Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Terrine

The August Charcutepalooza Challenge was to make a molded terrine. Cathy and Kim gave us the choice of using emulsified liver or fish/seafood (or we could use super exciting pig parts like heads and feet), but I did none of the above. My heart just wasn’t in this challenge. I don’t really like liver, and … Read more

Homemade Hot Dogs (Charcutepalooza Challenge #7)

After last month’s extremely fun sausage making get-together with Peter and Julia, I was really hoping we’d be able to do this month’s challenge together, too. Alas, a meat blending get-together was not to be this month…which is how I found myself making hot dogs alone. I can not help but think that if you … Read more

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

This month’s Charcutepalooza challenge (dreamed up by meat mavens Cathy and Kim) was to try our hands at grinding meat, and then turn it into sausage. Like pretty much everything we “charcutepaloozers” have thus far created, I’ve always thought of sausage as something mysterious…something that must be too difficult to make at home. Turns out … Read more

Hot Smoked Salmon (Charcutepalooza Challenge #4)

This month for Charcutepalooza, Cathy and Kim challenged us to make either hot smoked salmon or hot smoked pork loin/pork shoulder. I chose the former because smoked salmon is one of my very favorite foods (and because making hot smoked salmon meant being able to take the month off from discussing pink salt). I tried … Read more