What do you give the bride and groom who have everything? Jerky, of course! This June Fatted Calf’s Jerky of The Month is a Korean style beef jerky, known as yukpo, typically given as a ceremonial wedding gift. The happy marriage of pear juice, soy, honey and Korean gochugaru chile give this beef jerky a perfect salty, tangy, sweet and mildly spicy balance. For the special occasion, they’ve dressed this June bride with a gorgeous veil of crunchy sesame seeds, making it as beautiful to behold as it is fun to eat. It will be available all month long at The Fatted Calf or you can learn to make this irresistible meaty treat using the recipe for The Wedding Present in Fatted Calf’s new book Jerky: The Fatted Calf’s Guide to Preserving and Cooking Dried Meaty Goods.
Fatted Calf corned beef is ready just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to nab one of these succulent beauties. Just reserve one for pick up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or order by phone at (707) 256.3684.
Cooking Fatted Calf Corned Beef
Corned beef is the dish that keeps on giving. We always cook a corned beef twice as big as we think we might reasonably need in hopes that the next day there will be a hot corned beef sandwich heaped with sauerkraut and caramelized onions and possibly enough shredded end bits for a hearty red flannel hash.
Choose a pot that is wide and deeper than your hunk of beef is tall (or possibly a deep roasting pan). Into your cooking vessel toss a leek, roughly chopped, a couple of carrots peeled but left whole, a clove or three of garlic, a stalk of celery and sprigs of thyme and parsley. Situate the corned beef brisket atop this aromatic bed and cover with cold water and perhaps a generous splash of beer. Bring to a simmer then place all of this in a low oven, about 300°F (150°C) for three to four hours. Prod the brisket with a meat fork to be sure it is tender and yielding before calling it quits. Let the meat rest in its cooking liquor for twenty or thirty minutes then transfer it to a carving board and slice it against its grain.
Seldom sticklers for tradition we prefer to cook the requisite cabbage and potatoes on the side. Cabbage sautéed with a bit of Fatted Calf bacon until just tender and finished with a ladleful of the braising liquor is far tastier than the long boiled stuff. A steaming bowl of new potatoes with just a bit of butter and parsley will more than do or try a rustic root vegetable mash. A dollup of creamy horseradish sauce and a pot of strong mustard round out this fine Irish-American feast, a meal so good you may need to ration a bit for the next day’s sandwiches.
Here are a few options to make your Thanksgiving a little easier…
Holiday Offerings from The Fatted Calf
Heritage turkeys will be flying out the door at The Fatted Calf this month. While turkey is definitely the talk of the town, Fatted Calf also has a host of holiday offerings beyond their big birds. Turkey brine kits make easy work of seasoning. Rich, golden turkey broth is essential for making gravy or braising turkey legs. Foie Gras makes for a decadent start to your Thanksgiving meal. Sage and onion sausage is an excellent addition to stuffing. Bourbon and honey glazed ham is ready to heat, slice and serve. Pork roasts, stuffed quail and duck are delicious and simple turkey alternatives for a smaller gathering. From platters of pâté and salami for your guests to nosh on to tubs of leaf lard for perfectly flaky piecrust, Fatted Calf has your Thanksgiving menu needs covered!
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Chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door Thanksgiving Fixin’s To-Go
Let Kitchen Door make your Thanksgiving a little easier with their Thanksgiving Fixin’s to go. Everything but the bird this year.
PRE-ORDER ONLY BY 5 p.m. MONDAY NOVEMBER 20
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PICK UP: Wednesday November 22
Build your own Thanksgiving
Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup…………. $20 qt
Sourdough Stuffing…………….. $8 qt
Peppercorn Gravy…………….. $6 pt
Fresh Cranberry Sauce………………$6 pt
Mashed Potatoes……………. $7 qt
Roasted Root Vegetables……………… $6 qt
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes…………………. $8 ea
Thanksgiving Roasts from Five Dot Ranch
Have you ever eaten beef on Thanksgiving? If not, maybe 2017 is the year to try something new! Five Dot Ranch isn’t trying to steal the spotlight from the traditional turkey, just politely suggesting you share the spotlight. Place your orders now for Thanksgiving and Christmas roasts. There are many different aging options depending on your taste preferences, so place your order right away to allow ample time for aging. Fresh orders should be placed early as well to ensure you won’t miss out.
Call the Butcher Shop at 707-224-5550 to place your order.
