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Did you just realize that Thanksgiving is next week?

I will include a video of the Butcher carving this turkey in my next post. A suggestion to keep your turkey moist would be to make two separate pans of gravy. One would be poured over the turkey slices as you put it on the serving platter. The other could be set on the table. This method will l keep your turkey moist as well as hot, as it is served.

I will include a video of the Butcher carving this turkey in my next post. A suggestion to keep your turkey moist would be to make two separate pans of gravy. One would be poured over the turkey slices as you put it on the serving platter. The other could be set on the table. This method will l keep your turkey moist as well as hot, as it is served.

Have you just finished the work week, taken a breathe….and then realized that Thanksgiving is next Thursday?

Yikes!

Hold on though….No worries… No Stress…We’ve got you covered!
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Chowfancy~ Let’s bring back the old!

I love January…

I love Sundays, good food, time spent with family, beautiful dishes, clementines, fancy perfume, rustic recipes, fresh-cut flowers, cookbooks, everything french, quality handcrafted and useful objects, fine chocolates, special cheeses and prosciutto, Champagne, Cabernet and a top quality steak…that has been grilled to perfection.

I am inspired by …people with artistic vision, kind hearts, lively conversations, vintage finds and old photos, the color red, great music of any genre, the possibility that at any moment something wonderful is about to happen.

Since Chowfancy is written by me, The Butchers Wife, I thought I would share a little bit of the back story as to how this blog has come to life and perhaps a glimpse into what is in store for the coming year.

The Butcher and I have been together for twenty-one years. Since the beginning we have both had a similar take on the importance of family, hard work, dedication and quality. Over the years we have grown together and along with our children continue to change and adapt to each new year.

For the past two years or so, we have taken R&S Meat Market in a new direction by listening to the needs of our valued customers as well as the personal needs of our growing family. I have always been involved with the business, but now have more time to spend at the Meat Market and have enjoyed being with everyone at the shop, including you! By speaking with and listening to our customers I realized the need for ideas on what to cook for dinner or recipes to prepare for an upcoming dinner party. I also noticed the stress that comes with preparing and cooking a large piece of meat for a special holiday meal. At the same time I have witnessed the excitement of a customer satisfied with a delicious item, or recalling a special recipe that they enjoy to cook for their own family.

Our children are growing and I have noticed that they are looking for good food and that their appetites have grown too. It has become very rewarding to cook for them, because of their appreciation and empty plates! As a family we have come to the conclusion that less is more, and Quality, Not Quantity has become our motto. In order to accommodate our changing schedules and continue to fit in much-needed family time, we cook dinner at home and have taken many road trips with our boys, Upstate New york. In our travels we have met the kindest most hardworking people who create beautiful and delicious things. We have picked our favorites and brought them to you through the Meat Market.

As we start this new year our goal, along with our helpers at R&S Meat Market, will be to continue to listen to our customers. We will continue to carry top quality beef and poultry items as well as many entrée items all set for you to pop in the oven. All Natural Beef, Chicken, Pork and Lamb will be top priority and The Butcher will continue to search out the best prime beef to age to perfection. Together we will work hard to curate the Meat Market with specialty cheeses, gourmet pastas, healthy snacks, crackers and food based skin products brought down from the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Our family road trips will continue and there will even be a few new and unique surprises coming soon!

For 2016 we are inspired to think less about “out with the old”…and more about how to repurpose the old. Let’s bring back old family recipes and traditions and let’s make everything old new again!

The Table

 

 

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Over the past several months I have been living vicariously through Mimi Thorrison, author of a blog, named Manger, and a beautiful new cookbook…A Kitchen in France. I follow her blog and it is always a lovely read. Mimi’s stories and photos always manage to inspire me to get moving and to get creative.

I particularly loved the following post that she shared today, co-written by her husband, who happens to photograph all of the beautiful images on her blog and for her cookbook. Take a minute to read it, I truly think it will make you smile. The link is right here

Mothers & Daughters

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A Merry Christmas Menu

La Famiglia….

I can remember back to Christmas as a child as though it were yesterday. Christmas Eve was always spent with my Dad’s parents, and Christmas Day at my Mom’s parents.

The  Grandmas from both sides were very different in their approach of entertaining, but both yielded wonderful and homey results that we looked forward to each year.

As a child…Christmas was the most magical time of the year.

 

Time moves on and as  I have gotten older and  come to realize how much time and effort is put into the planning of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it makes me appreciate more so, every one who took the time to make those days special. It truly does remind me to slow down, and remember what Christmas and the Holidays are really all about.

 

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This year, my boys noticed that I was feeling a little overwhelmed by my long to do list, and they decided to decorate our Christmas tree.

In years past we have decorated a huge tree, sometimes even putting up two trees. This year, we have gone back to basics. “Our Family Tree” includes many photo ornaments of our family members and all of the handmade ornaments that the boys have created over the past thirteen years. The handmade angel, was made by JT when he was four years old

Time…Flies…By…

I have posted a picture, because I love the way the tree came out, but mostly because I love that the boys decorated themselves. What a treat to just sit down and enjoy!

