Recipes

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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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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Virgil on December 12, 2013

I am taking an online course from Harvard called Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science. Not for the faint of heart, it is actually a physics/chemistry class applied to cooking. But, some of the best and most innovative chefs in the world are part of it. For example Adrian Ferran, the father […]

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Virgil on November 18, 2013

Nostalgia can make you crave foods you ate as a child. I wrote recently about my mother’s canned corned beef hash and eggs, a super easy and decidedly non-gourmet meal that I remember fondly and hadn’t had in years. When I made it, it was still good. Read Momma’s corned beef hash and eggs. My […]

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Virgil on October 22, 2013

We just got back from Edisto Island, South Carolina, a place we often go. It is quiet and beautiful, not Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head, both of which suck beyond imagination and I feel sorry for anyone who spends their money at either. This was one of the most laid back vacations I’ve ever had […]

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Virgil on September 25, 2013

All of you looking for a gourmet meal, run away now. This is a quick and easy meal that tastes great, but is certainly not gourmet. This one is from my childhood and I have never made it nor had it in years. My mother was an excellent cook and could make the most wonderful […]

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Virgil on March 28, 2013

I haven’t made lasagna in a long time and this is the simplest and best lasagna I’ve ever made. I couldn’t get enough. For eighteen months, the only lasagna I was exposed to was the frozen crap (ala Stouffers, but worse) at military mess halls in Iraq and Afghanistan. I rarely had it.But, what I […]

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Virgil on December 30, 2012

We did a traditional English Christmas dinner this year. There weren’t a lot of people, so we went with a simple menu: Standing rib roast, four bones, wonderfully handled by brother-in-law Hugh Yorkshire pudding that I made Roasted root vegetables that I did English peas with butter that I did, very simple Lovely jus done […]

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