The Beginning……

6 Oct

I’m looking for the perfect shoulder. One that is delightfully fatty, with a nice supple skin. A shoulder that is tender. A shoulder that I will cry on, literally, when tears of joy come running down my cheeks after the first taste and drip onto the plate below.

Magic Animal, courtesy of Herta Frankfurters

Pork is my favorite meat, by far. I came to this realization of sorts while watching a recent “No Reservations” episode in Madrid, where Anthony Bourdain was caressing a paper thin, glistening slice of Iberico ham against his lips. I thought, “I know that feeling”.

I love pork so much that I am now dedicating 100 days to cooking pork shoulder. The original idea was to conquer this in a year, but that has been revised in The Compromise of 2011 with my husband. Some may call it overkill, I call it dedication. Why pork shoulder? Because it is incredibly tasty, juicy, versatile and best of all, cheap. It can feed a dinner party of 8, or provide 3 or 4 meals for my family of 2. It is, in my mind, the perfect meat. Or as Homer Simpson calls it, a magical animal.

With this challenge, I don’t have a plan or recipes figured out. I’m winging it, whether the recipes are all mine or credited to someone/something else. The journey is to find out just how versatile pork can be and to see how adventurous I become. It is all about playing with new flavors, finding new uses for the meat, and in the end, enjoying every minute of it.

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2 Responses to “The Beginning……”

  1. k ho October 8, 2010 at 12:03 AM #

    this is gonna be good!!

  2. Jan Lundbeck October 8, 2010 at 9:32 PM #

    I am so impressed, Krissy! You are turning out to be the great cook your mother has always been…and enjoy cooking, to boot!
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
    Hugs and love,
    Aunt Jan

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