Spice Route Scented Pork Belly

1312.1_coverI know, this is a bit groundhog-day: Just the other week I put a whole turkey in the oven, this week it is a piece of pork belly – carniporn galore. But somehow, especially this time of the year, the old-fashioned business of having a roast in the oven and having the aromas permeate the kitchen (or the whole house for that matter) seems to provide a sense of coziness and succor that I need and crave. Continue reading

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Danksgiving & A Last Minute Early Bird

Turkey_coverLast Friday, I held my first ever Thanksgiving dinner party. Yes, you got that right. One week prior to – well – Thanksgiving. But although the dinner itself was early, one particular (and critical) thing about it was very last minute: the bird. The actual early bird was me – sitting at a poultry farm a half-hour drive from my kitchen, on Friday morning at 8:00, with 7 hours to go until my guests arrived, having coffee with the farmer’s wife, waiting for the turkey to arrive. It didn’t until 11:00. Continue reading