Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Picnic-ready Charcuterie for Going A-Maying

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread,
A 10-oz. Stick of Parisian-style Saucisson --
And Thou...

If you can sing in the wilderness, you can throw a killer picnic. That new Cavafy translation, a fresh baguette, a bottle of plonk, some cheese, maybe an onion, and all you need to hit the grassy meadows is a few slices of a good, garlicky French sausage.

Local charcutier Daniel of Larchmont Charcuterie offers a delicious, clean, natural alternative to the highly-processed meats and salamis commonly produced. No added nitrates or preservatives here; just top-quality pork and grass-finished beef, garlic, sea salt, and spices, all smoked over real wood. Try both the Pork/Beef Saucisson (Daniel recommends pairing with a full-bodied Medoc) and the All-Beef Spicy Cervelat (a Chianti or Cote du Rhone).

Beer is good, too.

-- Guillaume le Boucher.

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