The Founding Fathers’ Favorite Breed of Sheep

The Founding Fathers’ Favorite Breed of Sheep

A lot has changed since July 4th, 1776. Our country went from a nation of small, local, agrarian economies to one of behemoth, multinational corporations and industrial agriculture on a massive scale. We prefer the former, ourselves. Not only has the agricultural system transformed dramatically, so have the livestock themselves. Not all is lost, however. There are still small family farms raising livestock like they did back when our country was in its infancy. They even raise the same breeds...
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The History of the Hamburger

The History of the Hamburger

The hamburger, a quintessentially American dish. Like so many of our national symbols, it’s history is up for debate and reflects the multicultural roots of our nation. Some say the hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany, while others argue German-American immigrants were the first to serve fried ground beef in a sandwich. Hannah Glasse’s 1758 edition The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy — published in England — includes a recipe for “Hamburgh sausage,” which calls for it to be served wit...
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How Pigs Beat the Heat

How Pigs Beat the Heat

Summer is here and it is time to beat the heat! Did you know that pigs don’t sweat? That’s why they like to lay in the mud! Throughout history, pigs have gotten a bad rap. People have long misunderstood their behavior, seeing it as dirty. In actuality, pigs take cleanliness seriously. Pigs, like many other mammals, have very few sweat glands and keep cool through other methods — mainly lying in mud. When they cover their bodies in mud, their body heat makes the water evaporate. Muddy water ev...
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Father's Day 2021 Gift Guide

Father's Day 2021 Gift Guide

Father's Day is fast approaching — June 20th this year — and it's time to get the dad in your life a gift! The best kinds of gifts are ones that you can share and remember, and what's better than the best meat around? Check out our suggestions below. For the Grill Master — Porterhouse Pack: Beef, Lamb, and Pork If your dad loves to man the grill for hours on end, our Porterhouse Pack is made for him. The porterhouse is the king of all steaks. Cut 1.5 inches thick from the most prized section ...
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Roberta's Pizza Greatest Hits

Roberta's Pizza Greatest Hits

Roberta’s is famous for helping to invent a modern take on pizza at their now historic establishment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Roberta’s made the classics that we all know and love, but it also took risks and did things to the pizza pie that no one had done before, all the while using sustainable ingredients! Being a pizzaiolo at Roberta’s was an invitation to be creative, not just to churn out what the pizza loving public had grown accustomed to. In fact, every menu printing brought excitement ...
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To Flip or Not To Flip

To Flip or Not To Flip

There's a great debate in the world of cooking cuts of meat like chops, steaks, and burgers — flipping once vs flipping frequently.
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The Dangers of the Commodity Market

Coming off the heels of Heritage Breeds Week where we celebrate the benefits of heritage breed livestock farming, we identify here another core benefit of the non-commodity system that is crucial to balance is preservation of farmland and the environment. Vox recently published an in depth story about Iowa's largest hog producer, Iowa Select.
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Recipe: Boston Butt Char Siu

Recipe: Boston Butt Char Siu

Char siu literally means "fork roasted" (siu being burn/roast and cha being fork, both noun and verb) after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire. It's a Cantonese culinary tradition, and one that we cherish dearly.  
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A Historic Restaurant Returns to Brooklyn

A Historic Restaurant Returns to Brooklyn

For over a hundred years, the historic restaurant Gage & Tollner was one of New York's premier restaurants. A raucous hot spot in its heyday, Gage & Tollner was known for its steaks, chops, seafood, and, of course, the experience. After some decades of decline, Edna Lewis was brought on in 1988 to add a breath of fresh air to the restaurant. Coming off the coattails of her successes in the kitchen at Cafe Nicholson and in print with hits such as The Edna Lewis Cookbook and The Taste ...
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Heritage Breeds Week — Inspirational Figures

Heritage Breeds Week — Inspirational Figures

For our final entry on Heritage Breeds Week we salute the rarest breeds of all! The people who move us into action on a national and global level! We have met so many inspirational people over the years, but 5 stand out as particularly important in shaping our mission.
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Heritage Breeds Week — Tunis — Breed of the Day

Heritage Breeds Week — Tunis — Breed of the Day

Today’s breed of the day for HERITAGE BREEDS WEEK is the Tunis sheep. The Tunis breed originated in Tunisia and is reputed to be more than 3000 years old. Referred to as fat-tailed sheep in the Bible, the color ranges from tan to red with the occasional white spot on the head and haunches. The American Founding Fathers were known for their appreciation of the Tunis. John Adams mentioned the breed in his diary in 1782 noting its exceptional taste. Thomas Jefferson ordered a herd be imported f...
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Temple Grandin on Heritage Breed Conservation

Temple Grandin stands out as one of the most prominent figures in the fight for animal rights and welfare. Her work centers around the wellbeing of livestock from their birth to their death. She has consulted on the design of many slaughterhouses across the nation, including our partner Paradise Locker Meats. “I believe that the best way to create good living conditions for any animal,” she wrote in Animals Make Us Human, “whether it’s a captive animal living in a zoo, a farm animal or a pet...
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