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March 8th, 2011

After a few days confined in my own house, with a broken foot and a persistent cold, I realized that, in fact, it was a blessing in disguise. I’ve been searching, and searching, and searching on the internet all day long to fill my time and to be less bored. Folks, there are so many good things happening on the virtual world!

A good example is the Charcutepalooza (“shar-coo-ta-pa-loo-za”), a “meat feast” that is going to last at least 9 more months. Bloggers from different places gathered virtually to improve their abilities in curing, salting and smoking, sharing their experiences, thinking about meat consume and production.

The whole story began with two bloggers,  Cathy Barrow and Kim Foster. They came with the idea, people liked, got involved, the media and sponsors showed interest and the benefit is ours.

During 12 months (it’s the third already), participants are going to prepare the challenge of the month and post their experiences. The reference is Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Michael Ruhlman but everyone is free to use their creativity.

And you can check the first two assignments, duck prosciutto and the salt cure. For this month the challenge is brining, very appealing and exciting for those who want to make their own corned beef and get ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Registrations are closed and we can’t run for the prize anymore, a seven day trip to France, including charcuterie classes in Camont. But there is still the chance to follow or even join the braves! For more information, check the bloggers list, Flickr gallery and Facebook news.

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