Meat

How To Breakdown a Chicken

How To Breakdown a Chicken

Access to an array of cuts, mainly that of the leaner portions have become our go-to cuts to consume on a regular basis. Gone are the days where the household picks up a whole chicken, breaks it down, makes a pot of stock, and has several days worth of food. The truth is, most of us wouldn't know what to do with a whole chicken besides possibly making a pot of soup or roasting one whole.

Nourishing Chicken Soup

Nourishing Chicken Soup

Every cook should have a handful of go-to recipes to bust out on a regular basis. This is one of those recipes that just doesn't get old. It's simple to prepare, perfect for all ages, and can change with the seasons. 

Farmhouse Pot Roast

Farmhouse Pot Roast

Yesterday I woke with the first light and cool breeze sneaking it's way through the barely opened window. As per usual, I made my way downstairs, got a fire going, spun a Jackson Browne record, and started a pot of coffee. I knew it would be a busy day ahead so I went right into prep for lunch. 

Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled Flank Steak

Flank steak has always been one of those cuts of meat that deserves to be cooked on the grill. After an overnight marinade, I set it out onto the fire and allow the meat to char a bit, adding those bitter flavors to pair with the salty, sweet, and sour elements that no coat the flesh. 

Nettle Meatballs

Nettle Meatballs

With vigorous growth happening all over the land, it is simple to incorporate wild foods into my meals on a daily basis. Dandelions in salads one day, milkweed shoots sautéed the next, and nettles happily find their way into just about every dish I'm cooking these days. 

FG's Meat Sauce

FG's Meat Sauce

This recipes draws inspiration from my Italian ancestry but with a few subtle changes from the traditional recipe that utilizes ingredients available to me locally during the winter here in Maine. Freshly harvested oyster mushrooms, smokey bacon, and dried herbs from the land make lovely additions to this classically delicious sauce. 

Spiced Up Burgers!

Spiced Up Burgers!

For several years I ran Frank's Finest, an herb & spice company which specialized in organic culinary seasonings. Within a few years I created and sold over a dozen blends, and would familiarize myself wide a wide range of herbs and spices from around the globe.