This week we have a homage to all things porcine, and the story of family life in a rural French village from French chef Stéphane Reynaud, author of Pork & Sons, Jane and Michael Stern have found the "krunkest" fish in Nashville at Eastside Fish, and Kim Marcus of The Wine Spectator brings us up to date on the wines of Portugal.
When making butter, the better the cream, the better the butter. It's worth checking out local farms for their cream. And, yes, different creams do have different tastes. It's that "terroir" thing. Get the full recipe.
Jane & Michael Stern, East Side Fish, Nashville, TN
Jane and Michael claim the "krunkest" (hottest, biggest and best) hot fish sandwich in town has to be the Giant King at East Side Fish. Two one-foot-long fillets of white fish are deep fried until they're crispy on the outside, then splashed with hot sauce and sandwiched between four slices of white bread. Michael says the fish is hot enough to "slap yo' mama."
Don't go to East Side Fish if you're in a hurry. It takes a good 15 minutes to make that giant sandwich. And don't plan on lingering leisurely over your meal because there's only one table. Everyone eats in their car or takes their food home. One more thing ... the sinus-clearing hot wings are a must, too, if you dare.
East Side Fish
2617 Gallatin Pike
Tortilla Artist Joe Bravo
There's several ways of looking at that old 1980's deal "the media is the message." For California artist Joe Bravo, it's quite literal. Once a painter of grand murals, he's moved on to painting on tortillas! Take a look at his Website for more information. http://www.joebravo.net.
Portuguese wines to watch
Wine Spectator's Kim Marcus claims the next great reds are coming from an unexpected source: Portugal. Here are his picks of wines and vintners to keep an eye on.