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I’ll be honest. I’ve been working on this recipe on and off for several years and it has aggravated me to no end. Originally, I wanted to use some excess Mexican chocolate I had on hand and having done hot chocolate, cookies and popsicles I thought a poundcake would be a wonderful addition. Sure. Guess again. According to my notes I worked through six different recipes, all of them duds. Terrible. I used up all the chocolate and then had to buy more. I wasn’t alleviating a problem, I was creating one. In frustration, I shelved it for almost a year.

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Last fall, I took part in a fantastic weekend adventure and it all centered on meat.  Butchery to be specific, both pork and beef, with side forays into charcuterie, sausage making, bacon smoking, a lot of cooking, more eating and wonderful camaraderie.  It was part summer camp, part serious food skills and part female empowerment.  My French friend Kate (a bit of a misnomer as she’s actually an American living in France) concepted the idea of a Grrls Meat Camp where woman in the butchery field, culinary world and farming realms could gather, discuss their challenges and begin to build a support network in a field where woman are few and far between. Which is how 17 of us found our way to a little lodge at a YMCA camp in northern Illinois.

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How much information needs to be in a recipe?  Food writers and cookbook authors are all over the place on this matter – some are very detailed and targeted toward beginning cooks whereas some are quite brief with the assumption of a certain level of knowledge.  In many professional pastry kitchens, “recipes” are kept in a spattered binder and are just a list of ingredients usually in grams and ounces.  No directions whatsoever.  It is assumed and expected that you have the skills and the knowledge to complete the job.  God help you if you don’t.

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