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Western Washington pig farms/co-ops for leaf lard?

Thanks for everyone's advice and suggestions. I was able to pick up a pint of leaf lard from The Swinery last weekend and found some Wooly Pigs leaf lard at Chef Shop.

My primary reason was for pie crusts and was thinking that I'd keep it frozen when I try adding it to the dry pie ingredients. However since picking it up my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking arrived and thankfully there are recipes that call for lard, so if it's not ideal for my pastries I can always use it elsewhere.

RandyB, what have you found works best for pie crusts? I used to have a friend that swore by Crisco but I heard great things about leaf lard.

Feb 01, 2012
bigsuff in Greater Seattle

Western Washington pig farms/co-ops for leaf lard?

Hi all,

Was hoping someone might know of a pig farm or co-op in the greater Seattle area that is able to supply heritage pigs or the very least leaf lard (what I was initially searching for). I have no issues with rendering and jarring the lard myself.

If a co-op is available that purchases beef and chicken too, that would be great. I'm trying to find an alternative to the meat aisle at Safeway. (and there's no way I'll find any leaf lard there either - unfortunately.)

Jan 23, 2012
bigsuff in Greater Seattle

Pickled Turnips in Seattle?

Does anyone know where I can find pickled turnips, and Mediterranean ingredients in general, in Seattle?

Thanks,

Suff

May 24, 2008
bigsuff in Pacific Northwest

Authentic Lebanese Food in Seattle area?

Hi everyone,

I've been living in Seattle for a little over a year and am missing authentic Lebanese food. I grew up in and around Dearborn, Michigan which has countless Lebanese restaurants and am looking for something nearly as authentic as what I could get back home.

I've been to several Indian and Greek restaurants in the area, but haven't found any authentic Lebanese. Does anyone know where in the Greater Seattle Area one might be able to find some?

Thanks!

May 09, 2008
bigsuff in Pacific Northwest

Cider and Donuts in the NW???

Does anyone know of any true cider mills in the NW that also make their own donuts on premises?

I'm a Michigan boy that has been without my beloved fall tradition of visiting cider mills and having fresh pressed cider and warm cinnamon donuts all year.

Thanks in adance.

Oct 27, 2007
bigsuff in Pacific Northwest

Ultra cheap meal ideas? [moved from Home Cooking board]

How much would you say your meal costs per serving? Ideally I'd like to try and keep it under $3. At $1.50 it would be perfect.

Kind of reminds me of the what Tyler Florence faced on Shaq's Big Challenge when he was trying to get the schools to move away from things like pizza and chicken nuggets to something healthy and nutritious. Have to say that I really enjoyed this show, but that's getting off topic.

Sep 07, 2007
bigsuff in General Topics

Ultra cheap meal ideas? [moved from Home Cooking board]

Seeing as how a lot of young people are off to college right now, I'm looking for ultra cheap recipes to help them survive and eat somewhat healthy but cheap meals. Sure there's ramen noodles, but I don't think there's much nutrition to be had from those. Same for things like hot dogs and the like.

Any ideas?

Sep 07, 2007
bigsuff in General Topics

Livonia, Mi. area visitor seeks advise

I'd have to steer you clear of El Nibble Nook. I can't really consider it particularly good Mexican food when you've got Mexican Town so close in the area.

If you do find yourself in the area, try Bet and Jesse's Fish and Chips on Grand River just south of 8 Mile on the north bound side of the street. It's dirty and divey but when I was in the area, I ate there for over 20 years and they had some pretty good fish and chips. Not anything gourmet, but pretty good for the MidWest.

Livonia, Mi. area visitor seeks advise

Actually, there's Parmenter's Cider Mill just down the street from where you'll be at. It's off of 8-Mile/Baseline road. Make sure map it on google maps or something similar because it's tucked away down in a little valley. You'll be cutting it close, but I think they're still open until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Be prepared for a long line t if you visit on a weekend and the weather is nice.

I used to visit this place about every other week when I lived in the area (more frequently when I could spare the time for the 30 minute drive). Fresh cider and fresh hot donuts are something that I grew up with and is probably the number one thing that I miss most about not being in Michigan anymore.

Their website is http://parmenters.homeip.net/parmenters/

On a side note, Dearborn has some of the best Lebanese food you'll ever be able to find outside of Lebanon. If you have the time, try some of the Middle Eastern restaurants out there, I always liked La Shish over on Michigan Ave, but I haven't been there in about 4 or 5 years now. As you continue through the north-eastern area of Dearborn (along Warren road) you'll find that the area gets a little rougher and the restaurants get a little more divey, but the food can't be beat. Honestly though you shouldn't have a hard time finding good hommous, shawarma or kibbee in the area.

