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No Grocery Store Day 318 – Kocurek Whole Deer Class November 15, 2010

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My favorite weekend brunch has become migas.  Sauteed onions (this week green onions) and garden serranos and/or jalapenos, tomatoes, scrambled with 2 eggs, 1 or 2 crack tortilla chips from the Barton Creek Farmer’s market, then topped with a bit of grated Pepper Jack from Full Quiver Farms, and a dollop of Dona green sauce from Taco Deli.  Traditional migas have lots more corn tortilla, but using fewer yields the same flavor and crunch result with fewer calories and carbs.

The Kocureks are friends of mine, and since their charcuterie business has taken off, they are busy all the time and we rarely get to spend time together, aside from distracted visits at the farmer’s markets.  Chef Larry conducted a Whole Deer Class yesterday, and I was invited to hang out at the kitchen with Lee, while she prepared the buffet the class attendees would partake in after class.  I did not attend the class per se, as I’m not likely to deal with an entire animal again any time soon, after all the whole pig drama.  Instead, I spent the afternoon in the commercial kitchen, visiting with Lee, then after class, visiting with the attendees, all foodies in training.

The buffet presented after class was a beautiful presentation of the Kocurek’s offerings, several kinds of charcuterie: Cheek to Cheek terrine, Brawn, Pates, several of their sausages, house made mustard, Cheese with Apple Butter, and wine, all served under a huge oak tree on the lawn near the kitchen and the Swoop House, where their dinners are held.   It was lovely.  I am signed up for the classic sauce class in December, and am looking forward to it very much.  I really enjoy spending time in a commercial kitchen environment, surrounded by pots, pans, and everything else related to cooking.  And it was a great way to spend time with friends I don’t get to see enough.    I didn’t eat there, since the buffet was for class, but it looked delicious.

For dinner, I had a Thunderheart Bison filet, with Hopelessly Blue from Pure Luck Dairy, and steamed broccoli from the farmer’s market.  It was a good day.


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