House-Cured Meats and Charcuterie
Cured meats—often referred to as salume and charcuterie—create a cost-effective way to deliciously transform scraps. They also pair well with micro-brewed beers and can be used as star components in a myriad of other dishes.
Eating my way through NRA 2011
I always approach the aisles of the National Restaurant Show with a plan: hit my favorite coffee places first for a cup of extra-bold java or a latte, then snack on samples of bacon, cheese and bread so I can have “breakfast” before the big graze begins. This year started out the same, as I walked the floor at Chicago’s massive McCormick Place, but I soon got caught up in a feeding frenzy, elbowed by the thousands of attendees all vying to taste the latest and greatest of 2011.