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tashabear
tashabear
i love my butcher
I've often heard people say that having a good butcher is a wonderful, wonderful thing. I never really got it, till I had a good one myself. I love my butcher, and I'll tell you why.
  1. Chicken pie, hot from the oven, unadulterated by vegetables.
  2. Steak tips, thick and juicy.  If they don't have any, they'll cut them for you. 
  3. Homemade sausage -- Italian, Chinese, apple and sage, tomato, English bangers.  Yum. 
  4. Did I mention the pie? 
  5. Fresh, hot, Scotch eggs.  Made with their own English banger sausage.  It's a heart attack in one easy to eat package, but so good.
I love my butcher.

i feel: happy happy

9 trips or shoot the rapids
Comments
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: September 22nd, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hey -- how did that make-a-meal place thingy that you tried out ever work out for you guys? There are a couple popping up around here. I even got a coupon for one in the mail. Was thinking of maybe trying it. Was it worth what you paid? Was the food good? Did it taste homemade, or was it restauranty tasting?

There is a Halal butcher down the street from me (I live in a very Arabic/Middle Eastern/Muslim populated area), and I've been thinking that I should check them out for fish that I know is not contaminated with shellfish. I could probably get good chicken and lamb there, too. No pork, though... I'll still have to go to Whole Foods for my pork chops. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 22nd, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I went to Dream Dinners, and I LOVE it. It's maybe a touch pricey, and now that I have the concept, I think I could set up similar meals on my own and freeze them. But then I'd have to do the prep and clean up myself, and it sure is nice not having to do more than maybe wipe spills at Dream Dinners. I love these recipes, though, -- they're coming out with a cookbook next month, which will be mine.

And it totally tastes homemade, because it is homemade. The only thing restauranty about it is that the ingredients come from Sysco. What makes restaurant food taste like estaurant food is that it's cooked in batches, and some of it is cooked ahead and reheated. This is not like that, because for the most part, it's not cooked ahead, and the largest number of portions you might cook is six. And if, when you're putting the recipe together, you decide you don't want to add an ingredient, or you want to add more, you can do that -- I left the pecans out of the peach cobbler because darkwolfie won't eat nuts. Can't do that in a restaurant.

I'd say give it a go. If you don't like it, you don't have to go again. But it sure is nice knowing that there's real food in my freezer -- all I have to do is (remember to thaw it ahead of time) cook it.
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: September 22nd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
OK. Sold. We've got a couple of Dream Dinners around here. And I think I got a $10 coupon to a similar store -- Let's Dish -- in one of my "Welcome to the neighborhood" mailings. I'm definitely going to check this out.
liamstliam From: liamstliam Date: September 22nd, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Scotch Eggs sooooooo rock.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 22nd, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I thought they sounded revolting, when they were first desribed to me, but they are SO good. Really, it's an easy to eat breakfast.
soteltie From: soteltie Date: September 23rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Twaite's rocks!

I love their stuff. Woohoo!

It is one of the neatest things about our new neighborhood!

Have you been to the halal butcher/Middle Eastern grocery on Lowell Street, right at the top of Oakland Ave? It is very near our house, but I'm almost afraid to go, because their stuff might be just too tempting to someone trying to lose weight.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 24th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Twaite's rocks!

I haven't. Maybe I'll recon for you.
keltoi_manus From: keltoi_manus Date: September 24th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Pa-le-aze tell me you two are coming to Crusades.

I am drooling right now, I haven't had a decent scosh-egge in years.
Can I bribe you into taking a delivery order?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 24th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm not, hon, I'm sorry. It's just too far, what with Wolfie working nghts and weekends right now.

I think you should come up for Birka, and I'll get a bunch for you. Pie, too.
9 trips or shoot the rapids