Posts Tagged ‘meat’
If you hang out in your family’s kitchen on Thanksgiving, you’re probably familiar with poultry gizzards. These strange organs are part of the stomach of a bird and they’re used to help literally grind up the tough plant matter that the chicken (or turkey) eats.
Barbecue traditionally involves long cook times over low heat. You take a cut of pork, ribs, or brisket, you put it in a smoker or a barbecue, and you leave it over smoldering coals for several hours. If the wait doesn’t make you hungry, the smell will. While the final product is always worth it, I always hate the part where I have to sit idly by for several hours while delicious barbecue aromas waft their way to my nostrils.
When it comes to grilling, it’s not just about the taste. Cooking up some burgers or hotdogs in your backyard with your buddies and a beer is a wonderful experience. You get to enjoy a nice evening outdoors with great company and pretty good food. You can apply the same logic to tailgating, barbecues in the park, and other outdoor eating extravaganzas. It’s not just about the taste.
Knives are somewhat of a contentious topic among kitchen experts. Any internet discussion will invariably involve polarized opinions from one camp or another. You’ll see professional chefs that swear by their super-cheap Victorinoxes, social media cooks that prefer their expensive Ginsus, a contingent of people peddling their home-sharpening expertise, and everything in-between.
I don’t hunt myself, but I’ve used more than my fair share of grinders over the years. When my friends and family members bag a deer, I’m always the first one to try to mooch a few pounds of venison to make delicious sausages and burgers. It takes a bit of effort to grind the meat and stuff the sausages, but the final product is more than worth it.
Backyard barbecues are a very special event. There’s something magical about getting together with friends and family and enjoying some delicious grilled food that’s prepared right in front of you. One of my favorite dishes is a well-made burger, with a delicious homemade patty and plenty of toppings and condiments.
If you want to start a debate, ask anyone in my family how to season a turkey for Thanksgiving. You’ll get a barrage of subtly different answers, each with a unique blend of delicious herbs, spices, and aromatics.
If this is your first time dabbling with British cuisine, lamb shank is the perfect dish to start with. British cuisine includes simple dishes you can prepare with as much or as little of flavor you want. Lamb shanks gives you an opportunity to explore with different spices, and fresh herbs you can find in your garden or local market.