Archive for November, 2007

Humane Cow Slaughter

November 27, 2007 on 1:58 am | In Photos | 64 Comments

What can I say this was a huge experience. This is just a fraction of what it was like at the slaughter house I couldn’t snap pictures and participate fast enough to get the whole process step by step. Watching the folks there was like a ballet it was so smooth and clean and professional. I would like to thank them all for allowing me to be a part of there day and that amazing experience. Its no easy task to do that, and I can say that from experience now. This gave me a whole new understanding to the size and amount of work that goes into a cow from start to finish. To start there is not a photo of knocking the cow since it would startle the cow and not be a humane slaughter. There are very strict rules to adhere to and there is an outside monitoring group that comes in to be sure that the Certified Humane standards are being met.

Its not just a egg

November 25, 2007 on 9:12 pm | In Offal | 28 Comments

A few weeks ago, my wife’s friend Debra said she had a true delicacy for me to try from the Phillipines. I said I couldn’t wait. So last week I go into my fridge and there is this egg carton there for me to take to work, when I get to work I open the carton to find this:

balut in egg carton

After a closer inspection and I flipped the eggs over I find a note written on the shell for me.

balut message

So who can resist such a great prophecy, so I crack the egg and get ready to dig in and find this.

cracked balut egg

As hard as I tried I couldn’t get it down, and I can eat almost anything thrown my way. I guess the prophecy won’t come true. Darn. But to be serious this is a huge undertaking for someone who has never had anything like it. The crunch of the bones and the tickle of the feathers are hard to get used to.I know this is a common dish in many countries but for me it was way over the line. Sorry Debra– I couldn’t do it.

Common Ground Magazine

November 20, 2007 on 3:09 pm | In Offal | 5 Comments

Pigs head portrait

Who would have thought that a primarily vegetarian magazine would do a story on me and my offal beliefs. A little bizarre to see my photo among ads for yoga and raw foods but, its nice to see that folks are grasping the concept whether they eat it or not.

Proper Turkey Slaughter

November 18, 2007 on 11:43 pm | In Restaurants | 13 Comments

heirloom turkey

In preparation for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday my friend Jonnatan Levia and I spent our Sunday morning up in Sebasatapol helping slaughter heirloom breed turkeys with the 4-h kids and my good friend Jim Reichardt of liberty ducks. Continue reading Proper Turkey Slaughter…

Offal on Modern Marvels

November 15, 2007 on 11:32 am | In Offal | 3 Comments

A few months ago the folks from the history channel came by and filmed me cooking pork offal. I just received the news it will be airing on modern marvels.


November 15, 2007 on 11:11 am | In Blog | 5 Comments

Since I started this site a year ago I have received a whole slew of responses. Both negative and positive, as I appreciate all comments if you have something to say have enough sand to sign your name to it don’t be anonymous its cowardly and unprofessional. So in all fairness i have decided to share your opinions with the world whether you like it or not.

Here are the ones that affected me the most and I wanted to share them:

Continue reading Opinions…

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