At the Wyebrook Cafe, burgers are served with French fries cooked in lard from the farm. To make your own fries, see our favorite recipe. If you can't find beef fat (also called suet or tallow) at a supermarket, ask your local butcher. Keep the beef, bacon, and fat cold (firm) until ready to use for the easiest grinding.
A hearty braise is perfect comfort food. Fresh herbs and flavorful liquids, combined with long, slow cooking, transform inexpensive cuts of beef and humble vegetables into a rich and filling one-pot dinner. Although it may not be quick, it couldn't be easier.
The flavorful topping on this pizza -- briny littleneck clams with slab bacon, fresh parsley, onion, garlic, white wine, and cream -- is almost like a cooked-down New England clam chowder, concentrated and delicious. Red-pepper flakes add some flash.Clams give the creamy sauce a salty, fresh-from-the-sea essence. They're then used as a topping along with bacon and parsley.
Bacon is a fundamental ingredient in many slow-cooked recipes, imparting richness to otherwise one-dimensional dishes. Mild applewood-smoked bacon enhances the subtle flavors of this soup of beans and greens.