challenge, when it comes, Ruhlman.  Having a Brine Challenge for Charcutepalooza due the same week as St. Patty’s Day means there’s a ton of home-cured corned beef simmering in pots around the … Continue reading

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Corning a Tongue

Ok, so I’ve picked up some weird things at the market in the past few years. Inspired in part by Fergus Henderson, Michael Symon, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, I’ve bought kidneys, sweetbreads, pig’s ears, trotters, calves brains, bone marrow, and liver … Continue reading

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To Brine or Not to Brine

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, a lunch conversation with colleagues yesterday turned to a discussion of turkey preparation methods: to brine or not to brine, how to ensure even cooking of dark meat and white meat, to stuff or not … Continue reading

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