Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

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 Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten / Barefoot Contessa

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 1 lemon, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 (4-pound) chicken, backbone removed and butterflied (I used thighs and drums)
  • ½ cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the thyme, fennel seeds, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a mini food processor and process until ground. Pour the olive oil into a small glass measuring cup, stir in the herb mixture, and set aside.

Distribute the lemon slices in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and distribute the onion and garlic on top. Place the chicken, skin side down, on top of the onion and brush with about half the oil and herb mixture. Turn the chicken skin side up, pat it dry with paper towels (very important!), and brush it all over with the rest of the oil and herb mixture.

Roast the chicken for 30 minutes. Pour the wine into the pan (not on the chicken!) and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 155 to 160 degrees.

Remove the chicken from the oven, sprinkle it with the lemon juice, cover the skillet tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the chicken into quarters or eighths, sprinkle with salt, and serve hot with the pan juices, cooked lemon, and onion.


Marrow bones 


1. Place the bones in a bowl of ice water with 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt per 1 cup water and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, changing the water every 4 hours and replacing the salt each time. Drain and refrigerate until you are ready to cook the marrow. This removes the blood from the marrow. Be sure to use it within 24 hours or freeze the drained bones for up to 3 months.
2. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
3. Drain the bones and pat them dry. Place them in a roasting pan. If the bones are cut crosswise, place them standing up; if the bones are cut lengthwise, place them cut side up. Roast for 15 to 25 minutes, until the marrow has puffed slightly and is warm in the center. To test for doneness, insert a metal skewer into the center of the bone, then touch it to your wrist to gauge the marrow’s temperature; the roasted bone marrow should be very hot. There should be no resistance when the skewer is inserted and some of the marrow will have started to leak from the bones. Serve the roasted bone marrow immediately with spoons.

Author Jennifer McLagan loves roasted bone marrow. And she finds it, in her words, “encouraging to know that this odd bit once consigned to the soup pot, tossed to the dog, or thrown in the garbage is now finally being appreciated as a dish in its own right.” Ain’t that the truth. Now that good fat is back on the table (though for some of us it was never off the table), marrow is seemingly everywhere. McLagan reminds us that “Many people avoid roasted bone marrow because it’s fat, but it should be remembered that marrow is 69 percent unsaturated fat. It’s also a very nutritious food, containing iron, phosphorus, vitamin A, and trace amounts of thiamin and niacin. There’s even more good news for marrow lovers: science has shown that the fat of ruminants contains substances that boost and maintain our body’s immune system. So the Victorians were right—it is a health food and definitely way too good for the dog.” Amen to all that. This recipe has been updated. Originally published January 17, 2013.–Renee Schettler Rossi


Pea Soup with Smoked Hocks

  • 4 – 6 cups whole yellow peas
  • 1-2 smoked hocks
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 large carrots
  • 6 celery stocks (or celeriac)
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Summer savory to taste

Rinse peas, place them in a pot or bowl and cover with cold water to soak overnight.

Braise hocks in the oven for 1-2 hours at 325.

Strain and rinse the peas.

In a large pot, place the hocks and it's juices, peas, chopped carrots, chopped onions, chopped celery, sea salt, pepper and savory. Cover with water (approximately 4-5 quarts). Simmer for 2 to 3 hours.

Take out hocks, pull off the meat, chop and re add it to the soup and continue simmering for a half hour. I like to use my hand blender (before re adding the meat and bones) to partially puree the soup.

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Jalapeño Chimichurri (Kevin's recipe)


Prep 15 minutes ∙ Cook 25 minutes ∙ Makes serves 4 ∙ Source


  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 cups cilantro leaves and sprigs, finely chopped
  • 1 cups parsley leaves and sprigs, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of oregano leaves
  • 1 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons juice lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds skirt steak, flank steak or NY steak


Remove stem and seeds and slice jalapeños.

In a small food processor or blender, combine the jalapeños, cilantro, parsley, garlic, lime juice, red wine, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse (or blend) until the mixture is a coarse puree. Taste and adjust for salt and blend again.

If a grill is not already prepared, heat a grill pan over high heat. Rub the steaks with olive oil and season very generously with salt and pepper. Grill until medium rare, 2 to 4 minutes per side depending on thickness (center of steaks should register 125°F on an instant read thermometer). Remove to a plate and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

Slice the steak across the grain with the knife at a 45 degree angle. Arrange on a serving plate and spoon some chimichurri over the steak. Serve with the extra sauce.

Cross Rib Roast with Garlic Herb Rub

  • 3 lb Cross Rib Roast 
  • Garlic Herb Rub (Recipe from The Grassfed Gourmet by Shannon Hayes)

Garlic Herb Rub recipe: 

  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground fennel (optional)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450.

Rub roast with garlic herb mix.

Cook roast for 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 until meat thermometer reads 130 (rare) to 140 (medium), roasting time is approximately 20 minutes per pound. Remove from oven, tent and let stand for 15-25 minutes. Cut thin slices to serve. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots and onions. 

