Recipe: Pork Butter

While it may sound like the latest overreaching product of pig mania, this delicious pork butter recipe from chef Nathan Thurston is actually akin to classic French rillettes. But instead of slow-cooking the protein in fat, Thurston braises his pork shoulder or butt until its fall-apart tender. He then pulverizes the meat in a stand mixer and combines it with butter; the result is a delicious spread for crackers and toast.

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On the Menu: April 11 through April 17

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit At Deseo, JBF Award winner Douglas Rodriguez has created a hybrid cuisine that combines Southwestern style with bold Latino flavors. For this year’s iteration of the Kierland Resort’s annual benefit, Rodriguez and his co-hosts have planned an incredible Italian-inspired dinner in support of the Beard Foundation. Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 P.M. Spiaggia’s 26th Anniversary Longevity is rare in the restaurant industry; lasting relevance, even rarer. But 26 years after Spiaggia redefined Italian

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Tastebud: Chowchow Down


A pickled, relish-like spread that’s served cold, chowchow is popular in Pennsylvania, Appalachia, the American Southwest, and the South—and with gardeners who have leftover vegetables from summer’s harvest on their hands. The indiscriminate condiment employs almost anything from the ground, from tomatoes and onions to peas and cabbage, and is slathered on biscuits, beans, and burgers or eaten alone. Whatever its contents and purposes, chowchow is almost always flavored with mustard seed and vinegar. The origins of chowchow are disputed: some argue that chou, the French word for cabbage, is the root of the American name. (Other historians trace chowchow to reported sightings of the chow chow breed of dog listed on 19th-century restaurant menus in China; word got back to America, and when China began shipping pickles to the West Coast, the name stuck.)

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