Food

Virgil on October 18, 2014

See part 1 – Charcuterie – Bacon and Pancetta See part 2 – Bacon and pancetta finished curing – part 2 The pancetta looks lovely after a day of hanging, it has a nice fat sheen on it and smells heavenly. Thirteen or so days to go. On to the bacon. I let it sit in the […]

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Virgil on October 17, 2014

The bacon and pancetta have completed their seven day curing process. If you want to see part 1 of this series, please check out Charcuterie – Bacon and Pancetta. The first article explains how to prepare a pork belly for bacon and pancetta and getting them into their cures. The key with the curing is that […]

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Virgil on October 10, 2014

Last Christmas, my brother-in-law gave me the book, Charcuterie, by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. This book teaches how to prepare all manner of cured meats. I have made duck breast prosciutto and beef bresaola so far. Now, I am foraying into luscious pork belly with bacon and pancetta. I started out with a 7.5 […]

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Bobby’s Bar-B-Q Buffet & Catering, Warrenville, SC     One Maudie – run away Not the worst BBQ I’ve ever had, but pretty close. I went to Bobby’s back in the 2000 timeframe a few times because a group I was a member of met there. I recall not being impressed. I am a huge […]

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USDA is once again trying to blame organic and non-GE farmers for being victims of GE contamination. Tell USDA that “co-existence” isn’t protection; it is forced GE contamination. Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened a comment period on the so called “co-existence” of organic, conventional and genetically engineered crops, but the […]

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Virgil on February 12, 2014

I didn’t know that Mexico was one of the top exporters of honey in the world. Much of their honey goes to European Union countries that, unlike the United States, ban or heavily regulate anything with GMO content. At least the EU knows that GMOs are a problem, I think the US also knows, but […]

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Virgil on February 7, 2014

Dow Chemical, the company that brought us Napalm and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for approval of genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange. USDA is on-board with Dow and […]

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Virgil on January 19, 2014

The United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to either not ban foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or at least require labeling of said foods. Very sad commentary on the US and the power that agribusiness and their allies in the USDA and FDA have on Congress at the […]

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from our friends at Food Democracy Now! Last week, Maine’s Republican Governor, Paul LePage, signed a GMO labeling bill passed last spring, making Maine the 2nd state to pass and sign a GMO labeling bill into law. LePage’s signature on the bill was preceded by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, who signed the nation’s […]

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Virgil on January 10, 2014

This is my mother’s recipe and one that was always super popular in our house growing up or as adults when visiting. Sometimes my dad made the sausage. This is the ultimate “white gravy on biscuits” gravy, but we just as often had it over toast. You can buy my mother’s recipe book, by the […]

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