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Snout to tail

We took a butchery class. Recipes for Pork Butt, Belly and tenderloin after a few gruesome photos. Apologies to vegetarian/vegan friends. Portland Culinary workshop in North Portland has hands on culinary classes.  Very knowledgeable and qualified teacher/chef instructs on a variety of subjects.  Our class size was only three people. I felt really comfortable with ...



Easy carnitas recipe, lots of room to improvise.  We used pork butt we brought home from a butchery class and made double this amount.  Be sure to cut off excess fat or remove large sections after roasting. Ingredients 4 pound boneless pork butt cut into cubes 1 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 tsp pepper 1 1/2 ...

Secret Chapel

Earlier this year we went to Amsterdam for a few nights and stayed in a hidden chapel.  Built in 1751, this unique air bnb was converted from a secret church into a romantic hideaway. I hope you enjoy the photos.


Salted Honey Pie

This is an awesome early spring dessert and uses 3/4 cup honey, you can use store bought but I highly recommend going to your local honey purveyors and finding out what sort of variety is available in your area. For example, a buckwheat honey is dark brown in color, thick in consistency and tastes similar ...

Squash with Balsamic, Honey & Feta

  This dish was an instant favorite at a Canadian Friends-giving a few years back.  James and I get TWO Thanksgivings every year, we are SO lucky! This is an easy vegetarian side to make that can be served hot or cold, brings color to the table and travels well so it is perfect for ...

Maple Brined Pork

  Brining is a great way to tenderize lean meats.  Not necessary but results in a juicier protein.  Here is an easy recipe for a brine solution, maple syrup doubles as a great glaze ingredient when your roast is close to completion.     Ingredients: Pork Loin, 2.5 lbs Water, Quart (4 cups) Salt, 1/4 ...