Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat

 Last night I made an excellent leg of goat. It's been really really really hot here in NYC (104 yesterday!) so I haven't had much desire to further heat up my apartment by turning on the oven. Thank goodness for crockpots and toaster ovens. I also got to try out my newest toy, a Jaccard Meat Tenderizer. 

Weekend Menu + What to Eat at Takashi

Weekend meals are waaay fattier for me since I have time to cook and Chris is here and lower in carbs since I seem to suck at storing roots and found that all my potatoes had sprouted. 

Friday: fasting, ate some Thai Papaya salad at office lunch

Fail Weight-Loss Tip #1

 A new series inspired by my bad cooking. Follow these tips and your appetite will be so low you won't want to eat anything!

Tip #1:

Slice plantains into strips with vegetable peeler. Forget to season. Dehydrate in dehydrator for 12 hours. Try to eat. Total cardboard taste kills your appetite. 

Wow, imagine how rich I'll be when I market that as a snack.


Cool Kitchen Tools for Mother's Day!

 I thought about getting my mother chocolates or flowers, but instead I got her something much more useful and healthy: kitchen tools! I hope she is enjoying them:

Why You Should Buy a Goat

 I bought a goat from Glynwood farm last weekend. I didn't make it a meatshare because goats are small enough for my two roommates and me alone. In fact, a whole goat can fit in a normal-size freezer. They are often less than 35 lbs total hanging weight, which ends up being like 25 lbs. I will be writing a guide to whole animal buying soon, but I have been pleasantly surprised with this goat. I buy lambs often and they vary in quality.

A Recipe A Week: Roasted Lamb Shanks

 A few weeks ago, after one too many mediocre meals created by my standard issue cooking technique (which is put a piece of meat in the crockpot, cover it with water and broth, dump in some spices, and hope for the best in the morning), I decided to make a goal to actually start following recipes. I haven't been lately because I've been so busy and I've had some living situation issues. My last apartment unmotivated me to cook because my roommates weren't very clean and constantly left food out. 

We are going to have to rethink things, won't we?

 When I was a freelancer and I worked from home it wasn't so obvious to me why Americans are so unhealthy. Now it's tottally obvious. Cooking and the housekeeping the accompanies it takes time and when every adult member of the household works 40 hours a week, that becomes very difficult. It's even worse because most people don't particularly enjoy their jobs and would like to come home and do something they enjoy. Wouldn't it be great if everyone loved cooking? But it just doesn't work that way. 

No recipes: tropical shrimp


Acid Trip

 I'm in the process of moving, so I haven't had time for fancy recipes. Luckily there are a few things that can make anything tasty: salt and acid. Adding a dash of acid to a dish can really improve the flavor profile. For example, on Sunday I made pork chops for Chris with rosemary, sea salt, pepper, and a dash of peach vinegar that I got from this awesome store called The Filling Station.