Chilebrown at home

Sunday, January 21, 2024


We have some Fatted Calf Bacon in the frying pan today. Fatted Calf is a high end expensive meat purveyor that has been around for awhile. They are doing something right and turn out a good product. This bacon had all the right moves; salty, sweety, chewy/crispy with good pork flavor. This is not your supermarket bacon.  I do have one critism and you can bypass if you do not want to hear my rant.

Fatted Calf and other meat markets have embraced the descriptive term "Heritage". The premise of heritage meat is that it comes from animals with a long history and proven quality lineage. My gripe is that meat companies are using the term "heritage' as a catchall word that does not define what breed of pig that is used. I asked the clerk what breed pig was used and he replied; It could be Berkshire, Duroc, Tamsworth and other breeds. The clerk did not know what breed it was. That is fine and dandy but what if I really like this bacon? Using the term Heritage, I may never know what I am getting. I cannot search out the particular breed that I have really enjoyed. That is all of my rant today. Go out and cook some bacon.


Monday, January 15, 2024


The Holidays are over but the sweets keep pouring in. I receive a quarterly subscription from Southern Supreme Fruitcake. This way I can get fruitcake at least 4 times a year. This box of goodies included fruitcake cookies. They were good not great. I do look forward to the next shipment.


Monday, January 8, 2024



My sister always gives me bacon related presents at Christmas time. This year she gave me a jar of Bacon/Cheese Stuffed Olives by the Big Paw Olive Oil Company. Big Paw sells their products at many local farmers markets. These olives are good. They are salty with brine with good olive flavor. The cheese adds a texture with a little smoky element. Where is the bacon? After further investivigation; it is bacon cheese. I only assumed there would be a sliver of bacon involved. I guess if you use your imagination, bacon  might happen. Even though bacon was only in the label, this product is still very tasty. I am enjoying them and they will not last long.

Monday, January 1, 2024



One always reflects on the New Year on self improvement and responds with a resolution. I gave up a long time ago. My only resolution for 2024 is to eat more pie. Pictured is glorious plate of sea food rissoto Ms. Goofy ordered last night at Casa Orinda. Happy New Year