Oysters for Thanksgiving
It’s time to give thanks for family, good health, and oysters! Hog Island Oysters are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu. Order unshucked oysters to-go from the Hog Island Oyster Bar and serve them raw or grilled, or tucked into a classic oyster stuffing. Anyway you shuck it, your Thanksgiving table is bound to be delicious! To pre-order call 707-251-8113 by 3 pm Tuesday 11/21 to pick up Wednesday 11/22 by 3pm.
Five Dot Ranch has braising kits* available that include winter vegetables and cubed stew meat that is slow cooker ready. In addition, here’s a recipe and cooking instructions:
2 lbs. cubed Five Dot Ranch top round*
2 oz. diced celery*
2 oz. diced onion*
2 oz. diced carrot*
3 cloves garlic*
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 Tbs grapeseed oil (Salute Sante recommended)
3 pints Five Dot Ranch beef stock (available at Five Dot)
¼ C. red wine
salt and pepper
*included in braising kit
In a soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat until the oil blooms.Season meat with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the soup pot and cook until the meat is browned on all sides. Add carrot, onion, garlic, and celery to pot. Mix the meat and veggies thoroughly and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until veggies start to soften. Add all three pints of beef broth and he wine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 1 hour or until vegetables and meat are tender.
Looking for something delicious and easy to bring to that holiday party or dinner, or perhaps you are in need of a last-minute gift? Look no further, because the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has got you covered. Have the folks at the cheese counter whip you up an amazing cheese and charcuterie platter for your holiday party hors d’oeuvres. Call 707-257-5000 to place an order with a staff member, or stop by the shop in person and pick out what exactly you would like with one of the knowledgeable and helpful cheesemongers. It’s a perfect way to impress guests, family and friends, without adding to the stress and hecticness of a busy holiday season. Just make sure you place your order with staff at least 24 hours in advance!
If you are still searching for a nice gift for a loved one, pop in the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab a bottle of bubbles or a load up a gift card for whatever amount you like. This is one simple and easy way to complete your holiday shopping list. Stop by the wine retail shop and have a staff member help you pick out some quality wines, sign up for the monthly wine club or just grab a gift card and let them decide for themselves! Whatever your holiday needs may be, don’t forget the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant can help you out during this busy season.
Looking for great gift or stocking stuffer ideas? Let Five Dot Ranch help! Have you tried the Five Dot Ranch beef jerky? These nitrite-free steak strips are 100 percent Five Dot Ranch beef and come in three flavors: traditional, Cajun and cracked pepper, and come in 1 oz. and 2 oz. packages. Jerky will fit nicely in any stocking and would look great amongst other local Napa products in a gift basket. Additionally, Five Dot Ranch gift cards are excellent for the meat-lovers in your life. Gift card funds can be used for any retail items, a meal at the Cookhouse or beef cuts out of the case. This versatile gift allows your loved ones to treat themselves in more ways than one.
Kitchen Door now has Rancho Llano Seco pork on its menu — the pigs are a cross of Duroc, Yorkshire and Landrace breeds and are fed GMO-free vegetarian grains and legumes, 90 percent of which are grown on the dry-land fields within a few miles of the barns. Pigs are confinement-free, raised in deep-bedded hoop barns with continual access to large open air pastures. The pigs are a “zero-waste” community, as all bedding is composted and applied to Rancho pastures. Rancho Llano Seco was incorporated in 1861 and has a rich history of balancing agriculture, live stock husbandry and conservation In its 6th generation of gentle land stewardship, the Thieriot family continues to explore and preserve Llano Seco’s richness, and it’s one of the last Mexican land grant properties that remains intact.
Escape the summer heat and cool off at Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse. Their beer and wine selection pairs well with their menu; for example, try the Haechi Cellars Dream Star Sauvignon Blanc with the Beef Gyro Salad. This salad is filled with fresh produce like crisp romaine, cucumbers and tomatoes and is dressed in light housemate tzatziki dressing, complementing the bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc. Or try the Napa Smith Cool Brew Hop Ale with a Crispy Beef “Carnitas” Sandwich. This dry, clean, refreshing pale ale pairs nicely with the cilantro-lime coleslaw, salsa verde and pickled red onions that adorn the beef “carnitas.” In addition to these summer recommendations, Five Dot has other wines to choose from including several reds and beers on tap from Anchor Steam and Napa Smith.
