The one thing that I love better than cooking… is cooking together!
Tom Dufek is a special customer at R&S Market, but he also happens to be a wonderful person and good friend to The Butcher and I.
Tom and his wife Nancy make this special recipe for a Three Herb Pesto that is perfect for the bounty of tomatoes that are overflowing from your garden this time of year!
My son Anthony Jr., is an avid photographer and videographer, so he was on hand to document the pesto making afternoon …lots of fun!
Make a batch of this pesto to serve with tomatoes and mozzarella or to mix into a delicious pasta dish. If you make extra, it freezes really well in small portions of an ice cube tray… just pop them out and defrost when ready.
2 CUPS OF FRESH BASIL LEAVES
1 CUP FRESH PEPPERMINT LEAVES
1 CUP OF FRESH CURLY PARSLEY
1/4 CUP OF PINE NUTS
3 CLOVES OF GARLIC
1/2 CUP OF OLIVE OIL
1/2 CUP OF PARMESAN CHEESE
1/8 TSP SALT
1/8 TSP PEPPER
Add the first six ingredients to your food processor and start mixing. If the pesto doesn’t start to come together you may add another several tablespoons of olive oil.
Once the pesto has started to come to a paste, you can add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Process until you see a creamy consistency.
You will find a printable recipe here Three Herb Pesto Recipe
Serve over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella for a beautiful beginning to any meal!
Take some time to Cook Together this weekend!
The Butcher’s Wife
With the summer holidays approaching and the weather warming up, it’s time to stoke up those barbecues and grill up some perfection!
In our house…The Butcher Cuts, and I Cook…. that means grilling too!
Grilling a Steak or Burger can be intimidating, but only if you let it be~ Follow these tips…and you will grill up fabulous dinners this summer!
FIRST THINGS FIRST….THE TOOLS~
Make life easier for yourself, by investing in a few simple tools, to help you master the grill!
You will need:
2 simple, metal, thin spatula with a long enough surface to hold the meat.
2 sets of simple metal tongs.
One or two meat thermometers…again…this is the place I feel that the simple ones…work best!
An easy to use kitchen timer.
A Meat Thermometer
Wooden cutting board.
Several Sharp Knives, one that has a serrated edge.
Salt and Peppermill
NEXT…STOP BY THE BUTCHER AND PICK OUT A TOP QUALITY PIECE OF MEAT
At R&S Meat Market, The Butcher is always striving to bring you the best quality beef, pork and poultry. Anthony has been replenishing the Meat Cooler at R&S, since January, and there are many delicious Prime Dry Aged Steaks to choose from, as well as All Natural Options, Wagyu and other specialty items on hand or available for order.
The Butcher is always willing to talk with you and direct you towards the piece of meat that will suit your budget, gathering or special occasion.
TIPS FOR SIMPLE GRILLING~
As a rule, I never grill on high heat.
Always bring the meat to room temperature before grilling.
Heat your grill to a medium heat. Every grill is different. On my grill, with three burners lit, medium brings the heat to 400 degrees.
Plan to stick close to the grill while you cook. This means, plan out all of your side dishes ahead of time and prepare your salad. Make sure everything is ready to go before you put that meat on the grill~
COOKING TEMPERATURES AND APPROX. COOKING TIMES~
Using a meat thermometer will ensure that you always have the doneness that you are looking for.
GROUND BEEF must be cooked to 160 degrees internal temperature
BEEF/VEAL/LAMB can be cooked to
145 internal temperature for Medium-Rare
150 internal temperature for Medium-Well
POULTRY must be cooked to 165 degrees internal temperature
PORK should be cooked to 145 degrees internal temperature and will be a slight bit pink in the center…that’s OK~
Use a timer! I suggest this because everyone’s idea of five minutes is different.
The cooking times below, are for cooking over medium heat, and flipping once at the halfway point.
A Flat Iron Steak will take about 12 minutes over medium heat
A skirt steak will take about 10-12 minutes over medium heat.
A Flank Steak will take about 14 minutes over medium heat.
A Filet Mignon Steak will take about 12 minutes over medium heat.
A one inch Rib Steak or Shell Steak will take about 12 minutes over medium heat.
A two-inch Wagyu Tomahawk Steak will take about 24 minutes over medium heat
A Porterhouse is tricky, It can take 14-18 minutes over medium heat for medium doneness.
The Gourmet Burgers at R&S are a half pound each. When put on the grill fresh, they will take 16-18 minutes ( medium heat ) for medium-well.
Scroll through the gallery below to be inspired~
#feedthefamily #happysummer #chowfancyeveryone
I love to learn new things…I love to figure “stuff” out…it makes me happy.
With all of this cold and cozy weather we’ve been having this March…I’ve had time on my hands to read thru the stack of books on my ottoman and sort out the emails that have piled up! In doing so I came across an article in the New Yorker that explains a method of life…that I knew existed…but had no idea had a name! Hygge.
From this article I’ve realized that the term Hygge which is actually a Danish word, is the reason I’m in love with Pinterest, Instagram, and could actually live in a Pottery Barn Catalog.
Even the word ‘Hygge’ reads like a hug…cozy slippers, a fire, and my favorite gray oversized sweater.
According to The Book of Hygge, written by Louisa Thomsen Brits, The definition of the word Hygge, which is pronounced “hoo-gah”, is a quality of presence and an experience of belonging and togetherness. It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted and sheltered.
Meik Wiking, who is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen ( yes, such a research institute exists!) wrote a book ….The Little Book of HYGGE, Danish Secrets of Happy Living. In his book, he suggests that the Danish people are in fact, the happiest on earth. The Happiness Research Institute is located in Denmark, so that they can study this “Happiness effect” and the reasons behind it. The word Hygge originates from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. The Danish people have been found to spend much of their time with family and friends and feel the calmest and most peaceful! I think we all need some of this Hygge!
My thoughts are…that this Hygge is not really a secret …and I think we as Americans have it…we just don’t use it enough…and don’t incorporate it into our life enough. It’s going to be my new motto…#hygge, #itsthelittlethings, #itsaboutthefamily #feedthefamily.
Below you will find a beautiful recipe which I consider to be Hygge…It will warm you up on these chilly spring days…and it will feed two…or a crew….Enjoy!!
Cook up some love,
The Butchers Wife
I love January!
I love everything about this gorgeous month that says …”Slow down, feel lighter, the best is yet to come…”
October is telling me that it’s time to dust off the soup pot and get back to cooking up some comfort foods! In our home and at the Meat Market, September feels like the beginning of a new year. With the kids back to school and the change in the weather, I always feel like cleaning out, changing things up and working on a new plan~
This is my version of the tart that Brad served when we visited the Potters Studio at Knarlywood….Use up those beautiful leftover summer tomatoes…served warm or room temperature it will wow the family! ( We couldn’t decide if it should be categorized as appetizer, side dish or dessert…that’s how yummy it is!