Lastly, you can't find a better coney dog than in Detroit. Lafayette/American Coney Islands downtown are the best and are open 24 hours.

Junk Food & Office Productivity

We formed a breakfast club at my previous office to counter the mid day roaming that resulted in candy bars, chips, cookies, etc. etc. We rotated weekly and somebody on the list would bring in fresh fruit/veggies/instant oatmeal/etc. on Monday. Things like apples/oranges/bananas tend to keep through the week and having granola bars and whatnot was a better choice than a candy bar. What was brought in was to the discretion of who's day it was, and I tended to lean towards organic and whole grains when it was my turn. Otherwise you could have everyone chip in a set fee and have a list that's shopped from. Overall it was a positive experience.

Aug 29, 2007
bigsuff in General Topics

What foods do you HAVE to mail order?

I'm a Detroit native stranded in Seattle, and so my staples of Coney Dogs, Faygo pop and Better Made potato chips now have to be provided by an online supplier. The Faygo and Better Made do fine, but there's nothing and I mean nothing like a hot fresh coney dog and fries from Lafayette Coney Island.

Aug 17, 2007
bigsuff in General Topics

Enamel Griddle Update

I've got some grease stains on my Le Creuset skillet (inner area is plain cast iron, and the outside is enamel). I haven't tried to clean it yet, but did buy some Le Creuset cleaner that is supposed to remove stains from the enamel without damaging it.

http://www.lecreuset.com/usa/products...

Aug 16, 2007
bigsuff in Cookware

Storage containers for rice and other dry goods?

I know this isn't exactly cookware related, but was wondering what people use to store their rice, flour, sugar, and other dry goods? I was thinking a tupperware type container but am not sure if there will be moisture buildup or other conditions that might cause the food to spoil.

Aug 16, 2007
bigsuff in Cookware

Looking for recipe for Gang Gai (Thai Red Curry w/ Chicken)

So the Internet isn't turning up much of what I'm looking for on this.

I'm trying to track down a recipe for Gang Gai that's similar to what they serve at Bangkok '96 in Dearborn, MI. It's by no means special or fancy, but has the following components that I haven't been able to match on the few Gang Gai recipes that I've turned up.

Chicken (optional)
Bamboo Shoots
Coconut Milk
Green Bell Pepper
Red Bell Pepper
Mushroom

If anyone has a recipe that's got this stuff in it (or really really close), please post.

I'll be going back home in August and might have to stop by and see if I can coax the recipe from them.

Thanks!

Jun 27, 2007
bigsuff in Home Cooking

Sunday subs in Seattle?

If you'd consider a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, then I highly recommend Fevre's Cheesesteaks on Madison. Heart stoppingly good.

Jun 12, 2007
bigsuff in Pacific Northwest

Sunday subs in Seattle?

Depends on whether you want something fancy or something blue collar but damn good. If you're looking for something blue-collar but good and messy then I recommend Fevre's Philadelphia Cheesesteaks on Madison by Capitol Hill.

Jun 12, 2007
bigsuff in Pacific Northwest

Cast iron enameled pie plate

My friend back home in Michigan used to make dynamite apple pies and they always turned out much better when she used her mother's enameled pie plate. I'm not sure if it was cast iron or some other metal, anyone know of something like what I'm talking about.

I managed to get the recipe for the pies from her, but the crust isn't coming out nearly as good with the Pyrex glass pie plate she gave me.

Jun 04, 2007
bigsuff in Cookware

Le Creuset Dutch Ovens

Bought a 5.5 quart round dutch oven last weekend and it has a flat bottom.

Jun 04, 2007
bigsuff in Cookware

Cookware every man should have?

Does anyone know of a near definitive list of cookware that every bachelor should never be without?

Sure the occasional cup of Campbell's soup is fine when you're too sick to cook, but what should a guy have in his kitchen? What brands are good and will last if you're trying to build a kitchen?

When you've been out shoveling snow in the winter, raking leaves in the fall, and mowing the lawn during the summer and want to prepare a meal fit for a king, what should you have?

Furthermore, when it's time to impress that lucky lady with your ability to bring home the bacon and fry it up, what should you equip yourself to woo said fair maiden?

Jun 04, 2007
bigsuff in Cookware