Tip: I always save my roast drippings to make gravy (de-glaze and make in the same roaster, no need for extra dishes!). I also keep the the strained potato water and add as needed instead of water or broth.   Delish!

Braised Grass Fed Beef Cheeks in a red wine and tomato sauce.

  • Prep time:20 mins
  • Cook time:3-5 hours.
  • Serves:4


  • 4 Whole grass fed beef cheeks (approx 3 lbs)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Med onion chopped
  • 1 Large carrot chopped
  • 1 Stalk of Celery chopped
  • 1 Large garlic clove finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cups red wine or ▼
  • 1  Cup red wine vinegar and 1 ½ cup beef or chicken stock
  • 1  Can whole or sliced tomatoes (not strained)
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp pepper


Pre-heat oven to 325°F.

  • In a 5 quart oven proof pot, heat 2 tablespoons of Olive oil on high. 
  • Let your cheeks air dry a few minutes,  then salt and pepper both sides
  • Test the oil with a small piece of meat. You want to hear a nice loud sizzle,  the goal is to get a nice brown searing all around your cheeks. Once seared, turn the heat down, take the cheeks out and set aside. Leave all fat and drippings in the pot 
  • In the same pot add the onions, carrots, celery,  and garlic. You might have to add a bit more oil at this point. Cook on medium heat until veggies are tender. Add the red wine or red wine vinegar and stock and the bay leaf. Bring to simmer. Reduce sauce depending on cooking time. Longer cooking time  reduce sauce by a 1/4,  8-10 mins.
  • Add the cheeks and any dripping back into the pot. Pour in your tomatoes. Put the lid on and set it in the oven for 3-5 hours. Start checking it  at 3 hours to find your desired texture and tenderness. Once done, the cheeks should be ever so tender! Can be served with a variety of sides. We did ours with a creamy sweet potato puree.

Soup Bones: Homemade Beef Stock

Many of you have inquired on how to make bone broth with our grass fed finished soup bones and marrow bones.  And I thought it may be a great idea to post this recipe.  

This is the short version of how to make bone stock, even though the bones should simmer for 12 to 72 hours.

Here  are what you will need is a 2-4 lb. of grass fed and finished bones (soup, marrow, knuckles, neck), a stockpot, a stove or a crockpot, vinegar and water.  The acid from the vinegar helps to break down the bones and release the minerals.  The simmering brew will look repulsive with the chunks of fat and gelatin and will have an almost revolting smell… but don’t worry once the bones are removed and the broth is strained it will be delicious. 

Here’s how I make bone broth:
2-4 lb. soup bones (marrowbones, knuckles)
2 Tbsp white vinegar 
2- 3 litres of water (the larger the pot the more water you can add
Parsley is added to the simmering broth for 10 minutes just before finishing 

1 onion, quartered
1 carrot cut in large chunks
1 celery cut in large chunks
3-4 sprigs oregano
3-4 sprigs thyme
1-2 cloves of garlic
10 peppercorns
2 tsp of Himalayan salt

The simplest way I found to make beef stock is to  
- Place the bones in a pot
- Roast bones in the oven, either on broil or at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for flavor and color
- Add a quartered onion, a carrot, cut in large chunks, and a celery stick ,cut in large chunks.  
- Add water to fill the pot 1 inch from the rim and cover the bones, 
- Bring to a boil and remove the "scum" from the top, and 
- Simmer on low on the stovetop, at 200 to 220 degree Fahrenheit in an oven or in a crockpot for 12 to 72 hours, the longer the better.  

For more information on beef stock here are a few websites:
Winnipeg’s Richard Burr: Getting your Nutrients from Nutrient Dense Foods

Mark Sisson's: Cooking with Bones

Sarah Wilson has Sally Fallon’s beef stock recipe from Nourishing Traditions.  


Chicken Cardamom Masala

  • Yield: serves 4
  • prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 1 hour


  • ½ cup plain full-fat yogurt (or coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 6 to 10 cardamom pods (lightly bruised)
  • 1 piece of cinnamon stick (1 inch long)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 chicken cut up, or 4 chicken thighs halved.
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 3 to 5 cloves of garlic. chopped
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons of cashews
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of tomato paste or ketchup
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream (optional)
  • chopped herbs (cilantro) for garnish


  • In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, garam masala, cardamom, cinnamon stick, chili powder, ginger, and salt. Add the chicken, turning to coat. Let marinate for as long as you have time, refrigerate if more than an hour.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape off as much of the yogurt marinade from the chicken as possible; Save the marinade. pat the chicken dry using paper towels, and sprinkle it with the turmeric.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally for 10 minutes, or until the skin in nicely brown. If you don't have a big enough pot, do it in 2 batches.
  • Remove the chicken, reduce the heat, and sauté the onions and garlic for 4 to 5 minutes, until starting to soften. Add the chicken, the saved marinade, cashews, and the tomato paste, cover. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, untill the chicken is cooked through.
  • Stir in the cream(optional) and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro


If you would like to make a thick sauce without adding a lot of calories, add another cup of yogurt along with the marinade and chicken.