9.20.13 … Anybody game for a road trip? …

 A Chef’s Life,  Chef & the Farmer, Kinston NC, PBS:

Last night  I watched Episode 2 of A Chef’s Life,  “Strawberry Stay at Home.”  I absolutely love the idea of this show and I love learning about the history of many southern recipes.  I adore farm to table restaurants and would even go down to Kinston for a night to try this one.  But I have to tell you Vivian whines way too much!  Anybody game for a road trip?  Just look at the menu:

Dinner Menu – Chef & the Farmer


Shared Plates

Wood Fired Pizza, caramelized onion, apple, pork belly, thyme – $12

Fried Okra, ranch ice cream – $10

Benton’s Country Ham Wrapped Peaches, gingered goat cheese, balsamic honey, spiced pecans – $12

Wood Fired Pizza, goat cheese, summer vegetables, olives – $12

Shoestring Fries, kitchen sink mayonnaise – $5

Small Plates

Massaged Kale Salad, green apples, spiced pecans, Maytag blue – $9

Benne Fried Green Tomatoes, chèvre, curried peach preserves – $10

End of Summer Tomatoes & Hand-pulled Mozzarella, charred sweet onion, basil, Georgia olive oil, aged balsamic – $10

Large Plates

Bourbon Braised Pork Shoulder Lasagna, country ham greens – $20

Country-Style Hamburger Steak, chopped brisket, porcini gravy, roast potatoes, green bean & kale salad – $19

Seared Amber Jack, gingered greens, Waldorf relish – $21

Sage Brined Bone-In Pork Chop, sweet potato & sausage creamed rice, kale, mulled muscadine – $26

NC Shrimp & Clam Pan Roast, Carolina Gold red rice, summer succotash, basil – $23

Heirloom Tomato Pie, charred summer vegetables – $19

Kobe Flank Steak, leek creamed butterbeans, olive cured peppers – $28

Wood Roasted Chicken, basil sausage, stewed tomatoes, shiitake conserva vinaigrette, Lacinato kale – $23

via Dinner Menu – Chef & the Farmer.

And here’s an ingredient list from a recipe from last week … I love bacon fat.  🙂

Grilled Corn with Ginger Bacon Butter


1/2 lb salted butter (softened)

1/2 cup bacon fat

1/3 cup grated ginger (use a microplane)

3 garlic cloves (grated on the microplane)

zest of 3 limes (taken off with a microplane)

juice of 3 limes

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Fresh corn (in the husk)

via Grilled Corn with Ginger Bacon Butter Recipe | PBS Food.

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