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Most of you have probably gottent the message that I’m not all that enamored with red meat.  I have repeatedly said that I eat the stuff to please my husband, the true carnivore.

However,I’ve just had an epiphany. Yes me, mz. veggie since 1957.  


Because I met my match at a brand new Butcher Shop that opened just a mere 3 miles from my front door, that’s why.

This new venue is in-between our home and our son and daughter-in-law’s place, so we’ve seen it being put together  for a while.  On the way home last week, we decided to go in and check it out.

The Meat House is clean, bright, modern and full of not only the best looking meat we’ve ever seen, but it also had gourmet items of all kinds that, according to the manager “was designed to make it a one-stop shop for a great meal“.  

And it was:  beautiful produce, fresh pastas, small batch marinades and sauces, wines and even desserts.

We were greeted with a “hello and welcome, I see it’s your first time in, let me get you a sample of our best selling cut.”

And he did-not just a little bit but enough for a dinner portion for both of us!  He showed us the various cuts of beef, chicken, homemade sausages and exotics.

We knew the “kids” were coming for dinner in a few days so we decided to try some for dinner.  We chose flat-iron steak, already rubbed as well as the same cut of meat he gifted us with, but marinated in both a Korean BBQ spice and a Burgundy Wine.

After paying for our bundle of cow, the young man who checked us out carried our bag out to our car for us!

I, for one, nearly swooned in disbelief, since most markets never offer as if they mean it and when they do it takes about 3 tries before someone makes good on the threat.

We decided to try the freebie for dinner that night.

Here is the review:  Literally fork tender and so delicious that we didn’t season it with even a spec of salt!  I even ENJOYED IT!

When our kids came over and we served up the red meat spread-they realized we weren’t waxing poetic, this was the real deal.

Was it expensive?  Yes, but as with all cliches, they was more than a modicum of truth-you really do get what you pay for!

We paid $10 a pound, but it was worth a lot more.

They‘re a New Hampshire based company, but this was the 2nd that opened up here in Orange County-I urge you to see if you have one near you.  If not, I urge you to scour your hometown for a true butcher shop-because the difference between what you buy there is light years away from what you get at your local grocery store or warehouse!

To set off this main course, I made a salad bar with homemade dressing-using the special vinegar the kids bought me in Phoenix, artisan bread and tapenade and some onion and garlic baked fries.

Simple, but oh so very good.

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