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April 24, 2015

Grilled, Butterflied Chicken — It's What's For Dinner.
A butterflied (or spatchcocked) chicken is simply one that has had it's backbone removed and has been split open. Butterflying a chicken cuts down on cooking time, allows the meat to cook more evenly and exposes more skin, which crisps up nicely at higher temperatures. We are happy to butterfly our free-range and organic chickens upon request. We recommend seasoning the chicken with one of our Dizzy Pig rubs or our newest product, Amola Bacon Salt.  Once seasoned, place on grill breast side down over flames at 350 degrees for ten minutes, flip and cook an additional 30-40 minutes over indirect heat.  If cooking on the Big Green Egg we recommend smoking chicken over indirect heat at 250 degrees for about an hour and a half.  Try Dizzy Pig rubs on all sorts of meats. They are particularly amazing on chicken and are gluten- and MSG-free.  We are very excited to offer Amola Bacon Salt. Amola produces globally inspired infused salts. Their Bacon Salt is made with real heritage breed pork for a pure and intense flavor. Try it on chicken, popcorn, eggs, sautéed green vegetables or anything else you want to add that smoky bacon goodness too. It is especially good with dark chocolate. Let us know what you think!

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April 08, 2015

NEW ARRIVAL: Deborah Joy's Gluten-Free Baked Goods
The Organic Butcher is now carrying an assortment of Deborah Joy's Gluten-Free and local baked goods. For those of you who are sensitive to gluten or have just chosen to eliminate it from your diet, you will be thrilled when you try these.   While getting her master's degree in nutrition, Deborah learned that the processed food she was eating could cause problems for her digestive system and create a pathway for autoimmune disease. She changed her diet, eliminating gluten, processed foods, and sugars. Within one month she began to see results, her cholesterol was lower and she had more energy. Since then, Deborah has worked tirelessly to match the texture and taste of her baked goods to conventional recipes. In addition to making these wonderful treats, Deborah teaches in-home classes on gluten-free cooking in Northern Virginia. She believes that a gluten-free diet shouldn't be a burden, but an enjoyable lifestyle. Trust us when we say that her chocolate chip cookies are seriously some of the best we have ever tried — you definitely won't feel deprived. Stop in soon to try Deborah Joy's almond, chocolate chip, and peanut butter cookies. Plus, her assortment of muffins, bars and breads. You'll be glad you did!

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March 31, 2015

Wild King Salmon is back in Season!
Freshly caught Wild King Salmon is arriving this week at The Organic Butcher! We're receiving shipments from the cold ocean waters of Alaska as well as the raging Columbia River in Oregon. Wild Alaskan Salmon are troll caught in the open ocean by a hook and line and quickly brought on board to maintain the natural beauty of the fish. In the Columbia River, Salmon have been feeding heavily and moving fast to spawn, yielding a meaty and delicious tasting fish. Salmon from both regions are firm, perfect in color and have a good fat content. We will be custom cutting whole salmon and will try our best to keep a good supply on hand. Feel free to call us to check availability. Grill, pan-fry, smoke or eat this fish raw (like we do in the store!). Seafood lovers and foodies know the first catch of the year is the most desirable. Because of this, prices are high now as usual with the opening of the season but should soften within a couple of weeks. The high quality of this salmon is excellent as sashimi. Recipe Suggestion: SIMPLE GRILLED SALMON from Primal Palate The simple marinade for this salmon is our go-to marinade for chicken, fish, or shrimp. It is also fantastic over lamb, and would pair well with pork as well. The lemon in this marinade brings fresh flavor to the deep aromas of the basil and oregano.  Ingredients1 lb. Wild Caught Salmon Filet1 tsp dried Basil1 tsp dried Oregano1 tsp Black Pepper1 tsp Salt1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil2 cloves Garlic, minced1 Lemon, juiced Rinse salmon under cold water, pat dry with a paper towel, and cut into 4 equal-sized portions. In a glass jar, combine olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Seal jar and shake vigorously to combine. Place salmon in a container to marinate, pour marinade over salmon, and toss to ensure the salmon is fully coated in the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour prior to grilling. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill salmon 4 minutes a side over medium-high heat until medium rare.