BBQ Season is back, which means a trip to Five Dot Ranch is in order! From steak sauce and burgers, to hot dogs and big juicy steaks, Five Dot has all the fixings for throwing that perfect summer BBQ. Along with grilling, a trip to the Cookhouse would be just as great, especially since their new summer lunch and dinner menu is now available! They have several new entrée and side additions, such as a 35 Day Dry Aged Beef Bacon “BLT,” Gyro Salad, Portobello Mushroom Burger and more that they are excited to start serving.
Cate & Co.’s new salami from Zoe’s Meats just happens to be Absinthe Salami. Madness was one of the rumored side effects of drinking absinthe at the turn of the 20th century, so what better snack to munch on during March Madness! Pork salami gets a kick of spice from New Mexican hatch chili peppers, and is infused with absinthe liqueur. Enjoy at your own risk, it can be dangerously addicting! We suggest making skewers of salami, cheese, olives and toasted bread, and you’re all set for snacking during March Madness.
Springtime is just around the corner, which means longer days, warmer weather, and barbecue season! As always, Five Dot Ranch will have everyone’s favorite steaks, fresh ground beef, pre-marinated tri-tips, hotdogs, and more, all completely stocked in the meat case. Along with the new season also comes a new menu at the Cookhouse, so be on the lookout in a few months for a menu featuring new breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees.
Don’t forget to include Five Dot Ranch beef on your holiday menu! They are still taking orders for prime rib roasts, dry-aged bone-in striploins and dry-aged Porterhouse steaks. Orders can be placed over phone or in person at the butcher shop. The Cookhouse will also have a special New Year’s Day brunch menu from 10 am to 4 pm featuring smoked brisket and sweet potato hash, pumpkin waffles, the original Five Dot Ranch burger, oxtail chili and much more! In addition to stopping in to look at the meat case or enjoying a delicious meal from the Cookhouse, consider getting some Five Dot Ranch gift cards to give to all of your meat loving friends and family. Happy Holidays from your local Five Dot Ranch Family!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas quickly on its way, there is no better time than now to get your holiday roasts ordered at Five Dot Ranch! Orders are limited so stop by the store and fill out a form to ensure that you will be enjoying delicious Five Dot beef for the holidays. No one else offers three different roasts to choose from and a customized dry aging time, so if you’re hoping to get over 42 days of age, we recommend to stop into the store as soon as possible.
What’s better with your favorite frosty beverage than a sausage hot off the grill? The Fatted Calf has many beer-friendly meaty eats on its menu but a favorite is the Craft Beer Link made this week with the rich and malty Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro. This smoky, snappy sausage is a beer’s best friend. Eat, drink and enjoy!
Everything that you find in Cate & Co.’s bakeshop is created in their kitchen except for a couple of items that they discovered, fell in love with, and just had to share with their customers. They call these items “Cate’s Fantastic Finds!” The most recent “find’ is a line of nitrite-free salamis in a variety of distinctive flavors created by Bay Area producer Zoe’s Meats. Ideal for picnics and snacking, the salamis also make a savory accompaniment to a cheese board along with a sliced Cate & Co. sourdough baguette.
Before you know it, short, sweet summer will be slipping through your fingers, apples will be ripening on the tree and the class bell will be ringing once again. At The Fatted Calf, they are sharpening their knives and preparing their lessons for their autumn class series. Learn the basics of curing in the salumi class or learn how to grind and case your own sausage in the sausage 101 class. Head back to school this fall at The Fatted Calf to bone up on your meaty skills.
The wait for that reuben is over! Five Dot Ranch had a soft opening for Five Dot Ranch Cookhouse in the Market last week. The official opening is this Friday, July 11, but many of your favorites, like the reuben, hot dog and roast beef sandwich are available now. On July 11, the full menu will be available: breakfast, lunch and dinner! Start off with pancakes with a whipped cream, noble maple syrup with all beef breakfast sausage then come back for a “You pick it, we grill it” 35-day, dry-aged ribeye! The Five Dot Ranch Smokehouse will opening on the deck later this summer.
The holidays are in full swing with parties, gift swaps, dinners and more. The Fatted Calf has more than just amazing meat. Stock up on pantry basics as you cook you way through the holidays with Katz olive oil, Straus butter and Claravale raw milk. And you’ve got to have Fatted Calf bacon and apple cider syrup for the brussels sprouts. But what will your guests snack on while dinner is in the oven? Pop a bottle of wine and let Fatted Calf build a charcuterie platter with incredible cures, pickles, rillettes and olives. Customizable to any size or preference, a platter is the perfect addition to any pre-meal party.