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Charcutepalooza: The last supper

What to write, what to write? It’s the final Charcutepalooza challenge. Ever. I can hardly believe it! Who would have thought a year ago that Neil and I would be hosting an all-meat luncheon for 7 people featuring meat we cured, smoked, ground, packed and blended ourselves? Certainly not me. It says a lot about […]

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Charcutepalooza November: Curing

It’s taken me until this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge – the penultimate – to figure out what it’s really it’s all about.  It’s not about perfection – indeed, a few things didn’t quite go as planned for us this time around – it’s about the journey.  Every day at school, I tell the boys that the […]

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Charcutepalooza April: The hot smoking challenge

This post is about the making of a sandwich.  Michael Ruhlman’s eggs Benedict from scratch, to be specific.  When he posted about it  the day before this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge (hot smoking) was announced, I wondered if smoked bacon might figure and was delighted that it did!  Neil and I decided to smoke some salmon […]

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Charcutepalooza: Brining

This month’s Charcutepalooza challenge was brining and for a couple of weeks there, it seemed there wasn’t a minute in the ELTW household that we were not either brining meat or cooking brined meat. Not too challenging in itself, our major challenge was finding the space in our fridge for meat brining containers! We started […]

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