Art by William Wallace Denslow
Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.
So how does a “cow jump over the moon”? Well, it turns out that cow was using steroids. And it is perfectly legal.
“Since the 1950s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of steroid hormone drugs for use in beef cattle and sheep, including natural estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and their synthetic versions.” Federal regulations do not allow steroids when raising pork, poultry, and goats for food. Producers of organic meat may not use steroids.
When you are sick and tired of hearing about the Lance interview, check out these fact sheets from the USDA.
All together now lets rap,
Pork Butt Roast
“I like big pork butts and I can not lie
You vegetarians can’t deny
That’s when Farmer Dave walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a pork butt roast in your face
You get hungry!”
What’s for dinner?
Garlicky Pork Butt, Baked Red Potatoes, Greens
Garlicky Pork Butt
1 (2.5 – to 8-pound) pork butt roast (Steinhauser Farms)
5 garlic cloves, pressed (Steinhauser Farms)
1 tsp ground black pepper (Spice Merchants)
1 tsp coarse salt (Spice Merchants)
2 tsp dried rosemary (Spice Merchants)
2 tbsp olive oil (Fustini’s Oil and Vinegars)
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Combine garlic, pepper, salt, rosemary, and olive oil. Rub the mix evenly over the roast. Place on a rack over a roasting pan or pan. Roast about 30 minutes per pound. You may need to roast more or less depending on the thickness. A meat thermometer should register 160º – 165ºF when inserted in the thickest part.
Garlic and Press
Garlic, Rosemary, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil
Roaster with tray
Glass pan with tray
2 – 12 red potatoes (Steinhauser Farms)
Wash potatoes and stick 3 to 4 times with a fork. Bake in oven with the roast during its last 50 – 60 minutes.
Bag or two of winter greens (Green Things Farm)
Wash. Eat with favorite dressing.
Ceramic Plate and Bowl by Deb Cocoros