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Recipe for Grandma’s Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and Peppers is a classic dish that will feed a crowd and seems to be an Italian favorite. The thing I find funny is that I have eaten this dish at many restaurants and at many parties, but it never tastes the same. Every cook or chef seems to have their own secret way of preparing it. I have to say, my favorite by far…is Grandma’s way.

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Grandma Makes her Sausage & Peppers!

Home!

What is Home?
What does it mean to us?
A place of peace- rest- affection?
Of gaiety- and laughter?
The place we love- reverence- yearn for?
Enjoy?
For which we are ready to work, and plan and strive?
Or does it mean confusion, inharmony?
Hour after hour of petty quarrels, differences?
Frowns and fault-finding?
Injustice and misunderstanding?

Home is first of all within ourselves.
The most stately of mansions, the richest draperies,
rarest rugs, furnishings will not make a home-
Unless there is Peace- Stillness- Unselfishness- within
Every Heart.
Home is not bounded by the four walls of a house.
It is the heart of Life.
To it Life comes.
In it Life is nurtured, ideals born, knowledge gained.
Upon it the strength of the nation is built.
It is the cradle of World Progress-

-An excerpt from Ida Bailey Allen’s
New Modern Cook Book
published in 1924-

Not until we start to have our own families can we really appreciate how special our extended families truly are. How wonderful our family traditions are, and how important it is for us to enjoy them and preserve them for the next generation.

The video of Grandma making her Sausage and Peppers speaks for itself, so I will leave you to watch it…but I will print the full recipe in my next post.
Enjoy!

Below is the video of Grandma making her Sausage & Peppers. Be sure to watch all three parts:)

 

 

 

Gotta love cooking with Grandma!

 

 

Recipe for Grandma’s Sunday Sauce

Today is a great day to simmer a delicious pot of Grandma’s Sunday Sauce. If you missed the video that shows the sauce making event at Grandma’s…you can watch it herehttp://randsmeatmarket.com/2014/09/02/grandmas-sunday-sauce/
FYI…plan to spend a beautiful afternoon making this sauce. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favorite tunes and be prepared for family members to taste test along the way….

Sauce Ingredients:
Two 28 oz cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
Three 28 oz cans of Crushed Tomatoes
2 yellow onions diced
2 red onions diced
8 cloves of garlic chopped fine
Handful of fresh basil chopped
Six to eight dried bay leaves
4 teaspoons of dried oregano
4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of granulated garlic
Four to six tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Couple splashes of Cabernet Wine
Eight links of sweet sausage
Eight short ribs of beef

Meatball Ingredients:
3 pounds of ground beef/pork/veal mixture
1 1/2 rolls ( or several pieces of Italian bread) Soaked in water and squeezed
5 eggs
1/2 cup of grated locatelli cheese
small handful of fresh basil chopped
pinch of salt and pepper
vegetable oil for frying

Grandma uses two large sauce pots and one large frying pan to make this sauce. The entire process can take between four and five hours.

For the sauce:
Distribute the chopped onions, garlic and sweet sausage links evenly between two large heavy sauce pots. Add about two to three tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil per pot and sauté over medium heat until everything looks golden brown ( about 8-10 minutes).

While the above ingredients are sautéing, empty the cans of whole tomatoes into a large bowl and squish between your fingers to break them into pieces. Distribute them between the two pots and stir gently.

As your sauce continues to cook over a med/low heat, sprinkle the beef short ribs with a little salt and pepper and brown them in a large heavy frying pan with a small amount of Olive Oil. This process can take between ten to twelve minutes.

When the short ribs of beef are browned nicely on both sides, transfer them to the sauce. Now you will also add the three cans of crushed tomatoes, dividing them evenly amongst both pots of sauce. Giving the sauce a gentle stir you can also add whole bay leaves, 2 tablespoons of sugar and several splashes of Cabernet. Cover the pot with a lid that is set on an angle to let steam escape and prevent your sauce from boiling. Keep your heat low/med….let the sauce simmer as you prepare the meatballs!

For the meatballs:
In a large bowl, mix the beef/pork/veal with soaked and squeezed bread, eggs, locatelli cheese, chopped fresh basil, one teaspoon of granulated garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. After the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, shape them into nice size meatballs. This should make about twenty five medium sized meatballs. Heat vegetable oil in the large frying pan. Add meatballs to brown in two separate batches so as not to crowd the pan. Meatballs should brown nicely on both sides for a total of twelve minutes. Add the meatballs to your sauce pots and simmer altogether for about two hours stirring gently every so often.

At the two hour mark, remove the meatballs and sausage from the sauce and set aside. The beef short ribs will continue to simmer in the sauce for another two hours.

After your sauce has simmered for a total of four hours, the beef short ribs should have fallen off the bone. Remove these bones from the sauce and give the pot a stir. You will be left with the most delicious Sunday Sauce. Serve it over your favorite pasta along side your delicious sausage and meatballs! Enjoy with your wonderful family!

A huge thank you to Grandma for sharing her delicious recipe with us. I had so much fun cooking with her and I think the secret to her delicious sauce besides the love she adds…is taking your time….and enjoying the experience. Cheers to making many pots of this delicious Sauce and spending many beautiful Sundays with our families!

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