Archive for April, 2011

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day

April 27, 2011

Flowers

And! Happy last final to me 🙂 At approximately 8:30 tonight I will be done with the semester and SOOOOOOOOO relieved.

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It’s Duck!

April 25, 2011

Here’s the good news:

Duck Prosciutto

It worked! It is bona fide duck prosciutto!

Here’s the bad news:

It turns out (much like jerky) I don’t like duck prosciutto! Boo 😦 It’s just a little too ducky for my taste… which is such a bummer!

On Saturday morning, Dave and I went down to Eastern Market (the huge Farmer’s Market in Detroit) and found a butcher in central shed who set up shop (display cases with whole pigs’ heads and everything). We got an eight pound pork belly for $2.22 per pound! (This is compared to the $8-10 per pound when you special order it from a butcher shop). I cut it in half and am curing the first half to see about homemade bacon. I just hope I haven’t ruined bacon for myself – it came skin on.. which meant little piggy hairs and piggy nipples (it’s pig on the pig, Susanna!)… a bit disturbing and not something I was completely prepared for.

Anyway, I will keep you updated on the progress.

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I May Have Lost My Mind

April 19, 2011

So, it turns out trying to work full-time, take two graduate classes (including a capstone class), plan a wedding (or at least finalize details) and have a life is almost totally impossible for me. I say this because next week is finals and in two months Dave and I are getting married.. and wow, my world is a little crazy at the moment.

In cases like this, clearly, the smart thing is to a) join a bag swap and b) pick up a random new culinary hobby. That makes complete sense, right?

Over the weekend, I finished my bag for the pp7 swap. Usually it’s potholders, but this round Amy gave the option of a bag-only swap, too, so I joined it and made the Jane Market Bag. My partner said that she likes red and aqua and I am super enamored with the new Joel Dewberry Aviary line… and so, this bag was created:
Bag
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think I just want to make a couple mug rugs from the scraps as a little extra to send with it.

And as for my new culinary hobby? Charcuterie, who would have thought? Basically, it’s my understanding that charcuterie is cooking and processing meats like sausage, ham, bacon, confit, pates, terrines, etc. I would have never thought I would be interested in it, but then I stumbled across Michael Ruhlman’s blog and well, I got sucked in. In fact, hopefully when I get home today, his book Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing will be waiting for me.

Over the weekend, I tried my hand at Ruhlman’s beef jerky recipe. Here are the results:
Beef Jerky
Strangely, (or not so strangely) it turns out I don’t care for beef jerky, but luckily Dave LOVES it. It was fun to make, so I want to try other kinds, but I will have to rely on him and his brothers to eat it.

I also started some duck prosciutto. It is currently hanging in my basement… hopefully curing? I’ll post with the results once it is done! And, it turns out Butcher & Packer is literally a mile away from my house, how cool is that? Unfortunately, they close at 4:30, so Dave is going to pick me up some curing salt tomorrow (on his day off, because he loves me… or maybe because he loves bacon), so I can get started on turning a pork belly into bacon.

Finals, what finals?

And finally, my mom, Dave’s mom, and his aunt threw me a small, but lovely bridal shower over the weekend. I was really touched by the outpouring of love from my friends and family.

So, I guess, the moral of this blog post is that even though I’m going slightly crazy and my house is full of weird bits of meat right now, things are going mostly good – and that’s plenty for me 🙂