During the last week of my job in New York I took advantage of my employee discount and bought a copy of Michael Ruhlman's Charcuterie. I had checked it out from the library before, and I had found it enthralling but also intimidating. My coworker asked, "Oh, planning on making some charcuterie?" I responded, vaguely as always, "I don't know, maybe."
I really had no intention of making anything from it, but felt weird explaining how I just like to read food books in bed. But then I heard about this thing called Charcutepalooza. Food bloggers from around the country are doing one charcuterie challenge per month from Ruhlman's book, for 12 months. So I've decided to join in too!
And Charcutepalooza definitely fits into the mission of my blog. I've always thought cured meat items like pastrami and pancetta are things you buy at a gourmet store, but in the next fews months I'll be making them myself!
I'm so excited to tackle these new challenges in the kitchen and share my experiences on my blog. We'll see how it goes...