HELPING FAMILY FARMS FLOURISH. HELPING FEED THE HUNGRY.
Showing posts with label Jill Clark. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jill Clark. Show all posts

Monday, January 5, 2015

Two Clarks and Porchetta for Days: An unforgettable Pork Roast and a Cannellini Vegetable Soup from the leftovers.



        
Jill Clark, Redhead and Cook 
My friend Jill Clark introduced me to Melissa Clark’s recipe for “Counterfeit Porchetta” at the dinner party she and her husband Steve threw right before Christmas.  Like Jill, I’d seen the recipe in the New York Times the week before and, like Jill, I was intrigued.  Melissa Clark explained that in Italy, Porchetta is a spit-roasted, de-boned and stuffed baby pig seasoned with fennel, garlic, rosemary and lemon. (Confession:  I wasn’t a Porchetta virgin.  I’d made a mean counterfeit Porchetta before (see http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2010/07/porchetta-slow-roasted-pork-shoulder.html)
Melissa Clark, Redhead and
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  But the version I had at Jill and Steven’s had me hooked from bite one.  It is incredibly flavorful and juicy. The spicy, salty crust just begs the cook to pick at it before serving.  Pork Shoulder is used here.  You’d be hard-pressed to find any protein as economical as Pork Shoulder. The one I special-ordered came in at about $4.00 a lb.   It’s terribly easy to cook mostly because it’s not fat-free by any means.   The amber crust keeps the meat underneath juicy and tender.  The platter of meat that emerged from our kitchen was soon devoured and with barely any leftovers.  But there was the bone and a couple of slices of meat.  So a day or two later, I turned both into a soup so perfect for cold weather, so ideal for using fresh and leftover vegetables, that I’d make Porchetta again just so I could make it.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving 101: The Ultimate Cranberry Sauce



Jill Clark and I have been cooking together since she was in Dr. Denton’s. We’ve had so many great holidays together that The Making of the Cranberry Sauce is an annual event. And it’s taken place all over the map—even in Hong Kong. Several years ago, Jill moved to Dublin, met a wonderful man and we all went there to celebrate Thanksgiving. Finding the cranberries alone was a terrific challenge, just the first of many.