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February 24, 2015

The Ultimate in Umami — Salmon with Sriracha, Maple Syrup & Lime
Switch it up tonight with our line-caught Coho salmon from Alaska. Coho is slightly milder in flavor than Sockeye but with the same beautiful red-orange color. Because wild salmon is not in season, this is the highest quality fish on the market right now. It's frozen at sea to ensure optimal freshness. Salmon is extremely high in healthy omega-3 fats and is as satisfying in flavor as a piece of steak. We love the recipe below for it's added punch of hot, spicy, sour and sweet. These four elements are what make Asian cuisine so savory.  The recipe calls for Sriracha sauce but a great alternative would be KimKim Korean Hot Sauce. It's locally made in Virginia and is similar to the more common ssamjang sauce found on Korean tables.  We also highly recommend Noble Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. It's unlike anything we've ever had. They pour their heart and soul into crafting this syrup. This blurb from their site says it all: The Noble brand of handcrafted wares is proud to bring you Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. Noble procures medium amber grade Maple syrup from heritage sugar shacks in the ancient maple orchards of Québec. The syrup is then matured in Tuthilltown charred American oak barrels, with just a hint of raw Tuthilltown bourbon. This combination and process produces a distinct bourbon, maple and oak flavored syrup. Tuthilltown is New York's first whiskey distillery since the age of Prohibition. This small batch micro-distillery, using locally sourced heirloom corn, apples and grains, embodies the new American pioneering spirit of our age. Noble Handcrafted reflects this same spirit. We hope you enjoy this collaboration of tradition and craft. Salmon with Sriracha, Maple Syrup & Lime (From the cookbook It's All Good)Serves 4 1 1/4 lbs salmon filetZest of 1/2 lime1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice1 1/2 tsp Sriracha or KimKim Korean Hot Sauce1 tbsp Tonic Maple SyrupCourse sea salt2 tbsp roughly chopped cilantro Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together the lime zest and juice, sriracha, and maple syrup along with a pinch of salt. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, place the salmon on top, and pour the mixture over it. Roast until the salmon is done to your liking, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.    

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January 21, 2015

New Arrival: Bulletproof Coffee!
Imagine trekking through the Himalayas, feeling as though the life-force has been sucked out of you, when a sherpa appears like a mirage and hands you a warm and rejuvenating cup of tea blended with yak butter. Butter, you say? Yes, butter. That is exactly what happened to entrepreneur Dave Asprey. One cup of this Tibetan elixir and he felt alert and satiated for the rest of the day. Once back in the states he recreated and modified the recipe with the lowest-toxin coffee he could find and the highest-end grass-fed butter available. He added an extract of coconut oil to improve brain function and coined it Bulletproof Coffee. The drink caught on and now many coffeehouses serve up a variation of this brew. It may be difficult to convince people to ditch cream in favor of butter, but in actuality, butter contains more vitamins — such as A, D, and K2 — and is lower in sugar.  The Organic Butcher is excited to carry the Bulletproof line of products. The coffee is rich in antioxidants, bold in flavor, and low in acid. It also won’t give you the jitters like some lesser brands. We’ll also be carrying the supplements XCT Oil and Brain Octane Oil. XCT Oil is an immune booster that aids the body in absorbing vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. Brain Octane Oil is said to increase brain function and eliminate the sense of fogginess especially during times of fasting. Both are derived from fatty acids found in coconut oil and can be added to your morning coffee along with butter. If you prefer protein shakes to coffee, Bulletproof Whey Protein Powder is the perfect alternative. It contains no high-fructose corn syrup, fake sweeteners, natural or artificial flavors, or dyes. It is also antibiotic- and rBGH-free and will provide you with a fast source of nutrition when on the go. On a personal note: I'm really happy with the whey protein. It is the cleanest tasting one I’ve tried. Until now, I've only been able to use whey protein isolate because of a milk allergy. Bulletproof is the first concentrates that I’ve been able to tolerate.  (If you can only tolerate an isolate or are looking strictly for the best post workout recovery then I highly recommend AboutTime whey protein). As an avid Crossfitter, I've also noticed that a little Bulletproof collagen protein gives me more sustained energy and makes my joints feel great during and after workouts. You can also make a killer post workout smoothie with a little almond milk, Bulletproof Whey, Bulletproof cacao butter (also in stock), and XCT oil.  Stop in today and load up, you won't be disappointed! (We also carry grass-fed butter for your convenience.)  

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